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2014 K League Classic

The 2014 K League Classic was the 32nd season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K-League and the second season in its current name, the K League Classic.

Hyundai Oilbank
K League Classic 2014
K League Classic 2014.png
Season2014
ChampionsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(3rd title)
RelegatedGyeongnam FC
Sangju Sangmu
Champions LeagueJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Seongnam FC
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
FC Seoul
Matches played228
Goals scored503 (2.21 per match)
Top goalscorerSantos
(14 goals)
Biggest home winJeonbuk 6–0 Sangju
(July 20)
Biggest away winGyeongnam 1–4 Jeonbuk
(July 13)
Highest scoring8 goals
Jeju 6–2 Jeonnam
(September 6)
Longest winning run9 games
Jeonbuk
Longest unbeaten run15 games
Jeonbuk
Longest winless run16 games
Gyeongnam
Longest losing run4 games
Gyeongnam, Jeonnam
Highest attendance46,549
Seoul v Suwon
(July 12)
Lowest attendance858
Jeonnam v Seongnam
(November 1)
Average attendance7,932
2013
2015

Pohang Steelers were the defending champions, having won their fifth title after five years.

Contents

Promotion and relegationEdit

Teams relegated to 2014 K League Challenge

Teams promoted from the 2013 K League Challenge

Participating clubsEdit

Location of teams in 2014 K League Classic

The following 12 clubs will compete in the K League Classic during the 2014 season.

Club City / Area Manager Joined Owner(s) / Sponsor(s)
0 Busan IPark 0 Busan   Yoon Sung-hyo
1983 –
Owner : Hyundai Development Company
0 Gyeongnam FC 0 Gyeongnam   Branko Babić (caretaker)
2006 –
Owners : Government of Gyeongsangnam-do, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors : DSME, Gyeongnam Bank
0 Incheon United 0 Incheon   Kim Bong-gil
2004 –
Owners : Government of Incheon, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors : Shinhan Bank, Incheon International Airport
0 Jeju United 0 Jeju   Park Kyung-hoon
1983 –
Owner : SK Energy in SK Group
0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Jeonbuk   Choi Kang-hee
1995 –
Owner : Hyundai Motor Company in Hyundai Motor Group
0 Jeonnam Dragons 0 Jeonnam   Ha Seok-ju
1995 –
Owner : POSCO
0 Pohang Steelers 0 Pohang, Gyeongbuk   Hwang Sun-hong
1983 –
Owner : POSCO
0 Sangju Sangmu 0 Sangju, Gyeongbuk   Park Hang-seo
2011 –
Owner : Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
0 Seongnam FC 0 Seongnam, Gyeonggi   Lee Sang-yoon (caretaker)
1989 –
Owner : Government of Seongnam, Citizen Stockholder
0 FC Seoul 0 Seoul   Choi Yong-soo
1984 –
Owner : GS Group
0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 Suwon, Gyeonggi   Seo Jung-won
1996 –
Owner : Cheil Worldwide in Samsung Group
Sponsors : Samsung Electronics
0 Ulsan Hyundai 0 Ulsan   Cho Min-kook
1984 –
Owner : Hyundai Heavy Industries in Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

StadiumsEdit

  • Primary venues used in the K League Classic:
Busan IPark Gyeongnam FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonnam Dragons
Busan Asiad Stadium Changwon Football Center Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium Gwangyang Football Stadium
Capacity: 53,864 Capacity: 15,116 Capacity: 20,891 Capacity: 35,657 Capacity: 42,477 Capacity: 20,009
           
Pohang Steelers Sangju Sangmu Seongnam FC FC Seoul Suwon Samsung
Bluewings
Ulsan Hyundai
Pohang Steel Yard Sangju Civic Stadium Tancheon Stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium Suwon World Cup Stadium Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 15,042 Capacity: 16,250 Capacity: 66,704 Capacity: 43,959 Capacity: 44,474
           


Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing Manner Table Date Incoming Table Date
Seongnam FC   An Ik-soo Resigned Pre-season   Park Jong-hwan Pre-season
Ulsan Hyundai   Kim Ho-gon Resigned Pre-season   Cho Min-kook Pre-season
Gyeongnam FC   Ilija Petković Resigned Pre-season   Lee Cha-man Pre-season
Seongnam FC   Park Jong-hwan Resigned 9th 2014-04-22   Lee Sang-yoon (caretaker) 8th 2014-07-01
Gyeongnam FC   Lee Cha-man Resigned 12th 2014-08-14   Branko Babić (caretaker) 12th 2014-08-14
Seongnam FC   Lee Sang-yoon (caretaker) Sacked 10th 2014-08-26   Kim Hak-bum 10th 2014-09-05


Foreign playersEdit

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field each game including a least one player from the AFC country.

As of 23 July 2014
Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Busan IPark   Fagner   Nilson   Jacio
Gyeongnam FC   Edin Junuzović   Sreten Sretenović   Miloš Stojanović   Luke DeVere
Incheon United   Ivo   Diogo
Jeju United   Hugo Droguett   Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   Leonardo   Kaio   Vinícius Reche   Alex Wilkinson
Jeonnam Dragons   Leandrinho   Sandi Križman   Stevica Ristić   Robert Cornthwaite
Pohang Steelers
Seongnam FC   Valdivia   Server Djeparov
FC Seoul   Everton Santos   Mauricio Molina   Osmar Barba   Sergio Escudero
Suwon Samsung Bluewings   Santos   Roger   Reiner
Ulsan Hyundai   Wander Luiz   Tartá   Filip Kasalica
  • North Korea Player (Deemed as native players)
Club Player
Suwon Samsung Bluewings   Jong Tae-se

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Q, C) 38 24 9 5 60 22 +38 81 Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (Q) 38 19 10 9 52 37 +15 67
3 FC Seoul (Q) 38 15 13 10 42 28 +14 58 Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Pohang Steelers 38 16 10 12 50 39 +11 58
5 Jeju United 38 14 12 12 39 36 +3 54
6 Ulsan Hyundai 38 13 11 14 44 43 +1 50
7 Jeonnam Dragons 38 14 9 15 48 53 −5 51
8 Busan IPark 38 10 13 15 37 49 −12 43
9 Seongnam FC (Q) 38 9 13 16 32 39 −7 40 Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage[a]
10 Incheon United 38 8 16 14 33 46 −13 40
11 Gyeongnam FC (R) 38 7 15 16 30 52 −22 36 Qualification for relegation play-offs
12 Sangju Sangmu (R) 38 7 13 18 39 62 −23 34 Relegation to 2015 K League Challenge
Updated to match(es) played on 5 December 2015. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Seongnam FC qualified ...

Positions by matchdayEdit

  Leader & 2015 AFC Champions League
  Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League
  Relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the 2015 K League Challenge

Round 1–22Edit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1123225422222222211111
Pohang Steelers81285442111111111122222
Suwon Samsung Bluewings23611566246566455533333
Jeonnam Dragons2432334364344333455654
Jeju United8446753633433544344445
Ulsan Hyundai2111111555655666666566
FC Seoul81010999111111101199977777777
Incheon United691212121212121212121212121212121110998
Sangju Sangmu6878111110101089117788998889
Seongnam FC810109101089911888899889101110
Busan IPark126545777777710101010101011111011
Gyeongnam FC2797889889101011111111111212121212
Source: kleague.com

Round 23–38Edit

Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38

Team ╲ Round23242526272829303132333435363738
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1111111111111111
Suwon Samsung Bluewings3333333222222222
FC Seoul7765555555454443
Pohang Steelers2222222333333334
Jeju United5444444444545555
Ulsan Hyundai6676777776666666
Jeonnam Dragons4557666667777777
Busan IPark1211111112121212119998888
Seongnam FC109910101091091010101111109
Incheon United88888888888899910
Gyeongnam FC11121212111110101212121110101111
Sangju Sangmu9101099911111011111212121212
Source: kleague.com

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away.

Home \ Away[1] BIP GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEN SEO SSB USH
Busan IPark 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–0
Gyeongnam FC 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–4 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
Incheon United 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–0
Jeju United 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 6–0 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–0
Jeonnam Dragons 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 4–3 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–0
Pohang Steelers 2–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 0–2 3–1 4–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1
Sangju Sangmu 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Seongnam FC 2–4 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1
FC Seoul 0–1 0–0 5–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–2
Ulsan Hyundai 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–2

Updated to games played on 24 August 2014.
Source: K League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 23–33Edit

Teams play every other team once (either at home or away).

Home \ Away[1] BIP GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEN SEO SSB USH
Busan IPark 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3
Gyeongnam FC 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–1
Incheon United 3–0 0–2 3–3 2–1 1–0
Jeju United 0–2 6–2 3–0 0–0 1–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Jeonnam Dragons 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1
Pohang Steelers 0–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 0–1
Sangju Sangmu 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Seongnam FC 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–4
FC Seoul 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–0
Ulsan Hyundai 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–3

Updated to games played on 26 October 2014.
Source: K League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 34–38Edit

After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Promotion-Relegation PlayoffsEdit

Promotion and relegation playoffs will be held between the winner of 2014 K League Challenge Playoff and 11th club of 2014 K League Classic. The winner on aggregate score after both matches will earn entry into 2015 K League Classic.

First legEdit

Gwangju FC3–1Gyeongnam FC
Cho Yong-tae   20'
Diego   48'
Sreten   85' (o.g.)
Report Stojanović   32'

Second legEdit

Gyeongnam FC1–1Gwangju FC
Song Soo-young   70' Report Kim Ho-nam   75'

Gwangju FC secure promotion to the 2015 K League Classic season, 4:2 on aggregate.

Season statisticsEdit

AttendanceEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 372,551 34,029 6,527 19,608 +10.8%
2 FC Seoul 323,244 46,549 4,336 17,013 +2.4%
3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 250,134 30,597 6,142 13,165 +29.6%
4 Pohang Steelers 186,216 17,424 4,487 9,801 +1.0%
5 Ulsan Hyundai 126,572 16,216 2,016 7,032 −20.4%
6 Jeju United 127,520 17,484 1,125 6,712 +3.8%
7 Incheon United 86,815 11,238 2,086 4,569 −35.4%
8 Gyeongnam FC 86,285 10,943 1,554 4,541 −23.8%
9 Seongnam FC 71,344 8,624 1,282 3,755 +32.9%
10 Jeonnam Dragons 67,294 10,022 858 3,365 +47.7%
11 Busan IPark 61,819 7,008 1,134 3,254 −19.4%
12 Sangju Sangmu 48,606 6,469 867 2,558 −7.7%
League total 1,808,400 46,549 858 7,932 +3.6%

Updated to games played on 30 November 2014
Source: K League Classic
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Team played previous season in K League Challenge.

Top 10 Season AttendancesEdit

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
46,549 15 12 July 2014 FC Seoul 2–0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
41,297 30 5 October 2014 FC Seoul 0–1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
34,029 35 9 November 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
30,597 22 23 August 2014 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–2 FC Seoul Jeonju World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
29,318 10 27 April 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
27,558 22 24 August 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 Seongnam FC Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Evening
24,027 21 16 August 2014 FC Seoul 5–1 Incheon United Seoul World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
23,835 16 19 July 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–2 Incheon United Suwon World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
23,767 5 30 March 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 Busan IPark Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
23,466 11 3 May 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Suwon World Cup Stadium Saturday Afternoon

AwardsEdit

The 2014 K League Awards was held on 1 December 2014.

K League Most Valuable PlayerEdit

K League Young PlayerEdit

K League Top ScorerEdit

K League Top AssistorEdit

K League Best XIEdit

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper   Kwon Sun-tae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender   Hong Chul Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Defender   Alex Wilkinson Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender   Kim Ju-young FC Seoul
Defender   Cha Du-ri FC Seoul
Midfielder   Lim Sang-hyub Busan IPark
Midfielder   Koh Myong-jin FC Seoul
Midfielder   Lee Seung-gi Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder   Han Kyo-won Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward   Lee Dong-gook Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward   Santos Suwon Samsung Bluewings

K League Manager of the YearEdit

K League Youth Team of the YearEdit

K League Fair Play AwardEdit

  • The K League Fair Play award was won by FC Seoul

K League Special AwardEdit

'FAN'tastic PlayerEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit