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The 2017 K League Classic was the 35th season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K League and the fifth season in its current name, the K League Classic.

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K League Classic 2017
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Season2017
ChampionsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(5th title)
RelegatedGwangju FC
Champions LeagueJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Ulsan Hyundai
Jeju United
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Matches played228
Goals scored626 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerJohnathan
(22 goals)
Biggest home winJeonnam 5–0 Ulsan
(22 April 2017)
Jeonnam 5–0 Gwangju
(7 May 2017)
Pohang 5–0 Incheon
(14 October 2017)
Biggest away winJeonbuk 0–4 Jeju
(3 May 2017)
Incheon 1–5 Seoul
(19 July 2017)
Pohang 0–4 Jeonbuk
(17 September 2017)
Gwangju 0–4 Pohang
(18 November 2017)
Highest scoring7 goals
(4 matches)
Highest attendance34,376 Seoul vs Suwon (R1)
Lowest attendance736 Sangju vs Jeonnam (R36)
Average attendance6,505
2016
2018

FC Seoul are the defending champions.

Contents

Promotion and relegationEdit

Participating clubs by provinceEdit

 
Locations of the 2017 K League Classic teams

The following 12 clubs will compete in the K League Classic during the 2017 season.

Club City / Area Manager Joined Owner(s) / Sponsor(s)
0 Daegu FC 0 Daegu   Son Hyun-jun 2002 Owner : Government of Daegu, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gangwon FC 0 Gangwon   Choi Yun-kyum 2009 Owner : Government of Gangwon, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gwangju FC 0 Gwangju   Nam Ki-il 2010 Owner : Government of Gwangju, Citizen Stockholder
0 Incheon United 0 Incheon   Lee Ki-hyung 2004 Owners : Government of Incheon, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors: Shinhan Bank, Incheon International Airport
0 Jeju United 0 Jeju   Jo Sung-hwan 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   Roh Sang-rae 1995 Owner : POSCO
0 Pohang Steelers 0 Pohang, Gyeongbuk   Choi Soon-ho 1983 Owner : POSCO
0 Sangju Sangmu 0 Sangju, Gyeongbuk   Kim Tae-wan 2011 Owner : Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
0 FC Seoul 0 Seoul   Hwang Sun-hong 1984 Owner : GS Group
0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 Suwon, Gyeonggi   Seo Jung-won 1996 Owner : Cheil Worldwide in Samsung
Sponsors: Samsung Electronics, Maeil Dairies Industry
0 Ulsan Hyundai 0 Ulsan   Kim Do-hoon 1984 Owner : Hyundai Heavy Industries in Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

StadiumsEdit

  • Primary venues used in the K League Classic:
Daegu FC Gangwon FC Gwangju FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Daegu Stadium Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium Gwangju World Cup Stadium Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Capacity: 66,422 Capacity: 13,500 Capacity: 40,245 Capacity: 20,891 Capacity: 35,657 Capacity: 42,477
           
Jeonnam Dragons Pohang Steelers Sangju Sangmu FC Seoul Suwon Samsung
Bluewings
Ulsan Hyundai
Gwangyang Football Stadium Pohang Steel Yard Sangju Civic Stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium Suwon World Cup Stadium Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity: 13,496 Capacity: 17,443 Capacity: 15,042 Capacity: 66,704 Capacity: 43,959 Capacity: 44,102
           

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 confederation.

As of 13 July 2017
Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Daegu FC   Cesinha   Evandro   Júnior Negrão
Gangwon FC   Diego Maurício   Gerson   Jonathan Nanizayamo   Lương Xuân Trường
Gwangju FC   Wanderson Costa   Olivier Bonnes   Niall McGinn
Incheon United   Enzo Maidana   Weslley   Gordan Bunoza   Connor Chapman
Jeju United   Magno Cruz   Mailson   Frédéric Mendy   Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   Edu   Ricardo Lopes    Éder1
Jeonnam Dragons   Jair   Vedran Jugović   Róbert Feczesin   Tomislav Mrčela
Pohang Steelers   Lulinha   Muralha   Wanderson
FC Seoul   Dejan Damjanović   Osmar Barba   Ivan Kovačec   Khaled Shafiei
Suwon Samsung Bluewings   Johnathan   Santos   Damir Šovšić   Matt Jurman
Ulsan Hyundai   Richard Windbichler   Mislav Oršić   Danijel Subotić   Takuma Abe
  • ^1 Éder owns Palestine citizenship and was counted as an Asian player in the K League.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (C) 38 22 9 7 73 35 +38 75 Champions League group stage
2 Jeju United 38 19 9 10 60 37 +23 66
3 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 38 17 13 8 63 41 +22 64 Champions League play-off round
4 Ulsan Hyundai[a] 38 17 11 10 42 45 −3 62 Champions League group stage
5 FC Seoul 38 16 13 9 56 42 +14 61
6 Gangwon FC 38 13 10 15 59 65 −6 49
7 Pohang Steelers 38 15 7 16 63 60 +3 52
8 Daegu FC 38 11 14 13 50 52 −2 47
9 Incheon United 38 7 18 13 32 53 −21 39
10 Jeonnam Dragons 38 8 11 19 53 69 −16 35
11 Sangju Sangmu (O) 38 8 11 19 41 66 −25 35 Qualification to relegation play-offs
12 Gwangju FC (R) 38 6 12 20 33 60 −27 30 Relegation to 2018 K League 2
Source: K League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Number of wins; 5) Head-to-head points
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Positions by matchdayEdit

  Leader & 2018 AFC Champions League
  Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League
  Relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the 2018 K League 2

Round 1-22Edit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1222211122131111111111
Ulsan Hyundai1786678763444222223222
Suwon Samsung Bluewings611111010107646556766464433
Jeju United4111132211212453346554
Gangwon FC166785611109765344532345
FC Seoul6335544535677677777766
Pohang Steelers8553323474323535655677
Jeonnam Dragons812121212119898998999988988
Sangju Sangmu8444465357889888899899
Daegu FC119911781091111111110101010101111111110
Incheon United119109111212121212121212121211111010101011
Gwangju FC4878991110810101011111112121212121212
Source: kleague.com

Round 23-38Edit

Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38

Team ╲ Round23242526272829303132333435363738
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1111111111111111
Jeju United4444222222222222
Suwon Samsung Bluewings2222444444444333
Ulsan Hyundai3333333333333444
FC Seoul6555555555555555
Gangwon FC5666666666666666
Pohang Steelers7777777777777777
Daegu FC1010109999999888888
Incheon United111211111010101111111111101099
Jeonnam Dragons88888888889911111010
Sangju Sangmu999101111111010101010991111
Gwangju FC12111212121212121212121212121212
Source: kleague.com

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

Home \ Away DGU GWN GWJ ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–3 1–3
Gangwon FC 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1
Gwangju FC 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–1
Incheon United 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–5 3–3 1–2
Jeju United 4–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 4–1 1–2 1–2 3–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–2 4–1 3–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 4–0
Jeonnam Dragons 4–3 2–1 5–0 3–2 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 5–0
Pohang Steelers 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–3 1–2
Sangju Sangmu 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 0–0
FC Seoul 0–0 2–3 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 3–3 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2
Ulsan Hyundai 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 2 September 2017. Source: K League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33Edit

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

Home \ Away DGU GWN GWJ ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–0
Gangwon FC 0–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–1
Gwangju FC 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–4 0–1 1–1
Incheon United 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1
Jeju United 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–2 2–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 4–3 3–1 1–2 0–1
Jeonnam Dragons 1–4 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1
Pohang Steelers 5–2 3–2 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–1
Sangju Sangmu 1–2 3–2 1–2 2–2 0–1
FC Seoul 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–3 2–3 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–1
Ulsan Hyundai 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 8 October 2017. Source: K League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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 was held between the winners of the 2017 K League Challenge playoff and 11th club of the 2017 K League Classic. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2018 K League Classic.

First legEdit

Busan IPark0–1Sangju Sangmu
Report Yeo Reum   7'
Attendance: 1,322
Referee: Lee Dong-jun

Second legEdit

Sangju Sangmu retained its 2018 K League Classic spot, 5:4 on penalties.

Season statisticsEdit

AttendanceEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 FC Seoul 310,011 34,376 6,384 16,316 −9.4%
2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 222,029 20,935 6,190 11,686 −30.4%
3 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 166,934 26,581 4,147 8,786 −17.4%
4 Ulsan Hyundai 160,825 13,225 4,531 8,464 −3.2%
5 Pohang Steelers 159,060 18,587 2,437 8,372 +9.0%
6 Incheon United 112,708 13,301 2,930 5,932 −2.0%
7 Jeonnam Dragons 78,093 10,579 1,565 4,110 −0.1%
8 Jeju United 77,096 8,526 2,184 4,058 −28.7%
9 Daegu FC 63,460 13,478 1,047 3,340 +23.2%
10 Gwangju FC 57,858 11,830 1,020 3,045 −12.4%
11 Gangwon FC 43,822 7,438 1,216 2,306 +116.3%
12 Sangju Sangmu 31,254 5,523 736 1,645 −15.3%
League total 1,483,150 34,376 736 6,505 −17.4%

Updated to games played on 19 November 2017
Source: K League Classic
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Teams that played previous season in K League Challenge.

Top 10 Season AttendancesEdit

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue
34,376 1 5 March 2017 FC Seoul 1–1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium
27,257 35 21 October 2017 FC Seoul 2–2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium
26,581 26 12 August 2017 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium
26,261 9 3 May 2017 FC Seoul 1–0 Jeonnam Dragons Seoul World Cup Stadium
23,913 23 23 July 2017 FC Seoul 1–2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Seoul World Cup Stadium
20,935 1 5 March 2017 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 Jeonnam Dragons Jeonju Stadium
20,140 14 18 June 2017 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–2 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium
19,141 4 2 April 2017 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 FC Seoul Jeonju Stadium
18,587 2 12 March 2017 Pohang Steelers 2–0 Gwangju FC Pohang Steel Yard
18,087 27 19 August 2017 FC Seoul 1–1 Ulsan Hyundai Seoul World Cup Stadium

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable Player of The RoundEdit

Manager of the MonthEdit

Month Manager Club Division
March   Jo Sung-hwan Jeju United K League Classic
April   Kim Jong-boo Gyeongnam FC K League Challenge
May   Choi Yun-kyum Gangwon FC K League Classic
June   Choi Kang-hee Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League Classic
July   Seo Jung-won Suwon Samsung Bluewings K League Classic
August   Hwang Sun-hong FC Seoul K League Classic
September   Kim Do-hoon Ulsan Hyundai K League Classic
October   André(caretaker) Daegu FC K League Classic

Season AwardsEdit

The 2017 K League Awards was held on 20 November 2017.

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   Jo Hyeon-woo Daegu FC
Defender   Kim Jin-su Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender   Kim Min-jae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender   Oh Ban-suk Jeju United
Defender   Choi Chul-soon Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder   Yeom Ki-hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Midfielder   Lee Jae-sung Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder   Lee Chang-min Jeju United
Midfielder   Lee Seung-gi Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward   Johnathan Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Forward   Lee Keun-ho Gangwon FC

K League Manager of the YearEdit

'FAN'tastic PlayerEdit

External linksEdit