2018 K League 1

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The 2018 K League 1 was the 36th season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K League and the first season in its current name, the K League 1.[1]

KEB Hana Bank
K League 1 2018
Season2018
Dates2 March 2018 – 2 December 2018
ChampionsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(6th title)
RelegatedJeonnam Dragons
AFC Champions LeagueJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Gyeongnam FC
Ulsan Hyundai
Daegu FC
Matches played228
Goals scored620 (2.72 per match)
Top goalscorerMarcão
(26 goals)
Biggest home winGangwon 7–0 Incheon (R24)
Biggest away winGyeongnam 0–4 Jeonbuk (R6)
Seoul 0–4 Jeonbuk (R14)
Highest scoringJeonnam 6–4 Suwon (R24)
Longest winning runJeonbuk Hyundai Motors (9 games)
Longest unbeaten runJeonbuk Hyundai Motors (10 games)
Longest winless runIncheon United (14 games)
Longest losing runDaegu FC (6 games)
Highest attendance30,122 – Seoul vs Suwon (R12)
Lowest attendance290 – Sangju vs Gangwon (R37)
Average attendance5,381
2017
2019

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were the defending champions.

Promotion and relegationEdit

Teams relegated to the 2018 K League 2

Teams promoted from the 2017 K League 2

Participating clubs by provinceEdit

Locations of the 2018 K League 1 teams

The following twelve clubs competed in the K League 1 during the 2018 season.

Club City / Area Manager Joined Owner(s) / Sponsor(s)
0 Daegu FC 0 Daegu   Andre 2002 Owner : Government of Daegu, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gangwon FC 0 Gangwon   Kim Byung-soo 2009 Owner : Government of Gangwon, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gyeongnam FC 0 Gyeongsangnam-do   Kim Jong-boo 2008 Owner : Government of Gyeongsangnam-do, Citizen Stockholder
0 Incheon United 0 Incheon   Jørn Andersen 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   Kim In-wan (caretaker) 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   Choi Yong-soo 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 1:
Daegu FC Gangwon FC Gyeongnam FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Daegu Stadium Chuncheon Songam Leports Town Changwon Football Center Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Capacity: 66,422 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,245 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 26 May 2018.[1]
Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player
Daegu FC   Césinha   Edgar   Zé Roberto   Tsubasa Nishi
Gangwon FC   Diego Maurício   Valentinos Sielis   Uroš Đerić   Dylan McGowan
Gyeongnam FC   Marcão   Negueba   Paulinho   Takahiro Kunimoto
Incheon United   Gordan Bunoza   Elías Aguilar   Stefan Mugoša   Kwabena Appiah
Jeju United   Magno Cruz   Roberson   Tiago Marques   Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   Adriano   Ricardo Lopes   Tiago Alves
Jeonnam Dragons   Wanderson   Macedo   Vedran Jugović   James Donachie
Pohang Steelers   Alemão   Jucimar Teixeira   Léo Gamalho   Connor Chapman
FC Seoul   Anderson Lopes   Evandro Paulista   Bojan Matić
Suwon Samsung Bluewings   Elvis Sarić   Waguininho   Dejan Damjanović
Ulsan Hyundai   Richard Windbichler   Júnior Negrão   Mix Diskerud   Sergio Escudero

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (C) 38 26 8 4 75 31 +44 86 Champions League group stage
2 Gyeongnam FC 38 18 11 9 59 44 +15 65
3 Ulsan Hyundai 38 17 12 9 61 46 +15 63 Champions League play-off round
4 Pohang Steelers 38 15 9 14 47 48 −1 54
5 Jeju United 38 14 12 12 41 41 0 54
6 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 38 13 11 14 53 54 −1 50
7 Daegu FC[a] 38 14 8 16 47 56 −9 50 Champions League group stage
8 Gangwon FC 38 12 10 16 56 60 −4 46
9 Incheon United 38 10 12 16 55 69 −14 42
10 Sangju Sangmu 38 10 10 18 41 52 −11 40
11 FC Seoul (O) 38 9 13 16 40 48 −8 40 Qualification to relegation play-offs
12 Jeonnam Dragons (R) 38 8 8 22 43 69 −26 32 Relegation to 2019 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 & 2019 AFC Champions League group stage
  Qualification to 2019 AFC Champions League group stage
  Qualification to 2019 AFC Champions League qualification play-offs
  Relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the 2019 K League 2

Round 1–22Edit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors3443211111111111111111
Gyeongnam FC2211123344324544222222
Suwon Samsung Bluewings9555532222232232333333
Ulsan Hyundai1111121211106877866655555544
Jeju United71078865633443323444455
Pohang Steelers1132344466787889987766
FC Seoul6910101099999999998878987
Gangwon FC5324457588578776666678
Sangju Sangmu10889978755655467799899
Daegu FC12121111121211111212121212121211111111121010
Incheon United86666810101111111111111112121212101111
Jeonnam Dragons479771112121010101010101010101010111212
Updated to match(es) played on 12 August 2018. Source: K League

Round 23–38Edit

Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38

Team ╲ Round23242526272829303132333435363738
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1111111111111111
Gyeongnam FC2222222222233222
Ulsan Hyundai4333333333322333
Pohang Steelers5655555444554444
Jeju United8888778776666655
Suwon Samsung Bluewings3444444555445566
Daegu FC101010109107788878777
Gangwon FC7566666667787888
Incheon United1112111212121212121212121111109
Sangju Sangmu999910910101010101010101110
FC Seoul67778899999999911
Jeonnam Dragons12111211111111111111111112121212
Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2018. Source: K League
Notes:
  1. The match "Jeju United vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings" of the 25th round on 22 August, 2018 has been called off due to typhoon "Souleek". The new date is 8 September 2018.

ResultsEdit

Matches 1–22Edit

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

Home \ Away DGU GWN GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–4 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–2
Gangwon FC 0–3 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–3 3–3
Gyeongnam FC 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–4 3–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–0
Incheon United 0–0 3–3 2–3 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–1
Jeju United 1–2 3–5 0–0 4–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 3–1 0–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
Jeonnam Dragons 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–3 0–3 0–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–2
Pohang Steelers 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–1
Sangju Sangmu 0–1 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–3
FC Seoul 3–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 3–0 0–4 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–0 2–0 3–1 5–2 2–3 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0
Ulsan Hyundai 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 12 August 2018. 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 GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–2 0–2
Gangwon FC 7–0 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–0
Gyeongnam FC 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–3
Incheon United 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–2
Jeju United 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 3–2 3–2 4–0 1–0
Jeonnam Dragons 0–1 3–3 3–2 1–0 6–4 1–0
Pohang Steelers 2–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 5–2
Sangju Sangmu 2–5 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–2
FC Seoul 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–2
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–2
Ulsan Hyundai 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–1
Updated to match(es) played on 20 October 2018. 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

The promotion-relegation playoffs were held between the winners of the 2018 K League 2 Playoff and the 11th-placed club of the 2018 K League 1. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2019 K League 1.

First legEdit

Busan IPark1–3FC Seoul
Report
Attendance: 10,127
Referee: Kim Woo-sung


Second legEdit

FC Seoul1–1Busan IPark
Report
Attendance: 8,554
Referee: Kim Dae-yong

FC Seoul retained its 2019 K League 1 spot, 4–2 on aggregate.


Season statisticsEdit

AttendanceEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 226,224 19,108 5,005 11,907 +1.9%
2 FC Seoul 219,665 30,122 4,714 11,561 −29.1%
3 Ulsan Hyundai 142,944 14,228 1,059 7,523 −11.1%
4 Pohang Steelers 140,668 15,393 3,073 7,404 −11.6%
5 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 114,943 13,853 2,940 6,709 −23.6%
6 Incheon United 84,151 7,282 1,402 4,429 −25.3%
7 Daegu FC 66,837 13,351 477 3,518 +5.3%
8 Jeonnam Dragons 62,615 11,036 1,830 3,296 −19.8%
9 Gyeongnam FC 62,615 13,082 932 3,170 +32.3%
10 Jeju United 60,033 8,354 1,215 3,160 −22.1%
11 Gangwon FC 25,765 4,530 569 1,356 −41.2%
12 Sangju Sangmu 25,050 2,317 290 1,318 −19.9%
League total 1,241,667 30,122 290 5,445 −16.3%

Updated to games played on 7 December 2018
Source: [1]
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Teams that played previous season in K League Challenge.

Top 10 Season AttendancesEdit

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable Player of The RoundEdit

Manager of the MonthEdit

Month Manager Club Division
March   Jung Gab-suk Bucheon FC 1995 K League 2
April   Choi Kang-hee Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League 1
May   Nam Ki-il Seongnam FC K League 2
July   Kim Jong-boo Gyeongnam FC K League 1
August   Ko Jong-soo Daejeon Citizen K League 2
September   Ko Jong-soo Daejeon Citizen K League 2
October   Jo Sung-hwan Jeju United K League 1

Season AwardsEdit

The 2018 K League Awards was held on 3 December 2018.

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   Hong Chul Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Defender   Kim Min-jae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender   Richard Windbichler Ulsan Hyundai
Defender   Lee Yong Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder   Negueba Gyeongnam FC
Midfielder   Choi Young-jun Gyeongnam FC
Midfielder   Elías Aguilar Incheon United
Midfielder   Ricardo Lopes Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward   Marcão Gyeongnam FC
Forward   Júnior Negrão Ulsan Hyundai

K League Manager of the YearEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "K LEAGUE / K리그".
  2. ^ "K LEAGUE / K리그".
  3. ^ "K LEAGUE / K리그".