Jeju United FC

The Jeju United Football Club (Hangul:제주 유나이티드 FC; Hanja: 濟州 유나이티드 FC) is a South Korean professional football club. The club is based in Seogwipo, Jeju Province, South Korea. In the past, the club has been known as the Yukong Elephants Football Club and Bucheon SK.

Jeju United
제주 유나이티드
Club crest
Full nameJeju United Football Club
제주 유나이티드 FC
Nickname(s)Jeju Mountaineers
Founded1982; 38 years ago (1982) (as Yukong FC)[1]
GroundJeju World Cup Stadium
Capacity35,657
OwnerSK Energy
ChairmanKoo Ja-young
ManagerNam Ki-il
LeagueK League 2
2019K League 1, 12th of 12 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

An original member of the K League founded on 17 December 1982, the team was then called the Yukong Elephants. Yukong was owned and financially supported by the Sunkyoung Group's subsidiary, Yukong (currently SK Group's "SK Energy"), along with Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi as its franchise. The Kokkiri (elephant) was its mascot. The club won the league championship on only one occasion (in 1989).

At the end of 1995 the side moved from the Dongdaemun Stadium in Seoul to the Mokdong Stadium on the western edge of Seoul, as part of K-League's decentralization policy.[2]

Three clubs based in Seoul–the Yukong Elephants, LG Cheetahs, and Ilhwa Chunma–didn't accept this policy, so the Seoul government gave an eviction order to the three clubs. However they guaranteed that if clubs built a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul, they could have a Seoul franchise and return to Seoul. As a result, the three clubs were evicted from Seoul to other cities. The Yukong Elephants moved to the city of Bucheon, a satellite city of Seoul, (25 km away). Mid-way through the 1997 season, the club re-branded itself as Bucheon SK.

Because the city of Bucheon lacked a stadium, they used Mokdong Stadium in Seoul until 2000. At the start of the 2001 season, the team moved to the 35,545-capacity Bucheon Leports Complex.

In 2006, Bucheon SK announced their move to Jeju without any fore notice, renamed themselves "Jeju United FC," and adopted the vacant Jeju World Cup Stadium as their new home ground.

On January 3, 2008, Jeju appointed Arthur Bernardes for new manager. On October 14, 2009, Arthur Bernardes announced his resignation due to Jeju's bad form in the K-League.

On November 24, 2019, Jeju lost their penultimate match of the season to the Suwon Samsung Bluewings, which meant the club could no longer avoid relegation to the K League 2.

Franchise relocation historyEdit

Club Name City / Area Period
Yukong Elephants Seoul+Incheon+Gyeonggi 1983[1]
Yukong Elephants Seoul 1984–86[1]
Yukong Elephants Incheon+Gyeonggi 1987–90
Yukong Elephants Seoul – Dongdaemun Stadium 1991–95
Bucheon Yukong
Bucheon SK
Seoul – Mokdong Stadium[2] 1996
Bucheon SK Bucheon – Bucheon Stadium 1997–05
Jeju United Jeju  – Jeju World Cup Stadium 2006–present

[1] During 1983–86, K-League didn't have home and away system, so franchise relocations were meaningless at that time.
[2] Bucheon SK held all home matches at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul until 2000, Because Bucheon Stadium was under construction.

Crests and mascotsEdit

KitsEdit

Kit suppliersEdit

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (1): 1989
Runners-up (5): 1984, 1994, 2000, 2010, 2017

CupsEdit

Runners-up (1): 2004
Winners (3): 1994, 1996, 2000s
Runners-up (2): 1998, 1998s

International competitionsEdit

FriendlyEdit

Third place (1): 1990

RecordsEdit

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1983 1 5 3
1984 1 8 2
1985 1 8 5
1986 1 6 4
1987 1 5 3
1988 1 5 3
1989 1 6 1
1990 1 6 4
1991 1 6 4
1992 1 6 6
1993 1 6 5
1994 1 7 2
1995 1 8 4
1996 1 9 4 Semi-final
1997 1 10 10 Quarter-finals
1998 1 10 7 Round of 16
1999 1 10 3 Quarter-final
2000 1 10 2 Semi-final
2001 1 10 7 Round of 16
2002 1 10 8 Round of 16
2003 1 12 12 Semi-final
2004 1 13 13 Runners-up
2005 1 13 5 Round of 16
2006 1 14 13 Round of 32
2007 1 14 11 Semi-final
2008 1 14 10 Round of 32
2009 1 15 14 Quarter-final
2010 1 15 2 Semi-final
2011 1 16 9 Round of 16 Group stage
2012 1 16 6 Semi-final
2013 1 14 9 Semi-final
2014 1 12 5 Round of 32
2015 1 12 6 Quarter-final
2016 1 12 3 Round of 32
2017 1 12 2 Round of 16 Round of 16
2018 1 12 5 Quarter-final Group stage
2019 1 12 12 Round of 16
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Contiental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011 AFC Champions League Group E   Tianjin Teda 0–1 3–0 3rd
  Melbourne Victory 1–1 1–2
  Gamba Osaka 2–1 3–1
2017 AFC Champions League Group H   Jiangsu Suning 0–1 1–2 2nd
  Gamba Osaka 2–0 1–4
  Adelaide United 1–3 3–3
Round of 16   Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 3–0 3–2
2018 AFC Champions League Group G   Cerezo Osaka 0–1 2–1 4th
  Buriram United 0–1 0–2
  Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 5–3

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 25 March 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Yoon Bo-sang
2   DF Kim Ji-woon
3   DF Kim Seung-woo
4   DF Valentinos Sielis
5   DF Kweon Han-jin
6   DF Kang Yun-seong
7   MF Jo Seong-joon
8   MF Lee Chang-min
9   FW Jung Jo-gook
10   MF Elias Aguilar
11   FW Nam Joon-jae
13   DF Chung Woon
14   DF Kim Young-uk
15   DF Lim Deok-keun
16   MF Lee Dong-hee
17   FW Ahn Hyun-beom
18   FW Joo Min-kyu
19   FW Gong Min-hyun
20   DF Lim Dong-hyuk
No. Position Player
21   GK Oh Seung-hoon
22   DF Jeong Woo-jae
23   DF Baek Dong-kyu
24   MF Seo Jin-soo
25   MF Park Min-soo
26   FW Kim Hyun-woo
27   DF Kim Yeong-uk
28   MF Kwon Sung-hyun
29   MF Lee Eun-beom
30   MF Baek Seung-woo
31   GK Yoo Yeon-soo
32   FW Jung Sang-kyu
33   DF Park Won-jae
34   MF Im Chan-wool
37   MF Lee Dong-ryul
38   DF Lee Kyu-hyuk
39   MF Jang Eun-kyu
40   DF Kim Jae-bong
41   GK Park Han-keun
77   FW Éder

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  FW Jin Seong-wook (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
  MF Ryu Seung-woo (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
No. Position Player
  MF Lee Chan-dong (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
  GK Lee Chang-keun (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
 

ManagersEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Notes
Manager   Nam Ki-il
Assistant Manager   Lee Jung-hyo
First Team Coach   Cho Kwang-soo
Goalkeeping Coach   Ki Woo-sung
Fitness Coach   Guilherme Rondon
Reserve Team Manager   Ma Chul-jun

Managerial historyEdit

K League's principle of official statistics is that final club succeeds to predecessor club's

# Name Start End Season Notes
1
  Lee Jong-Hwan 1982/04/20 1985/07/21 1983–85 Resigned in the middle of season
2
  Kim Jung-Nam 1985/07/21 1992/05/12 1985–92 Resigned in the middle of season
C
  Park Young-Hwan
(Caretaker manager)
1986/??/?? 1986/??/?? 1986 Kim Jung-Nam was called up
as a national team manager for
1986 FIFA World Cup,
1986 Asian Games
C
  Choi Jong-Duk
(Caretaker manager)
1988/07/13 1988/09/14 1988 Kim Jung-Nam was called up
as a national team manager for
1988 Summer Olympics
C   Park Sung-Hwa
  Ham Heung-Chul
(Caretaker manager)
1992/05/12 1992/12/19 1992
3
  Park Sung-Hwa 1992/12/20 1994/10/29 1993–94
C
  Cho Yoon-Hwan
(Caretaker manager)
1994/10/30 1994/12/31 1994
4
  Valeri Nepomniachi 1995/01/01 1998/10/31 1995–98
C
  Cho Yoon-Hwan
(Caretaker manager)
1998/11/01 1998/12/31 1998
5
  Cho Yoon-Hwan 1999/01/01 2001/08/14 1999–01 Resigned in the middle of season
C
  Choi Yun-Kyum
(Caretaker manager)
2001/08/14 2001/08/31 2001
6
  Choi Yun-Kyum 2001/09/01 2002/09/01 2001–02 Resigned in the middle of season
7
  Tınaz Tırpan 2002/09/02 2003/05/14 2002–03 Resigned in the middle of season
C
  Ha Jae-Hoon
(Caretaker manager)
2003/05/14 2003/07/18 2003
8
  Ha Jae-Hoon 2003/07/19 2003/12/31 2003
9
  Jung Hae-Seong 2004/01/01 2007/11/03 2004–07
10
  Arthur Bernardes 2008/01/04 2009/10/14 2008–09 Resigned in the middle of season
C
  Cho Jin-Ho
(Caretaker manager)
2009/10/14 2009/10/29 2009
11
  Park Kyung-Hoon 2009/10/30 2014/12/03 2010–14
12
  Jo Sung-hwan 2014/12/19 2016/10/14 2014–2016
13
  Kim In-soo 2016/10/14 2016/12/15 2016 Due to Coaching License for AFC Champions League
Kim In-soo is appointed.
14
  Jo Sung-hwan 2016/12/30 2019/05/02 2017–2019
15
  Choi Yun-Kyum 2019/05/03 2019/11/30 2019
16
  Nam Ki-il 2019/12/26 present 2020–

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Club Profile at K League Website
  2. ^ Note:This policy was carried out due to two reasons. In 1995, Korea was under bidding for 2002 FIFA World Cup. The reasons were the KFA and K League want to build a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul and both wanted to spread football to the provinces.

External linksEdit