1988 K League

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The 1988 Korean Professional Football League was the sixth season of K League. A total of five teams participated in the league, all of them were professional teams. The season began on 26 March 1988 and ended on 12 November 1988. The season was operated in single stage, and every team played each other six times.

Korean Professional Football League
Dates26 March – 12 November 1988
ChampionsPOSCO Atoms
(2nd title)
Asian Club ChampionshipWithdrew
Matches played60
Goals scored133 (2.22 per match)
Best PlayerPark Kyung-hoon
Top goalscorerLee Kee-keun
(12 goals)
Best goalkeeperOh Yun-kyo
Highest scoringPOSCO Atoms 5–1 Lucky-Goldstar
(4 June 1988)

This season caused a controversy over the selection of the Most Valuable Player. The majority opinion of outsiders was that Lee Kee-keun should receive the MVP Award, but the Korean Professional Football Committee chose Park Kyung-hoon, who played only 12 games in the league due to his schedule in the national team. Park also tried to return the award, but the committee rejected his decision.[1]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 POSCO Atoms (C) 24 9 9 6 28 25 +3 27
2 Hyundai Horang-i 24 10 5 9 30 25 +5 25
3 Yukong Elephants 24 8 8 8 25 24 +1 24
4 Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso 24 6 11 7 22 29 −7 23
5 Daewoo Royals 24 8 5 11 28 30 −2 21
Source: RSSSF
(C) Champion.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Lee Kee-keun POSCO Atoms 12
2   Ham Hyun-gi Hyundai Horang-i 10
3   Shin Dong-chul Yukong Elephants 8
4   Hwangbo Kwan Yukong Elephants 7
  Lee Hak-jong Hyundai Horang-i


Single awards[2]
Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player   Park Kyung-hoon POSCO Atoms
Top goalscorer   Lee Kee-keun POSCO Atoms
Top assist provider   Kim Jong-boo POSCO Atoms
Rookie of the Year   Hwangbo Kwan Yukong Elephants
Manager of the Year   Lee Hoe-taik POSCO Atoms
Best Goalkeeper   Oh Yun-kyo Hyundai Horang-i
Fighting Spirit Award   Choi Jin-han Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
  Son Hyung-sun Daewoo Royals
Exemplary Award   Choi Kang-hee Hyundai Horang-i
Best Referee   Lee Do-ha
Best XI[2]
Position Player Club
Goalkeeper   Oh Yun-kyo Hyundai Horang-i
Defenders   Choi Kang-hee Hyundai Horang-i
  Choi Tae-jin Daewoo Royals
  Son Hyung-sun Daewoo Royals
  Kang Tae-sik POSCO Atoms
Midfielders   Choi Jin-han Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
  Kim Sang-ho POSCO Atoms
  Hwangbo Kwan Yukong Elephants
Forwards   Lee Kee-keun POSCO Atoms
  Ham Hyun-gi Hyundai Horang-i
  Shin Dong-chul Yukong Elephants


  1. ^ 「朴景勲 MVP 선정」후유증 심각. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 14 November 1988. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b 油公"浦鐵엔 안진다". Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 14 November 1988. Retrieved 8 January 2021.

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