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Pohang Steelers (Hangul: 포항 스틸러스) is a South Korean professional football club based in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. They were originally called Pohang Steelworks, after the Pohang Iron and Steel Company that owned it. The club was founded in 1973 and is one of Korean football's most successful sides.

Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스
Pohang Steelers emblem (5 stars).svg
Full nameFootball Club Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스 프로축구단
Short namePSFC
Founded1973; 46 years ago (1973), as Pohang Steelworks FC
GroundPohang Steel Yard
Capacity17,443
OwnerPOSCO
ChairmanShin Young-gwon
ManagerKim Gi-dong
LeagueK League 1
2018K League 1, 4th
WebsiteClub website

They are the most successful team in Asia with three AFC Champions League titles.[1]

HistoryEdit

Founded as a semi-professional football club, as the Pohang Steelworks Football Club in 1973, the club turned professional from the 1984 season and changed its name to Pohang Steelworks Dolphins. A further name changed occurred for the 1985 season, during which they were called the Pohang Steelworks Atoms. 1986 saw them win their first Championship, and they enjoyed a great spell of domination in the league; between 1985 and 1998 they were continuously in the top four of the K-League.

The club achieved a Korean football 'first' at the end of 1990 with the opening of their purpose-built 20,000 seater Steelyard Stadium.

1995 saw yet another name change, when the club became the Pohang Atoms. This name change was an attempt to further strengthen local ties with the region, and in 1997 they adopted their current name, the Pohang Steelers. The side scaled Asian football heights, winning the Asian Champions Cup in 1997 and 1998 to establish themselves as one of Asia's top teams.

Unfortunately, the club suffered something of a fall from grace in the 2000s, struggling near the foot of the table, but bounced back to the forefront of Korean football by winning the first stage of the 2004 K-League Championship. The club qualified for the final Championship match of the 2004 season, but lost 4–3 on penalties to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

In 2007, the club won the Championship play-off by beating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, who finished in 1st place in the regular season of the K-League. Pohang won the first leg play-off game at home 3–1, and then traveled to Seongnam for the second leg game, recording a 1–0 victory to seal a 4–1 aggregate triumph. The Steelers had ended the K-League season in 5th place, but then defeated Daejeon Citizen, Gyeongnam, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and finally Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the play-offs to win the championship.

Pohang again made the play-offs in the 2008 season by finishing the season 5th in the league, but were knocked out in their play-off game by Ulsan Hyundai in a penalty shoot-out. However, the club fared much better in the Korean FA Cup. After defeating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the quarter-final with a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after regular and extra time, Pohang knocked out Daegu FC in the semi-final, and then Gyeongnam FC in the final to ensure qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League by virtue of winning the 2008 Korean FA Cup.

The Steelers then enjoyed a dream run in the Champions League, which saw the club defeat Umm-Salal of Qatar 2–1 (4–1 agg.) to advance to their first ever AFC Champions League final.[2] The Steelers defeated Saudi club Al-Ittihad 2–1 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan to claim the title.[3]

For the 2009 K-League season, Pohang once again qualified for the play-off phase of the league by finishing the regular season in 2nd place, equal with FC Seoul on points, but ahead on goal difference. The Steelers had a bye to the semi-finals, but lost to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.[4] Nonetheless, their regular season placing saw them qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage.

Following the conclusion of the 2009 K-League season, at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in December, the Steelers finished in third place after defeating Atlante 4–3 on penalties.[5]

Crests and mascotsEdit

KitsEdit

In 1994, Pohang Steelworks Atoms wore a green kit and a white kit with a multicolored sun in the center, in 1997 Pohang Steelers wore a white shirt with black shoulders stripes and black shorts, while in 2000 the first kit consisted of a sky blue shirt and white shorts, while the away kit was a black and red hooped shirt and black shorts (similar to the current kit). In 2002 the kit was red with a black V in the chest.

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period
  Adidas 1982–1987
  Prospecs 1987–1989
  Adidas 1990–1992
  Prospecs 1993–1995
  Adidas 1996–2001
  Diadora 2002
  Puma 2003–2005
  Kappa 2006–2012
  Atemi 2013–2014
  Hummel 2015–2016
  Astore 2017–

HonoursEdit

 
The Pohang Steelers celebrate their third AFC Champions League title in 2009.

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (5): 1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013
Runners-up (4): 1985, 1987, 1995, 2004
Winners (5): 1975 Spring, 1981 Fall, 1982, 1986 Fall, 1988 Fall
Runners-up (2): 1977, 1989 Spring

CupsEdit

Winners (4): 1996, 2008, 2012, 2013
Runners-up (3): 2001, 2002, 2007
Winners (2): 1993, 2009
Runners-up (2): 1996, 1997s
Runners-up (2): 1977, 1985
Winners (1): 1974
Runners-up (1): 1989

International competitionsEdit

AsianEdit

Winners (3): 1996–97, 1997–98, 2009
Runners-up (2): 1997, 1998
Runners-up (1): 2005

WorldwideEdit

Third place (1): 2009
Runners-up (2): 1997, 1998

FriendlyEdit

Winners (1): 2010
Runners-up (1): 1987

DoublesEdit

  • Domestic double
K League and FA Cup Champions (1): 2013
  • Continental double
Champions League and League Cup Champions (1): 2009

Season-by-season recordsEdit

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

Current squadEdit

As of 22 September 2019

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 Ryu Won-woo
2   DF Sim Sang-min
3   DF Kim Gwang-seok
4   DF Jeon Min-gwang
5   DF Ha Chang-rae
7   MF Shim Dong-woon
8   MF Lee Jin-hyun
10   FW Stanislav Iljutcenko
11   MF Lee Gwang-hyeok
12   FW Kim Seung-dae
13   DF Kim Yong-hwan
14   DF Choi Young-jun
15   DF Min Kyoung-hyun
16   FW Heo Yong-joon
17   FW Ha Seung-un
19   FW Lee Sang-ki
20   DF Lee Kwang-jun
21   GK Lee Jun
22   FW Kim Do-hyeong
23   MF Jang Gyeol-hee
No. Position Player
24   DF Bae Seul-ki
25   DF Yoo Ji-ha
26   MF Aleksandar Paločević
27   MF Lee Seung-mo
28   MF Choi Jae-young
29   FW Song Min-kyu
30   DF Lee Do-hyun
31   GK Kang Hyeon-mu
32   DF Park Sun-yong
33   FW Moon Kyoung-min
35   DF Park Jae-woo
41   GK Cho Sung-hoon
42   FW Kim Dong-bum
50   DF Lee Sang-soo
51   GK Ha Myeong-rae
57   MF Lee Soo-bin
77   DF Wanderson
88   MF Kim Kyu-pyo
99   FW Sung Hyun-jun

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
  MF Yoo Jun-soo (at   Ratchaburi Mitr Phol)
  DF Gwon Wan-gyu (at Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
  DF Kook Tae-jung (at Bucheon FC 1995)
  MF Kwon Ki-pyo (at Seoul E-Land FC)
No. Position Player
  MF Kim Ji-min (at Suwon FC)
  DF Woo Chan-yang (at Suwon FC)
  FW Kim Chan (at Daejeon Citizen)
  FW Choi Yong-woo (at Gyeongju Citizen)

Club officialEdit

Coaching staff

Youth Club Staff

  • U-18 Manager:   Yoon Hee-joon
  • U-18 Coach:   Baek Ki-tae
  • U-15 Manager:   Kim Dong-young
  • U-15 Coach:  
  • U-12 Manager:   Kim Sung-jin
  • U-12 Coach:   Oh Jin-kwang
  • Goalkeeper Coach:   Gjorgji Jovanovski
  • Youth Academy Coach (North):   Lee Young-hwan
  • Youth Academy Coach (South):   Na Yeong-chae
  • Youth Academy Officer:   Shin Joo-hyun

ManagersEdit

As of end of season. Only K-League matches are counted.

Manager P W D L % Period Honours
  Han Hong-ki 44 16 11 17 036.36 May 2, 1973 – November 29, 1984
  Choi Eun-taek 57 20 16 21 035.09 November 29, 1984 – December 16, 1986 1986 K-League
  Lee Hoe-taik 206 75 70 61 036.41 December 16, 1986 – December 31, 1992 1988 K-League, 1992 K-League
  Kim Soon-Ki
  Kim Chul-soo
1989
  Cho Yoon-ok 1989
  Huh Jung-moo 106 42 40 24 039.62 1993 – November 25, 1995
  Kim Soon-Ki 1994
  Park Sung-hwa 182 76 47 59 041.76 December 12, 1995 – July 31, 2000 1996 FA Cup, 1996–97 Asian Club Championship, 1997–98 Asian Club Championship
  Choi Soon-ho 163 57 47 59 034.97 August 1, 2000 – December 5, 2004
  Sérgio Farias 181 83 55 43 045.86 January 6, 2005 – December 20, 2009 2007 K-League, 2008 FA Cup, 2009 AFC Champions League
  Waldemar Lemos 11 2 3 6 018.18 January 8, 2010 – May 10, 2010
  Park Chang-hyun 21 7 8 6 033.33 May 11, 2010 – November 8, 2010
  Hwang Sun-hong 37 21 8 8 056.76 December 13, 2010 – November 29, 2015 2013 K League, 2012 FA Cup, 2013 FA Cup
  Choi Jin-cheul 32 10 8 14 031.25 November 29, 2015 – September 25, 2016
  Choi Soon-ho 37 21 8 8 056.76 September 26, 2016 –
  • Italics denotes manager was there for interim period

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "포항스틸러스, AFC 예선 히로시마전 아쉬운 무승부".
  2. ^ "East to meet West in AFC final". FIFA.com. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ "Pohang book UAE berth". FIFA.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  4. ^ "Asian champions Pohang go down to Seongnam". the-afc.com (AFC). 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  5. ^ "Pohang penalty joy". ESPN Soccernet. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  6. ^ Upon its formation in 1983, the K League became the top tier of Korean football; the Korea Football League (officially, the Korean National Semi-Professional Football League) then became the second tier. The Korea Football League is now known as the National League.
  7. ^ a b Football Club Pohang Steelers was founded as a semi-professional team in 1973, and turned into a professional team in 1984. Even after the club turned professional, Pohang managed a separate, semi-professional reserves team that participated in the Korean League until the formation of R League.

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