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Sangju Sangmu FC (Hangul: 상주 상무 프로축구단; Hanja: 尚州 尚武 프로蹴球團) is a professional football club that competes in the K League 1. The club is based in Sangju, South Korea. Sangmu (상무, 尙武) means martialism and is the sports division of the Military of South Korea. The club officially removed the word "Phoenix" in its name in 2013. Their mascot is the Bulsajo, which translates to "Phoenix" in English. The club's hometown moved from Gwangju to Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do after the city of Gwangju founded the new professional club Gwangju FC in 2011.

Sangju Sangmu
상주 상무
尚州 尚武
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Full nameSangju Sangmu Football Club
상주 상무 프로축구단
尚州 尚武 프로蹴球團
Nickname(s)Bulsajo (Phoenix)
Founded1984 as Sangmu FC (Original)
2011 as Sangju Sangmu Phoenix[1]
GroundSangju Civic Stadium
Capacity15,042
OwnerSangju Government and Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
ChairmanMayor of Sangju
ManagerKim Tae-wan
LeagueK League 1
201810th
WebsiteClub website
Korea Armed Forces
Athletic Corps

  • Second Athletics Unit

  • Third Athletics Unit
    • Aquatics
    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Biathlon
    • Cycling
    • Fencing
    • Modern pentathlon
    • Shooting
    • Taekwondo
    • Women's football

Sangmu's playing staff is made up of young South Korean professional footballers serving their compulsory two-year military duty. Fifteen players join up at the start of every season and spend two years with the side before returning to their previous professional club. Sangmu are not allowed to sign any foreign players because of their military status.

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HistoryEdit

Origin – Army FC, Navy FC, Air Force FC era (1950s–1983)Edit

There were ROK Army FC, ROK Navy FC, and ROK Air Force FC until 1983 in South Korea. ROK Marine Corps FC became ROK Navy FC in 1973. The three military football clubs were consolidated into one football section of the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps in January 1984.

Founding and semi-professional Sangmu FC era (1984–2001)Edit

Sangmu FC was founded on 11 January 1984, as the football side of Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps.[2][3] Although Sangmu squad was composed of professional players from K League clubs, Sangmu FC competed in the semi-professional league (now Korea National League). Sangmu joined the K League for the 1985 season, but spent only one year in the league before dropping out.

The reserve side, Sangmu B, competed in the K2 League from 2003 to 2005 before joining the K League reserve league. Sangmu B was based in Icheon and finished as the runners-up in the 2003 K2 League season.

Gwangju Sangmu era (2002–2010)Edit

After establishing a home base in Gwangju, the team participated in the Reserve League.[4] The club has rejoined the K League at the start of the 2003 season as Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo. Between 2004 and 2010, the club has been known as Gwangju Sangmu FC.

Sangju Sangmu era (2011–present)Edit

Once Gwangju FC was established, Gwangju Sangmu FC was relocated to Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, as Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps moved to Mungyeong, near Sangju. The club name was officially changed to Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC in January 2011.[5][6]

Before the 2013 season, the club officially removed the word "Phoenix" in its name. In the same season, Sangju Sangmu became the first champions of the newly established K League Challenge (second division) and promoted to the K League Classic.[7][8]

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (2): 2013, 2015

Sangmu FC era (semi-professional, 1984–2001)Edit

LeagueEdit

Winners (9): 1984, 1991 Fall, 1992 Spring, 1994 Spring, 1996 Fall, 1997 Fall, 1998 Fall, 1999 Fall, 2002 Spring
Runners-up (5): 1987 Fall, 1993 Spring, 1999 Spring, 2000 Spring, 2003

CupsEdit

Winners (2): 1999, 2001
Winners (1): 1996

RecordsEdit

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup
1985 1 8 6
1996 Semi-professional Era Round of 16
1997 First round
1998 Round of 16
1999 Quarter-final
2000 Round of 16
2001 Round of 16
2002 R 11 3 Round of 16
2003 1 12 10 Round of 16
2004 1 13 8 Quarter-final
2005 1 13 13 Round of 16
2006 1 14 14 Round of 16
2007 1 14 14 Round of 16
2008 1 14 14 Quarter-final
2009 1 15 11 Round of 16
2010 1 15 14 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 14 Round of 16
2012 1 16 16 Round of 16
2013 2 8 1 Round of 16
2014 1 12 12 Semi-final
2015 2 11 1 Third round
2016 1 12 6 Round of 32
2017 1 12 11 Quarter-final
2018 1 12 10 Round of 32
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

PlayersEdit

ManagersEdit

# Name From To Season Notes
  Kim Young-bae 1984/01/11 1984/??/?? 1984 (Semi-professional)
  Jang Jong-dae 1985/??/?? 1985/07/09 1985
  Kim Young-bae 1985/07/10 1989/12/?? 1985
1986–1989 (Semi-professional)
  Lee Kang-jo 1990/??/?? 2010/10/27 1990–2002 (Semi-professional)
2003–2010
1   Lee Soo-chul 2010/10/28 2011/07/13 2010–2011
C   Kim Tae-wan 2011/07/14 2011/12/29 2011
2   Park Hang-Seo 2011/12/30 2015/12/11 2012–2015
3   Cho Jin-ho 2015/12/18 2016/11/25 2016
4   Kim Tae-wan 2016/11/25 present 2017–

Season recordEdit

K LeagueEdit

Sangmu All-Time Records
Season Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Korean FA Cup League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
Sangmu era
1985 8 21 6 7 8 23 30 −7 19 6th None None   Hong Seok-min (6)
Gwangju Sangmu era
2003 12 44 13 7 24 41 60 −19 46 10th Round of 16 None   Lee Dong-gook (11)
2004 13 24 6 11 7 18 20 −2 29 8th Quarter-finals 10th   Park Jung-hwan (4)
2005 13 24 4 5 15 23 38 −15 17 13th Round of 16 11th   Kim Sang-rok (5)
2006 14 26 5 8 13 17 29 −12 23 14th Round of 16 11th   Kang Yong (4)
  Chung Kyung-ho (4)
2007 14 26 2 6 18 14 44 −30 12 14th Round of 16 Group stage   Namgung Do (7)
2008 14 26 3 7 16 22 46 −24 16 14th Quarter-finals Group stage   Kim Myung-joong (7)
2009 15 28 9 3 16 33 40 −7 30 11th Round of 16 Group stage   Choi Sung-kuk (9)
2010 15 28 3 10 15 17 43 −26 19 14th Quarter-finals Group stage   Choi Sung-kuk (4)
Sangju Sangmu era
2011 16 30 7 8 15 36 53 −17 29 14th Round of 16 Group stage   Kim Jung-woo (15)

R LeagueEdit

Gwangju Sangmu Reserves
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Top scorer
(League goals)
2002 South Group 5 16 7 7 2 33 18 +15 28 1st
Playoff 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Semi-finals
2006 Group A 4 18 6 4 8 23 26 −3 22 4th
2007 Group B 4 18 7 4 7 28 25 +3 25 3rd
2008 Group B 8 21 9 4 8 29 29 0 31 6th
2009 Group B 4 12 5 3 4 20 15 +5 18 2nd
2010 Group B 8 14 6 2 6 23 24 −1 20 4th
Sangju Sangmu Reserves
2011 Group B 8 21 11 4 6 33 32 +1 37 1st

Korea National LeagueEdit

Icheon Sangmu
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
2003 First Stage 10 9 4 2 3 15 13 +2 14 4th None   Lee Gwang-jae (7)
Second Stage 10 9 5 4 0 18 9 +9 19 1st
Playoff 2 2 0 1 1 4 5 −1 1 Runner-up
2004 First Stage 10 9 6 1 2 12 9 +3 19 3rd Group stage   Kim Man-joong (3)
  Park Jung-hwan (3)
Second Stage 10 9 2 4 3 11 12 −1 10 6th
2005 First Stage 11 10 4 3 3 11 8 +3 15 6th Semi-finals   Oh Jung-seok (7)
Second Stage 11 10 5 3 2 11 6 +5 18 2nd

Kit SupplierEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Club Profile at K League Website ‹See Tfd›(in Korean)
  2. ^ 군경기단체 국군체육부대로 통합 팀 명칭 상무, 마스코트는 불사조로 (in Korean). Dong-a Ilbo. 1984-01-11.
  3. ^ 육,해,공 3군통합 스포츠팀 상무 창단 (in Korean). Maeil Business Newspaper. 1984-01-12.
  4. ^ 프로축구 - 상무축구팀, 프로리그 진출
  5. ^ 상주상무피닉스축구단 운영방침 및 사업계획 (in Korean). Sangju City Hall. 2011-01-10.
  6. ^ ""경북 상주로" 상무, 연고지 변경해 내년 K리그 참가" (in Korean). The Daily Sports Seoul. 2010-12-10.
  7. ^ "K리그 챌린지 초대 우승팀 상주 우승 트로피 수상" (in Korean). Sportal Korea. 2013-11-17.
  8. ^ 강제강등에서 첫 승격까지, 역사가 된 상주상무 (in Korean). MK Sports. 2013-12-07.

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