Seongnam FC

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Seongnam FC (Hangul: 성남 FC) is a South Korean professional football club based in Seongnam, South Korea. Seongnam plays in the K League 1, the top division in South Korea. Founded as Ilhwa Chunma Football Club in 1989, the club have won a joint-record seven national league titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups, and two AFC Champions League titles. Seongnam also placed fifth in the IFFHS Asian Clubs of the 20th century.[2]

Seongnam FC
Seongnam FC logo.svg
Full nameSeongnam Football Club
Nickname(s)Seongnam Magpies
Short nameSFC
Founded18 March 1989; 31 years ago (18 March 1989)
(as Ilhwa Chunma)[1]
GroundTancheon Stadium
OwnerSeongnam City Council
ChairmanEun Su-mi (Democratic, Mayor of Seongnam)
ManagerKim Nam-il
LeagueK League 1
2019K League 1, 9th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Seongnam FC
Revised RomanizationSeongnam FC
McCune–ReischauerSŏngnam FC

In 2014, the club was bought by the Seongnam City Government and was officially renamed Seongnam FC.[3]


Ilhwa Chunma era 1989–2013Edit


In 1975, Sun Myung Moon, the owner of Tongil Group, wanted to found a professional football club in South Korea. Since the Korean Super League was founded in 1983, he tried to find a club to participate in the league but Choi Soon-young, the head of Korea Football Association, ignored Moon's interest due to a religious reasons.[4]

Nevertheless, Tongil Group prepared the foundation of a new football club since 1986 and finally obtained a license from Korea Football Association as a club based in Seoul. Tongil Group firstly considered to find the club in Honam provinces but there was objection from the local community.[5]

Ilhwa Chunma FC's crest, used between 1989–2000

Officially, the club was founded on 18 March 1989 as Ilhwa Chunma Football Club[1] (Chunma is known in Korean culture as the winged horse that the Jade Emperor riding in heaven) and the club based in Seoul became the sixth member of the Korean Super League.[6] The foundation ceremony was held in Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.[5] Korea Football Association helped the club to form a team quickly by giving the permission to have six priority picks out of players from Honam regions in the 1989 K League draft. The club has chosen six players, including Ko Jeong-woon and signed Park Jong-hwan as the head coach. The contract with Park was a lucrative deal back then, deposit 100 million KRW with 48 million KRW as annual salary.[5]

Early successesEdit

The club was successful from its beginning, winning its first League Cup three years after its foundation in 1992 and winning three consecutive league titles from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, K League clubs wanted to stop the club's third consecutive title and agreed to change the league format back to two stages and the championship playoffs system; however, Ilhwa Chunma still won the title.[7] Seongnam also won the 1995 Asian Club Championship, defeating Al-Nasr 1–0 after extra time in the final.[8]

Cheonan BoundEdit

The club was forced to move out from Seoul in 1996, as a part of the decentralization policy of the league, Ilhwa Chunma moved to the city of Cheonan due to the city council proposition of refurbishing the Cheonan Oryong Stadium into the football-specific stadium and building another sports complex in Baekseok-dong. The club also changed its name to Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma as a part of the policy.[9]

By the end of 1997, Ilhwa was still a successful team. The club reached the final of the 1996–97 Asian Club Championship and the 1997 Korean FA Cup.[10] However, from 1998, Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma went into a slump due to the core players moved out for various reasons,[11] including Valeri Sarychev, Chunma's goalkeeper, due to K League's year-by-year gradual restriction on foreign goalkeepers' appearances.[12]

As a result, they had recorded the bottom of the league for two consecutive seasons, in 1998 and 1999.[10] In mid-1999, Cha Kyung-bok considered to resign voluntarily due to the poor results.[13]

Not only the results on the field, but also the facilities of Cheonan Oryong Stadium were below the standard. On 22 August 1998, Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma had to finish the game against Jeonnam Dragons during the penalty shoot-out, after 1–1 draw in extra time.[14] According to K League regulations back then, teams were required to decide the winner with the golden goal or the penalty shoot-out after the extra time, if the match score is level at the end of normal time.[15] Since the field was not equipped with a floodlight system, they had to finish their games before sunset. Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma won the game by a draw.[16]

On 21 November 1999, Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma was crowned as the winners of the 1999 Korean FA Cup by winning the final 3–0 against Jeonbuk Hyundai Dinos at Jeju Stadium.[17]

Resettled in SeongnamEdit

In 2000, the club moved to the Seoul satellite city of Seongnam and renamed themselves to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. The move worked out very well, as the rejuvenated club went on to win three consecutive K League titles from 2001 to 2003, as well as a league cup title in 2002 and an A3 Champions Cup in 2004.

The inaugural crest of Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2000. The name of Seongnam followed McCune–Reischauer romanization.

A disappointing 2004 campaign saw them meekly relinquish their title. However, they reached the final of the 2004 AFC Champions League, where despite winning the away leg 3–1, they lost the home leg 5–0 to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad and lost the tie 6–3 on aggregate. The defeat led to the resignation of their manager, Cha Kyung-bok.

With Kim Hak-bum's management, the club bounced back to the forefront of South Korean football in style as they claimed their seventh league title in 2006, defeating Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–1 on aggregate in the championship playoff final. This was their seventh K League title which is a record out of all the K League clubs.

Before they were defeated by Suwon Bluewings 2–1 on 15 July 2007 in the 2007 season, they went undefeated for 22 consecutive league matches – the third longest streak in the history of the K League.

Seongnam reached the final of the 2007 K League Championship but were beaten 4–1 on aggregate by the Pohang Steelers, despite finishing in first place during the regular season.

Seongnam's former player Shin Tae-yong returned as caretaker manager in the 2009 season, then as manager from the following season and continued the club's success. On 13 November 2010, Seongnam beat Iranian club Zob Ahan FC 3–1 in the final of the 2010 AFC Champions League. This was their second AFC Champions League title and qualified them directly into the quarter-finals stage of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. Seongnam finished the tournament in fourth place. Seongnam added another FA Cup trophy in 2011, beating Suwon Bluewings 1–0 in the final on 15 October 2011.

During the 2013 season, there were rumors that the club was going to be sold to Ansan city government after the death of Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church. Moon was extremely devoted to football so the Unification Church had been running the club, but after his death, the Unification Church's board of directors saw no reason to continue running the club and stated their thoughts on selling the club to another organization. After the rumor was reported by the press, Ansan's mayor officially mentioned that the city is in a process of purchasing the club from Ilhwa. Estimated number of 800 supporters protested in front of the Seongnam city hall stating the city could not lose one of the most successful clubs in the Asian football's history. Seongnam city started negotiation to purchase the club from Ilhwa. In October 2013, Lee Jae-myung, the mayor of Seongnam, had a conference and announced that Seongnam City Council agreed to take over the club from Ilhwa Sports and will be participating under the name Seongnam FC.[18]

Seongnam FC era (2014–present)Edit

In December 2013, Seongnam City officially took over the club from Ilhwa Co., Ltd. They changed their symbol to magpie, the symbol of the Seongnam city, from chunma, which was the symbol of the Unification Church. The yellow color of their uniform was also replaced with black. Their first manager Park Jong-hwan, who had managed the club from 1988 to 1996 returned to the club as manager once again.

The club played the first home game as Seongnam FC on March 15, 2014 against FC Seoul resulting in a draw of 0:0. Seongnam FC's first victory was on March 26, 2014, beating their bitter rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–0. On April 22, 2014, manager Park Jong-hwan resigned after it was revealed that he had been assaulting players.[19]

After months of confusion, the club appointed Kim Hak-bum, who previously led their golden age, as their manager. The return turned out to be extremely successful, as Seongnam not only escaped relegation but also won their third FA Cup trophy, beating FC Seoul in a penalty shoot-out on 23 November 2014.

In the 2016 season, after Incheon's win over Suwon FC on the final day of the season, Seongnam were placed at 11th and were relegated to the second division for the first time in their history after being defeated by northernmost side Gangwon FC on away goals in the promotion-relegation playoffs.[20]

Nam Ki-il was announced as the club's new manager on 06/12/2017, replacing Park Kyung-hoon.[21] He contributed a lot to the promotion of Seongnam Fc to the first division just one season after it was demoted to the second division. [22] Nam resigned his position as the manager of the club on December 16, 2019[23]

Kim Nam-il was appointed as the club's new manager on December 23, 2019 to lead the club in the upcoming 2020 K League 1 season.[24]

Crests and mascotsEdit


Kit suppliersEdit


Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma won the AFC Champions League in 2010

Domestic competitionsEdit


Winners (7): 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
Runners-up (3): 1992, 2007, 2009
Runners-up (1): 2018


Winners (3): 1999, 2011, 2014
Runners-up (3): 1997, 2000, 2009
Winners (3): 1992, 2002, 2004
Runners-up (3): 1995, 2000, 2006
Winners (1): 2002
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Winners (1): 1999

International competitionsEdit


Winners (2): 1995, 2010
Runners-up (2): 1996–97, 2004
Winners (1): 1996
Winners (1): 2004


Fourth place (1): 2010
Winners (1): 1996


Winners (1): 2012
Runners-Up (1): 2012


  • Domestic double
K League and League Cup Champions (1): 2002
  • Continental double
Champions League and K League Champions (1): 1995

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1989 1 6 5
1990 1 6 6
1991 1 6 5
1992 1 6 2
1993 1 6 1
1994 1 7 1
1995 1 8 1 Semi-final
1996 1 9 8 Quarter-final Winners
1997 1 10 8 Runners-up Runners-up
1998 1 10 10 Quarter-final
1999 1 10 10 Winners
2000 1 10 3 Runners-up
2001 1 10 1 Quarter-final
2002 1 10 1 Semi-final
2003 1 12 1 Round of 16 Group Stage
2004 1 13 9 Round of 32 Runners-up
2005 1 13 3 Round of 16
2006 1 14 1 Round of 32
2007 1 14 2 Round of 16 Semi-final
2008 1 14 5 Quarter-final
2009 1 15 2 Runners-up[25]
2010 1 15 4 Quarter-final Winners
2011 1 16 10 Winners
2012 1 16 12 Round of 16 Round of 16
2013 1 14 8 Round of 16
2014 1 12 9 Winners
2015 1 12 5 Quarter-final Round of 16
2016 1 12 11 Quarter-final
2017 2 10 4 Quarter-final
2018 2 10 2 Round of 32
2019 1 12 9 Round of 32
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Current squadEdit

As of 22 February 2020

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   KOR Jeon Jong-hyuk
2 DF   CRO Igor Jovanović
3 DF   KOR Park Soo-il
4 MF   KOR Lee Chang-yong
5 MF   KOR Lim Sun-young
6 DF   KOR Ahn Young-kyu
7 MF   KOR Kwon Soon-hyung
8 MF   KOR Joo Hyeon-woo
9 FW   KOR Kim Hyun-sung
10 MF   CRO Tomislav Kiš
11 MF   KOR Seo Bo-min (captain)
13 DF   KOR Park Tae-min
14 MF   KOR Kim Dong-hyun
16 MF   UZB Jamshid Iskanderov
17 MF   KOR Choi Oh-baek
18 FW   KOR Yang Dong-hyun
19 FW   KOR Lee Jae-won
20 MF   KOR Yeon Je-woon
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   KOR Kim Keun-bae
22 MF   KOR Yoon Yong-ho
25 MF   KOR Kim Ki-yeol
27 FW   KOR Yu In-soo
28 MF   KOR Park Tae-jun
29 FW   KOR Kim So-woong
31 GK   KOR Heo Ja-woong
32 DF   KOR Lee Tae-hee
33 MF   KOR Choi Byung-chan
34 DF   KOR Choi Ji-moog
35 DF   KOR Ma Sang-hoon
36 FW   KOR Lee Joong-min
37 MF   KOR Hong Si-hoo
40 DF   KOR Lim Seung-gyeom
41 GK   KOR Kim Young-kwang
42 FW   KOR Jeon Sung-soo
43 FW   KOR Kim Se-hyeon
45 DF   KOR Lee Da-won

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   KOR Kim Min-hyeok (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
DF   KOR Lee Si-young (to Seoul E-Land FC)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   KOR Lee Hyun-il (to Bucheon FC 1995)

Current staffEdit

As of 31 December 2019

Coaching staffEdit

U-18 Team (Pungsaeng High School) coaching staffEdit

U-15 Team (Pungsaeng Middle School) coaching staffEdit


List of Seongnam FC managers
# Name From To Season Notes
  Park Jong-hwan 1988/09/16 1996/04/02 1989–1995
  Won Heung-jae 1990/04/27 1990/06/27 1990 Unofficial Caretaker
  Lee Jang-soo 1996/04/03 1996/08/17 1996
1996/08/18 1996/12/05 1996
  René Desaeyere 1996/12/18 1998/09/08 1997–1998
  Cha Kyung-bok 1998/09/09 2004/12/01 1998–2004
  Kim Hak-bum 2004/12/07 2004/12/29 2004 In charge since FA Cup.
2004/12/30 2008/11/27 2005–2008
  Shin Tae-yong 2008/12/06 2010/02/17 2009
2010/02/18 2012/12/08 2010–2012
  An Ik-soo 2012/12/14 2013/12/22 2013
  Park Jong-hwan 2013/12/23 2014/04/22 2014
  Lee Sang-yoon 2014/04/22 2014/08/26 2014
  Lee Young-jin 2014/08/26 2014/09/05 2014
  Kim Hak-bum 2014/09/05 2016/09/12 2014–2016
  Gu Sang-bum 2016/09/12 2016/11/20 2016
  Byun Sung-hwan 2016/11/06 2016/11/20 2016 Unofficial Caretaker
  Park Kyung-hoon 2016/12/01 2017/11/27 2017
  Nam Ki-il 2017/12/06 2019/12/16 2018–2019
  Kim Nam-il 2019/12/26 2020-


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