Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Suwon Samsung Bluewings (Korean: 수원 삼성 블루윙즈) is a South Korean football club based in Suwon, South Korea, that plays in the K League 1. Founded in December 1995, they have won the national championship on four occasions (1998, 1999, 2004, and 2008), and the Asian Club Championship twice (2000–01 and 2001–02).

Suwon Samsung Bluewings
수원 삼성 블루윙즈
Club crest
Full nameSuwon Samsung Bluewings Football Club
수원 삼성 블루윙즈 축구단
Nickname(s)Blue Wings, Tricolor
Short nameSSB
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
GroundSuwon World Cup Stadium
Capacity43,959
OwnerCheil Worldwide
(Samsung's subsidiary)
ChairmanPark Chan-hyoung
Head coachLee Lim-saeng
LeagueK League 1
2019K League 1, 8th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Hangul
Hanja
블루윙즈
Revised RomanizationSuwon samsung Blue wings
McCune–ReischauerSuwon Samsung Blue wings

Asia's Player of the Century Cha Bum-kun was the manager of the club from 2004 to 2010, when he replaced former South Korea national team manager Kim Ho who had been the club's first manager.

HistoryEdit

The club was officially founded in December 1995, by Samsung, to be the ninth member of the K-League from the 1996 season. It was also the first club to be founded in one specific city, a plan which led to the K-League initiating plans to encourage the other member clubs to forge similar links with local communities.

Former South Korean national team manager Kim Ho took charge of the side from their first season in the K-League, and the team finished runners-up in the championship play-off that season. The championship was secured in 1998 and retained in 1999 as Suwon started to dominate Korean football.

Suwon lifted the Asian Club Championship (the predecessor to the AFC Champions League) twice in succession in 2000–01 and 2001–02, and also added the Asian Super Cup to their roll of honors on two occasions.

In the 2002 season, Suwon also won the FA Cup for the first time, achieving a continental double.

The departure of Kim Ho in 2003 saw Korean football legend Cha Bum-kun appointed manager ahead of the 2004 season, and the club won its third league title in his debut season as manager.

Suwon finished runners-up in both major domestic competitions in 2006, as Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma claimed victory in the K-League championship play-off final and Chunnam Dragons won in the FA Cup final, thwarting Suwon's attempts to win the first ever domestic double in Korean football.

The 2008 season became one of the most successful seasons in the club's history. Suwon achieved a domestic "double" by winning the K League Championship and the League Cup.

Suwon won the FA Cup four times in the 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2019, becoming the most winning team in the FA Cup. (5th title) In particular, the 2016 fa Cup final drew attention as it was a super match against traditional rival fc Seoul.

Colours and crestEdit

CrestEdit

The current crest has been used since 2008. The castle in the middle of the crest is the Hwaseong Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wing in the top of the crest symbolizes the Suwon Samsung Bluewings Football Club's will to rise to the top and emerge victorious by speedy and dynamic game plays. BLUEWINGS is the representation of the Suwon Samsung Football Club opening doors to Korean football's brighter future.

ColoursEdit

The club's main colour, blue, is the colour of Samsung, the club's owner, and also represents "clear blue sky, hope, dream, vision, and the future". Red is a symbol of burning passion, endless challenge and expressing energy and dynamic.

GroundsEdit

StadiumEdit

Suwon Samsung Bluewings used Suwon Sports Complex as its home stadium from 1995 through 2001, which seats around 11,808.

Samsung began building the stadium in 1996, but construction stopped in 1998 due to the financial crisis, and with the support of Suwon and Gyeonggi Province, it was able to complete the construction in may 2001. This stadium was used as a venue for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Based on the shape of the roof of the stadium, fans sometimes call the stadium Big Bird.

Training groundEdit

Suwon Samsung Bluewings's training ground is located in Dongtan, a district of Hwaseong.

SlogansEdit

Year Slogan
2002 PLAY WITH YOU, FLY WITH YOU
2003
2004 BOOM 2004! BLUEWINGS!
2005 BLUE EXCITING! 2005!
2006 RESTAR★T 2006!
2007 BLUE TEMPEST 2007!
2008 BLUE STORM 2008!
2009 축구수도
(Football Capital)
2010
2011 SMART & STRONG
2012 CU@BIGBIRD
2013 쉼 없는 도전! 감동 있는 승리!
-NEVER STOP CHALLENGE
TOUCHING WINNING-
2014 푸른 도전! 승리 수원!
(Blue Challenge! Victory Suwon!)
2015 Home of Football
2016
2017
2018
2019 Begin Again 2019
2020 PA25ION 2020

HonoursEdit

 
Suwon Samsung Bluewings players celebrating after winning the 2008 K League.

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (4): 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008
Runners-up (4): 1996, 2006, 2014, 2015

CupsEdit

Winners (5): 2002, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2019
Runners-up (3): 1996, 2006, 2011
Winners (6): 1999, 1999s, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008
Winners (3): 1999, 2000, 2005

International competitionsEdit

AsianEdit

Winners (2): 2000–01, 2001–02
Runners-up (1): 1997–98
Winners (2): 2001, 2002
Winners (1): 2005

FriendlyEdit

Third place (1): 2009
Winners (1): 2009

DoublesEdit

  • Domestic double
K League 1 and League Cup Champions (2): 1999, 2008
  • Continental double
Champions League and FA Cup Champions (1): 2002
Champions League and League Cup Champions (1): 2001

RecordEdit

Season Teams League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts League Cup FA Cup Super Cup AFC Other Manager
1996 9 Runners-up 32 18 9 5 57 33 +24 63 6th (A) Runners-up   Kim Ho
1997 10 5th 18 7 7 4 23 23 0 28 6th (A)
3rd (P)
Quarter-final Runners-up (CW)   Kim Ho
1998 10 Champions 20 13 1 6 34 22 +12 35 6th (A)
4th (PM)
Quarter-final   Kim Ho
1999 10 Champions 29 23 0 6 60 26 +34 64 Winners (A)
Winners (D)
1st round Winners 4th (CC)   Kim Ho
2000 10 5th 27 14 0 13 48 43 +5 36 Winners (A)
8th (D)
Quarter-final Winners   Kim Ho
2001 10 3rd 27 12 5 10 40 35 +5 41 Winners (A) 1st round Champions (CC)
Winners (SC)
  Kim Ho
2002 10 3rd 27 12 9 6 40 26 +14 45 4th (A) Winners Champions (CC)
Winners (SC)
  Kim Ho
2003 12 3rd 44 19 15 10 59 46 +13 72 No competition Round of 32 No competition   Kim Ho
2004 13 Champions 27 14 6 7 32 24 +8 46 4th (S) Round of 16   Cha Bum-kun
2005 13 10th 24 6 10 8 29 32 –3 28 Winners (S) Round of 16 Winners Winners (A3)
Group E 2nd (CL)
  Cha Bum-kun
2006 14 Runners-up 29 12 10 7 31 25 +6 46 12th (S) Runners-up   Cha Bum-kun
2007 14 3rd 27 15 6 6 36 25 +11 51 Semi-final (S) Round of 16 Competition ceased   Cha Bum-kun
2008 14 Champions 28 18 4 6 49 26 +23 58 Winners (S) Round of 16   Cha Bum-kun
2009 15 10th 28 8 8 12 29 32 –3 32 Quarter-final (PK) Winners Round of 16 (CL) Winners (PP)   Cha Bum-kun
2010 15 7th 28 12 5 11 39 44 –5 41 Semi-final (PC) Winners Quarter-final (CL) Runners-up (ST)   Cha Bum-kun
  Yoon Sung-hyo
2011 16 4th 30 17 4 9 51 33 +18 55 Semi-final (RC) Runners-up Semi-final (CL)   Yoon Sung-hyo
2012 16 4th 44 20 13 11 61 51 +10 73 Competition ceased Quarter-final   Yoon Sung-hyo
2013 14 5th 38 15 8 15 50 43 +7 53 Round of 16 Group H, 4th (CL)   Seo Jung-won
2014 12 Runners-up 38 19 10 9 52 37 +15 67 Round of 32   Seo Jung-won
2015 12 Runners-up 38 19 10 9 60 43 +17 67 Round of 32 Round of 16 (CL)   Seo Jung-won
2016 12 7th 38 10 18 10 56 59 –3 48 Winners Group G, 3rd (CL)   Seo Jung-won
2017 12 3rd 38 17 13 8 63 41 +22 64 Semi-final Group G, 3rd (CL)   Seo Jung-won
2018 12 6th 38 13 11 14 53 54 –1 50 Semi-final Semi-final (CL)   Seo Jung-won
  Lee Byung-keun (C)
  Seo Jung-won
2019 12 8th 38 12 12 14 46 49 –3 48 Winners   Lee Lim-saeng

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 3 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 Kim Da-sol
2   DF Park Dae-won
3   DF Yang Sang-min
4   DF Doneil Henry
5   DF Jo Sung-jin
6   MF Song Jin-kyu
7   FW Sulejman Krpić
8   MF Terry Antonis
9   FW Han Eui-kwon
10   MF Kim Min-woo
11   MF Lim Sang-hyub
12   DF Kim Tae-hwan
13   FW Han Seok-hee
14   FW Kim Gun-hee
15   DF Lee Yong-hyeok
16   MF Lee Jong-sung
17   MF Kim Jong-woo
18   FW Adam Taggart
19   GK No Dong-geon
20   DF Kim Sang-jun
21   GK Yang Hyung-mo
22   MF Kim Joon-hyung
No. Position Player
23   DF Myung Jun-jae
24   MF Lee Sang-min
25   DF Choi Sung-keun (vice-captain)
26   MF Yeom Ki-hun (captain)
27   DF Lee Pung-yeon
28   FW You Ju-an
29   GK Park Ji-min
30   MF Shin Sang-hwi
31   GK Lee I-gi
33   DF Hong Chul
35   DF Jang Ho-ik
36   MF Kang Hyun-muk
37   FW Oh Hyun-gyu
39   DF Min Sang-gi
42   MF Lee Kang-hee
44   DF Yun Seo-ho
77   MF Ko Seung-beom
88   MF Lee Yong-eon
90   DF Goo Dae-young
98   MF Park Sang-hyuk

Out on loan and military serviceEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Ko Myeong-seok (to   Sangju Sangmu for military service)
  DF Lee Ki-je (to   Gimpo Citizen for military service)
  MF Choi Jeong-hoon (to   Jeonnam Dragons)
No. Position Player
  FW Jeon Se-jin (to   Sangju Sangmu for military service)
  DF Park Hyung-jin (to   Pocheon Citizen for military service)

Club CaptainsEdit

 
Yeom Ki-Hun, most capped player and number-one goalscorer in Suwon's history.
Dates Captains Vice-Captains
1996   Kim Doo-ham   Yoon Sung-hyo
1997   Shin Sung-hwan
1998   Jung Sung-hoon
1999   Shin Hong-gi
2000
2001   Park Kun-ha
2002   Seo Jung-won
2003   Kim Jin-woo   Lee Woon-jae
2004   Lee Byung-keun   Kim Young-sun
2005   Choi Sung-yong   Kim Dae-eui
2006   Kim Nam-il   Cho Jae-min
2007   Lee Kwan-woo   Lee Jung-soo
2008   Song Chong-gug   Kwak Hee-ju
2009   Lee Woon-jae   Hong Soon-hak
2010   Cho Won-hee   Kim Dae-eui
2011   Choi Sung-kuk   Yeom Ki-hun
2012   Kwak Hee-ju   Oh Beom-seok
2013   Kim Do-heon   Oh Jang-eun
2014   Yeom Ki-hun   Oh Jang-eun
2015   Kim Eun-sun
2016   Hong Chul, Shin Se-gye
2017   Koo Ja-ryong, Lee Jong-sung
2018   Kim Eun-sun   Koo Ja-ryong, Lee Jong-sung
2019   Yeom Ki-hun   Choi Sung-Keun, Hong Chul
2020   Choi Sung-Keun

Notable playersEdit

Hall of Fame[1]
  Seo Jung-won (1999-2004)
  Park Kun-ha (1996-2006)
  Lee Woon-jae (1996–2011)
  Lee Byung-Keun (1996-2006)
  Kim Jin-Woo (1996-2007)
  Ko Jong-soo (1996-2004)
  Denis (1996-2003, 2006-2007)
  Sandro (2000-2002, 2005-2007)
  Nádson (2003-2008)
  Kwak Hee-Ju (2003-2013, 2015-2016)
  Santos (2013-2017)
Greatest ever team (10th anniversary)

In the spring of 2005, as part of the club's celebration of its 10th anniversary, Suwon fans voted for the best players in the club's history. The players who received the most votes in each position were named in the club's greatest ever team.[2]

  Lee Woon-jae (1996–2011)
  Park Kun-ha (1996-2006)
  Choi Sung-Yong (2002-2006)
  Lee Byung-Keun (1996-2006)
  Ko Jong-soo (1996-2004)
  Denis (1996-2003, 2006-2007)
  Kim Do-Heon (2001-2005, 2009-2014)
  Seo Jung-won (1999-2004)
  Kim Jin-Woo (1996-2007)
  Nádson (2003-2008)
  Saša (1998-2000)
Greatest ever team (20th anniversary)

In the spring of 2015, as part of the club's celebration of its 20th anniversary, Suwon fans voted for the best players in the club's history. The players who received the most votes in each position were named in the club's greatest ever team.[3]

  Lee Woon-jae (1996–2011)
  Choi Sung-Yong (2002-2006)
  Mato (2005-2008, 2011)
  Lee Byung-Keun (1996-2006)
  Kwak Hee-Ju (2003-2013, 2015-2016)
  Denis (1996-2003, 2006-2007)
  Ko Jong-soo (1996-2004)
  Kim Jin-Woo (1996-2007)
  Seo Jung-won (1999-2004)
  Park Kun-ha (1996-2006)
  Nádson (2003-2008)

Player statisticsEdit

Top scorers by seasonsEdit

Season Name Goals
1996   Park Kun-ha 7
1997   Cho Hyun-doo 7
1998   Saša 8
1999 23
2000   Denis 10
2001   Sandro 17
2002 10
2003   Nádson 14
2004 14
2005   Mato 10
2006   Baek Ji-hoon 5
2007   Nádson 8
2008   Edu 16
 
Season Name Goals
2009   Edu 7
2010   Jose Mota 11
2011   Stevo 9
2012   Radončić 14
2013   Jong Tae-se 10
2014   Santos 14
2015 12
2016 12
2017   Johnathan 22
2018   Dejan 13
2019   Taggart 20

Award winnersEdit

The following players have won the awards while at Suwon Samsung Bluewings:

Domestic

International

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the FIFA World Cup whilst playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings:

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014

World Cup 2018

Olympic playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings:

1996

2000

2004

2008

2012

2016


ManagersEdit

As of end of 2019 season

# Name From To Season Record
P W D L GF GA
1
  Kim Ho 1995/02/22 2003/10/??
1996–03
312 153 77 82 491 359
2
  Cha Bum-kun 2003/10/17 2010/06/06
2004–10
241 102 69 70 ? ?
3
  Yoon Sung-hyo 2010/06/17 2012/12/12
2010–12
97 48 24 25 ? ?
4
  Seo Jung-won 2012/12/12
2018/10/15
2018/08/28
2018/12/02
2013–18
2018
182 74 58 50 ? ?
C   Lee Byung-keun 2018/08/28 2018/10/15
2018
7 1 4 2 ? ?
5
  Lee Lim-saeng 2018/12/03 Present
2019–
45 16 14 15 59 52

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

Club officialsEdit

Executive Office

Coaching Staff

Medical Staff

Supporting Staff

Supporters clubEdit

The Frente Tricolor is the official Suwon Samsung Bluewings supporters group.

RivalriesEdit

SponsorshipEdit

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Year Kit Supplier Sponsor Shirt Printing Notes
1996 Rapido Samsung Electronics BlueWings Team name
1997 Masterpiece+1 Television brand
1998
1999 Anycall Mobile Phone brand
2000
2001 SensQ (Home)
Bluewin (Away)
Laptop brand
Air Conditioner brand
2002 Adidas Hauzen Electronics brand
2003
2004 PAVV Television brand
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009 Samsung PAVV
2010
2011 Samsung SMART TV
2012
2013
2014 Samsung UHD Curved
2015 Samsung SUHD TV 4K
2016 Samsung Electronics / Maeil Dairies SUHD TV Quantum dot display / Maeil Television brand / Dairy products brand
2017 SAMSUNG QLED TV / Maeil
2018 Zaicro
2019 Puma Samsung Electronics / Cuchen SAMSUNG QLED 8K / Cuchen Television brand / Kitchen Appliance Brand
2020 Samsung Electronics / BMW SAMSUNG QLED 8K / DEUTSCH MOTORS Television brand / Automobile brand

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "수원, 빅버드 라커룸 새 단장 완료!" (in Korean). 9 April 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  2. ^ "수원 10주년 베스트 11 발표" (in Korean). 6 March 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  3. ^ "20주년 기념, 팬들이 뽑은 베스트 일레븐" (in Korean). 12 December 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. ^ 수원 삼성, 첫번째 ‘수원 더비’에서 신승

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