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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 become one of Asian football's most famous clubs with a host of domestic and continental honours. Suwon have won the championship on four occasions, in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2008.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings
수원 삼성 블루윙즈
Club crest
Full nameSuwon Samsung Bluewings Football Club
수원 삼성 블루윙즈 축구단
Nickname(s)Blue Wings
Short nameSSB
Founded1995; 24 years ago (1995)
GroundSuwon World Cup Stadium
Capacity43,959
OwnerCheil Worldwide
(Samsung's subsidiary)
ChairmanKim Jae-yeol
ManagerKim Joon-sik
CoachLee Lim-saeng
LeagueK League 1
20186th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
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.

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.

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 (4): 2002, 2009, 2010, 2016
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

StatisticsEdit

Season-by-season recordsEdit

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 23 August 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 Kim Da-sol
3   DF Yang Sang-min
4   DF Ko Myeong-seok
5   DF Jo Sung-jin
6   MF Song Jin-Kyoo
7   FW Waguininho
8   MF Terry Antonis
6   FW Han Eui-Gwon
10   FW Dejan Damjanović
12   DF Park Dae-won
13   DF Park Hyung-jin
14   FW Jeon Se-Jin
15   DF Koo Ja-ryong
16   MF Lee Jong-sung
17   MF Kim Jong-woo
18   FW Adam Taggart
19   GK No Dong-Geon
20   DF Kim Min-Ho
21   GK Yang Hyung-Mo
22   DF Song Joon-Pyung
24   DF Park Joon Hyung
No. Position Player
25   MF Choi Sung-geun (Vice Captain)
26   MF Yeom Ki-hun (Captain)
27   FW Han Seok-Hee
28   MF Yoo Ju-An
29   GK Park Ji-min
30   DF Shin Se-Gye
33   DF Hong Chul (Vice Captain)
37   FW Oh Hyun-gyu
39   DF Min Sang-Gi
44   DF Yoon Seo-Ho
47   MF Shin Sang-Hwi
66   DF Kim Tae-hwan
70   FW Joo Hyun-ho
77   MF Ko Seung-Beom
88   MF Choi Jeong-Hoon
90   DF Goo Dae-Young
96   DF Kim Sang-Joon
98   MF Park Sang-Hyeok

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
-   MF Kim Min-woo (to   Sangju Sangmu for military service)
-   FW Kim Gun-hee (to   Sangju Sangmu for military service)
-   DF Jang Ho-Ik (to   Sangju Sangmu for military service)
-   DF Lee Ki-Je (to   Gimpo Citizen for military service)
No. Position Player
-   MF Lim Sang-Hyup (to   Jeju United)
-   MF Yoon Yong-Ho (to   Jeonnam Dragons)
-   MF Kim Joon-Hyung (to   Gwangju Fc)

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the 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

CaptainsEdit

ManagersEdit

As of end of 2012 season Only K League matches are counted.

# 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 2012/12/03 Present
2019–
0 0 0 0 ? ?

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

Backroom staffEdit

Coaching Staff

Medical Staff

  • Club Doctor:   Park Seung-myoun
  • Assistant Club Doctor:   Lee Hyun-joo
  • Assistant Club Doctor:   Yoo Hwan-mo

Executive Office

  • Club Chairman:   Park Chan-hyoung (President of Suwon Samsung Bluewings)
  • Managing Director:   Lee Seok-myung
  • General Secretary (Public Relations & Marketing) :
  • Senior Manager (Public Relations & Marketing):   Hong Chang-young (Community Business)
  • Manager (Public Relations & Marketing):   Baek Jeong-heum (Marketing Manager)
  • Manager (Public Relations & Marketing):   Joo Hyung-sup (Matchday Hospitality)
  • Assistant Manager (Public Relations & Marketing):   Lee Eun-ho (Public Relations & New Media, Supporters Club Management)
  • Senior Manager (Team Management):   Lee Ho-seung (Head of Team Management)
  • Manager (Team Management):   Kim Yong-gun (Director of Football Training Facilities)
  • Assistant Manager (Team Management):   Kim Jin-hoon (Team Management)
  • Assistant Manager (Team Management):   Yang Dae-hyun (Team Management)
  • Senior Manager (Finance):   Kim Sang-gil (Head of Finance)
  • Manager (Finance):   Lee Seuk-han (Finance)
  • Officer (Supporting Team):   Choi Ji-suk (General Affairs, Accounting)

Club recordsEdit

StadiumEdit

Supporters clubEdit

RivalriesEdit

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.

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".

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 TV / Cuchen Television brand / Kitchen Appliance Brand

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit