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The Ulsan Hyundai Football Club is a South Korean professional football club, owned by the South Korean corporation Hyundai Heavy Industries. Established on 6 December 1983, they joined the K League in 1984 as Hyundai Horang-i. The home ground of the team is Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

Ulsan Hyundai
울산 현대
Ulsan Hyundai FC.svg
Full nameUlsan Hyundai Football Club
울산 현대 축구단
蔚山 現代 蹴球團
Nickname(s)Horang-i (Tiger)
Gangs of Asia
Iron Maces
Short nameUHFC
Founded1983; 36 years ago (1983), as Hyundai Horang-i
GroundUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity44,102
OwnerHyundai Heavy Industries
ChairmanChung Mong-joon
ManagerKim Do-hoon
LeagueK League 1
2018K League 1, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
2012 AFC Champions League Final in Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

Early years: before Ulsan (1983–1989)Edit

Ulsan Hyundai was established in on 6 December 1983, as Hyundai Horang-i, with Horangi (Horangi means tiger in Korean) as its mascot. Their original franchise area was Incheon and Gyeonggi Province.[1] They joined the professional K League from 1984 season. While they finished their debut season as 3rd place, the team's striker Baek Jong-chul became the K League Top Scorer, scoring 16 goals in 28 matches. They won their first professional trophy in 1986, winning the Professional Football Championship, which is the origin of Korean League Cup. From 1987 season, the club moved their franchise from Incheon and Gyeonggi Province to Gangwon Province. In the 1988 season, they finished the season as the runners-up in the league.

Move to Ulsan and Rise to Power (1990–1999)Edit

Beginning in the 1990 season, the club moved their franchise to Ulsan, where the headquarters of several branches of owner company Hyundai are located at, from Gangwon Province. Former South Korea's legendary striker Cha Bum-kun took the managerial position from the 1991 season, leading the club to the runners-up position in the league in his debut season. However, he failed to win any trophy and was replaced by Ko Jae-wook after the 1994 season. Under Ko Jae-wook, Ulsan won their second Korean League Cup trophy in 1995, which was his debut season as Ulsan manager. Ulsan won their first ever league title in 1996, beating Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–2 aggregate in the championship playoffs. Ulsan then entered a long dry-spell in terms of league trophies, although they won their third Korean League Cup trophy in 1998, beating Bucheon SK 2–1 aggregate in the finals.

Two Kims Era (2000–2013)Edit

Failure to add a major title for years did affect the team negatively. After the exodus of key players like Kim Hyun-seok and a terrible start in the 2000, manager Ko Jae-wook resigned in the middle of the season.

Kim Jung-nam era: Gangsters of Asia (2000–2008)Edit

Ulsan appointed Kim Jung-nam, who had formerly managed South Korean national football team, as their next manager. They finished runners-up in 2002 and 2003, and started to emerge as a strong force. In 2005, with the return of two key players, Yoo Sang-chul and Lee Chun-soo, they qualified for the Championship Playoffs. In the play-off semi-final, they beat Seongnam Ilhwa 2–1, and in the final, they beat Incheon United 6–3 aggregate, with a hat-trick from Lee Chun-Soo in the first leg. They became the league champions for the second time in their history.

The club also went on to win the A3 Champions Cup in 2006, which they participated as K-League champions. Although they lost their first match in the competition against JEF United Ichihara Chiba 2–3, they beat Dalian Shide 4–0 and Gamba Osaka 6–0 to clinch the trophy. Lee Chun-soo became the competition's top scorer, scoring 6 goals in 3 matches. They repeated the merciless attacks in the AFC Champions League that season, beating Al-Shabab 6–0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals. These overwhelming attacks they showed in the season gave Ulsan the nickname "Gangsters of Asia".[2]

Ulsan won the 2007 Korean League Cup, beating FC Seoul 2–1 in the final on 27 June 2007.

Kim Ho-kon era: Iron Mace Football (2009–2013)Edit

Manager Kim Jung-nam stepped down after the 2008 season. Kim Ho-kon, who had managed the South Korea national under-23 football team that reached the quarter-finals in the 2004 Summer Olympics was appointed as Ulsan's next manager.

Kim Ho-kon did not enjoy Ulsan fans' full support for his first few seasons at the club, mainly because of his defensive tactical style and unsatisfying outcomes. 2011 season was a dramatic changeover; Ulsan won their fifth Korean League Cup, beating Busan IPark 3–2 in the final. Ulsan also finished the season as runners-up in the K League that season. Ulsan's unique style of having many players pushing forward in counterattacks earned them the nickname "Iron mace football".[3]

In 2012, the club won the AFC Champions League, defeating Al-Ahli 3–0 in the final on 10 November. In the run up to the final, Ulsan went on an unbeaten run throughout the 12 games of the competition, winning nine consecutive games and scoring 27 goals in the process.[4]

Cho Min-kook and Yoon Jong-hwan Era (2014–2016)Edit

Kim Do-hoon Era (2017–present)Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 28 July 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 Jo Su-huk
3   DF Kim Min-deok
4   DF Kang Min-soo
6   MF Jung Jae-yong
7   MF Kim In-sung
8   FW Hwang Il-su
9   FW Júnior Negrão
10   MF Shin Jin-ho
11   FW Lee Keun-ho (captain)
13   DF Lee Myung-jae
14   MF Kim Bo-kyung (on loan from Kashiwa Reysol)
15   MF Lee Dong-gyeong
16   MF Lee Hyeon-seung
17   MF Kim Sung-joon
18   FW Joo Min-kyu
19   MF Park Yong-woo
20   DF Yun Young-sun
22   DF Jeong Dong-ho
No. Position Player
23   MF Kim Tae-hwan
24   MF Park Ha-bin
27   DF Kim Chang-soo (vice-captain)
28   MF Lee Ji-seung
29   FW Kim Su-an
31   GK Moon Jeong-in
32   FW Bae Jae-woo
33   MF Park Joo-ho (vice-captain)
38   DF Dave Bulthuis
39   DF Park Jae-min
41   GK Park Suk-min
42   MF Mix Diskerud (on loan from Manchester City)
45   FW Lee Dong-won
81   GK Kim Seung-gyu
88   FW Son Ho-jun
91   DF Jason Davidson
98   FW Lee Sang-heon
99   FW Park Jung-in

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
  DF Bae Jae-woo (to Sangju Sangmu FC for military service)
  DF Lee Sang-min (to V-Varen Nagasaki)
  FW Lee Jong-ho (to V-Varen Nagasaki)
  MF Kim Gyu-hyeong (to Dinamo Zagreb Academy)
  MF Kim Hyun-woo (to Dinamo Zagreb Academy)
  MF Kim Geon-ung (to Jeonnam Dragons)
  MF Kim Leo (to Asan Mugunghwa FC)
No. Position Player
  MF Oh Se-hun (to Asan Mugunghwa FC)
  DF Lim Jong-eun (to Korea Army Training Center)
  MF Hong Hyun-seok (to FC Juniors OÖ)
  DF Lee Ji-hoon (to Incheon United FC)
  DF Kim Tae-hyeon (to Daejeon Citizen)
  DF Park Gyu-hyeon (to SV Werder Bremen II)

Club officialsEdit

ManagersEdit

# Name From To Season Notes
1   Moon Jung-Sik 1983/07/12 1986/04/22 1984–86
C
  Cho Chung-Yun 1986/04/22 1986/12/?? 1986
2 1986/12/?? 1987/12/30 1987
3   Kim Ho 1987/12/30 1990/11/19 1988–90
4   Cha Bum-Kun 1990/11/23 1994/11/27 1991–94
5   Ko Jae-Wook 1994/11/30 2000/06/12 1995–00
C   Chung Jong-Soo 2000/06/12 2000/08/21 2000
6   Kim Jung-Nam 2000/08/22 2008/12/25 2000–08
7   Kim Ho-Gon 2008/12/26 2013/12/04 2009–13
8   Cho Min-Kook 2013/12/04 2014/11/30 2014
9   Yoon Jung-hwan 2014/12/03 2016/11/13 2015–16
10   Kim Do-hoon 2016/11/21 present 2017–

Crests and mascotsEdit

KitsEdit

Kit suppliersEdit

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (2): 1996, 2005
Runners-up (7): 1986, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013

CupsEdit

Winners (1): 2017
Runners-up (2): 1998, 2018
Winners (5): 1986, 1995, 1998, 2007, 2011
Runners-up (3): 1993, 2002, 2005
Winners (1): 2006
Runners-up (2): 1989, 1999

International competitionsEdit

AsianEdit

Winners (1): 2012
Winners (1): 2006

FriendlyEdit

Third place (1): 2011

RecordsEdit

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

Asian clubs rankingEdit

As of 26 November 2017.[5]
Current Rank Country Team
27   Cerezo Osaka
28   Nasaf
29   Ulsan Hyundai
30   Persipura Jayapura
31   Sanfrecce Hiroshima

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "울산현대축구단". 울산현대축구단. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ 울산, 6년 전 '아시아 깡패' 부활위한 3가지 조건 (in Korean). Sports Chosun. 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ 김호곤, 편견과 싸워 이긴 울산 사령탑 5년 (in Korean). Best Eleven. 5 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Ulsan's ultimate victory". ESPNFC. 10 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase.

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