Ulsan Hyundai FC

Ulsan Hyundai FC (Korean: 울산 현대 축구단) is a South Korean professional football club based in Ulsan, 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
Ulsan Hyundai FC.svg
Full nameUlsan Hyundai Football Club
Nickname(s)호랑이 (Tigers)
Founded1983; 39 years ago (1983), as Hyundai Horang-i
GroundUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity44,102
OwnerHyundai Heavy Industries
ChairmanChung Mong-joon
ManagerHong Myung-bo
LeagueK League 1
2021K League 1, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Early years: before Ulsan (1983–1989)Edit

Ulsan Hyundai was established 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

 
2012 AFC Champions League Final in Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

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. In 2008, the team changed their official name from Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i to Ulsan Hyundai FC.[3]

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".[4]

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.[5]

Turmoils and the Return of Gangsters of Asia (2013–2020)Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 September 2022

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 Jo Su-huk
4 DF   KOR Kim Hyun-woo (on loan from GNK Dinamo Zagreb)
5 DF   KOR Lim Jong-eun
6 MF   KOR Park Yong-woo
7 MF   KOR Yun Il-lok
8 MF   JPN Jun Amano (on loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
9 FW   BRA Leonardo (on loan from Shandong Taishan)
10 MF   GEO Valeri Qazaishvili
11 MF   KOR Um Won-sang
13 DF   KOR Lee Myung-jae
14 MF   KOR Hwang Jae-hwan
15 DF   KOR Jung Seung-hyun
16 MF   KOR Won Du-jae
17 MF   KOR Kim Min-jun
18 MF   KOR Kim Sung-joon
19 DF   KOR Kim Young-gwon
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   KOR Shin Hyung-min
21 GK   KOR Jo Hyeon-woo
22 MF   KOR Koh Myong-jin
23 DF   KOR Kim Tae-hwan
24 MF   KOR Lee Kyu-seong
25 DF   KOR Oh In-pyo
28 GK   KOR Seol Hyun-bin
29 FW   KOR Choi Gi-yun
30 DF   KOR Kim Jae-sung
35 MF   KOR Lee Ho
44 DF   KOR Kim Kee-hee
63 FW   HUN Martin Ádám
66 DF   KOR Seol Young-woo
72 MF   KOR Lee Chung-yong
77 GK   KOR Min Dong-hwan
91 FW   KOR Park Chu-young

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
DF   KOR Cho Hyun-taek (to Bucheon FC 1995)
FW   KOR Kim Ji-hyeon (to Gimcheon Sangmu for military service)
DF   KOR Kim Tae-hyeon (to Vegalta Sendai)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   KOR Kang Yun-gu (to Busan IPark)
MF   KOR Lee Dong-gyeong (to Hansa Rostock)

Club officialsEdit

  • Manager: Hong Myung-bo
  • Assistant Manager: Myeong Jae-yong, Kim In-soo, Byun Jae-seob
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Al-Hafiz Hamzah
  • Physio: Tsukoshi Tomo
  • U-18 Team Head Coach: Park Ki-wook
  • U-15 Team Head Coach: Kim Baek-kwan
  • Video Analyst: Satoshi Shimizu

ManagersEdit

# Name From To Season(s) Honours
1   Moon Jung-sik 1983/07/12 1986/04/22 1984–1986
C
  Cho Chung-yun 1986/04/22 1986/12/?? 1986 Professional Football Championship
2 1986/12/?? 1987/12/30 1987
3   Kim Ho 1987/12/30 1990/11/19 1988–1990
4   Cha Bum-kun 1990/11/23 1994/11/27 1991–1994
5   Ko Jae-wook 1994/11/30 2000/06/12 1995–2000 1995 Korean League Cup
1996 K League
1998 Korean League Cup
C   Chung Jong-soo 2000/06/12 2000/08/21 2000
6   Kim Jung-nam 2000/08/22 2008/12/25 2000–2008 2005 K League
2007 Korean League Cup
7   Kim Ho-kon 2008/12/26 2013/12/04 2009–2013 2011 Korean League Cup
2012 AFC Champions League
8   Cho Min-kook 2013/12/06 2014/12/01 2014
9   Yoon Jung-hwan 2014/12/01 2016/11/14 2015–2016
10   Kim Do-hoon 2016/11/21 2020/12/20 2017–2020 2017 Korean FA Cup
2020 AFC Champions League
11   Hong Myung-bo 2020/12/24 2021–

KitsEdit

Kit suppliersEdit

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

Champions (2): 1996, 2005
Runners-up (10): 1986, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2019, 2020, 2021

CupsEdit

Winners: 2017
Runners-up: 1998, 2018, 2020
Winners (5): 1986, 1995, 1998, 2007, 2011
Runners-up: 1993, 2002, 2005
Winners: 2006
Runners-up: 1989, 1999[a]
Runners-up: 1990[a]
  1. ^ a b Reserve team

International competitionsEdit

AsianEdit

Winners: 2012, 2020
Winners: 2006

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
2019 1 12 2 Round of 32 Round of 16
2020 1 12 2 Runners-up Winners
2021 1 12 2 Semi-final Semi-final
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

AFC Champions League recordEdit

Season Round Opposition Home Away Agg.
2006 Group F   Tokyo Verdy 1–0 2–0 1st
Quarter-final   Al-Shabab 6–0 1–0 7–0
Semi-final   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–4 3–2 4–6
2009 Group E   Nagoya Grampus 1–3 1–4 3rd
  Newcastle Jets 0–1 0–2
  Beijing Guoan 1–0 1–0
2012 Group F   Beijing Guoan 2–1 3–2 1st
  FC Tokyo 1–0 2–2
  Brisbane Roar 1–1 2–1
Round of 16   Kashiwa Reysol 3–2
Quarter-final   Al-Hilal 1–0 4–0 5–0
Semi-final   Bunyodkor 2–0 3–1 5–1
Final   Al-Ahli 3–0
2014 Group H   Western Sydney Wanderers 0–2 3–1 3rd
  Kawasaki Frontale 2–0 1–3
  Guizhou Renhe 1–1 1–3
2017 Play-off   Kitchee 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Group E   Kashima Antlers 0–4 0–2 3rd
  Brisbane Roar 6–0 3–2
  Muangthong United 0–0 0–1
2018 Group F   Melbourne Victory 6–2 3–3 2nd
  Kawasaki Frontale 2–1 2–2
  Shanghai SIPG 0–1 2–2
Round of 16   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 0–3 1–3
2019 Play-off   Perak 5–1
Group H   Sydney FC 1–0 0–0 1st
  Shanghai SIPG 1–0 0–5
  Kawasaki Frontale 1–0 2–2
Round of 16   Urawa Red Diamonds 0–3 2–1 2–4
2020 Group F   FC Tokyo 1–1 2–1[a] 1st
  Shanghai Shenhua 3–1[a] 4–1[a]
  Perth Glory 2–0[a] 2–1[a]
Round of 16   Melbourne Victory 3–0[a]
Quarter-final   Beijing Guoan 2–0[a]
Semi-final   Vissel Kobe 2–1 (a.e.t.)[a]
Final   Persepolis 2–1[a]
2021 Group F   Viettel 3–0[a] 1–0[a] 1st
  BG Pathum United 2–0[a] 2–0[a]
  Kaya–Iloilo 2–1[a] 3–0[a]
Round of 16   Kawasaki Frontale 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
Quarter-final   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 (a.e.t.)
Semi-final   Pohang Steelers 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)[a]
2022 Play-off   Port 3–0
Group I   Kawasaki Frontale 3–2[a] 1–1[a] 3rd
  Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–2[a] 1–2[a]
  Guangzhou 3–0[a] 5–0[a]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Played at a neutral venue.

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. ^ "History: Ulsan Hyundai Football Club". Ulsan Hyundai FC. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  4. ^ 김호곤, 편견과 싸워 이긴 울산 사령탑 5년 (in Korean). Best Eleven. 5 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Ulsan's ultimate victory". ESPNFC. 10 November 2012.

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