2017 K League Challenge

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K League Challenge 2017
Season 2017

The 2017 K League Challenge will be the fifth season of the K League Challenge, the second tier South Korean professional league for association football clubs since its establishment in 2013. Top-ranked team will promote to the K League Classic and the promotion play-offs among three clubs ranked between 2nd and 4th will be held after the regular season ends.


Daegu FC, the 2nd place-team in the 2016 K League Challenge, and Gangwon FC, promotion series winner, were promoted to 2017 K League Classic, then Suwon FC and Seongnam FC were relegated from the top tier. A total of 10 teams contest in the league.

Locations of the 2017 K League Challenge teams
Team City Manager Home venue Capacity
Ansan FC Ansan South Korea Lee Heung-sil Ansan Wa~ Stadium 35,000
FC Anyang Anyang South Korea Lee Young-min Anyang Stadium 17,143
Asan Mugunghwa FC Asan South Korea Song Kyeong-seob Yi Sun-sin Sports Complex 19,283
Bucheon FC 1995 Bucheon South Korea Song Sun-ho Bucheon Stadium 34,545
Busan IPark Busan South Korea Choi Young-jun Busan Asiad Stadium 53,864
Daejeon Citizen Daejeon South Korea Choi Moon-sik Daejeon World Cup Stadium 40,535
Gyeongnam FC Changwon South Korea Kim Jong-boo Changwon Football Center 15,116
Seongnam FC Seongnam South Korea ? Tancheon Stadium 16,146
Seoul E-Land FC Seoul South Korea Park Kun-ha Seoul Olympic Stadium 69,950
Suwon FC Suwon South Korea Cho Duck-je Suwon Sports Complex 11,808


Primary venues used in the K League Challenge:

Ansan FC FC Anyang Asan Mugunghwa FC Bucheon FC 1995 Busan IPark
Ansan Wa~ Stadium Anyang Stadium Yi Sun-sin Stadium Bucheon Stadium Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 17,143 Capacity: 19,283 Capacity: 34,545 Capacity: 53,864
Daejeon Citizen Gyeongnam FC Seongnam FC Seoul E-Land FC Suwon FC
Daejeon World Cup Stadium Changwon Football Center Tancheon Stadium Seoul Olympic Stadium Suwon Sports Complex
Capacity: 40,535 Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 16,146 Capacity: 69,950 Capacity: 11,808

Personnel and kits

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

Team Managers Kit Manufacturer1 Main sponsor1
Ansan FC Zaicro Ansan Government
FC Anyang Astore
Asan Mugunghwa FC Asan Government
Bucheon FC 1995 Astore Bucheon Government
Busan IPark Adidas Hyundai Development Company
Daejeon Citizen Kelme Daejeon Government
Gyeongnam FC Hummel DSME
Seongnam FC
Seoul E-Land FC New Balance E-Land
Suwon FC

Foreign players

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field each game.

As of 20 November 2016.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Ansan FC
FC Anyang Brazil Bruninho
Bucheon FC 1995 Brazil Edson Paraíba Brazil Lukian Brazil Waguininho
Busan IPark Brazil Nilson Júnior Brazil Willian Popp Serbia Miloš Stojanović
Daejeon Citizen Brazil Gustavo Romania Jean-Claude Bozga
Gyeongnam FC Croatia Ivan Herceg Romania Cristian Dănălache Serbia Ivan Marković
Seongnam FC Argentina Pitu Brazil Silvinho
Seoul E-Land FC Brazil Tarabai Trinidad and Tobago Carlyle Mitchell
Suwon FC Australia Bruce Djite Spain Jaime Gavilán Montenegro Vladan Adžić Australia Adrian Leijer

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ansan FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to 2018 K League Classic
2 Seongnam FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to K League Challenge play-offs
3 Bucheon FC 1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Busan IPark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Seoul E-Land FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Daejeon Citizen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Gyeongnam FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 FC Anyang 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Suwon FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Asan Mugunghwa FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 1 December 2016. Source: K League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Number of wins; 5) Head-to-head points

Positions by matchday

  Leader & Promotion to the 2017 K League Classic
  Qualification to Relegation/promotion play-offs

Round 1-18

Team ╲ Round 123456789101112131415161718
Ansan FC
FC Anyang
Asan Mugunghwa FC
Bucheon FC 1995
Busan IPark
Daejeon Citizen
Gyeongnam FC
Seongnam FC
Seoul E-Land FC
Suwon FC

Last updated: 30 January 2017
Source: kleague.com

Round 19-36

Team ╲ Round 192021222324252627282930313233343536
Ansan FC
FC Anyang
Asan Mugunghwa FC
Bucheon FC 1995
Busan IPark
Daejeon Citizen
Gyeongnam FC
Seongnam FC
Seoul E-Land FC
Suwon FC

Last updated: 30 January 2017
Source: kleague.com


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