Gyeongnam FC

Gyeongnam FC
경남 FC
Full name Gyeongnam Football Club
Nickname(s) Kindergarten, Roses
Short name GFC
Founded 2006 (2006)
Ground Changwon Football Center
Ground Capacity 15,116
Chairman Governor of South Gyeongsang Province
Manager Kim Jong-boo
League K League Challenge
2016 8th
Website Club home page

Gyeongnam FC (Korean: 경남 FC) is a South Korean football club based in Gyeongsangnam-do. Its home stadium is in Changwon, the capital of South Gyeongsang Province. Gyeongnam FC was founded in 2006 and joined the K-League as its 14th club for the 2006 season.


2006 season

Gyeongnam FC reached 12th place in K-League 2006 in their first season, and achieved third place in the Hauzen Cup.

2007 season

Under their manager Park Hang-Seo, Gyeongnam FC finished fourth in K-League 2007, but were defeated by Pohang Steelers by a penalty shootout in the first round of the play-offs. Playing for Gyeongnam, Cabore became that season's K-League top scorer with 18 goals in 26 matches. Also, he recorded continuous attack points during 8 league matches. When he suddenly moved to FC Tokyo, Gyeongnam FC no longer did so well, and manager Park Hang-Seo chief executive Jeon Hyung-Doo left immediately.

2008 season

Before the start of the 2008 season, Cho Kwang-Rae, from Jinju city, Gyeongnam, was appointed manager. He had managed Anyang LG Cheetahs, which had won the K-League once and been runner-up twice in the K-League and the AFC Champions League. Gyeongnam FC improved under his management. The newly signed Seo Sang-Min was a valuable player, and Brazilian attacking midfielder Índio filled the gap left by Cabore. The team failed to reach the playoff by losing to Jeonbuk Motors in the last match of K-League 2008. They reached the Korean FA Cup 2008 final thanks to Kim Dong-Chan's continuous scoring, including a hat-trick in the semifinal, but they were defeated by the Pohang Steelers, thus failing to enter the AFC Champions League.

2009 season

In January 2009, Kim Jin-Yong transferred to Seongnam Ilhwa, and Kim Dong-hyun, a member of the South Korean national football team, replaced him. In the 2009 season, former South Korean National Football Team goalkeeper Kim Byung-Ji joined the club, and manager Cho signed many young players. They were so successful that fans nicknamed Gyeongnam "Cho's Kindergarten".

2010 season

In 2010 Gyeongnam moved from the Changwon Civil Stadium to Changwon Football Center. With Kim Young-Woo as the new captain, they won the K-League – the first top position in their history. Cho left in the middle of the season, but the team continued to perform well under caretaker manager Kim Kwi-Hwa. Yoon Bit-Garam recorded 9 goals and 7 assists in 29 matches to take the K-League Best XI and K-League Rookie of the Year Award. He and centreback Kim Joo-Young played for the national team and took part in the 2010 Asian Cup. After the end of the season, Kim Joo-Young injured an anterior cruciate ligament during national team training. He missed matches until June 2011.

2013 season

On 12 May 2013, Gyeongnam FC achieved victory in a game with Daegu FC. This was Gyeongnam FC's 100th victory in the K-League.[1]


Domestic competitions


2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 2008, 2012


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
2006 1 14 12 Quarter-final -
2007 1 14 4 Round of 16 -
2008 1 14 8 Runners-up -
2009 1 15 7 Round of 16 -
2010 1 15 6 Round of 16 -
2011 1 16 8 Round of 32 -
2012 1 16 8 Runners-up -
2013 1 14 11 Round of 8 -
2014 1 12 11 Round of 32 -
2015 2 11 9 3rd Round -

Club records

Personal records

Award winners


Current squad

As of 15 September 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 South Korea GK Lee Joon-hee (on loan from Pohang)
2 South Korea DF Kim Sung-hyun
4 Croatia DF Ivan Herceg
5 South Korea DF Lee Won-jae
6 South Korea MF Park Tae-woong
7 South Korea MF Bae Ki-jong
8 South Korea MF Ahn Sung-nam
9 Romania FW Cristian Dănălache
10 South Korea FW Lee Sang-hyup
11 South Korea FW Kim Seul-ki
12 South Korea DF Jeon Sang-hoon
13 South Korea MF Shin Hak-young
14 South Korea MF Nam Kwang-hyun
15 South Korea DF Woo Joo-sung
16 South Korea FW Song Soo-young
17 South Korea MF Lee Ho-seok
18 South Korea FW Kim Young-uk
20 South Korea DF Jung Heon-sik
No. Position Player
22 South Korea MF Kim Jung-bin
23 South Korea DF Park Ji-soo
24 South Korea DF Jeong Hyeon-cheol
27 South Korea DF Park Ju-sung
28 South Korea DF Park Hyun-woo
29 South Korea GK Ha Kang-jin
30 South Korea DF Song Ju-han
33 South Korea DF Cha Tae-young
36 South Korea MF Lee Kwan-pyo
37 South Korea MF Jang Eun-kyu (on loan from Jeju)
41 South Korea FW Oh Sang-heon
55 South Korea DF Lee Joon-hee
77 Serbia MF Ivan Marković
80 South Korea MF Jin Kyung-sun
88 South Korea FW Kim Do-yeop
90 South Korea DF Yeo Sung-hye
99 South Korea GK Kwon Jung-hyuk
South Korea MF Choi Young-jun

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
South Korea GK Son Jeong-hyeon (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea FW Kim Jun-yeop (to Ansan Police for military service)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Jung Sung-min (to Ansan Police for military service)


Name Start End
South Korea Kim Do-Keun 2006 2006
South Korea Kim Hyo-Il 2007 2008
South Korea Lee Sang-Hong 2008 2009
South Korea Kim Young-Woo 2010 2011
South Korea Jung Da-Hwon 2011 2011
South Korea Kang Seung-Jo 2012 2013
South Korea Kim Hyeung-Bum 2013 2013
South Korea Lee Han-Saem 2014 2014
South Korea Park Ju-Sung 2014 2014
South Korea Jin Kyung-sun 2015 2015
South Korea Lee Won-jae 2016

Notable players

For details on notable players, see Category:Gyeongnam FC players.

Club officials

Coaching staff

Managerial history

# Name From To Season Notes
South Korea Park Hang-Seo 2005/08/22 2007/11/16 2006–2007
South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae 2007/12/04 2010/07/31 2008–2010
C South Korea Kim Gwi-Hwa 2010/08/09 2010/11/29 2010 Caretaker
South Korea Choi Jin-Han 2010/12/01 2013/05/22 2011–2013
C South Korea Song Kwang-Hwan 2013/05/22 2013/06/01 2013 Caretaker
Serbia Ilija Petković 2013/05/29 2013/12/11 2013
South Korea Lee Cha-Man 2013/12/17 2014/08/14 2014
C Serbia Branko Babić 2014/08/14 2014/12/09 2014 Caretaker
6 South Korea Park Sung-hwa 2014/12/26 2015/11/23 2015
7 South Korea Kim Jong-boo 2015/12/02 2016–



Kit Supplier

Name Start End
Hummel 2006 2009
Kelme 2010 2011
Hummel 2012

Main sponsors

Name Start End
STX 2006 2013
DSME 2013


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