Pohang Steelers

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Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스
Full name Football Club Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스 프로축구단
Short name PSFC
Founded 1973 (1973), as Pohang Steelworks FC
Ground Pohang Steel Yard
Ground Capacity 17,443
Chairman Kim Tae-man
Manager Choi Soon-ho
League K League Classic
2016 K League Classic, 9th
Website Club home page

Pohang Steelers is a South Korean professional football club based in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. They were originally called Pohang Steelworks, after the Pohang Iron and Steel Company that owned it. The club was founded in 1973 and is one of Korean football's most successful sides.

They are the most successful team in Asia with three AFC Champions League titles.[1]


Originally founded as an semi-professional football club, as the Pohang Steelworks Football Club in 1973, the club turned professional from the 1984 season and changed its name to Pohang Steelworks Dolphins. A further name changed occurred for the 1985 season, during which they were called the Pohang Steelworks Atoms. 1986 saw them win their first Championship, and they enjoyed a great spell of domination in the league; between 1985 and 1998 they were continuously in the top four of the K-League.

The club achieved a Korean football 'first' at the end of 1990 with the opening of their purpose-built 20,000 seater Steelyard Stadium.

1995 saw yet another name change, when the club became the Pohang Atoms. This name change was an attempt to further strengthen local ties with the region, and in 1997 they adopted their current name, the Pohang Steelers. The side scaled Asian football heights, winning the Asian Champions Cup in 1997 and 1998 to establish themselves as one of Asia's top teams.

Unfortunately, the club suffered something of a fall from grace in the 2000s, struggling near the foot of the table, but bounced back to the forefront of Korean football by winning the first stage of the 2004 K-League Championship. The club qualified for the final Championship match of the 2004 season, but lost 4–3 on penalties to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

In 2007, the club won the Championship play-off by beating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, who finished in 1st place in the regular season of the K-League. Pohang won the first leg play-off game at home 3–1, and then traveled to Seongnam for the second leg game, recording a 1–0 victory to seal a 4–1 aggregate triumph. The Steelers had ended the K-League season in 5th place, but then defeated Daejeon Citizen, Gyeongnam, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and finally Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the play-offs to win the championship.

Pohang again made the play-offs in the 2008 season by finishing the season 5th in the league, but were knocked out in their play-off game by Ulsan Hyundai in a penalty shoot-out. However, the club fared much better in the Korean FA Cup. After defeating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the quarter-final with a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after regular and extra time, Pohang knocked out Daegu FC in the semi-final, and then Gyeongnam FC in the final to ensure qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League by virtue of winning the 2008 Korean FA Cup.

The Steelers then enjoyed a dream run in the Champions League, which saw the club defeat Umm-Salal of Qatar 2–1 (4–1 agg.) to advance to their first ever AFC Champions League final.[2] The Steelers defeated Saudi club Al-Ittihad 2–1 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan to claim the title.[3]

For the 2009 K-League season, Pohang once again qualified for the play-off phase of the league by finishing the regular season in 2nd place, equal with FC Seoul on points, but ahead on goal difference. The Steelers had a bye to the semi-finals, but lost to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.[4] Nonetheless, their regular season placing saw them qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage.

Following the conclusion of the 2009 K-League season, at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in December, the Steelers finished in third place after defeating Atlante 4–3 on penalties.[5]

Kit Supplier


In 1994, Pohang Steelworks Atoms wore a green kit and a white kit with a multicolored sun in the center, in 1997 Pohang Steelers wore a white shirt with black shoulders stripes and black shorts, while in 2000 the first kit consisted of a sky blue shirt and white shorts, while the away kit was a black and red hooped shirt and black shorts (similar to the current kit). In 2002 the kit was red with a black V in the chest.


2009 AFC Champions League winner Pohang Steelers.

Domestic competitions


1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (5): 1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (4): 1985, 1987, 1995, 2004
1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (5): 1975 Spring, 1981 Fall, 1982, 1986 Fall, 1988 Fall
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 1977, 1989 Spring


1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (4): 1996, 2008, 2012, 2013
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (3): 2001, 2002, 2007
1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (2): 1993, 2009
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 1996, 1997s
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 1977, 1985
1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 1974
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 1989

Continental competitions

1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (3): 1996-97, 1997-98, 2009
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 1997, 1998
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 2005

Worldwide competitions

3rd, bronze medalist(s) Third place (1): 2009
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 1997, 1998

Friendly competitions

1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2010
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 1987


K League and FA Cup Champions (1)
: 2013
Champions League and League Cup Champions (1)
: 2009


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1983 1 5 4
1984 1 8 5
1985 1 8 2
1986 1 6 1
1987 1 5 2
1988 1 5 1
1989 1 6 4
1990 1 6 3
1991 1 6 3
1992 1 6 1
1993 1 6 4
1994 1 7 3
1995 1 8 2
1996 1 9 3 Winners
1997 1 10 4 Semi-final Winners
1998 1 10 3 Semi-final Winners
1999 1 10 5 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2000 1 10 9 Quarter-final
2001 1 10 5 Runners-up
2002 1 10 6 Runners-up
2003 1 12 7 Quarter-final
2004 1 13 2 Round of 32
2005 1 13 5 Quarter-final
2006 1 14 3 Round of 16
2007 1 14 1 Runners-up
2008 1 14 5 Winners Group stage
2009 1 15 3 Quarter-final Winners
2010 1 15 9 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 3 Semi-final
2012 1 16 3 Winners Group stage
2013 1 14 1 Winners Group stage
2014 1 12 4 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2015 1 12 3 Quarter-final
2016 1 12 9 Round of 32 Group stage

Current squad

As of 14 October 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 Shin Hwa-yong
2 South Korea DF Park Sun-yong
3 South Korea DF Kim Gwang-seok
4 South Korea MF Park Jun-hui
5 Brazil MF Muralha
6 South Korea DF Kim Jun-su
7 South Korea MF Moon Chang-jin
8 Serbia FW Lazar Veselinović
9 South Korea MF Hwang Ji-soo
10 Brazil MF Lulinha
11 South Korea MF Shim Dong-woon
12 South Korea MF Lee Gwang-hyeok
13 South Korea DF Kim Won-il
14 South Korea MF Oh Chang-hyeon
15 South Korea MF Lee Jae-won
17 South Korea MF Kang Sang-woo
18 South Korea FW Yang Dong-hyun
No. Position Player
20 South Korea FW Choi Ho-joo
21 South Korea GK Kim Jin-young
22 Iraq DF Ali Abbas
24 South Korea DF Bae Seul-ki
26 South Korea MF Jo Soo-chul
27 South Korea DF Park Sun-ju
28 South Korea MF Son Joon-ho
29 South Korea MF Kim Dong-hyeon
30 South Korea MF Jung Won-jin
31 South Korea GK Kang Hyun-moo
34 South Korea FW Kim Jong-seok
35 South Korea DF Woo Chan-yang
36 South Korea MF Lee Rae-joon
40 South Korea GK Kim Roman
46 South Korea DF Shin Kwang-hoon
47 South Korea MF Park Hee-chul

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 Lee Joon-hee (at Gyeongnam FC)
South Korea DF Kim Dae-ho (at Ansan Police for military duty)
No. Position Player
South Korea DF Lee Nam-kyu (at Cheonan City)

Club official

Coaching staff

Youth Club Staff


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

# Name From To Season Won Drawn Lost Notes
1 South Korea Han Hong-Ki 1973/05/02 1984/11/29 1983–84 161117
2 South Korea Choi Eun-Taek 1984/11/29 1986/12/16 1985–86 201621
3 South Korea Lee Hoe-Taik 1986/12/16 1992/12/31 1987–92 757061 Included Kim Soon-Ki, Kim Chul-Soo
and Cho Yoon-Ok's records.
C South Korea Kim Soon-Ki
South Korea Kim Chul-Soo
1989/04/29 1989/??/?? 1989 Lee Hoe-Taik was called up
as a national team manager for
1990 FIFA World Cup
C South Korea Cho Yoon-Ok 1989/09/?? 1989/??/?? 1989 Lee Hoe-Taik was called up
as a national team manager for
1990 FIFA World Cup
4 South Korea Huh Jung-Moo 1993/01/?? 1995/11/25 1993–95 424024 Included Kim Soon-Ki's records.
C South Korea Kim Soon-Ki 1994/??/?? 1994/07/?? 1994 Huh Jung-Moo was called up
as a national team assistant manager for
1994 FIFA World Cup
5 South Korea Park Sung-Hwa 1995/12/12 2000/07/31 1996–00 764759
C South Korea Choi Soon-Ho 2000/08/01 2003/12/31 2000 57 47 59
6 2001/01/01 2004/12/05 2001–04
7 Brazil Sérgio Farias 2005/01/06 2009/12/20 2005–09 835543
8 Brazil Waldemar Lemos 2010/01/08 2010/05/10 2010 236
C South Korea Park Chang-Hyun 2010/05/11 2010/11/08 2010 786
9 South Korea Hwang Sun-Hong 2010/12/13 2015/11/29 2011–15 2188
10 South Korea Choi Jin-cheul 2015/11/29 2016/09/25 2016 10814
11 South Korea Choi Soon-ho 2016/09/26 2016– 2188

See also


  1. Records include results from the Korean National Semi-Professional Football League (Korea Football League, 1964~2002) and the Korea National League (National League, 2003~present). The Korea Football League, albeit semi-professional, was the top tier of Korean football until the commencement of professional football in 1983. In 2003, the Korea Football League was officially rebranded and launched as the National League. The National League inherited its predecessor's role as the highest tier of semi-professional football in Korea. Upon the formation of K League Challenge as the second tier league of Korean football in 2013, the National League then became the third tier league of Korean football.
  2. 1 2 Football Club Pohang Steelers was founded as a semi-professional team in 1973, and turned into a professional team in 1984. Even after the club turned professional, Pohang managed a separate, semi-professional reserves team that participated in the Korean League until the formation of R League.


  1. "포항스틸러스, AFC 예선 히로시마전 아쉬운 무승부".
  2. "East to meet West in AFC final". FIFA.com. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  3. "Pohang book UAE berth". FIFA.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  4. "Asian champions Pohang go down to Seongnam". the-afc.com (AFC). 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  5. "Pohang penalty joy". ESPN Soccernet. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
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