Suwon FC

Suwon FC
수원 FC
Full name Suwon Football Club
Founded 2003 (2003)[1]
Ground Suwon Sports Complex
Ground Capacity 11,808
Owner Yeom Tae-young (Mayor)
Chairman Wi Chul-hwan
Manager Cho Duck-je
League K League Challenge
2016 K League Classic, 12th
Website Club home page

Suwon Football Club (Korean: 수원 FC) is a South Korean professional football club based in the city of Suwon. It currently plays in the K League Challenge. They play their home games at Suwon Sports Complex.


Early years: semi-professional

Suwon city government decided to create a semi-professional level football team that would link school-level football clubs within the city and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, which is a professional club based in the city. On 15 March 2003, "Suwon City Football Club" was officially formed. The club appointed Kim Chang-Kyum as their manager and joined the semi-professional Korea National League, which was then called the "K2 League".

They won their first trophy in 2004 by winning the Korean President's Cup National Football Tournament. Slowly, they rose to strong contenders in the Korea National League, reaching the play-off in four occasions in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 although they failed to lift the trophy on all four occasions. Finally, in the 2010 season, they became the league champions after beating Daejeon Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power 2–1 aggregate in the finals. Manager Kim Chang-Kyum left the team after the 2010 season as his contract expired and Cho Duck-je, who had been managing the club's youth team, took over his place.

Suwon FC era

On 9 December 2012, it was officially announced that the team would become a fully professional club. They officially changed their name to "Suwon FC" and got an approval to join the professional K League. Suwon FC joined K League Challenge in the 2013 season. Their debut season as a professional club was successful, as they finished 4th in the league and became the only K League Challenge club to reach quarter-finals in the FA Cup.

The 2015 season was a dramatic milestone for the club. After finishing the regular season as third, Suwon FC proceeded to the semi play-off in which they met Seoul E-Land FC, on 25 November 2015. They drew 3–3, but since if scores are tied after regular time at semi play-off and play-off, the higher placed team advances to the next phase. On 28 November 2015, Suwon FC beat Daegu FC 2–1 in the play-off. Suwon FC beat Busan IPark 3–0 on aggregate in the K League Promotion-Relegation Playoffs and won the promotion. Suwon made their K League Classic (top tier) debut in the 2016 season.


Current squad

As of 1 August 2016

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

No. Position Player
2 South Korea DF Yoo Ji-no
3 South Korea MF Hwang Jae-hun
4 South Korea DF Lim Ha-ram
5 Montenegro DF Vladan Adžić
6 South Korea MF Kim Jong-gook
7 South Korea FW Kim Byung-oh
8 South Korea MF Lee Kwang-jin
9 South Korea FW Lee Seung-yeoul
10 South Korea FW Kim Han-won
11 South Korea MF Lee Seung-hyun
14 South Korea DF Lee Jun-ho
15 Australia FW Bruce Djite
16 South Korea MF Kim Hyeok-jin
18 South Korea FW Jung Min-woo
19 South Korea DF Kim Min-je
20 Spain MF Jaime Gavilán
21 South Korea GK Lee In-soo
No. Position Player
22 South Korea FW Kouen Hyuk-jin
24 Australia DF Adrian Leijer
25 South Korea GK Kim Ji-hoon
26 South Korea MF Yeo In-eon
27 South Korea DF Kim Sung-hyun
28 South Korea FW Yoon Tae-su
29 South Korea DF Lee Chang-moo
30 South Korea FW Lee Gwang-hoon
31 South Korea MF Kwon Young-hyun (on loan from Jeju)
33 South Korea FW Jung Gi-woon
38 South Korea DF Kim Kun-hoan
40 South Korea GK Lee Chang-keun
44 South Korea MF Kim Chul-ho
77 South Korea MF Kim Boo-gwan
85 South Korea MF Seo Dong-hyeon (on loan from Jeju)
90 South Korea MF Lim Chang-gyoon

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 DF Kim Chang-hun (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea MF Kim Jae-woong (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea MF Yoo Soo-hyun (to FC Anyang)
South Korea MF Bae Shin-young (to Daegu FC)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Ha Jung-heon (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea FW Lim Seong-taek (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
Belgium FW Marvin Ogunjimi (to Ratchaburi Mitr Phol)


# Name From To Season Notes
South Korea Kim Chang-Kyum 2003/03/?? 2011/11/14 2003–11 First manager
South Korea Cho Duck-Je 2011/11/15 present 2012–present


Domestic competitions


1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2010
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (3): 2005, 2007, 2008


1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (3): 2005, 2007, 2012
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 2004
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (3): 2006, 2007, 2011
1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (8): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 2010
1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (2): 2004, 2007


Korea National League era
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Korean FA Cup League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
2003 First Stage1093331112−1126th Round of 16NoneSouth Korea Shin Hyun-kuk (4)
South Korea Ju Won-kwan (4)
South Korea Kim Chang-kyum
Second Stage109522105+5173rd
2004 First Stage109243710−3105th Round of 16Runner-upSouth Korea 4 players (3)
Second Stage1093421210+2133rd
2005 First Stage11107121910+9221st Round 1WinnerSouth Korea Kim Han-won (11)
Second Stage11103521613+3146th
2006 First Stage11104421411+3165th Round 1Quarter-finalSouth Korea Oh Jung-seok (6)
Second Stage11105411710+7193rd
2007 First Stage12115151513+2164th Round 1WinnerSouth Korea Park Jong-chan (11)
Second Stage12111010258+17311st
2008 First Stage14137332111+10243rd Round 1Group RoundSouth Korea Ha Jung-heon (11)
Second Stage141311113315+18341st
2009 First Stage14135622516+9217th Round 1Quarter-finalSouth Korea Kim Han-won (12)
Second Stage1312741217+14252nd
2010 First Stage1514545141401910th Round of 16Semi-finalSouth Korea Yoon Dong-min (6)
Second Stage1514860188+10302nd
2011 142681172823+5357th Round of 16Group RoundSouth Korea Kim Han-won (9)
2012 142697102932−3349th Round of 32Winner South Korea Kim Han-won (5) South Korea Cho Duck-je
K League era
Season Division Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Korean FA Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
2013 2835138145351+2475th Quarter-final South Korea Park Jong-chan (11) South Korea Cho Duck-je
2014 210361212125249+3486th Round of 16 South Korea Jung Min-woo (8)
South Korea Kim Han-won (8)
2015 211421912116958+11693rd Third round Brazil Japa (19)
2016 11238109194058–183912th Round of 32 South Korea Lee Seung-hyun (6)


See also


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