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Pohang Steelers

Pohang Steelers is a football (soccer) club from Korea Repulic.

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About Pohang Steelers

Pohang Steelers are a South Korean professional football (soccer) club based in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do. They were originally called POSCO, 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 Asian Football Confederation with three AFC Champions League titles.


Originally founded as an semi-professional football club, as the POSCO Football Club in 1973, the club turned professional from the 1984 season and changed its name to POSCO Dolphins. A further name changed occurred for the 1985 season, during which they were called the POSCO Atoms. 1986 K-League 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 League Asian Club Championship Era (1985/86–2001/02) in 1996-97 Asian Club Championship and 1997-98 Asian Club Championship 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 K-League, but lost 4–3 on penalties to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

In 2007, the club won the 2007 K-League Championship by beating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, who finished in 1st place in the 2007 K-League of the K-League. Pohang won the first leg playoff 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 FC, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and finally Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the playoffs to win the championship.

Pohang again made the playoffs in the 2008 K-League by finishing the season 5th in the league, but were knocked out in their playoff game by Ulsan Hyundai FC in a penalty shoot-out. However, the club fared much better in the 2008 Korean FA Cup. After defeating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the quarter final with a penalty shoot-out following a one-all 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 Final.

The Steelers then enjoyed a dream run in the Champions League, which saw the club defeat Umm-Salal Sports Club of Qatar 2–1 (4–1 agg.) to advance to their 2009 AFC Champions League Final. The Steelers defeated Saudi Arabia club Al-Ittihad (Jeddah) 2-1 at the National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo) in Tokyo, Japan to claim the title.

For the 2009 K-League season, Pohang once again qualified for the playoff 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. Nonetheless, their regular season placing saw them qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group H.

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

Club honors



- K-League
- - Champions (4): K-League 1986, K-League 1988, K-League 1992, K-League 2007
- - Runners-up (4): K-League 1985, K-League 1987, K-League 1995, K-League 2004

- Korean FA Cup
- - Champions (2): Korean FA Cup 1996, Korean FA Cup 2008
- - Runners-up (3): Korean FA Cup 2001, Korean FA Cup 2002, Korean FA Cup 2007

- K-League Cup
- - Champions (2): Adidas Cup 1993, K-League Cup 2009
- - Runners-up (1): Korean League Cup 1997


- Korean President's Cup
- - Champions (1): 1974

- Korean Football Championship
- - Runners-up (2) : 1977, 1985


- FIFA Club World Cup
- - Third Place (1) : 2009 FIFA Club World Cup

- Asian Champions League Asian Club Championship Era (1985/86–2001/02) / AFC Champions League
- - Champions (3): Asian Club Championship 1997, Asian Club Championship 1998, 2009 AFC Champions League

- Asian Super Cup
- - Runners-up (2) : Asian Super Cup 1997, Asian Super Cup 1998

- A3 Champions Cup
- - Runners-up (1) : 2005

- Afro-Asian Cup
- - Runners-up (2) : 1997, 1998

- Lunar New Year Cup
- - Winner (1): 2010 Lunar New Year Cup

Out on loan

2012 season transfers



Club official

Coaching staff
- Manager : Hwang Sun-Hong
- Assistant Manager : Kang Chul
- Coach : Yoon Hee-Joon
- Physical Coach : Luis Flavio Ribeiro Buongermino
- Goalkeeper Coach : Kim Il-Jin
- Trainer : Kim Tae-Soo, Ahn Seung-Hoon
- Interpreter : Na Young-Jun

Youth Club Staff
- U-18 Manager : Lee Chang-Won
- U-18 Coach : Baek Ki-Tae
- U-15 Manager : Kim Dong-Young
- U-15 Coach :
- U-12 Manager : Kim Sung-Jin
- U-12 Coach : Oh Jin-Kwang
- Goalkeeper Coach : Gjorgji Jovanovski
- Youth Academy Coach(North) : Lee Young-Hwan
- Youth Academy Coach (South) : Na Yeong-Chae

- Youth Club Officer : Shin Joo-Hyun


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

Famous former players

- Carlos Esteban Frontini
- Ivan Medvid
- André Luiz Tavares
- Denilson Martins Nascimento
- Itamar Batista Da Silva
- João Soares da Mota Neto
- Rogério Pinheiro dos Santos
- Bertin Tomou
- Jasenko Sabitović (now naturalized and known as Lee Sa-Vik)
- Greg Brown (soccer)

- Abbas Obeid Jassim
- Goran Petreski
- Cristian Dulca
- Rade Bogdanović
- Cho Kwang-Rae
- Choi Soon-Ho
- Ha Seok-Ju
- Hong Myung-Bo
- Hwang Jae-Won
- Hwang Sun-Hong
- Kim Byung-Ji

- Ko Jeong-Woon
- Lee Dong-Gook
- Lee Heung-Sil
- Lee Hoi-Taek
- Lee Min-Sung
- Oh Beom-Seok
- Park Seong-Hwa
- Seol Ki-Hyun
- Woo Sung-Yong
- Serhiy Konovalov

Some of the current coaches, such as Park Tae-Ha and Choi Moon-Sik, also played for the club during their active years.


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- 1987-89, 1993-95: Pro-Specs
- 1996-01: Adidas
- 2002: Diadora
- 2003-05: Puma AG
- 2006-: Kappa (company)

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