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Seongnam Ilhwa

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About Seongnam Ilhwa

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (Korean language: 성남 일화 천마) is a South Korean professional football (soccer) club, based in Seongnam, South Korea, Seongnam is satellite city of Seoul, 28 km away. Seongnam plays in the K-League. Founded as Ilhwa Chunma Football Club in 1989, the club is the most successful in Football in South Korea, having won a List of K-League champions, 2 Korean FA Cups, K-League Cup, and 2 AFC Champions League titles.

Seongnam placed 5th in the IFFHS Asian Club of the 20th Century.


The club was founded on 18 March 1989 as Ilhwa Chunma Football Club with the club based in Seoul. The club was successful from its beginning, winning its first K-League Cup three years later in 1992 K-League Cup and winning three consecutive league titles from 1993 to 1995. But the club was forced to move in 1996, as part of the K-League's decentralization policy. This policy was carried out due to two reasons - the first reason was that the Korea Football Association and the K-League wanted to build a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul and the second reason was that the KFA and the K-League wanted to spread football fever to the provinces. The three clubs based in Seoul - Ilhwa Chunma, FC Seoul, Jeju United didn't accept this policy, resulting in the Korean government giving eviction orders to the 3 clubs. However, they guaranteed if the clubs built a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul, they could have a Seoul franchise and then return to Seoul. As a result, three clubs were evicted from Seoul to other cities, Ilhwa Chunma moved to the city of Cheonan and changed its name to Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma.

Several unsuccessful seasons followed, and when they finished at the bottom of the league for the second consecutive time in 1999 K-League, the club moved to the Seoul satellite city of Seongnam and renamed themselves Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.
The move worked out very well, as the rejuvenated club went on to win three consecutive K-League titles from 2001 to 2003.

A disappointing 2004 K-League campaign saw them meekly relinquish their title. However, they reached the final of the 2004 AFC Champions League, where despite winning the away leg 3-1, they lost the home leg 5-0 to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad (Jeddah) and lost the tie 6-3 on aggregate.

The club bounced back to the forefront of Korean football in style as they claimed their seventh league title in 2006, defeating Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3-1 on aggregate in the 2006 K-League Championship Final. This was their 7th K-League title which is a record out of all the K-League clubs.

Before they were defeated by Suwon Bluewings 2-1 on 15 July 2007 in the 2007 K-League, they had not lost for 22 consecutive league matches - the third longest streak in the history of the K-League.

Seongnam reached the final of the 2007 K-League Championship but were beaten 4-1 on aggregate by Pohang Steelers, despite finishing first place in the 2007 K-League. This brought controversy about the playoffs system.

In 2008, they moved their home stadium to Seongnam 1 Stadium for their summer season, due to the rebuilding of Tancheon Sports Complex. However, due to the delay of the reconstruction of Tancheon Sports Complex they returned to their home stadium.

On 13 November 2010, Seongnam beat Iranian club Zob Ahan Isfahan FC 3-1 in the 2010 AFC Champions League Final of the 2010 AFC Champions League. This was their second AFC Champions League title and qualified them directly into the quarter finals stage of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. Seongnam finished the tournament in 4th place.

Crest and Colours

The current crest has been used since 2006. The number of stars (7) indicates the number of league trophies the club has lifted. The flying horse (, Korean Unicorn) on the crest is the mascot of the club, which is a legendary animal in Korean mythology. The colours have meanings as well; yellow means progressive attitude, red shows passion, and blue means the world as it is the colour of the sky.

Connection to Unification Church

There is controversy over Seongnam, since it is owned by Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Therefore, some Christians in Seongnam have been against the club, being hostile to the club's plans to construct a new stadium and a club house.

Out on loan

2012 season transfers



Notable former players

- Saša Ognenovski
- Juan Carlos Arce
- Eduardo Francisco de Silva Neto
- Itamar Batista Da Silva
- João Soares da Mota Neto
- Michel Pensée
- Mauricio Molina
- Lee Sa-Vik
- Dževad Turković
- Jean-Kasongo Banza
- Stanley Aborah, Sr
- Ion Testimitanu

- Dženan Radončić
- Adrian Neaga
- Denis Laktionov
- Andrei Solomatin
- Saša Drakulić
- Cho Byung-Kuk
- Choi Sung-Kuk
- Kim Dae-Eui
- Kim Do-Heon
- Kim Do-Hoon
- Kim Hae-Woon
- Kim Sang-Sik

- Kim Yong-Dae
- Kim Young-Chul
- Ko Jeong-Woon
- Lee Ho
- Lee Sang-Yoon
- Nam Ki-Il
- Park Jin-Seop
- Park Nam-Yeol
- Shin Tae-Yong
- Son Dae-Ho
- Woo Sung-Yong
- Valeri Sarychev

Current Staff

As of July 25, 2010

Coaching Staff

- Manager: Shin Tae-Yong
- Goalkeeper Coach: Cha Sang-Kwang
- Coach: Kim Do-Hoon
- First Team Coach: Lee Young-Jin
- Reserve Team Coach: Kim Sung-Il

U-18 Team (Pungsaeng High School) Coaching Staff

- Mangager: Ko Jeong-Woon
- Coach: Kim Jong-Chun
- Goalkeeper Coach: Kim Hee-Ho

U-15 Team (Pungsaeng Middle School) Coaching Staff

- Manager: Yoo Sung-Woo
- Coach: Seo Kwang-Woon


Club honors


- K-League

- Korean FA Cup

- Korean Super Cup

- K-League Cup


- AFC Champions League

- Asian Super Cup

- A3 Champions Cup

- Afro-Asian Club Championship

- Asian Challenge Cup

Kit Supplier

- -2000: Adidas
- 2001-2009: Prospecs
- 2010-2011: Lotto Sport Italia
- 2012- : Uhlsport

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