Busan IPark

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Busan IPark[1]
부산 아이파크
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Full name Busan IPark Football Club
부산 아이파크 축구단
Founded 1983; 34 years ago (1983), as Daewoo Royals
1979, as Saehan Motors FC (Original)
Ground Busan Gudeok Stadium
Ground Capacity 12,349
Owner Hyundai Development Company
Chairman Chung Mong-gyu
Manager Vacant
League K League Challenge
2016 K League Challenge, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Busan IPark (Korean: 부산 아이파크) is a South Korean professional football club based in Busan, South Korea that currently competes in the K League Challenge. Its current home ground is Busan Gudeok Stadium. The team was one of the original five members of the Korean Super League and continuously competed in the first division from 1983 to 2015, when they were relegated. Initially, the club was simply called Daewoo in reference to the company that originally owned and financed it.

History

After being at the top of the league for most of the 1983 season, Daewoo finished second in its league debut conceding the title to Hallelujah FC by a single point after a goalless draw against Yukong Elephants (now known as Jeju United FC) in the Masan Series. In its sophomore season, the club turned professional, renamed itself as Daewoo Royals, and clinched its first league title after defeating Yukong Elephants by an aggregate score of 2–1 in the 1984 K-League Championship playoff. The Royals reached the playoff after winning the second stage of a league which now included the likes of Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso (now known as FC Seoul) and Hyundai Horang-i (now known as Ulsan Hyundai).

Daewoo Royals headed into 1986 K-League season as continental champions after clinching the 1985 Asian Club Championship, becoming the first Korean side to accomplish this feat, on January 29, 1986 defeating Al-Ahli 3–1 at extra time in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Despite continental success, the team suffered a dismal season and failed to reach the 1986 K-League Championship playoff after finishing fourth in the first stage of the league and third in the second.

After finishing at the top of the league with 46 points, the Royals clinched their second league title in 1987. The Royals recaptured the league title in 1991 (making it their third) finishing ten points ahead of their closest competitor that season, Hyundai Horang-i. The Royals' momentum did not last as the club struggled in the ensuing seasons finishing at or near the bottom of the league.

At the end of 1995 season, K-League sides began the process of "localizing", and the club became known as Pusan Daewoo Royals (Korean: 부산 대우 로얄즈) in reference to its city of residence. In 1997, Pusan Daewoo Royals lifted its fourth league title becoming the first team to have won the K-League Championship four times. The Royals were also the first team to have won the league twice (in 1987) and thrice (in 1991).

Although the 1998 season marked the emergence of an exciting young forward named Ahn Jung-Hwan, the Royals finished mid-table. But, the club managed to qualify for the 1999 K-League Championship playoffs after placing fourth in regular season. During the playoffs, the Royals managed to knock out Chunnam Dragons and Bucheon SK to secure the right to face defending champions, Suwon Samsung Bluewings, a club which was at the pinnacle of its meteoric rise.

As a company-owned club, the Royals' success was invariably linked to the health and success of its owner, Daewoo corporation. In the late 1990s, the company began to suffer from major financial difficulties and parted ways with its once successful sports franchise. IPark Construction, the domestic construction division of Hyundai, secured ownership of the club acquiring all its past history and records. The new owners not only renamed the club as Busan i.cons ("con's" refers to construction; Korean: 부산 아이콘스), but also changed the club's home colors from blue to red and moved it from Busan Gudeok Stadium to Busan Asiad Stadium.

Under new ownership, the club seldom challenged for the title finishing mid-table or toward the bottom of the league in the 2000s. Aside from winning the FA Cup for the first time in club history in 2004 under the guidance of Scottish manager Ian Porterfield (defeating Bucheon SK in a penalty shootout), the trophy cabinet remained largely empty.

On the onset of the 2005 season, the owners changed the club's name to Busan I'Park (currently Busan IPark). After winning the first stage, Porterfield's Busan side reached the 2005 K-League Championship play-offs, but lost to a traditionally lightweight, but then-inspired Incheon United side led by Chang Woe-ryong.

For the 2008 season, Hwang Sun-hong took over as manager. Although Busan did not win any silverware during his tenure, he did manage to bring in players such as Kim Chang-soo, Jeong Shung-hoon, Yang Dong-hyun and Kim Geun-chul while injecting the team with much needed youth by giving prospects such as Han Sang-woon, Park Hee-do, and Park Jong-woo first team opportunities. In his final season in charge of Busan, Hwang managed to lead his side to the 2010 Korean FA Cup Final.

For the 2011 season, the board appointed An Ik-soo to take over Hwang Sun-Hong who had left to manage his former club side, Pohang Steelers. Under An, Busan managed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005 after finishing fifth on the league table in regular season. An's Busan side was knocked out in the first round of play-offs by Suwon Samsung Bluewings by a familiar scoreline of 1–0.

In February 2012, adjustment was made to the club's name by dropping an apostrophe making the official name read Busan IPark.

Records

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1983 1 5 2
1984 1 8 1
1985 1 8 3
1986 1 6 3 Winners
1987 1 5 1
1988 1 5 5
1989 1 6 3
1990 1 6 2
1991 1 6 1
1992 1 6 5
1993 1 6 6
1994 1 7 6
1995 1 8 5
1996 1 9 6 Quarter-final
1997 1 10 1 1st Round
1998 1 10 5 Quarter-final
1999 1 10 2 2nd Round Quarter-final
2000 1 10 6 Semi-final
2001 1 10 4 Quarter-final
2002 1 10 9 Quarter-final
2003 1 12 9 1st Round
2004 1 13 7 Winners
2005 1 13 4 1st Round Semi-Final
2006 1 14 8 Round of 16
2007 1 14 13 Quarter-final
2008 1 14 12 Round of 16
2009 1 15 12 Round of 16
2010 1 15 8 Runners-up
2011 1 16 6 Quarter-final
2012 1 16 7 Round of 32
2013 1 14 6 Quarter-final
2014 1 12 8 Quarter-final
2015 1 12 11 Round of 32
2016 2 11 5 Round of 16
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Honours

Domestic competitions

League

Winners (4): 1984, 1987, 1991, 1997
Runners-up (3): 1983, 1990, 1999
Winners (1): 1981 Spring

Cups

Professional
Winners (1): 2004
Runners-up (1): 2010
Winners (3): 1997, 1997s, 1998s
Runners-up (5): 1986, 1999s, 2001, 2009, 2011
Winners (2): 1989, 1990
Runners-up (1): 1988
Semi-professional
Runners-up (1): 1981

International competitions

Asian

Winners (1): 1985

Worldwide

Winners (1): 1986

Friendly

Winners (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (2): 2004, 2005

Club name history

Club Name Period
Saehan Motors FC Dec 22, 1979–80
Daewoo FC 1980–83
Daewoo Royals 1983–95
Pusan Daewoo Royals 1996–99
Pusan i.cons 2000 – July 2
Busan I'Cons July 2002–04
Busan I'Park 2005–11
Busan IPark 2012–present

Sponsors

Kit Supplier

Current squad

As of 1 October 2017

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 Koo Sang-min
2 South Korea DF Jeong Ho-jeong
3 South Korea DF Lee Kyung-ryul
4 Brazil DF Danny Morais
5 South Korea DF Hong Jin-gi
6 South Korea DF Cha Young-hwan
7 Brazil MF Rômulo (on loan from Bahia)
8 South Korea MF Lee Jae-kwon
9 South Korea FW Kim Dong-sub
10 South Korea FW Park Jun-tae
11 South Korea MF Lim Sang-hyub
13 South Korea MF Kim Jin-kyu
14 South Korea MF Jung Seok-hwa
15 South Korea DF Kim Jong-hyuk
17 South Korea DF Lim You-hwan
18 South Korea FW Lee Jung-hyup
19 South Korea FW Ko Kyung-min
20 South Korea FW Kim Hyun-sung
21 South Korea GK Kim Kyeong-min (on loan from Jeju United)
No. Position Player
22 South Korea MF Lee Kyu-seong
23 South Korea MF Choi Kwang-hee
24 South Korea FW Han Ji-ho
25 Brazil FW Léo Mineiro (on loan from Coimbra)
26 South Korea DF Lee Dong-il
27 South Korea DF Ku Hyun-jun
28 South Korea FW Choi Seung-in
29 South Korea MF Lee Dong-jun
30 South Korea DF Lee Chung-woong
31 South Korea GK Kim Hyung-keun
32 South Korea DF Lee Joon-hee
33 South Korea FW Kim Moon-hwan
34 South Korea DF Lee Joon-seo
35 South Korea DF Kim Yun-ho
36 South Korea MF Yoon Dong-min
37 South Korea DF Kwon Jin-young
40 South Korea GK Kim Jung-ho
44 Japan DF Michihiro Yasuda

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 Noh Haeng-seok (to Hwaseong FC)
South Korea DF Park Joon-gang (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
No. Position Player
Brazil FW Lukian (to FC Anyang)
South Korea DF Park Byung-hyun (to Gimhae City FC)

Retired number(s)

12Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

16South Korea Kim Joo-sung, 1987–92 (winger, attacking midfielder), 1994–99 (centre back)

Staff

Coaching Staff

  • Manager: Vacant
  • Assistant Manager: Kim Hee-ho
  • Reserve Team Coach: Kim Yong-ho
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Lee Chung-ho
  • Fitness Coach: Denis Iwamura
  • Trainer: Kim Min-cheol, Park Hae-il
  • Team Doctor: Kim Myeong-jun, Kim Ho-jun, Park Gi-baek, Park Jeong-hyeong

Academy Staff

  • U-18 Head Coach: Vacant
  • U-18 Coach: Oh Chul-suk
  • U-15 Head Coach: Go Byung-woon
  • U-15 Coach: Lee Seung-yub, Kim Sung-jun
  • U-12 Head Coach: Jung Su-jin
  • U-12 Coach: Kim Chang-hyun
  • Youth Team Goalkeeper Coach: Kim Seung-an
  • Academy Coach: Lee Nam-young

Managers

# Name From To Season Won Drawn Lost Notes
South Korea Lee Jong-hwan 1979/11/22 1980/??/??
1 South Korea Chang Woon-soo 1981/01/?? 1983/10/18 1983 6 7 3
2 South Korea Cho Yoon-ok 1983/10/18 1984/06/20 1984 4 1 3
3 South Korea Chang Woon-soo 1984/06/21 1986/12/06 1984–86 39 16 22
4 South Korea Lee Cha-man 1986/12/07 1989/12/?? 1987–89 38 33 25
C South Korea Kim Hee-tae 1989/04/?? 1989/12/?? 1989
5 Germany Frank Engel 1989/12/21 1990/11/?? 1990 12 11 7
6 Hungary Bertalan Bicskei 1990/11/17 1991/11/15 1991 17 18 5
7 South Korea Lee Cha-man 1992/01/01 1992/09/23 1992 4 13 9
C South Korea Cho Kwang-rae 1992/09/25 1992/12/23 1992 17 29 21
8 1992/12/24 1994/06/21 1993–94
C South Korea Chung Hae-won 1994/06/21 1994/09/07 1994 1 1 7
9 South Korea Kim Hee-tae 1994/09/08 1995/08/03 1994–95 11 6 13
C South Korea Shin Woo-sung 1995/08/04 1995/12/31 1995 4 2 8
10 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Šekularac 1996/01/04 1996/07/14 1996 7 6 10
C South Korea Kim Tae-soo 1996/07/15 1996/12/25 1996 5 6 6
11 South Korea Lee Cha-man 1996/12/26 1999/06/09 1997–99 46 19 22
C South Korea Shin Yoon-ki 1999/06/10 1999/09/08 1999 6 3 8
C South Korea Chang Woe-ryong 1999/09/14 1999/12/17 1999 8 0 5
12 South Korea Kim Ho-gon 2000/02/23 2002/11/05 2000–02 37 31 38
C South Korea Park Kyung-hoon 2002/11/05 2002/11/20 2002 0 0 4
13 Scotland Ian Porterfield 2002/11/21 2006/04/03 2003–06 30 40 53
C South Korea Kim Pan-gon 2006/04/03 2006/08/22 2006 8 3 9
14 Switzerland Andy Egli 2006/07/25 2007/06/30 2006–07 9 12 15
C South Korea Kim Pan-gon 2007/06/30 2007/07/17 2007 0 0 0
15 South Korea Park Sung-hwa 2007/07/18 2007/08/03 2007 0 0 0
C South Korea Kim Pan-gon 2007/08/03 2007/12/03 2007 2 4 7
16 South Korea Hwang Sun-hong 2007/12/04 2010/11/05 2008–10 33 29 46
17 South Korea An Ik-soo 2010/11/10 2012/12/14 2011–12 32 21 30
18 South Korea Yoon Sung-hyo 2012/12/18 2015/07/13 2013–15 28 28 42
C Brazil Denis Iwamura 2015/07/13 2015/10/07 2015 1 4 6
19 South Korea Choi Young-jun 2015/10/07 2016/11/04 2015–16
20 South Korea Cho Jin-ho 2016/12/05 2017/10/10 2017 17 10 6

References

  1. ^ Not Ipark, IPark is correct name. Official Profile at K League Official website.
  2. ^ Upon its formation in 1983, the K League became the top tier of Korean football; the Korea Football League (officially, the Korean National Semi-Professional Football League) then became the second tier. The Korea Football League is now known as the National League.

External links

  • Official website (in Korean)


Achievements
Preceded by
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel
Asian Club Championship winners
1985–86
Succeeded by
Furukawa Electric
Japan
Preceded by
Hallelujah
K-League Champions
1984
Succeeded by
Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
Preceded by
POSCO Atoms
K-League Champions
1987
Succeeded by
POSCO Atoms
Preceded by
Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
K-League Champions
1991
Succeeded by
POSCO Atoms
Preceded by
Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i
K-League Champions
1997
Succeeded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
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