Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
전북 현대 모터스
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Full name Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club
전북 현대 모터스 축구단
Nickname(s) Nokseakjeonsa
(Green Warriors)
Founded 1994; 24 years ago (1994), as Chonbuk Dinos
Ground Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Ground Capacity 42,477
Owner Hyundai Motor Company
Chairman Chung Eui-sun
Manager Choi Kang-hee
League K League 1
2017 K League Classic, 1st
Website Club website
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC
Hanja 모터스
Revised Romanization Jeonbuk Hyeondae Moteoseu
McCune–Reischauer Chǒnbuk Hyŏndae Mot'ǒsǔ

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Korean: 전북 현대 모터스) is a professional football club based in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Jeonbuk play at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, the capital city of the province. Jeonbuk has won K-League title five times, first in 2009. They also won Korean FA Cup three times, in 2000, 2003 and 2005.[1] The club has won the AFC Champions League twice, first in 2006, becoming the first club from East Asia to win the tournament since the AFC Champions League was launched in its current format in 2003, and for a time being the only team in the world to have become continental champions without ever having won a domestic title. This title guaranteed Jeonbuk's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2006. They won the second title in 2016.

The club's color is green which is also the color of North Jeolla Province.


Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor's predecessor was founded in January 1993 under the original name of Wansan Puma FC. Oh Hyung-Kun was the founder of the team, which was the first team to be named after a home location in the history of the K League.

However, they were not able to raise enough funds and Wansan Puma FC went into bankruptcy before they could take their place in the K-League. Many people were eager to keep their club and Bobae Ltd., a local alcohol manufacturer, offered financial support to the club. The club joined the K-League in 1994 after changing its name to Chonbuk Buffalo. The team ran into financial problems and was dissolved after the final match in the 1994 season. In 1994, Korea was under 2002 World Cup bid campaign, so Hyundai Motors took over Jeonbuk Buffalo's players and launched a new club called Jeonbuk Dinos on 12 December 1994.

K-League officially stated that Jeonbuk Buffalo and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are different club. Therefore, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors's history and statistics and records are from 12 December 1994.[1]

Since 1994, Jeonbuk have not seriously challenged for the Korean League title, often languishing in mid-table.[1] After Choi Gang-hee was appointed manager in July 2005, Jeonbuk won the Korean FA Cup in December of that year.[1] In 2006, Jeonbuk finished a disappointing eleventh in the Korean League, however the season had a surprising ending, as Jeonbuk won their first AFC Champions Cup final in Homs, Syria.[1] En route to the final they defeated the champions of Japan, Gamba Osaka, and Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua,[2] and they also beat Ulsan Horang-i, the champion of Korea, in the semi-finals.[3] They triumphed 3–2 on aggregate over Al-Karamah, the champion of Syria, in the final.[4]

They had an opportunity to join the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2006 as AFC Champions League winners.[5] They lost their first game 1–0 to América in the quarter-finals on 10 December, however, they defeated Auckland City 3–0 on 14 December and finished fifth in the tournament.[5]

In 2009, Jeonbuk became the champion of K-League by beating Seongnam Ilhwa 3–1 on aggregate in the K-League Championship on 6 December 2009.[1][6]

On 22 October 2011, Jeonbuk claimed their first-place spot in the K-League for the second time in their history.[7] Furthermore, they reached the final of the AFC Champions League, where they lost to Al-Sadd after a penalty-shootout.[8]

On 4 December 2011, Jeonbuk confirmed the K-League title with a 4–2 aggregate victory in the play-off final against Ulsan Hyundai.[1][9]

In May 2016, prosecutors charged two referees in K League with accepting bribes totalling 5 million won from a Jeonbuk club scout, with three payments of 1 million won each made to one official and two to the other in 2013. On 30 September 2016, Jeonbuk were docked nine points and fined 100 million won ($90,857) by the league's disciplinary committee for the bribery scandal.[10] The scout was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail term for bribery by the Busan District Court.[10]

On 26 November 2016, Jeonbuk won their second AFC Champions League title after defeating Al Ain FC 3–2 on aggregate.[11]

On 18 January 2017, Jeonbuk was banned from entering the 2017 AFC Champions League by the Asian Football Confederation due to the bribery scandal.[12] Jeonbuk lodged an appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the court dismissed an appeal on 3 February 2017.[13]

Kit suppliers


Domestic competitions


Winners (5): 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017
Runners-up (2): 2012, 2016


Winners (3): 2000, 2003, 2005
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2013
Runners-up (1): 2010
Winners (1): 2004
Runners-up (2): 2001, 2006
Runners-up (1): 1999

International competitions


Winners (2): 2006, 2016
Runners-up (1): 2011
Runners-up (1): 2002


Fifth place (2): 2006, 2016


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1995 1 8 7
1996 1 9 5 Quarter-final
1997 1 10 6 Round of 16
1998 1 10 6 Round of 16
1999 1 10 7 Final
2000 1 10 4 Winner
2001 1 10 9 Semi-final
2002 1 10 7 Quarter-final
2003 1 12 5 Winner
2004 1 13 6 Quarter-final Semi-final
2005 1 13 12 Winner
2006 1 14 11 Round of 16 Winner
2007 1 14 8 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2008 1 14 4 Quarter-final
2009 1 15 1 Semi-final
2010 1 15 3 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2011 1 16 1 Round of 16 Final
2012 1 16 2 Quarter-final Group Stage
2013 1 14 3 Final Round of 16
2014 1 12 1 Semi-final Round of 16
2015 1 12 1 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2016 1 12 2 Quarter-final Winner
2017 1 12 1 Fourth round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league


# Name From To Season
1 South Korea Cha Kyung-bok 1994/11/26 1996/12/05 1995–1996
2 South Korea Choi Man-hee 1996/12/06 2001/07/18 1997–2001
C South Korea Nam Dae-sik 2001/07/19 2001/10/03 2001
3 South Korea Cho Yoon-hwan 2001/10/04 2005/06/12 2001–2005
C South Korea Kim Hyung-yul 2005/06/13 2005/07/10 2005
4 South Korea Choi Kang-hee 2005/07/04
C South Korea Lee Heung-sil 2012/01/05 2012/12/12 2012
C Brazil Fábio Lefundes 2012/12/20 2013/06/01 2013
C South Korea Shin Hong-gi 2013/06/25 2013/06/27 2013


Current squad

As of 1 August 2018[14]

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 Hong Jeong-nam
2 South Korea DF Lee Yong
3 South Korea DF Kim Min-jae
4 South Korea MF Shin Hyung-min
5 South Korea MF Lim Sun-young
6 South Korea DF Choi Bo-kyung
7 South Korea MF Han Kyo-won
8 South Korea MF Jeong Hyuk
9 South Korea FW Kim Shin-wook
10 Brazil FW Ricardo Lopes
11 Brazil FW Tiago Alves
14 South Korea MF Lee Seung-gi
15 South Korea DF Lee Jae-sung
16 South Korea DF Cho Sung-hwan
18 South Korea DF Na Seong-eun
19 South Korea DF Park Won-jae
No. Position Player
20 South Korea FW Lee Dong-gook
21 South Korea GK Hwang Byeong-geun
22 South Korea DF Kim Jin-su
23 South Korea DF Yun Ji-hyeok
24 South Korea FW Heo Jun-ho
25 South Korea DF Choi Chul-soon
26 South Korea DF Hong Jeong-ho (on loan from Jiangsu Suning)
27 South Korea MF Yoo Seung-min
28 South Korea MF Son Jun-ho
30 South Korea MF Jeong Ho-young
31 South Korea GK Song Bum-keun
32 Brazil FW Adriano
33 South Korea DF Park Won-jae
34 South Korea MF Jang Yun-ho
38 South Korea DF Park Jung-ho
41 South Korea GK Lee Jae-hyeong

Squad number 12 is reserved for the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors supporters, Mad Green Boys.

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 Young-chan (to FC Anyang)
South Korea DF Lee Ju-yong (to Asan Mugunghwa for military service)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Ko Moo-yeol (to Asan Mugunghwa for military service)

Backroom staff

Coaching staff

Source: Official website[15]

Support staff

  • Club doctor: South Korea Song Ha-heon
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Kim Byung-woo
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Lee Hyun-ju
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Lee Hyuk-jun
  • Interpreter: South Korea Kim Min-soo

Source: Official website[16]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC". K League official website. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "AFC Champions League 2006 » Quarter-finals". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "AFC Champions League 2006 » Semi-finals". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "AFC Champions League 2006 » Final". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "FIFA Club World Cup 2006". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Kang Seung-woo (6 December 2009). "Jeonbuk Motors Win First K-League Titles". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jeonbuk, Ulsan to clash for K-League championship". 28 November 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "History for Qatar as Al Sadd win Asian title in dramatic shootout". 5 November 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Jeonbuk wins K-League championship". 4 December 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Joo Kyung-don (30 September 2016). "Jeonbuk's strong season dented by punishment over bribery scandal". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  11. ^ (26 November 2016). "Jeonbuk clinch ticket to Japan". FIFA official website. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  13. ^ CAS rejects the request for provisional measures filed by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - Court of Arbitration for Sport Website
  14. ^ "Players" (in Korean). Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC official website. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "코칭스태프" [Coaching staff] (in Korean). Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC official website. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "지원스태프" [Support staff] (in Korean). Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC official website. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 

External links

  • Official website (in Korean) (in English)
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