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K League Challenge 2017
Season2017
ChampionsGyeongnam FC
PromotedGyeongnam FC
Matches played180
Goals scored454 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorerMarcão (22 Goals)
Biggest home winBucheon FC 1995 6–2 FC Anyang
Biggest away winFC Anyang 1–4 Gyeongnam FC
Daejeon Citizen 1–4 Seongnam FC
Highest scoringBucheon FC 1995 6–2 FC Anyang
Highest attendance10,683
Lowest attendance0
Average attendance2,324
2016
2018

The 2017 K League Challenge was the fifth season of the K League Challenge, the second tier South Korean professional league for association football clubs since its establishment in 2013. The top-ranked team and the winner of the promotion play-offs among three clubs ranked between 2nd and 4th got promoted to the K League 1 after the regular season ended.

Teams

Daegu FC, the second-placed team of the 2016 K League Challenge, and Gangwon FC, the promotion series winner, were promoted to the 2017 K League Classic. Suwon FC and Seongnam FC were relegated from the top tier. A total of 10 teams contested in the league.

Locations of the 2017 K League Challenge teams
Locations of the 2017 K League Challenge teams
Team City Manager Home venue Capacity
Ansan Greeners Ansan South Korea Lee Heung-sil Ansan Wa~ Stadium 35,000
FC Anyang Anyang South Korea Kim Jong-pil Anyang Stadium 17,143
Asan Mugunghwa Asan South Korea Song Sun-ho Yi Sun-sin Stadium 19,283
Bucheon FC 1995 Bucheon South Korea Jeong Gab-seok Bucheon Stadium 34,545
Busan IPark Busan South Korea Cho Jin-ho Busan Gudeok Stadium 12,349
Daejeon Citizen Daejeon South Korea Lee Young-ik Daejeon World Cup Stadium 40,535
Gyeongnam FC Changwon South Korea Kim Jong-boo Changwon Football Center 15,116
Seongnam FC Seongnam South Korea Park Kyung-hoon Tancheon Stadium 16,146
Seoul E-Land Seoul South Korea Kim Byung-soo Seoul Olympic Stadium 69,950
Suwon FC Suwon South Korea Cho Duck-je Suwon Sports Complex 11,808

Stadiums

Primary venues used in the K League Challenge:

Ansan Greeners FC Anyang Asan Mugunghwa Bucheon FC 1995 Busan IPark
Ansan Wa~ Stadium Anyang Stadium Yi Sun-sin Stadium Bucheon Stadium Busan Gudeok Stadium
Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 17,143 Capacity: 19,283 Capacity: 34,545 Capacity: 12,349
Daejeon Citizen Gyeongnam FC Seongnam FC Seoul E-Land Suwon FC
Daejeon World Cup Stadium Changwon Football Center Tancheon Stadium Seoul Olympic Stadium Suwon Sports Complex
Capacity: 40,535 Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 16,146 Capacity: 69,950 Capacity: 11,808

Personnel and kits

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

Team Managers Kit Manufacturer1 Main sponsor1
Ansan Greeners Kelme Ansan Government
FC Anyang Astore Anyang Government
Asan Mugunghwa Puma Asan Government
Bucheon FC 1995 Astore Bucheon Government
Busan IPark Adidas Hyundai Development Company
Daejeon Citizen Astore Daejeon Government
Gyeongnam FC Hummel Gyeongnam Government
Seongnam FC Umbro Seongnam Government
Seoul E-Land New Balance E-Land
Suwon FC Hummel Suwon Government

Foreign players

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field each game.

As of 28 July 2017.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Ansan Greeners FC Montenegro Luka Rotković Uruguay Raúl Tarragona Uzbekistan Bahodir Nasimov
FC Anyang Brazil Brazil Lukian Ivory Coast Aubin Kouakou
Bucheon FC 1995 Brazil Nilson Júnior Brazil Waguininho Brazil Rodrigo Paraná Uzbekistan Bakhodir Pardayev
Busan IPark Brazil Danny Morais Brazil Rômulo Brazil Léo Mineiro Japan Michihiro Yasuda
Daejeon Citizen Brazil Bruno Cantanhede Georgia (country) Levan Shengelia Romania Cristian Dănălache
Gyeongnam FC Brazil Alex Bruno Brazil Marcão Croatia Ivan Herceg
Seongnam FC Brazil Dário Croatia Marin Oršulić Slovakia Filip Hlohovský
Seoul E-Land FC Brazil Alex Brazil Daniel Lovinho Japan Tomoki Wada Japan Atsuki Wada
Suwon FC Australia Bruce Djite Brazil Pedro Carmona Montenegro Vladan Adžić Australia Adrian Leijer

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Gyeongnam FC (C, P) 36 24 7 5 69 36 +33 79 Promotion to 2018 K League 1
2 Busan IPark 36 19 11 6 52 30 +22 68 Qualification to K League Challenge play-offs
3 Asan Mugunghwa  36 15 9 12 44 37 +7 54
4 Seongnam FC 36 13 14 9 38 30 +8 53
5 Bucheon FC 1995 36 15 7 14 50 46 +4 52
6 Suwon FC 36 11 12 13 42 48 −6 45
7 FC Anyang 36 10 9 17 40 58 −18 39
8 Seoul E-Land 36 7 14 15 42 55 −13 35
9 Ansan Greeners  36 7 12 17 36 54 −18 33
10 Daejeon Citizen 36 6 11 19 41 60 −19 29
Updated to match(es) played on 29 October 2017. Source: K League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Number of wins; 5) Head-to-head points
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted

Positions by matchday

  Leader & Promotion to the 2018 K League 1
  Qualification to Relegation/promotion play-offs

Round 1-18

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718
Gyeongnam FC433111111111111111
Busan IPark412422222222222222
Asan Mugunghwa 944245434334333343
Bucheon FC 1995167553345443455434
Seongnam FC988101010101091099777655
Suwon FC121334553566666776
FC Anyang61010877666655444567
Ansan Greeners 155666777877899888
Seoul E-Land6999999910788988999
Daejeon Citizen67678888891010101010101010
Source: kleague.com

Round 19-36

Team ╲ Round192021222324252627282930313233343536
Gyeongnam FC111111111111111111
Busan IPark222222222222222222
Asan Mugunghwa 344553335555553333
Seongnam FC666445454444334444
Bucheon FC 1995433334543333445555
Suwon FC555666677666677766
FC Anyang777777766777766677
Seoul E-Land9999109888888888888
Ansan Greeners 888888999999999999
Daejeon Citizen10101010910101010101010101010101010
Source: kleague.com

Results

Matches 1–18

Home \ Away ANS ANY ASM BUC BIP DJC GNM SEN SEL SUW
Ansan Greeners 1–0 2–1 2–4 0–3 2–1 3–3 0–1 1–2 3–3
FC Anyang 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–1 3–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–2
Asan Mugunghwa 1–0 4–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Bucheon FC 1995 2–0 6–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–1
Busan IPark 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–2
Daejeon Citizen 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 1–1 2–1 4–3
Gyeongnam FC 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0
Seongnam FC 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–1
Seoul E-Land 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–3 3–3 0–1 0–0 0–0
Suwon FC 0–4 3–3 0–2 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 27 September 2017. Source: K League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 19–36

Home \ Away ANS ANY ASM BUC BIP DJC GNM SEN SEL SUW
Ansan Greeners 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0
FC Anyang 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–0 1–4 1–3 2–0 0–0
Asan Mugunghwa 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 2–1
Bucheon FC 1995 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 2–4 3–2 1–0 0–1
Busan IPark 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–2
Daejeon Citizen 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–4 0–1 2–0
Gyeongnam FC 3–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 4–2 1–0 2–1 2–2
Seongnam FC 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–0
Seoul E-Land 3–3 2–3 3–2 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
Suwon FC 0–2 4–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 3–1
Updated to match(es) played on 29 October 2017. Source: K League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion-Relegation Playoffs

Promotion and relegation playoffs was held between 2nd~4th clubs of 2017 K League Challenge and 11th club of 2017 K League Classic. If scores are tied after regular time at Semi-Playoff and Playoff, the higher placed team advances to the next phase. The same conditions do not apply to Promotion-Relegation Playoffs.

  Semi-Playoff Playoff Relegation/Promotion Playoffs
                               
    1 Sangju 1 0 (5)
    2 Busan 3     2 Busan 0 1 (4)
  3 Asan 1     3 Asan 0  
  4 Seongnam 0  

Semi-Playoff

Asan Mugunghwa1–0Seongnam FC
Jung Sung-min Goal 65' Report
Yi Sun-sin Stadium, Asan
Attendance: 3,840
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok

Playoff

Busan IPark3–0Asan Mugunghwa
Lee Jung-hyup Goal 32'
Lee Dong-jun Goal 81'90+4'
Report
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 2,710
Referee: Kim Dong-jin

Promotion-Relegation Playoffs

First leg

Busan IPark0–1Sangju Sangmu
Report Yeo Reum Goal 7'
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 1,322
Referee: Lee Dong-jun

Second leg

Sangju Sangmu0–1 (a.e.t.)Busan IPark
Report Rômulo Goal 16' (pen.)
Penalties
Yeo Reum Penalty scored
Sin Jin-ho Penalty scored
Lim Chae-min Penalty scored
Kim Ho-nam Penalty scored
Joo Min-kyu Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Rômulo
Penalty scored Léo Mineiro
Penalty scored Lee Dong-jun
Penalty missed Ko Kyung-min
Penalty scored Lim You-hwan
Sangju Civic Stadium, Sangju
Attendance: 2,714
Referee: Kim Seong-ho

Sangju Sangmu retained its 2018 K League 1 spot, 5:4 on penalties.

Season statistics

Attendance

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 FC Anyang 60,078 10,683 1,360 3,338 +82.7%
2 Seongnam FC 50,427 6,700 1,410 2,802 −58.4%
3 Ansan Greeners  48,635 8,405 915 2,702 n/a
4 Busan IPark 43,302 6,337 1,024 2,406 +56.8%
5 Gyeongnam FC 39,273 7,278 713 2,182 +81.8%
6 Daejeon Citizen 38,787 5,136 1,032 2,155 −15.2%
7 Suwon FC 38,655 8,455 711 2,148 −51.0%
8 Asan Mugunghwa  35,188 7,933 726 1,955 +94.5%
9 Bucheon FC 1995 35,047 7,209 0 1,947 −6.4%
10 Seoul E-Land 28,996 4,531 631 1,611 +22.9%


League total 418,388 10,683 0 2,324 +54.3%

Updated to games played on 29 October 2017
Source: K League Classic
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
† Team played previous season in K League Classic.

Awards

Most Valuable Player of The Round

Manager of the Month

Month Manager Club Division
March South Korea Jo Sung-hwan Jeju United K League Classic
April South Korea Kim Jong-boo Gyeongnam FC K League Challenge
May South Korea Choi Yun-kyum Gangwon FC K League Classic
June South Korea Choi Kang-hee Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League Classic
July South Korea Seo Jung-won Suwon Samsung Bluewings K League Classic
August South Korea Hwang Sun-hong FC Seoul K League Classic
September South Korea Kim Do-hoon Ulsan Hyundai K League Classic
October Brazil André(caretaker) Daegu FC K League Classic

Season Awards

The 2016 K League Awards was held on 20 November 2017.

K League Challenge Most Valuable Player

K League Challenge Top Scorer

K League Challenge Top Assistor

K League Challenge Best XI

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper South Korea Lee Bum-soo Gyeongnam FC
Defender South Korea Choi Jae-soo Gyeongnam FC
Defender South Korea Park Ji-soo Gyeongnam FC
Defender Croatia Ivan Herceg Gyeongnam FC
Defender South Korea Woo Joo-sung Gyeongnam FC
Midfielder South Korea Jung Won-jin Gyeongnam FC
Midfielder South Korea Hwang In-beom Daejeon Citizen
Midfielder South Korea Moon Ki-han Bucheon FC 1995
Midfielder South Korea Bae Ki-jong Gyeongnam FC
Forward Brazil Marcão Gyeongnam FC
Forward South Korea Lee Jeong-hyeop Busan IPark

K League Challenge Manager of the Year

References