KEB Hana Bank
K League 1
Season2018
Dates2 March – 2 December 2018
ChampionsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(6th title)
RelegatedJeonnam Dragons
Champions LeagueJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Gyeongnam FC
Ulsan Hyundai
Daegu FC
Matches played228
Goals scored620 (2.72 per match)
Best PlayerMarcão
Top goalscorerMarcão
(26 goals)
Biggest home winGangwon 7–0 Incheon
(19 August 2018)
Biggest away winGyeongnam 0–4 Jeonbuk
(11 April 2018)
Seoul 0–4 Jeonbuk
(20 May 2018)
Highest scoringJeonnam 6–4 Suwon
(19 August 2018)
Longest winning run9 matches
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Longest unbeaten run10 matches
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Longest winless run14 matches
Incheon United
Longest losing run6 matches
Daegu FC
Highest attendance30,122
Seoul 2–1 Suwon
(5 May 2018)
Lowest attendance290
Sangju 0–1 Gangwon
(24 November 2018)
Average attendance5,381
2017
2019

The 2018 K League 1 was the 36th season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983, and the sixth season of the K League 1, former K League Classic. The K League Classic was changed its name to "K League 1" in this season.

Teams

General information

Club City/Province Manager Owner(s) Other sponsor(s)
Daegu FC Daegu Brazil Andre Daegu Government
Gangwon FC Gangwon South Korea Kim Byung-soo Gangwon Provincial Government
Gyeongnam FC Gyeongnam South Korea Kim Jong-boo Gyeongnam Provincial Government
Incheon United Incheon Norway Jørn Andersen Incheon Government Shinhan Bank
Incheon International Airport
Jeju United Jeju South Korea Jo Sung-hwan SK Energy
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonbuk South Korea Choi Kang-hee Hyundai Motor Company
Jeonnam Dragons Jeonnam South Korea Kim In-wan (caretaker) POSCO
Pohang Steelers Pohang, Gyeongbuk South Korea Choi Soon-ho POSCO
Sangju Sangmu Sangju, Gyeongbuk South Korea Kim Tae-wan Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
FC Seoul Seoul South Korea Choi Yong-soo GS Group
Suwon Samsung Bluewings Suwon, Gyeonggi South Korea Seo Jung-won Cheil Worldwide Samsung Electronics
Maeil Dairies Industry
Ulsan Hyundai Ulsan South Korea Kim Do-hoon Hyundai Heavy Industries

Stadiums

Daegu FC Gangwon FC Gyeongnam FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Daegu Stadium Chuncheon Songam Leports Town Changwon Football Center Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Capacity: 66,422 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,245 Capacity: 20,891 Capacity: 35,657 Capacity: 42,477
Jeonnam Dragons Pohang Steelers Sangju Sangmu FC Seoul Suwon Samsung
Bluewings
Ulsan Hyundai
Gwangyang Football Stadium Pohang Steel Yard Sangju Civic Stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium Suwon World Cup Stadium Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity: 13,496 Capacity: 17,443 Capacity: 15,042 Capacity: 66,704 Capacity: 44,031 Capacity: 44,102

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 including a least one player from the AFC confederation. Players name in bold are registered during the mid-season transfer window.

As of 26 May 2018
Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC player Former players
Daegu FC Brazil Césinha Brazil Edgar Silva Brazil Zé Roberto Japan Tsubasa Nishi Brazil Caion
Brazil Jean Carlos
Gangwon FC Brazil Diego Maurício Cyprus Valentinos Sielis Serbia Uroš Đerić Australia Dylan McGowan
Gyeongnam FC Brazil Marcão Brazil Negueba Brazil Paulinho Japan Takahiro Kunimoto Croatia Ivan Herceg
Incheon United Bosnia and Herzegovina Gordan Bunoza Costa Rica Elías Aguilar Montenegro Stefan Mugoša Australia Kwabena Appiah
Jeju United Brazil Magno Cruz Brazil Roberson Brazil Tiago Marques Australia Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Brazil Adriano Brazil Ricardo Lopes Brazil Tiago Alves
Jeonnam Dragons Brazil Wanderson Carvalho Brazil Wanderson Macedo Croatia Vedran Jugović Australia James Donachie Australia Tomislav Mrčela
Pohang Steelers Brazil Alemão Brazil Jucimar Teixeira Brazil Léo Gamalho Australia Connor Chapman Brazil Getterson
FC Seoul Brazil Anderson Lopes Brazil Evandro Paulista Serbia Bojan Matić Croatia Ivan Kovačec
Suwon Samsung Bluewings Bosnia and Herzegovina Elvis Sarić Brazil Waguininho Montenegro Dejan Damjanović Australia Matthew Jurman
Brazil Cristovam
Ulsan Hyundai Austria Richard Windbichler Brazil Júnior Negrão United States Mix Diskerud Japan Sergio Escudero Croatia Mislav Oršić
Japan Yohei Toyoda

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (C) 38 26 8 4 75 31 +44 86 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Gyeongnam FC 38 18 11 9 59 44 +15 65
3 Ulsan Hyundai 38 17 12 9 61 46 +15 63 Qualification for the Champions League playoff round
4 Pohang Steelers 38 15 9 14 47 48 −1 54
5 Jeju United 38 14 12 12 41 41 0 54
6 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 38 13 11 14 53 54 −1 50
7 Daegu FC 38 14 8 16 47 56 −9 50 Qualification for the Champions League group stage[a]
8 Gangwon FC 38 12 10 16 56 60 −4 46
9 Incheon United 38 10 12 16 55 69 −14 42
10 Sangju Sangmu 38 10 10 18 41 52 −11 40
11 FC Seoul (O) 38 9 13 16 40 48 −8 40 Qualification for the relegation playoffs
12 Jeonnam Dragons (R) 38 8 8 22 43 69 −26 32 Relegation to the K League 2
Source: K League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Wins; 5) Head-to-head points
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Qualified as champions of the FA Cup.

Positions by matchday

  Leaders
  Qualification for the Champions League group stage
  Qualification for the Champions League playoff round
  Qualification for the relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the K League 2

Round 1–33

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors344321111111111111111111111111111
Gyeongnam FC221112334432454422222222222222222
Ulsan Hyundai111112121110687786665555554443333333333
Suwon Samsung Bluewings955553222223223233333334444445554
Pohang Steelers113234446678788998776656555554445
Jeju United7107886563344332344445588887787766
Gangwon FC532445758857877666667875666666677
Daegu FC121211111212111112121212121212111111111210101010101091077888
FC Seoul691010109999999999887898767778899999
Sangju Sangmu1088997875565546779989999991091010101010
Jeonnam Dragons4797711121210101010101010101010101112121211121111111111111111
Incheon United866668101011111111111111121212121011111112111212121212121212
Source: K League

Round 34–38

Source: K League

Results

Matches 1–22

Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away.

Home \ Away DGU GWN GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–4 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–2
Gangwon FC 0–3 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–3 3–3
Gyeongnam FC 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–4 3–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–0
Incheon United 0–0 3–3 2–3 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–1
Jeju United 1–2 3–5 0–0 4–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 3–1 0–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
Jeonnam Dragons 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–3 0–3 0–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–2
Pohang Steelers 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–1
Sangju Sangmu 0–1 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–3
FC Seoul 3–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 3–0 0–4 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–0 2–0 3–1 5–2 2–3 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0
Ulsan Hyundai 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–0
Source: K League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33

Teams play every other team once (either at home or away).

Home \ Away DGU GWN GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–2 0–2
Gangwon FC 7–0 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–0
Gyeongnam FC 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–3
Incheon United 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–2
Jeju United 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 3–2 3–2 4–0 1–0
Jeonnam Dragons 0–1 3–3 3–2 1–0 6–4 1–0
Pohang Steelers 2–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 5–2
Sangju Sangmu 2–5 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–2
FC Seoul 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–2
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–2
Ulsan Hyundai 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–1
Source: K League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 34–38

After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Relegation playoffs

The promotion-relegation playoffs were held between the winners of the 2018 K League 2 playoffs and the 11th-placed club of the 2018 K League 1. The winners on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2019 K League 1.

Busan IPark1–3FC Seoul
Report
Busan Gudeok Stadium, Busan
Attendance: 10,127
Referee: Kim Woo-sung

FC Seoul1–1Busan IPark
Report
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 8,554
Referee: Kim Dae-yong

FC Seoul won 4–2 on aggregate and therefore both clubs remain in their respective leagues.

Player statistics

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Marcão Gyeongnam FC 26
2 Serbia Uroš Đerić Gangwon FC 24
3 Brazil Júnior Negrão Ulsan Hyundai 22
4 Montenegro Stefan Mugoša Incheon United 19
5 South Korea Moon Seon-min Incheon United 14
6 Brazil Ricardo Lopes Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 13
Montenegro Dejan Damjanović Suwon Samsung Bluewings
South Korea Lee Dong-gook Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
9 South Korea Kim Shin-wook Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 11
10 South Korea Heo Yong-joon Jeonnam Dragons 9

Source:[1]

Top assist providers

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Brazil Cesinha Daegu FC 11
2 Costa Rica Elías Aguilar Incheon United 10
3 South Korea Lee Yong Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 9
4 South Korea Hong Chul Sangju Sangmu
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
8
5 South Korea Han Seung-gyu Ulsan Hyundai 7
Brazil Negueba Gyeongnam FC

Source:[1]

Awards

Main awards

The 2018 K League Awards was held on 3 December 2018.

Award Winner Club
Most Valuable Player Brazil Marcão Gyeongnam FC
Top goalscorer Brazil Marcão Gyeongnam FC
Top assist provider Brazil Cesinha Daegu FC
Young Player of the Year South Korea Han Seung-gyu Ulsan Hyundai
Manager of the Year South Korea Choi Kang-hee Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Source:[2]

Best XI

Position Winner Club
Goalkeeper South Korea Jo Hyeon-woo Daegu FC
Defenders South Korea Hong Chul Suwon Samsung Bluewings
South Korea Kim Min-jae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Austria Richard Windbichler Ulsan Hyundai
South Korea Lee Yong Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielders Brazil Negueba Gyeongnam FC
South Korea Choi Young-jun Gyeongnam FC
Costa Rica Elías Aguilar Incheon United
Brazil Ricardo Lopes Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forwards Brazil Marcão Gyeongnam FC
Brazil Júnior Negrão Ulsan Hyundai

Source:[2]

Player of the Round

Manager of the Month

Month Manager Club Division
March South Korea Jung Gab-suk Bucheon FC 1995 K League 2
April South Korea Choi Kang-hee Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League 1
May South Korea Nam Ki-il Seongnam FC K League 2
July South Korea Kim Jong-boo Gyeongnam FC K League 1
August South Korea Ko Jong-soo Daejeon Citizen K League 2
September South Korea Ko Jong-soo Daejeon Citizen K League 2
October South Korea Jo Sung-hwan Jeju United K League 1

Attendance

Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 226,224 19,108 5,005 11,907 +1.9%
2 FC Seoul 219,665 30,122 4,714 11,561 −29.1%
3 Ulsan Hyundai 142,944 14,228 1,059 7,523 −11.1%
4 Pohang Steelers 140,668 15,393 3,073 7,404 −11.6%
5 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 114,943 13,853 2,940 6,709 −23.6%
6 Incheon United 84,151 7,282 1,402 4,429 −25.3%
7 Daegu FC 66,837 13,351 477 3,518 +5.3%
8 Jeonnam Dragons 62,615 11,036 1,830 3,296 −19.8%
9 Gyeongnam FC 62,615 13,082 932 3,170 +32.3%
10 Jeju United 60,033 8,354 1,215 3,160 −22.1%
11 Gangwon FC 25,765 4,530 569 1,356 −41.2%
12 Sangju Sangmu 25,050 2,317 290 1,318 −19.9%
League total 1,241,667 30,122 290 5,445 −16.3%

Updated to games played on 7 December 2018
Source: K League
Notes:
Teams that played previous season in K League Challenge.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Data center - Official records - Recording room - K League 1 records - Individual record table" (in Korean). K League Data Portal. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b 말컹, K리그 최초 1·2부리그 MVP 석권…감독상 최강희 (in Korean). Inews24. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2021.