Daegu FC
대구 FC
Full nameDaegu Football Club
대구시민프로축구단
Founded2002; 20 years ago (2002)
GroundDGB Daegu Bank Park
Capacity12,415
OwnerDaegu Government
ChairmanMayor of Daegu
ManagerAlexandre Gama
LeagueK League 1
2021K League 1, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website

Daegu Football Club, commonly referred to as Daegu FC (Korean: 대구 FC), is a South Korean professional football club based in Daegu. The club was founded as a community club at the end of 2002, and the club made their K League 1 debut in 2003. Daegu has played mostly in the K League 1 but was relegated at the end of the 2013 season to the K League 2. They were promoted back to the K League 1 for 2017 and went on to win the Korean FA Cup in 2018, which qualified them for the 2019 Asian Champions League. The club's best season in K League 1 was in 2021, when it finished third out of 12 teams. The same year it was runner up in the Korean FA Cup and made it to the Round of 16 in the 2021 AFC Champions League.

History

Foundation

Daegu FC was established in 2002 as a community club (generally in South Korea, a "community-club" means that the club issues shares) based in the city of Daegu. The city is a key shareholder, and the current mayor is chairman of the club. Following their foundation, the club entered the 2003 season of the K League under manager Park Jong-hwan. Park had previously managed the national side for a number years in the 1980s and 1990s. The club's entry, together with that of Gwangju Sangmu, brought the number of teams participating in the league to 12.

Domestic competitions

Daegu finished the 2003 K League season in 11th place (out of 12 teams), winning seven games, and drawing sixteen. In the 2003 Korean FA Cup, Daegu reached the quarterfinals, where they were defeated 1–0 by Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i. Daegu improved in 2004 to tenth place in the league which, due to Incheon United's entry, now numbered 13 clubs. In the FA Cup, Daegu were knocked out in the round of 32 by National League side Ansan Hallelujah. In the Samsung Hauzen Cup, a new cup competition run as a league competition specifically for K League clubs (thus excluding National League and lower tier clubs) during the K League's mid-season break, finished eighth out of 13 teams. The following season saw Daegu placed eighth place in the league and seventh in the Samsung Hauzen Cup. In the FA Cup, after defeating University and National League sides, Daegu were knocked out in the quarterfinals in a 2–1 loss to another K League side, the Chunnam Dragons.

For the 2006 K League season, the club placed seventh overall in the league and was 13th in Samsung Hauzen Cup. It reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 edition of the FA Cup but lost (again) to the Chunnam Dragons. Following completion of the 2006 season, Park Jong-hwan stepped down as manager after four years with the club. On 1 December 2006, Byun Byung-joo was appointed as the new manager.[1] A former South Korean international, Byun had no previous K League management experience prior to his appointment as Daegu FC's manager. The club's performance slipped in comparison to its previous two seasons, and it placed 12th. The club failed to get out of the group stage in the 2007 Samsung Hauzen Cup and achieved a similar level of performance in the FA Cup, where Daegu lost to Incheon United in the round of 16.

In 2008, Daegu played extremely aggressive football, becoming the joint equal top-scoring team of the K League, alongside Suwon Samsung Bluewings. However, they also conceded the most goals in the league. An 11th place in the K League standings was the eventual outcome. For the first time in its history, Daegu reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, by defeating Ulsan in the quarterfinals, following a win in the round of 16 over Ansan Hallelujah. However, they then lost to their opponents Pohang Steelers in a 2–0 loss. The club placed fifth (out of six teams) in their group in the Samsung Hauzen Cup.

The 2009 season was one of the worst in the club's history. In a now expanded league of 15 clubs, thanks to new entrant Gangwon FC, Daegu would place in the last, 15th place, winning only five games. In the FA Cup, Daegu reached the quarterfinals, against Daejeon Citizen, the game finished with a 1–1 scoreline. Daegu lost out in the subsequent penalty shootout. In the league cup, now known as the Peace Cup Korea 2009, the club finished third in their group, one point away from qualifying for the knockout phase of the cup. Later in the year, Lee Young-jin was appointed as manager for the 2010 season.[2] Lee, who has previously coached FC Seoul, replaced Byun who had resigned after being embroiled in a scandal involving a player's agent and payoffs for selecting specific players.[3]

On field, Daegu repeated their dismal performances of the previous season, finishing 15th in the K League standings, equal with Gwangju Sangmu on points. Daegu conceded the most goals of any club in the league, losing 19 games out of 28 games, with five wins and four draws. In the FA Cup, Daegu lost 1–0 after extra time to the National League side Suwon City. Better results were achieved in the League Cup, with Daegu progressing out of their group to the knockout stage, thanks to wins over Daejeon Citizen and Busan, before losing to FC Seoul after a penalty shootout.

By virtue of winning the 2018 Korean FA Cup, Daegu qualified for its first appearance in the 2019 AFC Champions League.[4]

After a controversial fall out with the club's executive director, Cho Kwang-Rae, its manager, André, left Daegu FC on January 27, 2020.[5] On February 5, 2020, the club announced Lee Byung-keun, who had joined the club as the chief assistant coach at the beginning of 2019 season, as a caretaker manager to lead the club in the upcoming 2020 K League 1 season.[6]

International competitions

Prior to the start of the 2006 K League season, Daegu participated in the Tongyeong Cup. The Tongyeong Cup was a four-team invitational tournament held in Tongyeong, South Korea. As well as Daegu and fellow K League club Incheon United, A-League side Queensland Roar and Beijing Guo'an were also part of the tournament. After beating both Incheon and Beijing, Daegu drew 0–0 with Queensland, winning the Tongyeong Cup and thus its first trophy.[7]

In 2019, the club played in the 2019 AFC Champions League, and for the group stage was placed with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Guangzhou Evergrande and Melbourne Victory. Despite having the lowest wage bill of all the K-League clubs, it won its first game, against Melbourne Victory.[8] It went on to win two more games in the group stage but failed to progress to the knockout phase.

Stadium

The club's first home ground, Daegu Stadium (formerly Daegu World Cup Stadium), was opened on 28 June 2001 and is owned by the Daegu Metropolitan City. The stadium was one of the venues for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosting three group games, as well the 2002 FIFA World Cup play-off game for third place between South Korea and Turkey. Daegu FC used the stadium as their main venue between 2003 and 2018. The stadium has 66,422 seats, and it is covered by natural grass.[9] The name was changed to Daegu Stadium on 5 March 2008. Occasionally, Daegu FC played its home games at the Daegu Civic Stadium.

In the 2019 season, Daegu FC relocated to the DGB Daegu Bank Park, a 12,415 capacity football-specific stadium built at the same location as the demolished Daegu Civic Stadium.[10]

Players

Current squad

As of 20 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK South Korea KOR Choi Young-eun
2 DF South Korea KOR Seo Gyeong-ju
3 DF South Korea KOR Kim Woo-seok
4 DF South Korea KOR Jeong Tae-wook
5 DF South Korea KOR Kim Jae-woo
6 DF South Korea KOR Hong Jeong-woon
7 DF South Korea KOR Kim Jin-hyuk (captain)
8 MF South Korea KOR Park Han-bin
9 FW Brazil BRA Edgar
10 MF Brazil BRA Bruno Lamas
11 FW Brazil BRA Cesinha
13 MF South Korea KOR Oh Hoo-sung
14 MF South Korea KOR An Yong-woo
15 MF South Korea KOR Yoon Jong-tae
16 DF South Korea KOR Park Min-seo
17 DF South Korea KOR Lee Sang-ki
19 FW South Korea KOR Park Gi-dong
20 MF South Korea KOR Hwang Soon-min
21 GK South Korea KOR Park Seong-su
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW South Korea KOR Lee Keun-ho (on loan from Ulsan Hyundai)
23 FW South Korea KOR Kim Tae-yang
25 MF South Korea KOR Hwang Byeong-gwon
26 DF South Korea KOR Lee Jin-yong
28 MF South Korea KOR Choi Min-ki
30 DF South Korea KOR Park Byung-hyun
31 GK South Korea KOR Lee Yun-oh
32 FW South Korea KOR Jung Chi-in
33 FW South Korea KOR Jegal Je-min
34 DF South Korea KOR Son Seung-woo
36 MF South Korea KOR Kim Hee-seung
37 MF South Korea KOR Lee Jong-hoon
38 MF South Korea KOR Jang Seong-won
39 DF South Korea KOR Park Jae-kyung
40 FW South Korea KOR Shin Joong
41 GK South Korea KOR Lee Hak-yoon
42 FW South Korea KOR An Chang-min
44 MF Japan JPN Tsubasa Nishi
66 DF South Korea KOR Jo Jin-woo
74 MF South Korea KOR Lee Yong-rae

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK South Korea KOR Gu Sung-yun (to Gimcheon Sangmu for military service)
GK South Korea KOR Lee Jun-hee (to Siheung Citizen for military service)
DF South Korea KOR Ko Jae-hyeon (to Seoul E-Land)

Retired number(s)

Main article: Retired numbers in football

12Club Supporters (the 12th Man)
24Park Jong-jin

Captains

Season Captain
2003 South Korea Oh Ju-po
2003 South Korea Kim Hak-chul
2004 South Korea Roh Sang-rae
2005 South Korea Jin Soon-jin
2005 South Korea Song Jung-hyun
2006 South Korea Lee Sang-il
2006–07 South Korea Kim Hyun-soo
2008 South Korea Hwang Sun-pil
2009 South Korea Jang Nam-seok
2010 South Korea Bang Dae-jong
2011 South Korea Back Min-chul
2012–13 South Korea Yoo Kyoung-youl
2014 South Korea An Sang-hyun
2015 South Korea Heo Jae-won
2016 South Korea Park Tae-hong
2017–19 South Korea Han Hee-hoon
2020 South Korea Hong Jeong-woon
2021 South Korea Kim Jin-hyuk

R-League

From 2008 to 2011, Daegu FC fielded a team in the R-League, established in 2000 for the reserve squads of the professional K-League clubs. The National Policy Agency also entered a team in the league. The league format provided for two groups of teams (six to eight in each group), each group member playing the others in the group, three or four times, depending on the number of teams in the groups.[11] The top two teams in each group moved onto a playoff round although from 2010, the title was shared between the winners of each group.

In 2008, Daegu placed 7th out of the 8 teams in their group, winning three of 18 games. They fared little better in 2009, finishing last in their group of five teams. In 2010, Daegu's reserve squad only won one of their group games, while they drew two, and lost 11 times. The side's return of 5 points saw it place 8th and last in their group. In 2011, the club improved to 5th in its group, with eight wins. It did not enter the 2012 edition of the competition.

U-18 (Hyunpung High School) squad

In 2008, Daegu FC established an under-18 side, to act as a development squad for the men's team. This is essentially Hyunpung High School's senior football team,[12][13] and as of 2009, plays in the U-18 Challenge League. The side is managed by former Daegu FC player Kim Hyun-soo.

Club officials

Coaching Staff[14]
U-18 Staff

Managers

Only competitive K League matches are counted.

# Name From To Season M W D L GF GA Win% Notes
1 South Korea Park Jong-Hwan 2002/10/24 2006/11/06 2003–2006 155 38 57 60 194 216 24.52 First manager
2 South Korea Byun Byung-Joo[1] 2006/12/01 2009/12/07 2007–2009 105 28 20 57 136 190 26.67
3 South Korea Lee Young-jin[2] 2009/12/23 2011/10/31 2010–2011 68 16 16 36 76 119 23.53
4 Brazil Moacir Pereira 2011/11/10 2012/11/29 2012 44 16 13 15 55 56 36.36 First foreign manager
5 South Korea Dang Sung-Jeung 2012/12/03 2013/04/23 2013 8 0 3 5 4 15 0
6 South Korea Baek Jong-Chul 2013/04/23 2013/11/30 2013 30 6 11 13 34 42 20
7 South Korea Choi Deok-Ju 2013/12/20 2014/11/18 2014 36 13 8 15 50 47 36.11
8 South Korea Lee Young-jin 2014/11/24 2016/08/12 2015–2016 65 28 22 15 43.07
C South Korea Son Hyun-jun 2016/08/12 2016/11/21 2016 16 9 4 3 56.25
9 2016/11/22 2017/05/22 2017 12 2 3 7 16.67
C Brazil André 2017/05/22 2017/11/15 2017 25 8 11 6 36 32 32
10 2017/11/16 2020/01/27 2017–2019 39 15 8 16 48 56 38.46 Won first senior honor (FA Cup)
C South Korea Lee Byung-keun 2020/02/05 Present 2020-

Honours

Domestic competitions

League

Runners-up (1): 2016

Cups

Winners (1): 2018
Runners-up (1): 2021

Season-by-season records

Season League FA Cup ACL
Division GP W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos.
2003 1 44 7 16 21 38 60 -22 37 11 QF -
2004 24 7 7 10 30 31 -1 28 10 Ro32 -
2005 24 8 6 10 30 29 +1 30 8 QF -
2006 26 8 10 8 32 30 +2 34 7 QF -
2007 26 6 6 14 35 46 -11 24 12 Ro16 -
2008 26 8 2 16 46 58 -12 26 11 SF -
2009 28 5 8 15 20 45 -25 23 15 QF -
2010 28 5 4 19 28 57 -29 19 15 Ro32 -
2011 30 8 9 13 35 46 -11 33 12 Ro32 -
2012 44 16 13 15 55 56 -1 61 10 Ro16 -
2013 38 6 14 18 36 57 -21 32 13↓ Ro32 -
2014 2 36 13 8 15 50 47 +3 47 7 Ro32 -
2015 40 18 13 9 67 47 +20 67 3 Ro32 -
2016 40 19 13 8 53 36 +17 70 2↑ Ro32 -
2017 1 38 11 14 13 50 52 -2 47 8 Ro32 -
2018 38 14 8 16 47 56 -9 50 7 Winner -
2019 38 13 16 9 46 37 +9 55 5 Ro16 GS
2020 27 10 8 9 43 39 +4 38 5 Ro16 -
2021 38 15 10 13 41 48 -7 55 3 F Ro16
Key

AFC Champions League record

All results list Daegu's goal tally first.

Season Round Opposition Home Away Agg.
2019 Group stage (Group F) Australia Melbourne Victory 4–0 3–1 3rd
China Guangzhou Evergrande 3–1 0–1
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–1 0–2
2021 Group stage (Group I) Japan Kawasaki Frontale 1–3[a] 2–3[a] 2nd
Philippines United City 7–0[a] 4–0[a]
China Beijing Guoan 5–0[a] 3–0[a]
Round of 16 Japan Nagoya Grampus N/A 2–4 N/A
  1. ^ a b c d e f Played at a neutral venue.

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