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Jeju United
제주 유나이티드
Club crest
Full nameJeju United Football Club
제주 유나이티드 FC
Nickname(s)Jeju Mountaineers
Founded1982; 40 years ago (1982) (as Yukong FC)[1]
GroundJeju World Cup Stadium
Capacity35,657
OwnerSK Energy
ChairmanKoo Ja-young
ManagerNam Ki-il
LeagueK League 1
2021K League 1, 4th of 12
WebsiteClub website

The Jeju United Football Club (Hangul: 제주 유나이티드) is a South Korean professional football club. The club is based in Seogwipo, Jeju Province and plays in the K League 1, the top division in South Korea. In the past, the club has been known as the Yukong Elephants and Bucheon SK.

History

An original member of the K League founded on 17 December 1982, the team was then called the Yukong Elephants. Yukong was owned and financially supported by the Sunkyoung Group's subsidiary, Yukong (currently SK Group's "SK Energy"), along with Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi as its franchise. The Kokkiri (elephant) was its mascot. The club won the league championship on only one occasion (in 1989).

At the end of 1995 the side moved from the Dongdaemun Stadium in Seoul to the Mokdong Stadium on the western edge of Seoul, as part of K-League's decentralization policy.[2]

Three clubs based in Seoul–the Yukong Elephants, LG Cheetahs, and Ilhwa Chunma–didn't accept this policy, so the Seoul government gave an eviction order to the three clubs. However they guaranteed that if clubs built a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul, they could have a Seoul franchise and return to Seoul. As a result, the three clubs were evicted from Seoul to other cities. The Yukong Elephants moved to the city of Bucheon, a satellite city of Seoul. Mid-way through the 1997 season, the club re-branded itself as Bucheon SK.

Because the city of Bucheon lacked a stadium, they used Mokdong Stadium in Seoul until 2000. At the start of the 2001 season, the team moved to the 35,545-capacity Bucheon Leports Complex.

In 2006, Bucheon SK announced their move to Jeju without any fore notice, renamed themselves "Jeju United FC," and adopted the vacant Jeju World Cup Stadium as their new home ground. Jeju Province had never been represented in top flight South Korean football until then.

On January 3, 2008, Jeju appointed Arthur Bernardes for new manager. On October 14, 2009, Arthur Bernardes announced his resignation due to Jeju's bad form in the K-League.

On November 24, 2019, Jeju lost their penultimate match of the season to the Suwon Samsung Bluewings, which meant the club could no longer avoid relegation to the K League 2.

Franchise relocation history

Club Name City / Area Period
Yukong Elephants Seoul+Incheon+Gyeonggi 1983[1]
Yukong Elephants Seoul 1984–86[1]
Yukong Elephants Incheon+Gyeonggi 1987–90
Yukong Elephants Seoul – Dongdaemun Stadium 1991–95
Bucheon Yukong
Bucheon SK
Seoul – Mokdong Stadium[2] 1996
Bucheon SK Bucheon – Bucheon Stadium 1997–05
Jeju United Jeju  – Jeju World Cup Stadium 2006–present

[1] During 1983–86, K-League didn't have home and away system, so franchise relocations were meaningless at that time.
[2] Bucheon SK held all home matches at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul until 2000, Because Bucheon Stadium was under construction.

Crests and mascots

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Kits

Kit suppliers

Honours

Domestic competitions

League

Winners (1): 1989
Runners-up (5): 1984, 1994, 2000, 2010, 2017
Winners (1): 2020

Cups

Runners-up (1): 2004
Winners (3): 1994, 1996, 2000s
Runners-up (2): 1998, 1998s

Records

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1983 1 5 3
1984 1 8 2
1985 1 8 5
1986 1 6 4
1987 1 5 3
1988 1 5 3
1989 1 6 1
1990 1 6 4
1991 1 6 4
1992 1 6 6
1993 1 6 5
1994 1 7 2
1995 1 8 4
1996 1 9 4 Semi-final
1997 1 10 10 Quarter-finals
1998 1 10 7 Round of 16
1999 1 10 3 Quarter-final
2000 1 10 2 Semi-final
2001 1 10 7 Round of 16
2002 1 10 8 Round of 16
2003 1 12 12 Semi-final
2004 1 13 13 Runners-up
2005 1 13 5 Round of 16
2006 1 14 13 Round of 32
2007 1 14 11 Semi-final
2008 1 14 10 Round of 32
2009 1 15 14 Quarter-final
2010 1 15 2 Semi-final
2011 1 16 9 Round of 16 Group stage
2012 1 16 6 Semi-final
2013 1 14 9 Semi-final
2014 1 12 5 Round of 32
2015 1 12 6 Quarter-final
2016 1 12 3 Round of 32
2017 1 12 2 Round of 16 Round of 16
2018 1 12 5 Quarter-final Group stage
2019 1 12 12 Round of 16
2020 2 10 1 Round of 16
2021 1 12 4 Round of 24
Key

AFC Champions League record

Season Round Opposition Home Away Agg.
2011 Group E China Tianjin TEDA 0–1 0–3 3rd
Australia Melbourne Victory 1–1 2–1
Japan Gamba Osaka 2–1 1–3
2017 Group H China Jiangsu Suning 0–1 2–1 2nd
Japan Gamba Osaka 2–0 4–1
Australia Adelaide United 1–3 3–3
Round of 16 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 0–3 (a.e.t.) 2–3
2018 Group G China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 3–5 4th
Japan Cerezo Osaka 0–1 1–2
Thailand Buriram United 0–1 2–0

Players

Current squad

As of 10 March 2022

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 Kim Dong-jun
2 FW South Korea KOR Jin Seong-uk
3 DF South Korea KOR Kim Jong-min
4 DF South Korea KOR Lee Ji-sol
5 DF South Korea KOR Hong Sung-wook
6 MF South Korea KOR Choi Young-jun
7 MF South Korea KOR Jo Seong-joon
8 MF South Korea KOR Lee Chang-min
9 DF South Korea KOR Lee Jung-moon
10 MF Sweden SWE Jonathan Ring
11 FW Guinea-Bissau GNB Gerso Fernandes
13 DF South Korea KOR Chung Woon
14 MF South Korea KOR Yoon Bit-garam
16 DF South Korea KOR Kim Joo-won
17 MF South Korea KOR Ahn Hyun-beom
18 FW South Korea KOR Joo Min-kyu
19 FW South Korea KOR Kim Ju-gong
21 GK South Korea KOR Im Joon-seob
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF South Korea KOR Jeong Woo-jae
23 DF South Korea KOR Kim Kyung-jae
24 MF South Korea KOR Han Jong-mu
25 DF South Korea KOR Woo Min-geol
27 MF South Korea KOR An Tae-hyun
28 MF South Korea KOR Kim Gyu-hyeong (on loan from GNK Dinamo Zagreb)
29 FW South Korea KOR Byun Kyung-joon
30 MF South Korea KOR Kim Bong-soo
31 GK South Korea KOR Yoo Yeon-soo
32 DF South Korea KOR Kim Dae-hwan
33 FW South Korea KOR Choi Jae-hyuk
35 DF South Korea KOR Kim Oh-gyu
36 FW South Korea KOR Kim Dong-gook
37 FW South Korea KOR Choo Sang-hoon
39 MF South Korea KOR Kim Myung-soon
40 GK South Korea KOR Mun Kyung-gun
42 MF South Korea KOR Koo Ja-cheol

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
MF South Korea KOR Seo Jin-su (to Gimcheon Sangmu for military service)
DF South Korea KOR Song Ju-hun (to Gimcheon Sangmu for military service)
DF South Korea KOR Kang Yoon-sung (to Gimcheon Sangmu for military service)
MF South Korea KOR Lee Dong-hee (to Chungju Citizen for military service)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF South Korea KOR Lim Dong-hyuk (to Pocheon Citizen for military service)
FW South Korea KOR Kim Hyun-woo (to Chungju Citizen)
DF South Korea KOR Hong Joon-ho (to Yangpyeong FC for military service)
DF South Korea KOR Park Won-jae (to Goyang KH for military service)

Managers

Coaching staff

Position Name Notes
Manager South Korea Nam Ki-il
Assistant Manager South Korea Lee Jung-hyo
First Team Coach South Korea Cho Kwang-soo
Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Ki Woo-sung
Fitness Coach Brazil Guilherme Rondon
Reserve Team Manager South Korea Ma Chul-jun

Managerial history

K League's principle of official statistics is that final club succeeds to predecessor club's

# Name Start End Season Notes
1
South Korea Lee Jong-Hwan 1982/04/20 1985/07/21 1983–85 Resigned in the middle of season
2
South Korea Kim Jung-Nam 1985/07/21 1992/05/12 1985–92 Resigned in the middle of season
C South Korea Park Young-Hwan
(Caretaker manager)
1986/??/?? 1986/??/?? 1986 Kim Jung-Nam was called up
as a national team manager for
1986 FIFA World Cup,
1986 Asian Games
C South Korea Choi Jong-Duk
(Caretaker manager)
1988/07/13 1988/09/14 1988 Kim Jung-Nam was called up
as a national team manager for
1988 Summer Olympics
C South Korea Park Sung-Hwa
South Korea Ham Heung-Chul
(Caretaker manager)
1992/05/12 1992/12/19 1992
3
South Korea Park Sung-Hwa 1992/12/20 1994/10/29 1993–94
C South Korea Cho Yoon-Hwan
(Caretaker manager)
1994/10/30 1994/12/31 1994
4
Russia Valeri Nepomniachi 1995/01/01 1998/10/31 1995–98
C South Korea Cho Yoon-Hwan
(Caretaker manager)
1998/11/01 1998/12/31 1998
5
South Korea Cho Yoon-Hwan 1999/01/01 2001/08/14 1999–01 Resigned in the middle of season
C South Korea Choi Yun-Kyum
(Caretaker manager)
2001/08/14 2001/08/31 2001
6
South Korea Choi Yun-Kyum 2001/09/01 2002/09/01 2001–02 Resigned in the middle of season
7
Turkey Tınaz Tırpan 2002/09/02 2003/05/14 2002–03 Resigned in the middle of season
C South Korea Ha Jae-Hoon
(Caretaker manager)
2003/05/14 2003/07/18 2003
8
South Korea Ha Jae-Hoon 2003/07/19 2003/12/31 2003
9
South Korea Jung Hae-Seong 2004/01/01 2007/11/03 2004–07
10
Brazil Arthur Bernardes 2008/01/04 2009/10/14 2008–09 Resigned in the middle of season
C South Korea Cho Jin-Ho
(Caretaker manager)
2009/10/14 2009/10/29 2009
11
South Korea Park Kyung-Hoon 2009/10/30 2014/12/03 2010–14
12
South Korea Jo Sung-hwan 2014/12/19 2016/10/14 2014–2016
13
South Korea Kim In-soo 2016/10/14 2016/12/15 2016 Due to Coaching License for AFC Champions League
Kim In-soo is appointed.
14
South Korea Jo Sung-hwan 2016/12/30 2019/05/02 2017–2019
15
South Korea Choi Yun-Kyum 2019/05/03 2019/11/30 2019
16
South Korea Nam Ki-il 2019/12/26 present 2020–

References

  1. ^ "Official Club Profile at K League Website". www.kleague.com (in Korean). K League. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013.
  2. ^ Note:This policy was carried out due to two reasons. In 1995, Korea was under bidding for 2002 FIFA World Cup. The reasons were the KFA and K League want to build a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul and both wanted to spread football to the provinces.