Gyeongnam

Founded In
2005
Location
Changwon, Korea Republic

Gyeongnam

About Gyeongnam

Gyeongnam Football Club was founded in 2006 and entered the K League in the same year as the league's fourteenth franchise. The club is based in the city of Changwon and the team have began to establish themselves as a force within South Korean football. On occasion, they have challenged for some of the major honours on offer in the country.

The team's debut season was unspectacular, as they finished their K League campaign in 12th place and went out in the quarter finals stage of the FA Cup. The 2007 season, however, brought about a huge improvement and Gyeongnam ended the season in 4th. To date, this remains their best K League performance.

So far, the club have failed to win any of the major honours available to them, although they have come close, most notably in the FA Cup. In 2008 and 2012, they reached the final of the competition, but they were beaten on both occasions. The 2010 season brought about one of the club's best performances in the K League. At one stage during the season, they topped the league and from March to May, they put together a nine match unbeaten streak, which still remains their longest unbeaten period. Eventually, however, they finished in 6th place.

Notable players to have worn the Gyeongnam jersey include the Brazilian striker Cabore and Japanese midfielder Kazuyuki Toda, as well as Kim Byung-Ji and Yoon Bit-Garam, who both also played for the South Korean senior national team. Cabore won the K League Top Scorer Award in 2007, after scoring 17 goals in 25 matches over the course of the season.

Changwon Football Center has served as the club's home since 2010. The venue also houses the National League side, Changwon City Football Club and is able to hold a maximum of 20,000 people, with 15,500 being the capacity for most football matches.

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