Gangwon

Founded In
2008
Location
Gangneung, Korea Republic

Gangwon

About Gangwon

Gangwon Football Club was founded in December 2008 and the team joined the K League as its fifteenth franchise ahead of the 2009 season. The club represents the Gangwon Province of the country and, despite its youth, they have already generated a strong fanbase in the area. In 2011, the team signed a partnership agreement with Gangneung Jeil High School, with the school serving as the club's under 18s team.

In their first ever league match, Gangwon wrote themselves into the history books. They earned a 1-0 victory over Jeju United and, in the process, became the first K League expansion team to ever win their debut match in the division. The remainder of their season was less successful, however, and the team lost exactly half of their matches and finished the campaign in 13th place.

In 2010, the club's performances improved slightly and Gangwon finished the season one place higher up the league, in 12th place. This still remains their highest finish. The 2011 season marked their worst performance, as they finished the league campaign in last place. Despite their poor league form, that season brought about their best performance in the FA Cup, as the team reached the quarter finals stage of the tournament before being eliminated. To date, they have failed to win any of the country's major trophies and have not yet finished in the top half of the K League table. 

South Korean internationals Chung Kyung-Ho, Lee Eul-Yong and Kim Eun-Jung have been amongst the side's most notable players. Meanwhile, the club's foreign imports have included names like Li Chunyu, Ianis Zicu and Denis Laktionov.

The team play their home matches at Gangneung Stadium, which first opened in 1984. The venue also houses the National League team, Gangneung City Football Club, and is able to hold a maximum of 22,333 supporters.