Incheon United

Founded In
Incheon, Korea Republic

About Incheon United

Incheon United Football Club was first established at the conclusion of the 2003 K League season. The team's formation was largely linked to the building of the Incheon Munhak Stadium for use in the FIFA World Cup in 2002, as the city did not have a professional team to use the stadium after the tournament's completion. Despite their youth, the team have occasionally challenged for the major honours on offer in South Korea and are one of the country's most popular teams.

The club's debut season brought about mixed results. After a promising start, the side slipped down the league table during the first phase and finished bottom. In the second phase, however, they displayed a marked improvement and ended up in fourth, to finish the overall season in 12th place.

To date, Incheon United have failed to win any of the major trophies available to them, although they have come close. In the 2005 season, the club topped the overall league table and gained entry into the Championship Playoffs. Here, they defeated Busan I'Park to reach the final. Unfortunately, they lost the match to Ulsan Hyundai Horangi and finished as the K League runners up. Their best performances in the domestic cup competitions came in the 2006 and 2007 editions of the FA Cup, with the team reaching the semi finals on both occasions.

The list of notable South Korean footballers to represent the club includes names like Kim Chi-Woo, Lee Jung-Soo, Choi Hyo-Jin, Choi Tae-Uk and Kim Nam-Il. Meanwhile, Dženan Radončić, Dragan Mladenović and Alpay Özalan are amongst the club's best-known foreign imports.

The team currently play their home matches at Incheon Football Stadium, which replaced the far bigger Incheon Munhak Stadium as the side's home in 2012. The venue is sometimes referred to as Sungeui Arena Park, was constructed at a cost of $110 million and is able to hold a maximum of 20,891 supporters.

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