Jeonnam Dragons

Founded In
Gwangyang, Korea Republic

About Jeonnam Dragons

Chunnam Dragons Football Club was first established in the city of Gwangyang in 1995 and the side entered the K League in the same year. Despite never winning the K League, since their formation, the team have achieved notable success in domestic football and have also represented their country in several international competitions. 

After two seasons of consolidation, the 1997 season brought about the club's most successful season to date. They finished the league season in 2nd place, just one point behind the eventual winners, Pusan Daewoo Royals. In addition to their impressive league form, Chunnam were runners up in the K League Cup, finishing behind the same opponents and also reached the final of the FA Cup, where they defeated Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma to lift their first major honour.

In 1999, the team represented South Korea in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and went on to reach the final of the competition. Unfortunately, they were ultimately beaten by the Saudi club, Al Ittihad. Since that time, further success has followed for Chunnam, in the shape of the FA Cup. The side achieved back-to-back successes in the cup in 2006 and 2007, beating Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Pohang Steelers, respectively, in the finals. In both 2007 and 2008, Chunnam competed in the AFC Champions League, although they did not advance beyond the group stage of the competition on either occasion.

Several South Korean international footballers have represented the club, with notable examples including Kim Nam-Il, Kim Tae-Young, Lee Chun-Soo, Ji Dong-Won, Choi Moon-Sik and Yun Suk-Young.

Gwangyang Football Stadium has served as the club's home since their foundation. The venue first opened its doors in 1993 and has become affectionately known as 'Dragon Dungeon' amongst the team's supporters. The stadium is currently able to hold a maximum of 14,284 supporters.

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