Seongnam

Founded In
1989 / 2000
Location
Seongnam, Korea Republic

Seongnam

About Seongnam

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Football Club was founded in 1989 and initially went by the name Ilhwa Chunma FC. Originally, the team were based in Seoul, but now operate out of its satellite city, Seongnam. Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma are notable for being the most successful South Korean club in domestic competitions and in addition to that success, they have also won major honours on the international scene.

During the 1990s, the club experienced its first taste of prolonged success, beginning with the side's first K League title win in 1993. This success was followed by two more consecutive league wins in 1994 and 1995. The following year, Seongnam gained their first taste of success in an international competition, when they won the AFC Champions League, after defeating a Saudi Arabian team, Al-Nassr FC, in the final. The club added one more major trophy, the 1999 FA Cup, to their haul before the decade came to a close.

Since the turn of the 21st century, Seongnam have achieved even greater levels of success. League wins in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006 brought their team's total number of K League titles to seven; more than any other South Korean club. In 2004, the club won the A3 Champions Cup, while in 2010, Seongnam claimed a second AFC Champions League, this time beating Iranian side, Zob Ahan FC, in the final. In 2011, the team lifted the FA Cup for the second time.

The club's most notable former players include names like Kim Do-Hoon, Saša Drakulić, Mota and Dženan Radončić.

The team have played their home matches at the Tancheon Sports Complex since 2005. The venue first opened its doors in 2002 and was previously known as the Seongnam 2 Sports Complex. The stadium is able to hold around 19,000 spectators in total, with an all-seated capacity of 16,146.