Jeju United

Founded In
1982 / 2006
Seogwipo, Jeju-do, Korea Republic

About Jeju United

Jeju United Football Club was founded in 1982 under the name Yukong Football Club. The franchise is owned by SK Energy and initially represented Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi. They briefly moved to Bucheon at the start of the 21st century, before relocating to their current home in Jeju in 2006 and adopting their current name. Over the years, the team have enjoyed occasional success in domestic football.

It was while operating as Yukong FC that the club experienced its first taste of major success, winning the K League title in 1989. Over the course of the season, they won 17 matches and drew 15 in order to finish two points ahead of their closest rivals, Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso. To date, this league title win remains their only K League championship.

However, during the 1990s, the club's overall levels of success increased, starting with a win in the K League Cup in 1994. The 1994 season also saw the side finish the league season as runners up. Further K League success occurred in 1996, before the club entered the new millennium with a third win in the competition, in 2000. In 2004, the team were runners up in the FA Cup, while in 2010 they finished as K League runners up once again. This performance over the season gained Jeju United entry to the group stage of the following season's AFC Champions League.

A number of senior South Korean international footballers have represented the club over the years. Some of the most notable examples include Noh Soo-Jin, Kang Chul, Lee Lim-Saeng, Cho Yong-Hyung and Koo Ja-Cheol.

Since their relocation in 2006, the team have played their home matches at the Jeju World Cup Stadium, which opened in 2001. The venue hosted three matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, after which its capacity was reduced. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 35,657 supporters.

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