Jeonbuk Motors

Founded In
Jeonju, Korea Republic

About Jeonbuk Motors

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club, often known more simply as Jeonbuk Motors, was first established in 1993, under the name Wansan Puma FC. After Wansan Puma FC encountered severe financial problems and were declared bankrupt, the franchise was taken over by the Hyundai Motor Company. Based in Jeollabuk-do, the club have achieved notable success in South Korean football, as well as on the international scene.

The early years of the 21st century marked the club's first period of real success. During this time, Jeonbuk Motors claimed FA Cup wins in 2000, 2003 and 2005, making them one of the ost successful teams in the competition's history. In 2002, they were runners up in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup, losing the final to the Saudi Arabian side, Al Hilal. In 2004, they lifted the Korean Super Cup.

Even greater success followed in 2006, as the team won the AFC Champions League, beating Syrian club, Al-Karamah, in the final. As a result, they became the first side from East Asia to win the competition in its current format. They also held the unusual distinction of being continental champions without ever having won their domestic league title. This changed in 2009, as Jeonbuk Motors were crowned K League champions for the first time. A second league title success then followed in 2011. In the same year, the club once again reached the final of the AFC Champions League, although this time they were unsuccessful, losing out to Al-Sadd.

The list of the side's most notable former players includes names like Choi Jin-Cheul, Kim Do-Hoon and Choi Tae-Uk.

Jeonbuk Motors play their home matches at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, which is sometimes known as 'Fort Jeonju'. The venue hosted several matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2011 AFC Champions League final. It is able to hold a maximum of 43,348 spectators.

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