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Gyeongnam FC

Club crest
Full name Gyeongnam Football Club
경남도민 프로축구단
Nickname(s) Kindergarten, Roses
Founded 2006 (2006)
Ground Changwon Football Center
Ground Capacity 15,116
Chairman Hong Jun-Pyo
(Gyeongsangnam-do provincial governor)
Manager Branko Babić (interim)
League K League Challenge
2014 K League Classic, 11th
(relegated via play-off)
Website Club home page

Gyeongnam FC (Korean: 경남 FC) is a South Korean football club based in Gyeongsangnam-do. Its home stadium is in Changwon, the capital of South Gyeongsang Province. Gyeongnam FC was founded in 2006 and joined the K-League as its 14th club for the 2006 season.


2006 season

Gyeongnam FC reached 12th place in K-League 2006 in their first season, and achieved third place in the Hauzen Cup.

2007 season

Under their manager Park Hang-Seo, Gyeongnam FC finished fourth in K-League 2007, but were defeated by Pohang Steelers by a penalty shootout in the first round of the play-offs. Playing for Gyeongnam, Cabore became that season's K-League top scorer with 18 goals in 26 matches. Also, he recorded continuous attack points during 8 league matches. When he suddenly moved to FC Tokyo, Gyeongnam FC no longer did so well, and manager Park Hang-Seo chief executive Jeon Hyung-Doo left immediately.

2008 season

Before the start of the 2008 season, Cho Kwang-Rae, from Jinju city, Gyeongnam, was appointed manager. He had managed Anyang LG Cheetahs, which had won the K-League once and been runner-up twice in the K-League and the AFC Champions League. Gyeongnam FC improved under his management. The newly signed Seo Sang-Min was a valuable player, and Brazilian attacking midfielder Índio filled the gap left by Cabore. The team failed to reach the playoff by losing to Jeonbuk Motors in the last match of K-League 2008. They reached the Korean FA Cup 2008 final thanks to Kim Dong-Chan's continuous scoring, including a hat-trick in the semifinal, but they were defeated by the Pohang Steelers, thus failing to enter the AFC Champions League.

2009 season

In January 2009, Kim Jin-Yong transferred to Seongnam Ilhwa, and Kim Dong-Hyun, a member of the South Korean national football team, replaced him. In the 2009 season, former South Korean National Football Team goalkeeper Kim Byung-Ji joined the club, and manager Cho signed many young players. They were so successful that fans nicknamed Gyeongnam "Cho's Kindergarten".

2010 season

In 2010 Gyeongnam moved from the Changwon Civil Stadium to Changwon Football Center. With Kim Young-Woo as the new captain, they won the K-League – the first top position in their history. Cho left in the middle of the season, but the team continued to perform well under caretaker manager Kim Kwi-Hwa. Yoon Bit-Garam recorded 9 goals and 7 assists in 29 matches to take the K-League Best XI and K-League Rookie of the Year Award. He and centreback Kim Joo-Young played for the national team and took part in the 2010 Asian Cup. After the end of the season, Kim Joo-Young injured an anterior cruciate ligament during national team training. He missed matches until June 2011.

2013 season

On 12 May 2013, Gyeongnam FC achieved victory in a game with Daegu FC. This was Gyeongnam FC's 100th victory in the K-League.[1]


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
2006 1 14 12 Quarter-final -
2007 1 14 4 Round of 16 -
2008 1 14 8 Runners-up -
2009 1 15 7 Round of 16 -
2010 1 15 6 Round of 16 -
2011 1 16 8 Round of 32 -
2012 1 16 8 Runners-up -
2013 1 14 11 Round of 8 -
2014 1 12 11 (relegated via play-off) Round of 32 -
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league


Club records

  • Biggest Win: June 23, 2013. versus Daejeon Citizen. 6–0.
  • Biggest Defeat: October 14, 2007, versus Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i. 0–4.
  • Longest Unbeaten Run (K-League): 9 matches. (March 7, 2010 – May 2, 2010)
  • Highest Attendance: 25,980. August 21, 2010, versus Chunnam Dragons.
  • Lowest Attendance: 1,031. March 18, 2006, versus Daejeon Citizen.
  • Highest League Position : 1st. 2010
  • Lowest League Position : 12th. 2006.

Personal records

  • Continual Attacking Points: Cabore, 9 pts, August 15, 2007 – October 6, 2007.
  • Recording Multi-goals in debut match: Seo Sang-Min, March 9, 2008, vs. Daegu FC (the first in K-League history).
  • Most league appearances: Kim Byung-Ji, 500 matches.

Award winners


Current squad

As of 27 September 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Kim Young-kwang (on loan from Ulsan Hyundai)
2 DF Lee Hak-min
3 DF Kang Min-hyuk
4 FW Kim Jun-yeop
5 DF Woo Joo-sung
6 DF Luke DeVere
7 MF Jin Kyung-sun
8 MF Lim Chang-gyoon
9 FW Miloš Stojanović
10 DF An Sung-Bin
11 FW Kim Do-yeop
12 FW Park Ji-min
13 DF Ko Jae-Sung
14 MF Lee Chang-min (on loan from Bucheon)
15 DF Choi Sung-min
16 FW Song Soo-young
17 FW Lee Jae-an
18 MF Moon Joo-won
20 MF Lee Han-saem
22 FW Han Eui-kwon
23 DF Kwon Wan-kyu
No. Position Player
26 MF Choi Young-jun
27 DF Park Ju-sung (captain)
28 FW Edin Junuzović
29 FW Kim Joon-hwan
30 DF Sreten Sretenović
31 GK Son Jung-hyun
32 DF Won Tae-yeon
33 FW Kim Seul-ki
34 DF Kim Young-bin
36 MF Son Hyung-jun
37 DF Hwang Seon-bo
38 MF Oh Je-heon
41 GK Kim Kyo-bin
44 MF Lee Ho-seok
77 DF Koh Rae-se
88 DF Jeon Sang-hoon
90 DF Yeo Sung-hye
DF Kang Chul-Min

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Park Chung-Hyo (to Chungju Hummel)
DF Lee Yong-Gi (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
DF Kim Sung-Hyun (to Chungju Hummel)
DF Lee Jin-Kyu (to Chungju Hummel)
MF Jo Jae-Cheol (to Police FC for military service)
MF Yoo Ho-Joon (to Police FC for military service)
No. Position Player
MF Lee Jae-Min (to Gimhae FC)
MF Huh Young-Suk (to Gimhae FC)
MF Hwang Jae-Hun (to Chungju Hummel)
FW Kang Jong-Guk (to Police FC for military service)

Former captains

Name Start End
Kim Do-Keun 2006 2006
Kim Hyo-Il 2007 2008
Lee Sang-Hong 2008 2009
Kim Young-Woo 2010 2011
Jung Da-Hwon 2011 2011
Kang Seung-Jo 2012 2013
Kim Hyeung-Bum 2013 2013
Lee Han-Saem 2014 2014
Park Ju-Sung 2014  

Notable players

For details on notable players, see Category:Gyeongnam FC players.

Club officials

Coaching staff

  • Manager : Branko Babić (interim)
  • Assistant Manager : Song Kwang-hwan
  • Fitness Coach : Vlado Radmanović
  • GK Coach : Vacant
  • Coach : Kim Jin-woo
  • Psysio : Hong Jin-hyeon
  • Psysio : Park Gyu-po
  • Youth Manager : Cho Jung-hyun
  • Youth Coach : Kim Moon-kyu

Managerial history

# Name From To Season Notes
Park Hang-Seo 2005/08/22 2007/11/16 2006–2007
Cho Kwang-Rae 2007/12/04 2010/07/31 2008–2010
C Kim Gwi-Hwa 2010/08/09 2010/11/29 2010 Caretaker
Choi Jin-Han 2010/12/01 2013/05/22 2011–2013
C Song Kwang-Hwan 2013/05/22 2013/06/01 2013 Caretaker
Ilija Petković 2013/05/29 2013/12/11 2013
Lee Cha-Man 2013/12/17 2014/08/14 2014
C Branko Babić 2014/08/14 2014 Caretaker


Asian clubs ranking

As of 5 October 2014[2]
Current Rank Country Team
89 Shanghai Dongya
90 Gyeongnam
91 Persib Bandung
92 Al-Faisaly
93 Guizhou Renhe


Kit Supplier

Name Start End
Hummel 2006 2009
Kelme 2010 2011
Hummel 2012

Main sponsors

Name Start End
STX 2006 2013
DSME 2013


  1. ^ "‘보산치치 PK 2골’ 경남, 대구에 역전승… 통산 100승 달성". InterFootball. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ –

External links

  • Official website (Korean)
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