Sangju Sangmu FC

Sangju Sangmu FC (Hangul: 상주 상무 프로축구단; Hanja: 尚州 尚武 프로蹴球團) is a professional football club that competes in the K League 1. The club is based in Sangju, South Korea. Sangmu (상무, 尙武) means martialism and is the sports division of the Military of South Korea. The club officially removed the word "Phoenix" in its name in 2013. Their mascot is the Bulsajo, which translates to "Phoenix" in English. The club's hometown moved from Gwangju to Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do after the city of Gwangju founded the new professional club Gwangju FC in 2011.

Sangju Sangmu
상주 상무
尚州 尚武
Full nameSangju Sangmu Football Club
상주 상무 프로축구단
尚州 尚武 프로蹴球團
Nickname(s)Bulsajo (Phoenix)
Founded1984 as Sangmu FC (Original)
2011 as Sangju Sangmu Phoenix[1]
GroundSangju Civic Stadium
Capacity15,042
OwnerSangju Government and Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
ChairmanMayor of Sangju
ManagerKim Tae-wan
LeagueK League 1
20197th
WebsiteClub website
Korea Armed Forces
Athletic Corps

  • Second Athletics Unit

  • Third Athletics Unit
    • Aquatics
    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Biathlon
    • Cycling
    • Fencing
    • Modern pentathlon
    • Shooting
    • Taekwondo
    • Women's football

Sangmu's playing staff is made up of young South Korean professional footballers serving their compulsory two-year military duty. Fifteen players join up at the start of every season and spend two years with the side before returning to their previous professional club. Sangmu are not allowed to sign any foreign players because of their military status.

History

Origin – Army FC, Navy FC, Air Force FC era (1950s–1983)

There were ROK Army FC, ROK Navy FC, and ROK Air Force FC until 1983 in South Korea. ROK Marine Corps FC became ROK Navy FC in 1973. The three military football clubs were consolidated into one football section of the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps in January 1984.

Founding and semi-professional Sangmu FC era (1984–2001)

Sangmu FC was founded on 11 January 1984, as the football side of Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps.[2][3] Although Sangmu squad was composed of professional players from K League clubs, Sangmu FC competed in the semi-professional league (now Korea National League). Sangmu joined the K League for the 1985 season, but spent only one year in the league before dropping out.

The reserve side, Sangmu B, competed in the K2 League from 2003 to 2005 before joining the K League reserve league. Sangmu B was based in Icheon and finished as the runners-up in the 2003 K2 League season.

Gwangju Sangmu era (2002–2010)

After establishing a home base in Gwangju, the team participated in the Reserve League.[4] The club has rejoined the K League at the start of the 2003 season as Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo. Between 2004 and 2010, the club has been known as Gwangju Sangmu FC.

Sangju Sangmu era (2011–present)

Once Gwangju FC was established, Gwangju Sangmu FC was relocated to Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, as Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps moved to Mungyeong, near Sangju. The club name was officially changed to Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC in January 2011.[5][6]

Before the 2013 season, the club officially removed the word "Phoenix" in its name. In the same season, Sangju Sangmu became the first champions of the newly established K League Challenge (second division) and promoted to the K League Classic.[7][8]

Honours

Domestic competitions

League

Winners (2): 2013, 2015

Sangmu FC era (semi-professional, 1984–2001)

League

Winners (9): 1984, 1991 Fall, 1992 Spring, 1994 Spring, 1996 Fall, 1997 Fall, 1998 Fall, 1999 Fall, 2002 Spring
Runners-up (5): 1987 Fall, 1993 Spring, 1999 Spring, 2000 Spring, 2003

Cups

Winners (2): 1999, 2001
Winners (1): 1996

Records

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup
1985 1 8 6
1996 Semi-professional Era Round of 16
1997 First round
1998 Round of 16
1999 Quarter-final
2000 Round of 16
2001 Round of 16
2002 R 11 3 Round of 16
2003 1 12 10 Round of 16
2004 1 13 8 Quarter-final
2005 1 13 13 Round of 16
2006 1 14 14 Round of 16
2007 1 14 14 Round of 16
2008 1 14 14 Quarter-final
2009 1 15 11 Round of 16
2010 1 15 14 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 14 Round of 16
2012 1 16 16 Round of 16
2013 2 8 1 Round of 16
2014 1 12 12 Semi-final
2015 2 11 1 Third round
2016 1 12 6 Round of 32
2017 1 12 11 Quarter-final
2018 1 12 10 Round of 32
2019 1 12 7 Semi-final
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Players

Current squad

As of 25 September 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 MF Jang Eun-kyu
5 DF Ma Sang-hoon
9 FW Song Si-woo
11 FW Kim Kyung-jung
12 DF Gwon Wan-gyu
13 MF Ahn Jin-beom
15 DF Ko Tae-won
17 MF Lee Ho-seok
19 FW Park Yong-ji
21 GK Yoon Bo-sang
22 MF Bae Shin-young
23 DF Kim Kyung-jae
No. Position Player
24 MF Lee Kyu-seong
25 DF Park Dae-han
26 MF Han Seok-jong
28 DF Kim Dae-joong
29 FW Jin Seong-uk
30 DF Lee Min-ki
32 DF Lee Tae-hee
34 FW Kim Gun-hee
36 DF Ryu Seung-woo
37 DF Kang Sang-woo
38 DF Lee Chan-dong

Managers

# Name From To Season Notes
Kim Young-bae 1984/01/11 1984/??/?? 1984 (Semi-professional)
Jang Jong-dae 1985/??/?? 1985/07/09 1985
Kim Young-bae 1985/07/10 1989/12/?? 1985
1986–1989 (Semi-professional)
Lee Kang-jo 1990/??/?? 2010/10/27 1990–2002 (Semi-professional)
2003–2010
1 Lee Soo-chul 2010/10/28 2011/07/13 2010–2011
C Kim Tae-wan 2011/07/14 2011/12/29 2011
2 Park Hang-Seo 2011/12/30 2015/12/11 2012–2015
3 Cho Jin-ho 2015/12/18 2016/11/25 2016
4 Kim Tae-wan 2016/11/25 present 2017–

Season record

K League

Sangmu All-Time Records
Season Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Korean FA Cup League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
Sangmu era
1985 8216782330−7196th NoneNone Hong Seok-min (6)
Gwangju Sangmu era
2003 1244137244160−194610th Round of 16None Lee Dong-gook (11)
2004 132461171820−2298th Quarter-finals10th Park Jung-hwan (4)
2005 132445152338−151713th Round of 1611th Kim Sang-rok (5)
2006 142658131729−122314th Round of 1611th Kang Yong (4)
Chung Kyung-ho (4)
2007 142626181444−301214th Round of 16Group stage Namgung Do (7)
2008 142637162246−241614th Quarter-finalsGroup stage Kim Myung-joong (7)
2009 152893163340−73011th Round of 16Group stage Choi Sung-kuk (9)
2010 1528310151743−261914th Quarter-finalsGroup stage Choi Sung-kuk (4)
Sangju Sangmu era
2011 163078153653−172914th Round of 16Group stage Kim Jung-woo (15)

R League

Gwangju Sangmu Reserves
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Top scorer
(League goals)
2002 South Group5167723318+15281st
Playoff4100101−10Semi-finals
2006 Group A4186482326−3224th
2007 Group B4187472825+3253rd
2008 Group B82194829290316th
2009 Group B4125342015+5182nd
2010 Group B8146262324−1204th
Sangju Sangmu Reserves
2011 Group B82111463332+1371st

Korea National League

Icheon Sangmu
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
2003 First Stage1094231513+2144th None Lee Gwang-jae (7)
Second Stage109540189+9191st
Playoff2201145−11Runner-up
2004 First Stage109612129+3193rd Group stage Kim Man-joong (3)
Park Jung-hwan (3)
Second Stage1092431112−1106th
2005 First Stage1110433118+3156th Semi-finals Oh Jung-seok (7)
Second Stage1110532116+5182nd

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