Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Suwon Samsung Bluewings (Korean: 수원 삼성 블루윙즈) is a South Korean football club based in Suwon, South Korea, that plays in the K League 1. Founded in December 1995, they have become one of Asian football's most famous clubs with a host of domestic and continental honours. Suwon have won the championship on four occasions, in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2008.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings
수원 삼성 블루윙즈
Full nameSuwon Samsung Bluewings Football Club
수원 삼성 블루윙즈 축구단
Nickname(s)Blue Wings
Short nameSSB
Founded1995 (1995)
GroundSuwon World Cup Stadium
Capacity43,959
OwnerCheil Worldwide
(Samsung's subsidiary)
ChairmanKim Jae-yeol
ManagerKim Joon-sik
CoachLee Lim-saeng
LeagueK League 1
20198th
WebsiteClub website
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Hangul
Hanja
블루윙즈
Revised RomanizationSuwon samsung Blue wings
McCune–ReischauerSuwon Samsung Blue wings

Asia's Player of the Century Cha Bum-kun was the manager of the club from 2004 to 2010, when he replaced former South Korea national team manager Kim Ho who had been the club's first manager.

History

The club was officially founded in December 1995, by Samsung, to be the ninth member of the K-League from the 1996 season. It was also the first club to be founded in one specific city, a plan which led to the K-League initiating plans to encourage the other member clubs to forge similar links with local communities.

Former South Korean national team manager Kim Ho took charge of the side from their first season in the K-League, and the team finished runners-up in the championship play-off that season. The championship was secured in 1998 and retained in 1999 as Suwon started to dominate Korean football.

Suwon lifted the Asian Club Championship (the predecessor to the AFC Champions League) twice in succession in 2000–01 and 2001–02, and also added the Asian Super Cup to their roll of honors on two occasions.

The departure of Kim Ho in 2003 saw Korean football legend Cha Bum-kun appointed manager ahead of the 2004 season, and the club won its third league title in his debut season as manager.

Suwon finished runners-up in both major domestic competitions in 2006, as Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma claimed victory in the K-League championship play-off final and Chunnam Dragons won in the FA Cup final, thwarting Suwon's attempts to win the first ever domestic double in Korean football.

The 2008 season became one of the most successful seasons in the club's history. Suwon achieved a domestic "double" by winning the K League Championship and the League Cup.

Honours

Domestic competitions

League

Winners (4): 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008
Runners-up (4): 1996, 2006, 2014, 2015

Cups

Winners (5): 2002, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2019
Runners-up (3): 1996, 2006, 2011
Winners (6): 1999, 1999s, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008
Winners (3): 1999, 2000, 2005

International competitions

Asian

Winners (2): 2000–01, 2001–02
Runners-up (1): 1997–98
Winners (2): 2001, 2002
Winners (1): 2005

Friendly

Third place (1): 2009
Winners (1): 2009

Doubles

  • Domestic double
K League 1 and League Cup Champions (2): 1999, 2008
  • Continental double
Champions League and FA Cup Champions (1): 2002
Champions League and League Cup Champions (1): 2001

Statistics

Season-by-season records

Season Teams League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts League Cup FA Cup Super Cup AFC Other Manager
1996 9 Runners-up 32 18 9 5 57 33 +24 63 6th (A) Runners-up Kim Ho
1997 10 5th 18 7 7 4 23 23 0 28 6th (A)
3rd (P)
Quarter-final Runners-up (CW) Kim Ho
1998 10 Champions 20 13 1 6 34 22 +12 35 6th (A)
4th (PM)
Quarter-final Kim Ho
1999 10 Champions 29 23 0 6 60 26 +34 64 Winners (A)
Winners (D)
1st round Winners 4th (CC) Kim Ho
2000 10 5th 27 14 0 13 48 43 +5 36 Winners (A)
8th (D)
Quarter-final Winners Kim Ho
2001 10 3rd 27 12 5 10 40 35 +5 41 Winners (A) 1st round Champions (CC)
Winners (SC)
Kim Ho
2002 10 3rd 27 12 9 6 40 26 +14 45 4th (A) Winners Champions (CC)
Winners (SC)
Kim Ho
2003 12 3rd 44 19 15 10 59 46 +13 72 No competition Round of 32 No competition Kim Ho
2004 13 Champions 27 14 6 7 32 24 +8 46 4th (S) Round of 16 Cha Bum-kun
2005 13 10th 24 6 10 8 29 32 –3 28 Winners (S) Round of 16 Winners Winners (A3)
Group E 2nd (CL)
Cha Bum-kun
2006 14 Runners-up 29 12 10 7 31 25 +6 46 12th (S) Runners-up Cha Bum-kun
2007 14 3rd 27 15 6 6 36 25 +11 51 Semi-final (S) Round of 16 Competition ceased Cha Bum-kun
2008 14 Champions 28 18 4 6 49 26 +23 58 Winners (S) Round of 16 Cha Bum-kun
2009 15 10th 28 8 8 12 29 32 –3 32 Quarter-final (PK) Winners Round of 16 (CL) Winners (PP) Cha Bum-kun
2010 15 7th 28 12 5 11 39 44 –5 41 Semi-final (PC) Winners Quarter-final (CL) Runners-up (ST) Cha Bum-kun
Yoon Sung-hyo
2011 16 4th 30 17 4 9 51 33 +18 55 Semi-final (RC) Runners-up Semi-final (CL) Yoon Sung-hyo
2012 16 4th 44 20 13 11 61 51 +10 73 Competition ceased Quarter-final Yoon Sung-hyo
2013 14 5th 38 15 8 15 50 43 +7 53 Round of 16 Group H, 4th (CL) Seo Jung-won
2014 12 Runners-up 38 19 10 9 52 37 +15 67 Round of 32 Seo Jung-won
2015 12 Runners-up 38 19 10 9 60 43 +17 67 Round of 32 Round of 16 (CL) Seo Jung-won
2016 12 7th 38 10 18 10 56 59 –3 48 Winners Group G, 3rd (CL) Seo Jung-won
2017 12 3rd 38 17 13 8 63 41 +22 64 Semi-final Group G, 3rd (CL) Seo Jung-won
2018 12 6th 38 13 11 14 53 54 –1 50 Semi-final Seo Jung-won
Lee Byung-keun (C)
Seo Jung-won
2019 12 8th 38 12 12 14 46 49 –3 48 Winners Lee Lim-saeng

Players

Current squad

As of 23 August 2019

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 Da-sol
3 DF Yang Sang-min
5 DF Jo Sung-jin
6 MF Song Jin-kyoo
7 FW Waguininho
8 MF Terry Antonis
9 FW Han Eui-gwon
11 MF Kim Min-woo
12 DF Park Dae-won
13 DF Park Hyung-jin
15 DF Koo Ja-ryong
16 MF Lee Jong-sung
17 MF Kim Jong-woo
18 FW Adam Taggart
19 GK No Dong-geon
20 DF Kim Min-Ho
21 GK Yang Hyung-mo
22 DF Song Joon-pyung
23 DF Park Jun-Heong
24 MF Lee Sang-min
No. Position Player
25 MF Choi Sung-geun (Vice Captain)
26 MF Yeom Ki-hun (Captain)
27 FW Han Seok-Hee
28 MF Yoo Ju-An
29 GK Park Ji-min
30 DF Shin Se-gye
33 DF Hong Chul (Vice Captain)
37 FW Oh Hyun-gyu
35 DF Jang Ho-ik
39 DF Min Sang-gi
44 DF Yoon Seo-ho
47 MF Shin Sang-hwi
66 DF Kim Tae-hwan
70 FW Joo Hyun-ho
77 MF Ko Seung-beom
88 MF Choi Jeong-hoon
90 DF Goo Dae-young
96 DF Kim Sang-joon
98 MF Park Sang-hyeok
DF Doneil Henry

Out on loan and military service

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

No. Position Player
- FW Kim Gun-hee (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
- DF Lee Ki-je (to Gimpo Citizen for military service)
- MF Lim Sang-hyup (to Jeju United)
No. Position Player
- MF Kim Joon-hyung (to Gwangju FC)
- FW Jeon Se-jin (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
- DF Ko Myeong-seok (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)

World Cup players

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings:

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014

World Cup 2018

Olympic players

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings:

1996

2000

2004

2008

2012

2016

Captains

Dates Captains Vice-Captains
1996 Kim Doo-ham Yoon Sung-hyo
1997 Shin Sung-hwan
1998 Jung Sung-hoon
1999–00 Shin Hong-gi
2001 Park Kun-ha
2002 Seo Jung-won
2003 Kim Jin-woo Lee Woon-jae
2004 Lee Byung-keun Kim Young-sun
2005 Choi Sung-yong Kim Dae-eui
2006 Kim Nam-il Cho Jae-min
2007 Lee Kwan-woo Lee Jung-soo
2008 Song Chong-gug Kwak Hee-ju
2009 Kwak Hee-ju Hong Soon-hak
2010 Cho Won-hee Kim Dae-eui
2011 Choi Sung-kuk Yeom Ki-hun
2012 Kwak Hee-ju Oh Beom-seok
2013 Kim Do-heon Oh Jang-eun
2014 Yeom Ki-hun Oh Jang-eun
2015 Yeom Ki-hun Kim Eun-sun
2016 Yeom Ki-hun Hong Chul, Shin Se-gye
2017 Yeom Ki-hun Koo Ja-ryong, Lee Jong-sung
2018 Kim Eun-sun Koo Ja-ryong, Lee Jong-sung
2019 Yeom Ki-hun Choi Sung-Keun, Hong Chul

Managers

As of end of 2012 season Only K League matches are counted.

# Name From To Season Record
PWDLGFGA
1
Kim Ho 1995/02/22 2003/10/??
1996–03
3121537782491359
2
Cha Bum-kun 2003/10/17 2010/06/06
2004–10
2411026970??
3
Yoon Sung-hyo 2010/06/17 2012/12/12
2010–12
97482425??
4
Seo Jung-won 2012/12/12
2018/10/15
2018/08/28
2018/12/02
2013–18
2018
182745850??
C Lee Byung-keun 2018/08/28 2018/10/15
2018
7142??
5
Lee Lim-saeng 2019/12/03 Present
2019–
0000??

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

Backroom staff

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach: Lee Lim-Saeng
  • Assistant Coach: Park Sung-Bae
  • GK Coach: Kim Bong-Su
  • Physical Coach: Park Ji-Hyeon
  • Youth Academy Coach: Joo Seung-jin (U-18)

Medical Staff

  • Club Doctor: Park Seung-myoun
  • Assistant Club Doctor: Lee Hyun-joo
  • Assistant Club Doctor: Yoo Hwan-mo

Executive Office

  • Club Chairman: Park Chan-hyoung (President of Suwon Samsung Bluewings)
  • Managing Director: Lee Seok-myung
  • General Secretary (Public Relations & Marketing) :
  • Senior Manager (Public Relations & Marketing): Hong Chang-young (Community Business)
  • Manager (Public Relations & Marketing): Baek Jeong-heum (Marketing Manager)
  • Manager (Public Relations & Marketing): Joo Hyung-sup (Matchday Hospitality)
  • Assistant Manager (Public Relations & Marketing): Lee Eun-ho (Public Relations & New Media, Supporters Club Management)
  • Senior Manager (Team Management): Lee Ho-seung (Head of Team Management)
  • Manager (Team Management): Kim Yong-gun (Director of Football Training Facilities)
  • Assistant Manager (Team Management): Kim Jin-hoon (Team Management)
  • Assistant Manager (Team Management): Yang Dae-hyun (Team Management)
  • Senior Manager (Finance): Kim Sang-gil (Head of Finance)
  • Manager (Finance): Lee Seuk-han (Finance)
  • Officer (Supporting Team): Choi Ji-suk (General Affairs, Accounting)

Club records

Stadium

Supporters club

Rivalries

Colours and crest

Crest

The current crest has been used since 2008. The castle in the middle of the crest is the Hwaseong Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Colours

The club's main colour, blue, is the colour of Samsung, the club's owner, and also represents "clear blue sky, hope, dream, vision, and the future".

Sponsorship

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Year Kit Supplier Sponsor Shirt Printing Notes
1996RapidoSamsung ElectronicsBlueWingsTeam name
1997Masterpiece+1Television brand
1998
1999AnycallMobile Phone brand
2000
2001SensQ (Home)
Bluewin (Away)
Laptop brand
Air Conditioner brand
2002AdidasHauzenElectronics brand
2003
2004PAVVTelevision brand
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009Samsung PAVV
2010
2011Samsung SMART TV
2012
2013
2014Samsung UHD Curved
2015Samsung SUHD TV 4K
2016Samsung Electronics / Maeil DairiesSUHD TV Quantum dot display / MaeilTelevision brand / Dairy products brand
2017SAMSUNG QLED TV / Maeil
2018Zaicro
2019PumaSamsung Electronics / CuchenSAMSUNG QLED TV / CuchenTelevision brand / Kitchen Appliance Brand

See also

References

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