Full Name: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club
Founded: 1994 (as Jeonbuk Dinos)
Home Ground: Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Manager/Coach: Choi Kang-hee (Korea)
League Champions: 2009, 2011
FA Cup Winners: 2000, 2003, 2005
FA Cup Runner-Up: 1999
Super Cup Winners: 2004
Super Cup Runner-Up: 2001, 2006
Asian Club Championship Winner: 2006
Asian Cup Winners Cup Runner-Up: 2002
Jeonbuk were founded in January 1993 under the name Wasnan Pumas, however before the club could even play a game the club went into bankruptcy.
Despite this the locals were still eager to keep their club alive and Bobae Ltd., a local alchohol manufacturer, offered financial support to the club, enabling it to get off the ground. The club joined the K-League in 1994 under the new name Jeonbuk Buffalo.
Jeonbuk are crowned 2009 K-League Champions
The team again hit financial trouble not long after and Jeonbuk Buffalo was dissolved after its final match of the 1994 season. With Korea in the midst of campaigning for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Hyundai Motors stepped in to take over Jeonbuk Buffalo’s players and formed a brand new club named Jeonbuk Dinos on December 12, 1994.
Officially, the K-League recognises Jeonbuk Buffalo and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as two separate clubs.
Jeonbuk have had a mixed history in the K-League, never really threatening for the title, usually finishing between 5th and 9th. In 2006 they equalled their worst placed finish by ending the season in 11th place, however the season would have a silver lining.
Surprisingly, Jeonbuk would go all the way to be crowned Champions of Asia, defeating Al-Karama 3-2 on aggregate to claim their first AFC Champions League title.
And the moment everyone at the club had been waiting for, their maiden K-League Championship, arrived in 2009 after they defeated Seongnam Ilhwa 3-1 in the final of the K-League Championship.