Seongnam Ilhwa

Full Name: Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Football Club
Nickname: Chunma (Pegasus)
Founded: 1989 (as Ilhwa Chunma)
Home Ground: Tancheon Sports Complex
Manager/Coach: Shin Tae-yong (Korea)


K-League Champions: 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
K-League Runner-Up: 1992, 2007, 2009
K-League Cup Winners: 1992, 2002, 2004
K-League Cup Runner-Up: 1995, 2002, 2006
FA Cup Winners: 1999, 2011
FA Cup Runner-Up: 1997, 2000, 2009
Korean Super Cup Winners: 2002
Korean Super Cup Runner-Up: 2000, 2004
AFC Champions League Winners: 1995/96, 2010
AFC Champions League Runner-Up: 1996/97, 2004
Asian Super Cup Winners: 1996
A3 Champions Cup Winners: 2004
Afro-Asian Club Championship Winners: 1996


Seongnam - champions of Asia in 2010

Seongnam were one of a number of clubs that started their existince in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The club was founded in 1989 under the name Ilhwa Chunma. The name Chunma is taken from the Korean word for Unicorn, a legendary animal in Korean mythology, which features on the crest of the club.

Like all Seoul-based clubs in the mid-1990′s, they were forced to move from Seoul and relocate as part of the K-League decentralisation policy. Ilhwa Chunma moved to Cheonan and became Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma.

However, the move did not prove successful and after finishing on the bottom of the table for the second time in 1999 the club relocated once again, this time to the Seoul satellite city of Seongnam, adopting the name Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

The move worked a treat, with Seongnam winning three consecutive K-League titles in the early 2000′s (2001, 2002, 2003). They came close to achieving continental success in 2004, winning the first leg against Saudi side Al-Ittihad 3-1 in Saudi Arabia. However, they were smashed 5-0 at home in the return leg and lost 5-0 on aggregate.

There has always been controversy over the ownership of the club given it is owned by Sun Myung-moon’s Unification Church, which has divided their support, with many Christians in Seongnam refusing to support the club. As a result, despite being one of the most successful clubs, Seongnam often play in front of very small home crowds.