Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
is a football (soccer) club from Korea Repulic.
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About Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Suwon Samsung Bluewings is a South Korean football (soccer) club based in the city of Suwon, South Korea, that plays in the K-League. 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 K-League 1998, K-League 1999, K-League 2004 and K-League 2008.
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 football team manager Kim Ho who had been the club's first manager.
The club was officially founded in December 1995, by the Samsung Group, to be the ninth member of the K-League from the K-League 1996. 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 Korea national football 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 K-League 1998 and retained in K-League 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 Asian Club Championship and 2001-02 Asian Club Championship, 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 K-League, 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 playoff final and Chunnam Dragons won in the Korean FA Cup final, thwarting Suwon's attempts to win the first ever domestic Double (association football) in Korean football.
The 2008 season became one of the most successful seasons in the clubs history. Suwon achieved a domestic "double" by winning the 2008 K-League Championship and the 2008 K-League Cup.
- Korean FA Cup
- Korean League Cup
- Korean Super Cup
- AFC Champions League
- Asian Cup Winners Cup
- Asian Super Cup
- A3 Champions Cup
- Pan-Pacific Championship