K League 1

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K League 1
Founded1983
CountrySouth KoreaSouth Korea
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toK League 2
Domestic cup(s)Korean FA Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
Current championsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(2021)
Most championshipsJeonbuk Hyundai Motors (9)

The K League 1, known as the K League Classic until 2017, is a football league which is the top division in South Korea. It is part of the K League.

Clubs[change | change source]

Club Hometown Stadium First Season in
the Top Flight
Current Spell in
the Top Flight
Daegu FC Daegu DGB Daegu Bank Park 2003 2017-
Gangwon FC Gangwon Chuncheon Songam Stadium 2009 2017-
Gwangju FC Gwangju Gwangju Football Stadium 2011 2020-
Incheon United Incheon Incheon Football Stadium 2004 2004-
Jeju United Jeju-do Jeju World Cup Stadium 1983 2021-
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors North Jeolla Jeonju World Cup Stadium 1995 1995-
Pohang Steelers Pohang Pohang Steel Yard 1983 1983-
Seongnam FC Seongnam Tancheon Stadium 1989 2019-
FC Seoul Seoul Seoul World Cup Stadium 1984 1984-
Suwon Samsung Bluewings Suwon Suwon World Cup Stadium 1996 1996-
Suwon FC Suwon Suwon Stadium 2016 2021-
Ulsan Hyundai Ulsan Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium 1984 1984-

Champions[change | change source]

1983-2000[change | change source]


2001-[change | change source]

Season Champions Runner-up
2001 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Anyang LG Cheetahs
2002 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Ulsan Hyundai Horangi
2003 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Ulsan Hyundai Horangi
2004 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Pohang Steelers
2005 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi Incheon United
2006 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2007 Pohang Steelers Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2008 Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC Seoul
2009 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2010 FC Seoul Jeju United
2011 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Ulsan Hyundai
2012 FC Seoul Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2013 Pohang Steelers Ulsan Hyundai
2014 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2015 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2016 FC Seoul Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2017 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeju United
2018 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Gyeongnam FC
2019 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Ulsan Hyundai
2020 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Ulsan Hyundai
2021 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Ulsan Hyundai

References[change | change source]