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Anyang LG Cheetahs was a South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

n football club
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 located in Anyang, Gyeonggi. It was owned and managed by GS Sports, a subsidiary of GS Group
GS Group
GS Group is a Korean conglomerate. GS comprises GS Holdings and subsidiaries & affiliates including GS Caltex, GS Retail, GS Shop, GS EPS, GS Global, GS Sports and GS E&C among others. The asset size is at 31.1 trillion KRW as the end of 2007 placing GS at the 6th largest in Korea excluding the...

. The club was considered a powerhouse in the K-League
K-League
The Korea Professional Football League is South Korea's only fully professional association football league. At the top of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's highest and most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs.-Establishment:The...

. It moved to Seoul and is now known as FC Seoul
FC Seoul
FC Seoul is a South Korean professional football club based in Seoul, South Korea, that plays in the K-League. It is currently owned by GS Sports, a subsidiary of GS Group....

.

Founding



One of the oldest sides in the K-League, the club was formed in December 1983, and started out in 1984 season as Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso, owned and financially supported by the LG Group, located in the city of Chungju. In the inaugural season, the club finished seventh out of the eight sides. The club fared better in 1985 when they won the Championship with the help of Thai international Piyapong Pue-On
Piyapong Pue-On
Piyapong Pue-on is a retired Thai football player. He is the most well-known football player in Thailand, and as such, he is considered the national football hero. He played as striker for Thailand national football team. He is also the top scorer of the Thai National Team. He also played for FC...

, who was the top goalscorer, as well as the league leader in assists.

Move to Seoul and then to Anyang


At the start of 1990 season, the K-League, worried about financial stability of clubs, invited number of clubs to play in Seoul, the capital and the most populous city in South Korea. Thus, the Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso moved to Dongdaemun Stadium in Seoul at the beginning of 1990. The move proved to be a very good one, as the club finished the year as champions of K-League. As part of the LG Group's corporate identity change, the club changed its name to LG Cheetahs in 1991. After several successful seasons in Seoul, the club was forced to move in 1996, as part of K-League's decentralization policy. This policy was carried out due to two reasons. In 1995, Korea was under bidding for 2002 FIFA World Cup
2002 FIFA World Cup
The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th staging of the FIFA World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. It was also the first World Cup held in Asia, and the last in which the golden goal rule was implemented. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2–0...

. So first reason is that KFA
KFA
KFA can refer to:* Kentucky Fairness Alliance* Korea Football Association* Korean Friendship Association* Kuwait Football Association...

 and K-League
K-League
The Korea Professional Football League is South Korea's only fully professional association football league. At the top of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's highest and most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs.-Establishment:The...

 want to build a soccer-specific stadium
Soccer-specific stadium
Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States, Canada, Australia and South Korea coined by Lamar Hunt, to refer to a sports stadium either purpose built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose...

 in Seoul
Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

 and second reason is that KFA
KFA
KFA can refer to:* Kentucky Fairness Alliance* Korea Football Association* Korean Friendship Association* Kuwait Football Association...

 and K-League
K-League
The Korea Professional Football League is South Korea's only fully professional association football league. At the top of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's highest and most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs.-Establishment:The...

 want to spread football fever to the provinces. 3 clubs based in Seoul
Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

- LG Cheetahs, Ilhwa Chunma
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma is a South Korean professional football club, based in Seongnam, South Korea, that plays in the K-League...

, Yukong Kokkiri didn't accept this policy. But Korean government gave eviction order to 3 clubs. But they guaranteed if clubs build a soccer-specific stadium
Soccer-specific stadium
Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States, Canada, Australia and South Korea coined by Lamar Hunt, to refer to a sports stadium either purpose built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose...

 in Seoul, clubs have a Seoul franchise and then return to Seoul. As a result, 3 clubs were evicted from seoul
Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

 to other cities, then LG Cheetahs is moved to the city of Anyang, a satellite city of Seoul, and was now known as the Anyang LG Cheetahs. In the upcoming years, a solid base of supporters was formed, and it established a strong league rivalry with the Suwon Samsung Bluewings, partly fueled also by the fact that LG Group and Samsung Group, which owned the Suwon club, were also considered rivals in the business world, especially in electronics. The club continued to grow and in 2000, they won their third Championship, behind the firepower of striker Choi Yong-Soo
Choi Yong-Soo
Choi Yong-Soo is a former professional footballer and current coach. He spent his professional career playing for Korea and Japan and was regarded as a prolific striker in both countries, known for his hard-nose aggressiveness and work rate.Choi has played in 1996 Summer Olympics and also...

 and the rookie wingback Lee Young-Pyo
Lee Young-Pyo
Lee Young-Pyo is a South Korean football player. Lee is recognized for his speed and dribbling skills. His former manager Martin Jol once called him "the best left-back in Holland"....

.

Abandoning of Anyang Fans


For 2002 FIFA World Cup, in Korea and Japan, 10 brand new stadiums of World Cup standards were built in Korea. After the World Cup, the Korean World Cup Organizing Committee and the Korea Football Association (KFA) actively supported the move of regional K-League clubs into the new stadia, to avoid any financial losses by having to maintain a stadium in playing conditions without any income. However, due to the previous decision by the league to exclude any member club from being based in Seoul, Seoul World Cup Stadium remained vacant, except as a host of some international friendlies. Thus, the city government of Seoul and the KFA both actively sought for a K-League club to play at the stadium to avoid substantial financial losses. Initially, the idea was to create a new club, but when it was later learned that any club playing in Seoul World Cup Stadium would have to pay partially for the construction fees of the stadium, this proved very unlikely. Thus, the KFA tried to lure one of the current clubs to Seoul. Anyang LG Cheetahs, behind the financial backing of the LG Group, who viewed the move back to Seoul as a way to increase its advertising presence, announced in February 2004 that it would pay the share of the construction fees (which turned out to be 15 billion wons, or at that time 15 million USD).

This proposed move provoked a significant amount of anger from the local supporters of the club, resulting in series of demonstrations by the supporters. Further fueling the resistance was the general consensus of the South Korean public that football clubs need to have strong regional ties, not a simple marketing branch of a corporation that could be moved without agreement of the fans. However, the lure of the Seoul market was too great for the LG Group to avoid. Furthermore, the LG Group considered the move to Seoul as a "return" to Seoul, asserting that it is simply reclaiming what was taken away from them. The club was not welcomed by the general football fans in Seoul, as this can be the poison for the football in Seoul. Despite the strong movement against moving, the club was finished its move to Seoul, but it had to relent somewhat, as the official name of the club was changed to FC Seoul, along with the promise that the LG Group will invest money into youth football in Seoul. The lack of the corporate identity in the club name was seen by the media as a huge compromise, since it is bound to lose certain marketability. However, the name change was also seen as a marketing ploy to make the club feel like a "citizen club."

Former Notable players

Seo Jung-Won Lee Young-Pyo
Lee Young-Pyo
Lee Young-Pyo is a South Korean football player. Lee is recognized for his speed and dribbling skills. His former manager Martin Jol once called him "the best left-back in Holland"....

 Lee Eul-Yong
Lee Eul-Yong
Lee Eul-Yong is a South Korean former football player. He previously played for Anyang LG Cheetahs, Bucheon SK, FC Seoul and Gangwon FC in the Korean K-League, and was part of the South Korean national team at the 2002 World Cup and was one of Guus Hiddink's favorite players. He was capable of...

 Lee Jung-Soo
Lee Jung-Soo
Lee Jung-Soo is a South Korean professional association football player who plays as a center back. He is currently playing for Al-Sadd in Qatar and a member of the South Korea national football team....

 Choi Yong-Soo
Choi Yong-Soo
Choi Yong-Soo is a former professional footballer and current coach. He spent his professional career playing for Korea and Japan and was regarded as a prolific striker in both countries, known for his hard-nose aggressiveness and work rate.Choi has played in 1996 Summer Olympics and also...

  Valeri Sarychev
Valeri Sarychev
Valeri Sarychev was a Russian-Tajikistan-South Korean footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His Korean name is Shin Eui-Son which means God's hand, because he has extremely good ability in goalkeeping in K-League.He became a naturalized Korean in 2000...

 Abbas Obeid Jassim Masakiyo Maezono
Masakiyo Maezono
is a retired Japanese football player. and Beach Soccer player.-Career:Maezono was a member of the Japanese Squad at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. He played Starting with Yokohama Flügels afterSantos, Goiás. in Brazil...

 Victor Shaka
Victor Shaka
Victor Shaakaa is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward. His previous club is include Trabzonspor, Happy Valley AA in Hong Kong, FC Seoul , Ulsan Hyundai Horangi and Busan I'Cons of the South Korean K-League- Club career :*1995-1997 Nigerdock*1997 Trabzonspor*1997-1999 Anyang LG...

 Oleg Elyshev
Oleg Elyshev
Oleg Vyacheslavovich Elyshev is a retired Russian professional football player who played for several clubs in Europe and Asia, including Baltika Kaliningrad and Fakel Voronezh in the Soviet First League, Dynamo Moscow, Tekstilshchik Kamyshin and Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League and...

 Serhiy Skachenko Vitaliy Parakhnevych Grafite
Grafite
Edinaldo Batista Libânio , commonly known as Grafite is a Brazilian footballer who plays for UAE Football League club Al-Ahli Dubai....

 Tuta
Tuta (footballer)
Moacir Bastos, usually known simply as Tuta is a Brazilian football forward currently playing for Brasiliense Futebol Clube.-Club career:...

 Piyapong Pui-On

Managers

Name Start End
  Cho Young-Jeung
Cho Young-Jeung
Cho Young-Jeung is a South Korean former footballer who plays as a defender. He is now leader of Paju National Football Center .He was a member of Technical Committee of FIFA until 2002 to 2007...

1996 1996
  Park Byeong-Ju
Park Byeong-Ju
Park Byeong-Ju was a Korean football manager.Between 1968 and 1974, He was a member of the South Korea national football team. After retirement as a player, he returned to Seoul Bank FC as a manager....

1997 1998
  Tahseen Jabbary
Tahseen Jabbary
Tahseen Jabbary is a professional association football coach.Jabbary was coach of Syrian team Al-Majd at the 2009 AFC Cup.-References:...

-Interim
1997 1998
  Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae is a South Korean football manager, who managed Anyang LG Cheetahs formerly. Now, he is managing South Korea after succeeding Huh Jung Moo, who led Korea to the round of 16 for the first time in foreign soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.- Club career :*1978–1979 POSCO -...

1999 2003

Domestic

  • K-League
    K-League
    The Korea Professional Football League is South Korea's only fully professional association football league. At the top of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's highest and most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs.-Establishment:The...

     Champion: 1
2000
K-League 2000
-League table:Point system : W - 3 points, WP - 1 point. no extra time-See also:* 2000 K-League Championship* 2000 K-League Cup* 2000 K-League Cup * 2000 Korean FA Cup...

  • K-League
    K-League
    The Korea Professional Football League is South Korea's only fully professional association football league. At the top of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's highest and most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs.-Establishment:The...

     Runner-up: 1
2001
K-League 2001
-League table:-Top scorers:...

  • FA Cup
    Korean FA Cup
    The Korean FA Cup is a national cup knockout competition involving K-League, National League, and various amateur and university-level clubs which is held by KFA....

     Champion: 1
1998
Korean FA Cup 1998
-First round:---------------------Round of 16:-------------------------------------Quarter-finals:---------------------Semi-finals:-------------Final:---------Awards:* MVP : Kang Jun-Ho...

  • Adidas Cup
    Adidas Cup
    Created in 1992 as regular cup competition to run alongside the K-League, the Adidas Cup became a popular early season tournament with the fans and players alike....

     Runner-up: 1
1999
Adidas Cup 1999
In 1999 season, There were two K-League Cup competitions. One is Adidas Cup 1999 and the other is Daehan Fire Insurance Cup 1999 This article is regarding Adidas Cup 1999.-Format:All of the Adidas Cup Tournament's matches are played in Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul...

  • Super Cup
    Korean Super Cup
    The Super Cup was a traditional curtain-raiser to the Korean football season since its inception in 1999. Played between the K-League champions and Korean FA Cup holders, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are the only non-champions to have lifted the Super Cup trophy....

     Champion: 1
2001
  • Super Cup
    Korean Super Cup
    The Super Cup was a traditional curtain-raiser to the Korean football season since its inception in 1999. Played between the K-League champions and Korean FA Cup holders, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are the only non-champions to have lifted the Super Cup trophy....

     Runner-up: 1
1999

International

  • AFC Champions League
    AFC Champions League
    The AFC Champions League is the premier Asian club football competition hosted annually by Asian Football Confederation . The tournament is contested among the top thirty-two clubs from the top 10 Asian leagues, two of which must qualify through the playoffs...

     Runner-up: 1
2002

Season by season records

Season Teams K-League
K-League
The Korea Professional Football League is South Korea's only fully professional association football league. At the top of the South Korean football league system, it is the country's highest and most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs.-Establishment:The...

K-League Cup
K-League Cup
The K-League Cup or Korean League Cup is a Korean professional football competition.The origin competition is the Professional Football Championship.This tournament played in 1986 can be seen as a forerunner of this competition....

FA Cup
Korean FA Cup
The Korean FA Cup is a national cup knockout competition involving K-League, National League, and various amateur and university-level clubs which is held by KFA....

Super Cup
Korean Super Cup
The Super Cup was a traditional curtain-raiser to the Korean football season since its inception in 1999. Played between the K-League champions and Korean FA Cup holders, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are the only non-champions to have lifted the Super Cup trophy....

Asian Club
Championship
AFC Champions League
The AFC Champions League is the premier Asian club football competition hosted annually by Asian Football Confederation . The tournament is contested among the top thirty-two clubs from the top 10 Asian leagues, two of which must qualify through the playoffs...

Manager
Coach (sport)
In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction, instruction and training of the operations of a sports team or of individual sportspeople.-Staff:...

1996
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

9 9th 32 8 8 16 44 56 -12 32 8th (A) Round of 16  South Korea Cho Young-Jeung
Cho Young-Jeung
Cho Young-Jeung is a South Korean former footballer who plays as a defender. He is now leader of Paju National Football Center .He was a member of Technical Committee of FIFA until 2002 to 2007...

1997
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

10 9th 18 1 8 9 15 27 -12 11 10th (A)
Group A 3rd (P)
Semi-finals  South Korea Park Byeong-Ju
Park Byeong-Ju
Park Byeong-Ju was a Korean football manager.Between 1968 and 1974, He was a member of the South Korea national football team. After retirement as a player, he returned to Seoul Bank FC as a manager....

1998
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

10 8th 18 9
8
0
2
9
8
28 28 0 23 4th (A)
3rd (PM)
Winners  South Korea Park Byeong-Ju
Park Byeong-Ju
Park Byeong-Ju was a Korean football manager.Between 1968 and 1974, He was a member of the South Korea national football team. After retirement as a player, he returned to Seoul Bank FC as a manager....

1999
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

10 9th 27 10
8
0
4
17
15
38 52 -14 24 Runners-up (A)
Group B 4th (D)
Semi-finals Runners-up  South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae is a South Korean football manager, who managed Anyang LG Cheetahs formerly. Now, he is managing South Korea after succeeding Huh Jung Moo, who led Korea to the round of 16 for the first time in foreign soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.- Club career :*1978–1979 POSCO -...

2000
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

10 Champions 27 19
17
0
5
8
5
46 25 +21 53 4th (A)
Group A 5th (D)
Quarter-finals Did not qualify Quarter-finals[3]  South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae is a South Korean football manager, who managed Anyang LG Cheetahs formerly. Now, he is managing South Korea after succeeding Huh Jung Moo, who led Korea to the round of 16 for the first time in foreign soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.- Club career :*1978–1979 POSCO -...

2001
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

10 Runners-up 27 11 10 6 30 23 +7 43 Group A 4th (A) Quarter-finals Winners Did not qualify  South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae is a South Korean football manager, who managed Anyang LG Cheetahs formerly. Now, he is managing South Korea after succeeding Huh Jung Moo, who led Korea to the round of 16 for the first time in foreign soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.- Club career :*1978–1979 POSCO -...

2002
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

10 4th 27 11 7 9 37 30 +7 40 4th (A) 1st Round Did not qualify Runners-up[4]  South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae is a South Korean football manager, who managed Anyang LG Cheetahs formerly. Now, he is managing South Korea after succeeding Huh Jung Moo, who led Korea to the round of 16 for the first time in foreign soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.- Club career :*1978–1979 POSCO -...

2003
FC Seoul (Anyang LG Cheetahs) seasons 1996-2003
- All competitions records :* K-League Championship results are not counted.* 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had PSO and blows results are that PSO resulst are counted by drawn.* A - Adidas Cup, P - Prospecs Cup, PM - Philip Morris Cup, D - Daehan Fire Insurance Cup...

12 8th 44 14 14 16 69 68 +1 56 No competition Round of 32 No competition Did not qualify  South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae
Cho Kwang-Rae is a South Korean football manager, who managed Anyang LG Cheetahs formerly. Now, he is managing South Korea after succeeding Huh Jung Moo, who led Korea to the round of 16 for the first time in foreign soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.- Club career :*1978–1979 POSCO -...