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Friday, 23 January 2015

Korean Joga Bonito, Part II: Bucheon FC 1995


Bucheon FC 1995 is a South Korean professional football club located in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province which is currently a member of K League Challenge. The club was founded by a group of former Bucheon SK supporters after the move of Bucheon SK to Jeju (now known as Jeju United) at the beginning of 2006. 1995 is a significant number for Bucheon FC because Bucheon SK was founded in that year after the club relocation with its previous name - Yukong Elephants from Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul to Bucheon.

Its current home ground is Bucheon Stadium, located at 482 Sosa Avenue/Sosa-ro, Chunui-dong 8-beonji, Bucheon Wonmi-gu, Gyeonggi Province. The stadium with the capacity of 35,545 spectators is accessible by using SMRT Line 7 to Station 752: Bucheon Stadium.

Within weeks of the relocation of Bucheon SK, fans of the club began a movement to establish a brand new side in Bucheon, with an initial goal of creating a team to participate in the 2007 Korea National League season. The financial requirements for entry to the National League were so great and that, coupled with the launch of the K3 League (nowadays Challengers League) in 2007, led to them readjusting their target and focusing on entry to the K3 League in 2008.

During the course of 2007 deals with several major sponsors, including Daum Communications and SK Energy were negotiated. On October 25, 2007, the club's name, Bucheon FC 1995, was announced, and the club was officially founded on December 1. The team got an approval to join a member of K League from 2013 season on December 5, 2012.

Bucheon FC 1995 made a debut in the firstly-introduced K League Challenge in 2013 and finished at seventh place with 33 points. However, this club finished at the last place in K League Challenge 2014 season with 27 points due to series of losses.