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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Korean Joga Bonito, Part VIII: Jeonnam Dragons

Jeonnam Dragons (전남 드래곤즈) is a football club founded in 1994 in Gwangyang, Southern Jeolla Province which joined the K League Classic for the 1995 season at the same time as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, their Jeolla provincial rivals. Coincidentally, it was founded the same year that his classic rival, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. In January 6th 2014, the official name of Chunnam Dragons changed to Jeonnam Dragons in prior to the Revised Romanization of Korean Language.

Jeonnam was established on December 16th 1994. Chunnam appointed Jung Byung-Tak, former South Korean international left winger, as their first manager. On March 25th 1995, Jeonnam played their first ever K-League match. Chunnam's best season to date came in 1997 when they finished runners-up, behind Daewoo Royals in the K-League and also lifted the Korean FA Cup. 

In 1999, Jeonnam also came runners-up in the Asian Cup Winners Cup, beating J-League giant Kashima Antlers 4-1. They became Korean FA Cup champions for a second straight year in 2007. On December 27th 2007, Jeonnam appointed Park Hang-seo as new manager after former manager Huh Jung-moo was appointed as Korea Republic national football team manager.

Jeonnam Dragons' Home Pitch: Dragon Dungeon
Gwangyang Football Stadium (Hanja: 光陽蹴球專用球場), nicknamed "Dragon Dungeon", is a football-specific stadium in 1641 Baeg-un Avenue/Baegunno, Geumho-dong 697-beonji, Gwangyang City, Southern Jeolla Province. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Jeonnam DragonsDragon Dungeon was built in 1992 and completed in 1993. The stadium with the capacity of 13,496 spectators is accessible by using Interstate 10: Namhae Expressway to EXIT 15: Okgok IC or EXIT 16: Jinwol IC via Baealdo Island in Taein-dong.