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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Korean Joga Bonito, Part XII: Gwangju FC - Successor of Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix FC

Gwangju FC (Hangul/Hanja :광주 FC/光州 FC) is a South Korean professional football club. Based in Gwangju Metropole, Gwangju FC joined the K-League as its 16th club for the 2011 season after Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix FC dissolved and moved to its new turf in Sangju, Northern Gyeongsang Province.

Gwangju FC was founded in December 2010 after Sangmu Phoenix moved to its new turf in Sangju and later become as Sangju Sangmu until today. The club kicked-off in the K-League season 2011. In 2012, Gwangju FC was relegated to the K League Challenge, the newly formed second-tier professional league in South Korea. In 2014, Gwangju FC won promotion back into the K League Classic, outwitting Gyeongnam FC 4-2 on aggregate in the Promotion-Relegation Playoffs.

Its home stadium is Gwangju World Cup Stadium - dubbed as the Guus Hiddink Stadium by its fans, located at 240 Geumhwa Avenue/Geumhwa-ro, PungAm-dong 432-2 beonji, Gwangju Seo-gu. This stadium is dedicated to the former South Korean national team coach Guus Hiddink, who helped the team advance to the semi-finals, for the first time in its history, by defeating Spain in this stadium. The stadium with the capacity of 44,118 spectators is accessible by using Gwangju Line 1 to Station 111: Ssangchon Station