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K-League Classic

K-League is now K-League Classic

Korea's K-League (now re-titled K-League Classic) is the oldest professional soccer league in Asia, dating from the formation of the Korean Super League in 1983.

The K-League began in 1998 and presently consists of 15 teams in the top division, now known as K-League Classic to celebrate its 30th birthday.

The K-League now refers to the second tier of Korean football from 2013 with K-League Classic now the first division with a new corporate logo.

From 2013 there will be relegation and promotion between the two leagues.

The Korean football season runs from March to December and traditionally strong teams over recent seasons in the top flight include Pohang Steelers, FC Seoul, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i, and Suwon Samsung Bluewings.


Korean teams also compete in the Asian Champions League against other teams from such countries as Australia, Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Qatar, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, and China.

Keep up with all the soccer news from Korea as well as the Korean national team, Korean players overseas and the Asian Cup.

Latest South Korean Soccer News

October 18, 2016

Asian Champions League Semi-Finals 2016

FC Seoul are hoping for a miracle in the second leg of their all-Korean ACL semi-final against Jeonbuk Hyundai.

May 25, 2014

South Korea World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Read a team profile of the South Korean Team for World Cup 2014.

March 11, 2014

Revenge Served Cold on Pohang

It's been a slow start to the 2014 K-League Classic season so far.

January 8, 2014

Pohang Steelers

Pohang Steelers clinch the 2013 K-League Classic title.

November 21, 2013

K-League Tight At Top & Bottom

Ulsan lead Pohang by just two points.

September 6, 2013

September Split

K-League Classic divides into Group A & Group B.

July 3, 2013

Hong Myong-bo

Hong Myong-bo new coach of South Korea.

May 6, 2013

Seoul Struggle

The new season has been a struggle for defending champions FC Seoul.

March 21, 2013

FC Seoul

FC Seoul have problems as the new K-League Classic season kicks off.

January 29, 2013

K-League Classic

The K-League Classic is born as Korean football's top flight gets a new name and a new logo.

December 24, 2012

K-League Transfer News

Three K-League teams lost their head coach in December - Busan, Suwon and Jeonbuk.

November 22, 2012

FC Seoul Win 2012 K-League Title

FC Seoul win the 2012 K-League while Ulsan triumph in the Asian Champions League.

October 24, 2012

Seoul Set For Success

FC Seoul are on track to win the K-League.

September 24, 2012

K-League Splits

At this time of year the K-League splits into two parts.

August 8, 2012

Olympic Football

All eyes on South Korea at the London Olympics.

June 27, 2012

K-League All Star Game

All eyes on The South Korean 2002 World Cup team is back in action.

April 10, 2012

When Citizens Attack

It's been a crazy start to the current K-League season with hooliganism, full and empty stadiums and mascot mayhem.

March 6, 2012

New K-League Season Underway

The 2012 K-League season got off to a fiery start and the Lion King Lee Dong-gook became the K-league's all time leading scorer.

January 9, 2012

Korean Transfer Window Well & Truly Open

The January transfer window is in full swing in Korea.

December 7, 2011

Jeonbuk Motors Win K-League

Jeonbuk Motors won their second K-League title in three seasons.

November 8, 2011

Qatar's Al Sadd ACL Champions

Al Sadd defy the odds to beat Jeonbuk Motors in the final of the Asian Champions League.

September 29

Lee Dong Guk

The Lion King is on fire this season with 14 goals in the K-League and 8 in the ACL.

July 11

K-League Match Fixing Scandal

The K-League match fixing scandal is focussing on 15 games in League and Cup.

June 20

Cheongbuk Motors

Cheongbuk Motors are the top team so far in this season's K-League.

April 28


Edu shows there is life after K-League with Schalke.

March 18

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma enjoy successful season.

February 7

Park Ji-sung says farewell to South Korean national team.

December 13

Seongnam v Inter Preview

Seongnam will face Inter in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

November 24

Seongnam Eye Domestic Success

After winning the Asian Champions League, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma face Jeonbuk Motors in the K-League playoffs.

November 3

K-League Play Offs

The eight teams that are out of the K-League play-offs are already thinking of next season.

September 13

K-League Clubs Make History

Four K-League teams are through to the quarterfinal stage of the ACL.

July 23

K-League Transfer News

Premier League clubs circle Monaco's Park Chu-young.

July 12

K-League News

K League Resumes

May 4

Korean World Cup Fever

South Korea names a 30-man provisional squad for South Africa.

April 11

Yeom Ki-hun and Seol Ki-hyeon

Time is running out for injured K-League stars Yeom Ki-hun and Seol Ki-hyeon to make the World Cup squad.

March 18, 2010

Familiar Faces

Ex-South Korea coach Pim Verbeek will be at the 2010 World Cup, but quite a few other of his predecessors nearly made it too.

February 20, 2010

Ahn Jung-hwan

Ahn Jung-hwan, the much travelled Dalian striker, is in line for a shock recall to the national squad.

February 17, 2010

South Korea 3 Japan 1

South Korea's win over Japan in Tokyo piles the pressure on Blue Samurai coach Okada.

February 5, 2010

Teams Gear Up For East Asian Championships

East Asian Championship - Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong are participating in the biennial event.

January 29, 2010

Transfer Window

Several K-League players are hopeful of a move to Europe.

January 15, 2010

Big Month For Korean World Cup Hopefuls

Korean World Cup Hopefuls in search of games.

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