Kookmin Bank FC
() is a South Korean
football club based in the Seoul satellite city of Goyang
. It currently plays in the National League
, the second tier of Korean football.
Kookmin Bank FC was initially founded on February 1, 1972, and competed in the various amateur football competitions at the time. The club enjoyed success in tournaments such as the Korean Amateur Football Conference (winners in 1978) and the President's Cup (winners in 1978
) before becoming founder members of the K-League
, the professional football league in South Korea, in 1983.
The club's stay in the professional ranks was a short one, as it finished 5th out of the five teams in the first year. When it came in 8th out of the eight teams in 1984
the decision was made for the club to return to the amateur ranks.
After the K-League
Upon returning to the amateur ranks, the club returned to winning ways and managed President's Cup triumphs in 1986
. It also won the 3rd edition of the Industrial Amateur Football championship in 1993
, a tournament they would win again in 1996
The financial crisis that struck South Korea in 1997
saw the club temporarily wound up, with the official decision to pull the plug on the team coming on December 31, 1997. After two years out of the game, Kookmin Bank reconstituted their club on February 28, 2000 and the team returned to the amateur ranks, eventually winning a sixth President's Cup crown in 2003
Life at K2 Level...