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The K League 2 (Hangul: K리그2) is a South Korean professional association football league. Being the second tier of the South Korean football league system, it is currently contested by ten clubs, and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the K League 1.

Contents

1 History 2 Clubs 3 Champions

3.1 Titles by season 3.2 Titles by club

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] In 2011 the original K League announced a plan to begin a promotion and relegation system between the K League and a proposed second division.[1] The K League then took steps to create the new second division, mainly with the addition of a split-system during the 2012 K-League season in which the bottom clubs are placed in a competition for safety with the last placed club being relegated to the new second division (originally it was going to be two clubs relegated but the withdrawal of Sangju Sangmu FC meant only one would be relegated).[2][3] On 3 January 2013 the official name of the Second Division was announced as the K League while the original K League was changed to K League Classic along with the new logo.[4] This name change caused some degree of confusion and controversy,[5] and on 11 March 2013 the official name was changed to K League Challenge.[6] On 22 January 2018 the official name was changed to K League 2.[7]

Clubs[edit] Note: Seasons in the second flight are updated as of the end of the 2017 season.

Club

Hometown

Stadium

First season in the second flight

Current spell in the second flight

Seasons inthe second flight

Ansan Greeners FC

Ansan

Ansan Wa~ Stadium

2017

2017–

1

Asan Mugunghwa

Asan

Yi Sun-sin Stadium

2017

2017–

1

FC Anyang

Anyang

Anyang Stadium

2013

2013–

5

Bucheon FC 1995

Bucheon

Bucheon Stadium

2013

2013–

5

Busan IPark

Busan

Busan Gudeok Stadium

2016

2016–

2

Daejeon Citizen

Daejeon

Daejeon World Cup Stadium

2014

2016–

3

Gwangju FC

Gwangju

Gwangju World Cup Stadium

2013

2018–

2

Seongnam FC

Seongnam

Tancheon Stadium

2017

2017–

1

Seoul E-Land

Seoul

Seoul Olympic Stadium

2015

2015–

3

Suwon FC

Suwon

Suwon Stadium

2013

2017–

4

Champions[edit] Note: Per official K League 2 rules, the runners-up are the teams which lost the play-off final.

Titles by season[edit]

Season

Champions

Runners-up

2013

Sangju Sangmu

Police FC

2014

Daejeon Citizen

Gwangju FC

2015

Sangju Sangmu

Suwon FC

2016

Ansan Mugunghwa

Daegu FC

2017

Gyeongnam FC

Busan IPark

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning seasons Runners-up Runners-up seasons

Sangju Sangmu

2

2013, 2015

0

Ansan Mugunghwa

1

2016

1

2013

Daejeon Citizen

1

2014

0

Gyeongnam FC

1

2017

0

Gwangju FC

0

1

2014

Suwon FC

0

1

2015

Daegu FC

0

1

2016

Busan IPark

0

1

2017

See also[edit] K League Korean football league system List of foreign K League 2 players References[edit]

^ Richards, Dave. "Korea, England: closer football ties". Korea Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

^ "K리그 31~44라운드, 상주 없이 그대로 진행". 

^ "K League confirm promotion-relegation system". SportsSpying. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

^ "K League News". K-League. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

^ "위원석의 하프타임 'K리그'에 새로운 이름을 붙여주자" (in Korean). The Daily Sports Seoul. 19 February 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. 

^ "'K리그 챌린지' 프로축구 2부리그 새 이름으로 이번 주말 스타트!" (in Korean). K League Official Website. 11 March 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. 

^ "프로축구연맹, 클래식→K리그1, 챌린지→K리그2 대회명 변경" (in Korean). K League Official Website. 22 January 2018. 

External links[edit] Official K League website vteK LeagueK League 1 (2018) Daegu FC Gangwon FC Gyeongnam FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonnam Dragons Pohang Steelers Sangju Sangmu FC Seoul Suwon Samsung Bluewings Ulsan Hyundai K League 2 (2018) Ansan Greeners FC Asan Mugunghwa FC Anyang Bucheon FC 1995 Busan IPark Daejeon Citizen Gwangju FC Seongnam FC Seoul E-Land FC Suwon FC Former clubs Kookmin Bank Hallelujah Hanil Bank Chonbuk Buffalo Chungju Hummel Goyang Zaicro FC Competitions Promotion-Relegation Playoffs Reserve League Championship Playoffs (defunct) Super Cup (defunct) League Cup (defunct) Players K League 1 foreign players K League 2 foreign players Statistics K League records and statistics Champions 20–20 30–30 40–40 50–50 60–60 70-70 Awards Most Valuable Player Manager of the Year Top Scorer Top Assistor Young Player of the Year Best XI FANtastic Player

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