I’ve envisioned Suwon FC’s 10-year future, and I’ll make it happen.”
Choi Sun-ho (61), the head coach of Suwon FC, personally declared the new vision on the 20th anniversary of the club’s founding. He outlined plans to build a clubhouse and operate a B team to foster in-house talent, and to expand financially by reducing free tickets and introducing a club sponsorship system. Ultimately, the goal is to build the brand as the center of Suwon soccer.
Choi explained the new vision in person at Suwon FC’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Ramada Hotel in Suwon on the 30th. He said, “Suwon FC has been focused on performance and results. We have achieved great results in a short period of time, but in the future, we need to grow even more if we don’t want to worry about staying in the league.” “When I was appointed as the head coach of Suwon FC, I thought it was fate. Previous teams have done things that we haven’t done before, and they have been successful. I am confident that I can do the same this time.”
Choi explained the core direction and detailed implementation tasks of Suwon FC’s vision, with competitiveness, talent development, and financial expansion as the core values. In particular, Choi expressed his commitment to building a clubhouse. He said, “We are not the only clubhouse. We will build it in the medium to long term. With the help of those who have led so far and those who will join us in the future, the players will be able to exercise more comfortably and Suwon FC will become a stronger organization.”
He also explained his plans for the B team, which will participate in the K4 League. Choi Soon-ho said, “It’s difficult to run a B team right now, but we’ll give it a try. We will start by building the necessary infrastructure first. We want to give young players aged 19 to 21 a chance, and we will create a system where Suwon FC can develop players without worrying about the future.”
Choi also hinted at creating a new soccer culture in the future. “We will create a new football culture by gradually reducing free tickets and free AD cards, activating paid tickets and memberships, and establishing a reservation and booking culture,” he said. “We also ask for your participation in the new club sponsorship system that will be introduced.”
More than 400 people attended the ceremony, including the club’s owner, Suwon Mayor Lee Jae-jun, coaches Kim Do-gyun and Park 먹튀검증 Gil-young, the entire men’s and women’s teams, and supporters. National team coach Jürgen Klinsmann, former Olympic soccer coach Kim Hak-beom, and former Suwon FC players Zappa and Vladan also congratulated the club on its 20th anniversary via video.
Former owners Kim Yong-seo and Yeom Tae-young, former chairman Kim Chu-ho, and former coaches Kim Chang-gyeom and Cho Deok-je received plaques of recognition, and Hummel Korea Chairman Byun Seok-hwa received a plaque of appreciation. At the podium, Mayor Lee Jae-jun promised to “spare no effort to support Suwon FC as a city and as a club owner.”
Suwon FC was founded in 2003 as the Suwon City Hall Football Club and took its first steps in the National League, before establishing the foundation Suwon FC in 2008 to prepare for professionalization. In 2013, the team entered the professional stage by participating in the K League Challenge (K League 2), and in 2016, the team was promoted to the K League Classic (K League 1) for the first time. Last year, the club merged with the WK League’s Suwon FC Wimin to become the first Korean club to operate a men’s and women’s team.