Just for fun what if K League 1 were English Premier League clubs? Who would they be?
For this post I’ll be using the current 2018 K League 1 clubs & the 2017/18 Premier league clubs. Based on status, support base, history and personal opinion based on 9 years following the K League and much longer the premier league. I’ll try and explain my decision in a sentence (or two).

– To point out this is my personal opinion, please feel free to comment below if you feel differently –

What If K League 1 clubs were English Premier League clubs?

Jeonbuk Hyundai = Manchester City

The biggest club in the league in terms of money and sometimes unbeatable.

FC Seoul = Manchester United

A team with the history and fan base, but at the moment have fallen on hard times.

Suwon Bluewings = Chelsea FC

At one point both Samsung sponsored and play in Blue. But big successful sides as well.

Jeju United = Newcastle United

Based a little out of the way, but a strong history.

Ulsan Hyundai = Everton FC

Sometimes punch above their weight, but for some reason you want them to succeed.

Pohang Steelers = Liverpool FC

A tight intimate stadium with a loyal fanbase.

Gangwon FC = Leicester City

They have deep pockets and a nice stadium (Gangwon last season), but lack the cutting edge these days (more Leicester).

Gyeongnam FC = Burnley FC

Based in the working class city and somehow holding their own in the top division.

Jeonnam Dragons = Southampton

Southern club who’ve been a constant mid-table side for years, but recently have dropped into the danger zone.

Incheon United = Swansea City

A beautiful stadium but no money. Yet still somehow survive year in year out.

Sangju Sangmu = Stoke City

Good players one season, but next they are gone.

Daegu FC = West Brom

Often saved by an unexpected manager, but this season it looks like the money isn’t there.

Finally

Any thoughts, comments or questions. Feel free to comment below or message me via Twitter.

Tim
tim@modernseoul.org
@tpbarnes86

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