Recently I looked at “What If K League 1 Clubs Were English Premier League Clubs?” and that has lead to the next obvious question? What if K League 2 were English Championship clubs? Who would they be?

For this post I’ll be using the current 2018 K League 2 clubs & the 2017/18 Championship clubs. Based on status, support base, history and personal opinion based on 9 years following the K League and much longer the English Football 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 2 clubs were English Championship clubs?

Seongnam FC = Aston Villa

One of the biggest clubs in the league and one with a famous history that seem to be recovering from a bad spell.

Bucheon 1995 = Brentford

Based just outside of the capital and play in red. Also constantly improving and producing talented players on a budget.

Asan Mugunghwa = Bristol City

Often the bridesmaid but never the bride. A solid side but always seem to be lacking that cutting edge to win promotion.

Busan I’Park = Middlesbrough

Were in the top tier for a number of years but seem fated to spend most of the rest of their days in the second. Also they both play in red.

Ansan Greeners = Norwich City

Sometimes punch a little above their weight, but for some reason you want them to win. Also both based a little out of the way.

Daejeon Citizen = Birmingham City

Big famous Stadium and from the middle of the country. Both sides also need something extra to push them back into title and promotion contention.

Gwangju = Hull City

They can spend money, but often make poor signings. Again similar colors.

Suwon FC = Sheffield Wednesday

Often in the shadow of near neighbors. Both are often predictable to do well, but fail to meet those expectations. Finally both played for a short time in the top division.

Seoul E-Land = QPR

They once flashed the cash and failed to buy success, so now seem happy with finishing mid-table.

FC Anyang = Sunderland

A strong and passionate support base and a solid looking squad. But they can’t put things together and from themselves at the bottom of the league.

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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