- Address: 1055 Girin-daero, Jeonju
- Country: Korea
- Capacity: 42,000
- Opened: 8 November 2001
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (football)
Extra stadium info – Jeonju World Cup Stadium
The construction of the Jeonju World Cup Stadium started in 1999. It became one of the largest sports venues by capacity in the Republic of Korea. In 2002, the stadium hosted three FIFA World Cup matches. The national football team of Spain won the first one after defeating Paraguay 3-1 in the group stage of the world championship. Carles Puyol Saforcada, who played hundreds of matches for the world famous Spanish football giants FC Barcelona, scored the first FIFA World Cup goal at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium. It was an own goal.
More FIFA World Cup matches
The second FIFA World Cup game at the venue named Jeonju World Cup Stadium was won by the Portuguese Republic, commonly known as Portugal. They won the match after beating Poland 4-0 in the group stage of the tournament. On 17 June 2002, the national football team of the United States faced the United Mexican States at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium. 36,000 people showed up for the round-of-16 game, which was won by the United States.
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club
The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors use the stadium for home games. The club was founded in 1994 under a different name. They won the top-flight football league of Korea various times. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club won the Asian football championship for clubs in 2006 for the first time in their history after playing a two-legged final. They won the first final, which took place at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in front of 25,000 fans. In 2016, the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors played their second AFC Champions League final. It was a two-legged final. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC won the first final, which took place at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in front of a crowd of 36,000.
Kim Min-jae, who played numerous matches for the national football team of Korea, is one of the former players of the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. In 2023, he left the Italian club SSC Napoli for the German football giants FC Bayern München. The transfer fee paid by Bayern became the highest transfer fee for an Asian football player. It became one of the highest football transfer fees in 2023.