Daejeon Citizen FC are a Korean football team who were founded in 1997. They entered the newly rebranded K League as the country's first community club due to being the first team not to be owned by a major company. Normally a team is only branded a community club when the club issue shares to the public. However, the club only started doing that in 2005.
The team have never really had any success in their domestic league. The club's debut season saw them finish a credible 7th before a 9th and two 8th placed finishes were to follow. The team seemed to be stagnating as the 2000 and 2001 campaigns saw 10th placed finishes. However, a manager change saw fortunes improve with their highest ever finish of 6th place in 2003 before a new low of 11th in 2004. More unspectacular seasons followed including a 13th place finish in 2008.
The club has also struggled to attract consistent success in the cup competitions. The Korean FA Cup was one competition that the club took extremely serious. However, early exits in the Round of 16 during 1997, 1998 and 1999 left the supporters uninspired.
Out of the blue, the Citizens managed to win the competition in 2001 with a 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers in the final. As a result, they gained entry into the Asian Champions League for 2002. The team performed admirably in the four team group stage but couldn't quite take the solo qualifying spot as they finished 2nd behind BEC Tero Sasana. The club has failed to win any other silverware during their history to date.