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The capital city club's nearly-invincible home record was a large factor in winning their third K-League title, which was clinched with three rounds remaining in the season

FC Seoul were officially crowned K-League champions on Saturday in an official ceremony following their title-clinching victory one week earlier.

The capital city squad claimed the title of Korea's best in the first itineration of the league's split-system play-off last weekend, when they beat Jeju United to take a 10-point lead with three matches remaining. They celebrated the title following a defeat of second-place Jeonbuk United by a 1-0 score.

"I'd like to thank the players; they deserve to be champions," coach Choi Yong-Soo told MBC Sports. "I'm not a perfect coach, but they trusted and followed my direction well.

"It's not easy to always maintain team spirit but we've done it. I'm so proud of my players."

Choi, who as a player won the 2000 K-League with the team when they were known as the Anyang LG Cheetahs, led Seoul to a first-place finish in the regular season with a 19-7-4 record. They won an additional nine matches in the championship round, losing just one on the way to their third K-League title.
"This year, I emphasized that modern football has changed," the winning coach continued. "It's gone from individual efforts to team efforts and from each player's positioning to total football, so I asked them to be active and organized.
"I never expected our home record [17 wins, three draws, one loss] would be this great. It's thanks to passionate support from our fans because ithout them, it would not be easy to stay on top. I'm really thankful and I hope they keep supporting us."

With two matches remaining, second-place Jeonbuk Motors are also assured of a spot in next year's Asian Champions League, while Suwon Bluewings and Pohang Steelers are competing for a spot in the continental tournament's qualifying round.