Daegu Football Club, commonly referred to as Daegu FC. (Korean: 대구 F.C.), is a South Korean professional football club based in Daegu. The club was founded as a community team at the end of 2002, and the club made their K-League debut in 2003. Historically, Daegu have always placed in the lower reaches of the K-League. Their best season in the K-League to date was 2006, when they finished in 7th place (out of 14 teams), as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the Korean FA Cup. Two years later, in 2008, Daegu reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, but lost to the Pohang Steelers.
Daegu FC was established in 2002 as a community club (generally in Korea, ‘community-club’ means that the club issues shares). Daegu Metropolitan City is a key shareholder, and the current mayor is chairman of the club. Following their foundation, the club entered the 2003 season of the K-League under manager Park Jong-Hwan. Park had previously managed the national side for a number years in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The club’s entry, together with that of Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix, brought the number of teams participating in the league to 12.