Ehime FC

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Ehime F.C.
Full name Ehime Football Club
Founded 1970; 44 years ago (1970)
Ground Ningineer Stadium
Matsuyama, Ehime
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Fumio Kamei
Manager Kiyotaka Ishimaru
League J. League Division 2
2013 J. League Division 2, 17th
Website Club home page

Ehime Football Club is a professional football club based in Matsuyama, the capital city of Ehime Prefecture of Japan. After winning the JFL championship in 2005, the club now plays in J. League Division 2. Ehime F.C. is one of only four J. League clubs whose names simply consist of a place name and "F.C." without eclectic nicknames. The other three are F.C. Tokyo, Yokohama F.C. and F.C. Gifu. It is also one of two clubs to be named after their home prefecture instead of its capital city, the other being Tochigi S.C. from Utsunomiya, Tochigi.


The club was founded in 1970 as Matsuyama Soccer Club and renamed itself as Ehime Football Club in 1995. For many years it competed in the regional and prefectural league, as Matsuyama was represented in the Japan Soccer League by the local club belonging to the Teijin company.

Ehime F.C. was promoted to the Japan Football League in 2003. After winning the JFL championship in 2005, Ehime now plies its trade in J. League Division 2.

On November 28, 2007, Ehime pulled off a major shock by consigning the Urawa Red Diamonds, the AFC Champions League 2007 winners, to a fourth-round exit from the Emperor's Cup courtesy of a 2-0 win on Urawa's home soil, Urawa Komaba Stadium.[1]

In 2008 Ehime absorbed local club Ehime Shimanami F.C. as their reserve team, and now the latter are billed as Ehime F.C. Shimanami.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2006 J2 13 9 4,139 - 4th Round
2007 J2 13 10 3,317 - Quarter-final
2008 J2 15 14 3,704 - 4th Round
2009 J2 18 15 3,694 - 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 11 4,386 - 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 15 3,475 - 4th Round
2012 J2 22 16 3,629 - 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 17 3,950 - 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of February 15, 2014. [2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Tsuyoshi Kodama
2 Japan DF Nobuhisa Urata
3 Japan DF Kenji Dai
4 Japan DF Daiki Nishioka
5 Japan MF Kazuhito Watanabe
6 Japan DF Kohei Mihara (on loan from Shonan Bellmare)
7 Japan MF Takumi Murakami
8 Japan MF Keiji Yoshimura (captain)
9 South Korea FW Moon Dong-Ju (on loan from FC Seoul)
10 Japan MF Riki Harakawa (on loan from Kyoto Sanga)
13 Japan DF Eigo Sekine
14 Japan MF Yuki Horigome (on loan from Ventforet Kofu)
No. Position Player
16 Japan MF Nao Eguchi
17 South Korea DF Kim Min-Je
18 Japan FW Go Nishida
19 Japan FW Ryota Watanabe
20 Japan FW Kazuhisa Kawahara
21 Japan GK Yuya Hikichi
23 Japan DF Makoto Rindo
24 Japan FW Genta Omotehara
25 Japan DF Yusuke Murakami
26 Japan MF Naoya Fuji
28 South Korea DF Han Hee-Hoon
31 Japan GK Shogo Onishi


Manager Nat. Tenure
Takashi Onishi  Japan 2000-04
Kazuhito Mochiduki  Japan 2005-09
Ivica Barbarić  Croatia 2009-12
Kiyotaka Ishimaru  Japan 2013-



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