FC Suzuka Rampole

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F.C. Suzuka Rampole
Nickname(s) F.C. Suzuka, Rampole
Founded 1980
Ground Suzuka Sports Garden Suzuka, Mie
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Japan Narita Takaki
Manager Japan Narita Takaki (2011 - )
League Tōkai Regional Div. 1
2012 Champions
Website Club home page

F.C. Suzuka Rampole (FC鈴鹿ランポーレ Efushī Suzuka Ranpōre?) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. They play in Tōkai Regional League Division 1.


The club was originally established in Nabari, Mie in 1980 under the name "Mie Club", and it became a member of Mie Football Association to join the Mie prefectural league in 1982. The club went up to the top division in 1991 and remained there until 2005, when local organisers kicked off the idea of developing a larger and more ambitious football team.

The region to the southwest of Nagoya has been traditionally very populous but still undeveloped from a football perspective despite a number of successes by local high school football. In mid- 2005, a group of local businessmen, football fans and coaches from Mie Prefecture, who were eager to put together a team to represent the area, approached Bunji Kimura, an ex-football manager of Kyoto Sanga F.C. and Yokohama Flügels. Kimura was convinced to accept the position of the president and technical director of a club that was then going by the name of "W.S.C. Nabari Admiral". Kimura plunged in and began a very ambitious project to transform the team from a bunch of amateur kickers in a tiny town to a much more competitive and tightly-run organisation representing the aspirations of the entire prefecture.

At Kimura's insistence, the team in February 2006 took the name "MIE FC Rampole", taking its name from the famous Japanese mystery novel writer Rampo Edogawa, who was born in Mie Prefecture. The part "ole" of the name is supposedly a Spanish word "Olé" used to cheer and applaud (cf. Consadole Sapporo). Following the name change the club launched its official website on 22 February. Kimura quickly began drawing upon his network of J.League contacts to bring in more experienced coaches and organisers, and by the end of his first season in charge the club advanced to the second division of the Tōkai Regional League.

Whereas its progress on the pitch has stalled temporarily, with third-place finishes in both 2007 and 2008, the club has been focusing most of its attention on the organisational goals. An independent corporation was establisned in 2006, fulfilling one of the requirements of J. League Associate Membership, and in 2008 the team merged with nearby Suzuka Club, thereby absorbing a youth program that can help to meet another key requirement. Following the merger, the team announced on 1 September 2008 that it changed its name to "F.C. Suzuka Rampole", and moved its home playing ground from Ueno Athletic Park Stadium to Suzuka Sports Garden from 2009 season. The club carried out the move since 1) Suzuka is the city world-famous for the F1 circuit located outside town, and 2) its population base and location, squarely in the middle of Mie Prefecture's main population centres is considered to be ideal.


Suzuka Sports Garden
Location Misono Chō1669,
Suzuka, Mie,
Owner Suzuka City
Operator Suzuka City
Capacity 12,000 (3,300 seated)
Broke ground N/A
Opened 1992
Construction cost N/A
Architect N/A
F.C. Suzuka Rampole (Tōkai League Division I) (2009–present)

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2011 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 Takeaki Ikeda
2 Japan DF Katsuyuki Maruyama
3 Japan DF Masanori Murata
4 Japan DF Shōtarō Hara
5 Japan DF Shinpei Sakaki
6 Japan MF Naoki Kamohara
7 Japan MF Shō Kubota
8 Japan MF Jumpei Yano
9 Japan FW Gō Nakamura
10 Japan MF Yūichi Sone
11 Japan MF Shunsuke Itō
13 Japan DF Kenichi Kinoshita
14 Japan FW Shōjiō Tezuka
15 Japan DF Ryūta Ōkubo
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Kengo Nishida
19 South Korea DF Woo-Soon Hwang
21 Japan GK Masatoshi Mizutani
22 Japan MF Ryūji Itō
23 Japan GK Ryūgo Ito
24 Japan FW Yūta Amano
25 Japan DF Daisuke Seki
26 Japan FW Akira Haruta
27 Japan MF Kōjiro Wakaike
28 Japan MF Kōtaro Nakagawa
33 Japan MF Narita Takaki
44 Brazil GK Carvalho Lucas Da Silva
55 South Korea DF Dong-Hui Kang

Managerial history[edit]

Manager Nationality Tenure
Bunji Kimura  Japan 2007-2010
Yūichi Sone  Japan 2010
Narita Takaki  Japan 2011-

Team Record[edit]

League Emperor's Cup Shakaijin Cup
Season Division Place Pld Win Draw Lose GF GA Dif Pts Note
2005 Mie Prefectural League Division I 3 / 8 13 8 3 2 41 11 +30 26 Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2006 2 / 8 14 10 2 2 33 6 +27 32 Promoted to Tōkai League Division II
2007 Tōkai League Division II 3 / 8 14 7 3 4 24 13 +11 24
2008 3 / 8 14 7 4 3 21 13 +8 25
2009 1 / 8 14 10 4 0 43 10 +33 34 Promoted to Tôkai League Division I Round 1
2010 Tōkai League Division I 4 / 9 16 7 6 3 24 15 +9 27 Did Not Qualify
2011 ? / 8 14

Last updated: 18 October 2010
Pld = Match played; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Dif = Goal difference ; Pts = Points


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