FC Machida Zelvia

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F.C. Machida Zelvia
FC町田ゼルビア
new crest 2008-
Full name Football Club Machida Zelvia
Nickname(s) Zelvia
Founded 1977
Ground Machida Municipal Athletic Stadium
Machida, Tokyo
Ground Capacity 8,924
Chairman Minoru Moriya
Manager Naoki Soma
League J. League Division 3
2013 Japan Football League 4th
Home colours
Away colours

Football Club Machida Zelvia (FC町田ゼルビア Efu Shi Machida Zerubia?) is a Japanese football club based in Machida, Tokyo.

Old FC Machida crest, used till 2008

History[edit]

Machida is known as "Brazil of Tokyo" due to the popularity of football in the city; it has, in fact, produced the second-largest number of J. League players though its football school. Originally formed in 1977 by Machida's football federation, this school is well known for its development of young talent into professional players. In 1989, in order to retain that talent in Machida, F.C. Machida established its own top team, which, at that time, played in the Tokyo Prefecture League.

In 2003 they became a polideportivo under the name Athletic Club Machida., and in 2005 were promoted to the Kanto League, having won the Tokyo Prefectural League (First Division). They came first in the Kanto league (Second Division) the following year, and were promoted to First Division, where they stayed until promotion to Japan Football League as champions of the Regional Promotion Playoff Series in 2008.

In 2009, they adopted the current nickname Zelvia, a portmanteau of the Portuguese words zelkova (Machida city's official tree) and salvia (a grassy plant commonly used in football pitches).

The same year, the club declared its intent to be promoted to J. League's 2nd division, and its status of semi-affiliatiate was officially approved by the J. League. However, its home stadium capacity and light specifications did not meet the J. League's requirements, average attendance did not reach 3,000, and the team's final result of 6th place did not allow for Zelvia's promotion to the J.League.

In 2010, Machida Zelvia appointed Naoki Soma, a former star player who played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as its new head coach. The stadium's lighting was renewed, and club added several J. League players to its roster. Zelvia also announced its partnership with Major League Soccer's DC United, which became the first historic partnership between a Japanese and American football club.[1] The reborn team beat Tokyo Verdy, its arch rival from the J. League, in the Emperor's Cup, but was knocked out by Albirex Niigata in the third round. Soma left at the end of the season and was replaced by Ranko Popović, former coach of Oita Trinita.

The stadium's capacity and conditions were still short of fulfilling J. League criteria, so the club completed another renovation between the end of the 2010 and start of the 2011 seasons. Machida Zelvia finished the 2011 season in third place after beating Kamatamare Sanuki in the final match of that season, thereby granting them promotion to J-League (Second Division).[2]

Stadium[edit]

Machida Zelvia currently plays at Machida Municipal Athletic Stadium (Nozuta Stadium). Capacity until 2011 was 6,200, including grassy areas, and has had lighting for night games since 2009. Between the 2010 and 2011 seasons the stadium was upgraded and is now all-seated. Although the minimum seating requirement for J2 is 10,000, Nozuta still falls short of that number. However, under an agreement made with J-League officials, home games where a large attendance is expected will be played at other stadia leased specifically for the purpose, and future upgrades to Nozuta will be made in order to meet the 10,000 capacity requirement.

Current roster[edit]

As of December 5, 2013.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Tomohito Shugyo
3 Japan DF Taisei Fujita
4 Japan MF Koji Takano
5 Japan DF Kota Fukatsu
6 Japan DF Kosuke Ota
7 Japan MF Shinichi Mukai
9 Japan FW Koji Suzuki
10 Japan MF Yoshihiro Shoji
13 Japan DF Ryuto Otake
14 Japan FW Tetsuya Kijima
16 Japan FW Seiya Murakami
17 Japan DF Takahiro Tanaka
18 Japan DF Kai Miki
No. Position Player
19 Japan DF Tomohiro Taira
20 Japan FW Ryoji Mano
21 Japan GK Takashi Aizawa
24 Japan MF Taishi Soma
26 Japan FW Shota Saito
30 Japan FW Kazuhito Kishida
31 Japan GK Shota Chiba
32 Japan FW Ryuji Sugimoto
34 Japan FW Shuto Minami
35 Japan MF Keita Hidaka
36 Japan FW Sho Kamimura
37 South Korea DF Bae Dae-Won
38 Japan FW Kento Shiratani

Managers[edit]

Record[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2009 JFL 18 6 1,886
2010 JFL 18 3 3,503 Third Round
2011 JFL 18 3 3,515 Second Round
2012 J2 22 22 3,627 4th Round
2013 JFL 18 4 3,174
2014 J3 12
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

References[edit]

  1. ^ D.C. United to partner with FC Machida Zelvia
  2. ^ McKirdy, Andrew, "Ardiles ready to face new challenge", Japan Times, 6 March 2012, p. 18.
  3. ^ "町田ゼルビア、新加入12選手を発表-秋田監督「納得の補強」". Nirokunokai. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Interview Minoru Moriya. Tokyo Football Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-12-17.

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