Fagiano Okayama FC

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Fagiano Okayama
Full name Fagiano Okayama FC
Nickname(s) Fagi (ファジ)
Founded 2003; 12 years ago (2003)
Ground Kanko Stadium
Okayama, Okayama
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Japan Masaaki Kimura
Manager Japan Masanaga Kageyama
League J. League Division 2
2012 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fagiano Okayama is a football club from Okayama, Okayama, Japan. Fagiano currently play in the J. League Division 2, the second-tier professional football league in the country. Fagiano in Italian means "pheasant", and it's a reference to the pheasant that was a companion of local legend character Momotarō. Their mascot Fagimaru is based on the specific species native to Japan, the green pheasant.


They were formed in 1975 after the old Kawasaki Steel Mizushima F.C. moved to Kobe, who are now Vissel Kobe.

The old boys of the club formed a new club which they called the "River Free Kickers" (RFK). For years thereafter the club played in the prefectural league. In 2003, they assumed the name "Fagiano Okayama" and began rising in the ranks.

In 2005, Fagiano Okayama were promoted into the Chugoku Regional League. In July 2007, Fagiano became the first club ever to attain the J. League Associate Membership while still playing in a division below the JFL. On December 2, 2007, Fagiano gained promotion to the JFL courtesy of winning the first place in the regional playoff games.

On 2008, they secured 4th place in the last JFL match week, thereby qualifying for J. League promotion below Tochigi S.C. and Kataller Toyama; on December 1 promotion was made official by J. League and Okayama competed in J2 for the first time in 2009.

Their main sponsor is Okayama Gas and their back sponsor is the Sanyo Shinbun, a local newspaper in Okayama. http://www.fagiano-okayama.com/sponsor/index01.html

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2009 J2 18 18 6,162 - 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 17 7,161 - 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 13 7,258 - 3rd Round
2012 J2 22 8 7,985 - 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 12 8,574 - 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 8 8,404 - 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 May 2015 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 Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
2 Japan DF Masahiko Sawaguchi
3 Japan FW Shingo Kukita
4 Japan DF Tetsushi Kondo
5 Japan DF Ryujiro Ueda
6 Japan MF Tadashi Takeda
8 Japan MF Kazuhito Watanabe
10 Japan MF Takanori Chiaki
11 Japan MF Kazuki Someya
13 Japan FW Yuichi Kubo
14 Japan FW Yuki Oshitani
15 Japan FW Makoto Mimura
16 Japan MF Kenji Sekido
17 Japan MF Yuzuru Shimada
18 Japan FW Hiroaki Kamijo
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Eiichi Katayama
20 Japan MF Ryusuke Senoo
21 Japan DF Akira Kaji
22 Japan GK Kazuma Shiina
23 Japan MF Naoki Miyata
24 Japan MF Shinya Yajima
25 Japan MF Ryo Tadokoro
26 Japan MF Soichi Tanaka
27 Japan FW Kosuke Fujioka
28 Japan FW Hidemasa Kobayashi
29 Japan GK Shuhei Matsubara
30 Japan MF Takanori Hatano
32 Japan DF Hiromasa Tanaka
33 Japan MF Daisuke Ito
35 Japan DF Daiki Iwamasa
39 Japan DF Kojiro Shinohara

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan DF Kojiro Shinohara (at Roasso Kumamoto)
Japan DF Kazuya Okazaki (at Albirex Niigata Singapore)
Japan MF Takafumi Suzuki (at FC Machida Zelvia)
Japan FW Tsuyoshi Shinchu (at Kagoshima United FC)

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