Matsumoto Yamaga FC

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Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.
松本山雅FC
Logo
Full name Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club
Nickname(s) Ptarmigans, Gans
Founded 1965; 49 years ago (1965)
Ground Matsumoto Stadium
(Alwin)
Matsumoto, Nagano
Ground Capacity 20,396
Chairman Japan Hiroshi Otsuki
Manager Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi
League J. League Division 2
2013 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club (松本山雅フットボールクラブ Matsumoto Yamaga Futtobōru Kurabu?) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. They play in J. League Division 2, having been promoted to the second tier of Japanese professional football for the first time in 2011 after finishing fourth in that season's Japan Football League.

Their nickname is the Ptarmigans (ターミガンズ Tāmiganzu?) (or shortened Gans (ガンズ ganzu?)), symbol birds of Nagano Prefecture.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1965 by the players who represented Nagano Prefecture. The players frequented a cafe called Yamaga in front of Matsumoto railway station and initially they were simply called Yamaga Club. In 2004, they were renamed as Matsumoto Yamaga F.C. when nonprofit organisation Alwin Sports Project were set up to support the club with the intention of promotion to J. League.

In the 2007 and 2008 season they finished respectively 1st and 4th in the Hokushin'etsu First Division, but failed to gain the promotion to the Japan Football League as they exited at the group stage of the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series against other regional champions. 2008 also brought a crucial Emperor's Cup run, where they defeated former Japanese champions Shonan Bellmare in the third round by penalty kicks, only to be eliminated 8-0 by Vissel Kobe.

The 2009 season brought inconsistency, as they took 4th place in the regional league but knocked Urawa Red Diamonds out of the Emperor's Cup in the second round, their biggest giant-killing ever.

By virtue of winning the Shakaijin Cup, they earned a berth in the Regional Promotion Series, and won the series at home to earn promotion to the Japan Football League for 2010. They earned 7th place on their first season in the third tier.

In 2011, despite a season thrown off by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting inability of Sony Sendai to play a full schedule, Yamaga earned 4th place and were promoted to J. League Division 2.

Rivalry[edit]

Their biggest rival of Matsumoto Yamaga are the prefectural neighbors and former Hokushin'etsu League fellows Nagano Parceiro. Matches between those teams are labelled "Shinshū derby" and generate a lot of interest in both cities.[1] For 2011 season, Parceiro joined their rivals in JFL bringing the derby to the national level.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Matsumoto Stadium

Matsumoto Yamaga's home ground is Matsumoto Stadium (popularly known as Alwin) located in the Kambayashi area of Matsumoto city. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 (16,000 seats and 4,000 standings).[2] It is the third largest Sport venue in Nagano Prefecture.

Results[edit]

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of June 1, 2014

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 Yōsuke Nozawa
2 Japan DF Yuki Okubo
3 Japan DF Hayuma Tanaka
4 Japan DF Masaki Iida
5 Japan MF Kenta Komatsu
6 Japan DF Shunsuke Iwanuma
7 Japan FW Yuki Kitai
8 Japan MF Yuzo Iwakami
9 Brazil FW Sabia
10 Japan FW Takayuki Funayama
11 Japan MF Kohei Kiyama
13 Japan DF Tomoya Inukai
14 Japan DF Mutsumi Tamabayashi
15 Japan DF Yudai Iwama
16 Japan DF Hiroshi Tetsuto
17 South Korea MF Yoon Sung-Yeul
18 Japan FW Yuki Natsume
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Shogo Shiozawa
20 Japan FW Hiroki Yamamoto
21 Japan GK Tomohiko Murayama
23 Japan DF Atsuto Tatara
24 South Korea MF Park Kwang-Il
25 Japan GK Yuto Shirai
26 Japan MF Hayato Michiue
27 Japan MF Ryutaro Iio
28 Japan DF Kazuya Iio
29 Japan MF Junto Matsushita
31 Japan GK Kengo Nagai
32 Japan MF Kohei Kurata
34 Japan MF Nobuyuki Shiina
38 Japan MF Tatsuya Wada
39 Japan MF Miran Kibe
41 Japan FW Daiki Yagishita

Retired number(s)[edit]

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 MF Ryota Iwabuchi (to Renofa Yamaguchi)
Japan FW Ryota Nakamura (to F.C. Osaka)
Japan DF Shusaku Tokita (to Grulla Morioka)
Japan MF Shuho Miyashita (to Saurcos Fukui)

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Keiju Karashima  Japan 2005–2007
Hideo Yoshizawa  Japan 2008-Jun.2011
Yoshiyuki Kato  Japan Jun.2011-Dec.2011
Yasuharu Sorimachi  Japan 2012-

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senta, Houji. "信州ダービー" (in Japanese). JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ "【松本平広域公園】 信州スカイパーク アルウィン" (in Japanese). TOYBOX. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 

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