Renofa Yamaguchi FC

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Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.
レノファ山口FC
Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. Crest
Full name Renofa Yamaguchi Football Club
Nickname(s) Renofa
Founded 1949 (as Yamaguchi Teachers)
2006 (as Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.)
Ground Yamaguchi Restoration Park Stadium
Ground Capacity 3850
Managing
Organisation
Yamaguchi Athletics Club (NPO)
Chairman Mikio Yamane
Manager Nobuhiro Ueno
League Chūgoku League
2012 4th
Website Club home page

Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. (レノファ山口FC Renofa Yamaguchi FC?) is a Japanese semi-professional football team based in Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture. They currently play in the Chūgoku League, the fourth tier of the Japanese football league system.[1]

Outline[edit]

The original football team consisted of a group of teaching staff who were based within Yamaguchi prefecture, a team called Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団 Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan?), often abbreviated to Yamaguchi Teachers or Yamaguchi KFC (compare Tochigi S.C. and Gainare Tottori, who started as teachers' clubs and are now members of the J. League).

In February 2006, the Yamaguchi Football Association eyed the placement of a team from Yamaguchi in the J. League. Setting its heart of operations at Yamaguchi Teachers, a new football club was established.[2] At the same time, a public appeal was made to name the new club, with Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. being decided in March of the same year. The word renofa is a combination of three English words: renovation, fight and fine.[3][4]

Without a specified home ground, the team played Chūgoku league matches across a number of different venues within the prefecture, including Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium, Yamaguchi Kirara Expo Memorial Park, Onoda Football Park, Shunan City Athletic Stadium and Yamaguchi Football Park. Now however, home games are played at Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium.

Though structured with a hometown manager and local players, sponsored by local business and enterprises, and local action plans within the local community, Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. is aiming for a national future in the J. League.[5]

Old Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. crest, used till 2013

In the days of Yamaguchi Teachers, the team frequently finished mid to low table in the Chūgoku league. However since the establishing of the new club in 2006, the team had consistently improved their final league position. This culminated in the 2008 season where they achieved their first league win. In the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series of that year the team finished fourth in the final round, missing the opportunity for promotion to the Japan Football League. The 2009 season saw them win their first Emperor's Cup match, beating Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. in a penalty shoot out.[6]

Since the team's formation it had operated as a private organisation, however when the Nonprofit organization Yamaguchi Athletics Club was established on 24 May 2011, managing control of the team changed hands putting the new NPO in charge.[7]

Changes in Club Name[edit]

  • Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団 Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan?) (Yamaguchi Teachers, Yamaguchi KFC) (1949-2005)
  • Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. (レノファ山口FC Renofa Yamaguchi FC?) (2006-)

Team Results and Managers[edit]

(Note that prior to the 1991 season a team would earn two points for a win)
(From 1997 to 2006 when a match ended in a draw, a penalty shoot-out would occur. The winning team were awarded 2 points, and the losing team 1 point)

As Yamaguchi Teachers[edit]

Season League Pos. Pld. Win Draw Lose GF GA GD Points Emperor's Cup Manager Notes
1976 First Round
1980 Chūgoku League 6 14 4 3 7 27 30 -3 11
1981 7 14 3 4 7 29 31 -2 10
1982 2 14 8 3 3 34 21 13 19 First Round
1983 2 14 8 3 3 35 23 12 19
1984 4 14 8 5 1 38 27 11 17
1985 5 14 6 1 7 30 29 1 13
1986 3 14 7 3 4 34 24 10 17
1987 3 12 6 2 4 18 16 2 14
1988 3 16 7 3 6 34 26 8 17
1989 2 12 7 3 2 28 15 13 17
1990 4 16 7 3 6 32 25 7 17 Takashi Yamamoto
1991 4 14 7 1 6 31 28 3 22
1992 6 14 4 1 9 19 28 -9 13
1993 3 14 6 4 4 23 18 5 22
1994 6 14 4 5 5 27 23 4 17
1995 8 14 2 5 7 26 30 -4 11
1996 6 14 3 6 5 17 35 -18 15
1997 8 14 1 3 10 14 31 -17 7 1 match won, 2 matches lost on penalties. Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
1998 Yamaguchi Prefecture League
1999 First Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2000 Chūgoku League 5 14 6 1 7 20 34 -14 20 1 match won on penalties.
2001 7 12 3 2 7 17 30 -13 12 First Round 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
2002 4 10 3 2 5 17 31 -14 12 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties. Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
2003 8 14 1 5 8 8 22 -14 11 First Round 3 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties. Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award. Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
2004 Yamaguchi Prefecture League 1 10 8 0 2 24 First Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2005 Chūgoku League 7 12 1 4 7 11 23 -12 9 2 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.[edit]

Season League Pos. Pld. Win Draw Lose F A GD Points Emperor's Cup Manager Notes
2006 Chūgoku League 4 14 7 3 4 25 28 -3 25 Takashi Miyanari
2007 3 17 6 4 7 33 46 -13 22 First Round
2008 1 16 11 5 0 45 15 30 38 Finalist in the Promotional Series
2009 2 18 13 1 4 53 21 32 40 Round 2
2010 1 18 14 1 3 51 17 34 43 Round 2 Toshiaki Tsukioka
2011 2 18 13 2 3 54 17 37 41 Round 2
2012 4 18 9 5 4 47 22 25 32 Takashi Kawamura
2013 Genki Nakayama

Honours[edit]

As Yamaguchi Teachers

  • Chūgoku League
    • Runners-up (3): 1982, 1983, 1989
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Championship
    • Winners (4): 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural League
    • Winners (1): 2004

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.

  • Chūgoku League
    • Winners (2): 2008, 2010
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Championship
    • Winners (3): 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Noue Cup
    • Winners (1): 2008
  • Shakaijin Cup
    • Winners (1): 2013

Notable Players[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]