V-Varen Nagasaki

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V-Varen Nagasaki
Nickname(s) VVN
Founded 2005 (2005)
Ground Nagasaki Athletic Stadium,
Isahaya, Nagasaki
Ground Capacity 20,246
Chairman Ban Noriyuki Miyata
Manager Takuya Takagi
League J. League Division 2
2012 Japan Football League, Champions
Website Club home page
Current season

V-Varen Nagasaki (V・ファーレン長崎) is an Japanese J. League Division 2 football club based in Nagasaki. The club was established in 1985 as Ariake Football Club till they merged with Kunimi Football Club in 2005 and adopted the name they still hold today.

The club gained promotion into the J. League Division 2 in 2012 for the first time in their history after finishing as the champions in the 2012 Japan Football League and hired Nagasaki native Takuya Takagi to coach the club for the 2013 season.[1]


V-Varen Nagasaki, since 2006, had been contending for the Kyūshū Soccer League championship and thus a place in the Japan Football League, but they only won it in November 2008, as second place in the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series.[2]

In January 2009, they applied for J. League Associate Membership and their application was accepted at the J. League board meeting in February. In 2012, they won the Japan Football League title and thus promotion to the J. League Division 2.[1]

J. League: 2013–[edit]

In preparation for the club's first season in the J. League Division 2 the club hired local-born Takuya Takagi as their coach for the season.[1] On 3 March 2013 V-Varen Nagasaki played in their first ever J. League Division 2 match against Fagiano Okayama at the Kanko Stadium in Okayama in which the club drew the match 1–1 with Koichi Sato scoring the first J. League Division 2 goal for V-Varen Nagasaki in the 25th minute.[3] The club then played their first home match in the J. League Division 2 on 10 March 2013 at the Nagasaki Athletic Stadium against former J. League champions Gamba Osaka in which V-Varen Nagasaki lost 3–1 in front of a huge crowd of 18,153.[4]

Club Name[edit]

V-Varen Nagasaki's name can be separated into three parts with their own meanings. The "V" meaning Victory while Varen is Dutch for 'to sail', owing to Nagasaki's heritage as port of call of Dutch traders during the sakoku period in the Tokugawa shogunate (see Dejima). The club's hometown is Nagasaki and through that comes Nagasaki in the name.[5]


First-team squad[edit]

As of 4 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 Takuo Okubo
3 South Korea DF Cho Min-Woo
4 Japan DF Ryota Takasugi
5 Japan DF Naoya Ishigami
6 Japan MF Yusuke Maeda
7 North Korea MF Ri Yong-jik
8 Japan FW Yu Kimura
9 Japan FW Masaki Fukai
10 Japan MF Sho Hanai
11 Japan MF Daisuke Kanzaki
14 Japan MF Hiroshi Azuma
15 Japan DF Shohei Kishida
17 Japan FW Kenta Furube
18 Japan FW Koichi Sato
No. Position Player
20 Japan MF Masato Kurogi (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
21 Japan DF Ryosuke Tone
22 Japan MF Yudai Inoue
23 Japan MF Ryota Kajikawa
24 Japan DF Kai Miki
27 South Korea MF Lee Yong-Jae
29 Japan MF Teppei Usui
30 Japan DF Atsushi Shirota
31 Japan GK Yuya Miura
39 Japan DF Yutaro Takahashi
43 Japan GK Yuki Uekusa (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
44 Croatia MF Stipe Plazibat
45 Serbia DF Srđa Knežević

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 Daisuke Fujii (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
Japan DF Kazuya Kawabata (at FC Ryukyu)
Japan DF Takuya Sugiyama (at Fukushima United)
Japan MF Kohei Yamada (at Nagano Parceiro)
Japan MF Masaaki Nishimori (at Renofa Yamaguchi)
Japan FW Atsushi Matsuo (at Japan Soccer College)
Japan FW Satoshi Nakayama (at FC Ryukyu)
Japan FW Shoma Mizunaga (at Zweigen Kanazawa)

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 24 May 2013 [6]
Position Name
Manager Japan Takuya Takagi
First-team coach Japan Tamotsu Nakamura
Goalkeeper coach Japan Takanori Miyoshi

Former Coaches[edit]


For more details on this topic, see List of V-Varen Nagasaki seasons.
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (1): 2008
Runners-up (1): 2008


  1. ^ a b c "Takagi named V-Varen Nagasaki coach". Japan Times. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Club Information". V-Varen Nagasaki. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "SCORESHEET 2013 J.LEAGUE Division 2 1st Day 1st Sec". J. League. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "SCORESHEET 2013 J.LEAGUE Division 2 1st Day 2nd Sec". J. League. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "A Japanese lesson in football promotion". The Roar. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Team". V-Varen Nagasaki. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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