Vegalta Sendai

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Vegalta Sendai
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Full name Vegalta Sendai
Nickname(s) Vegalta
Founded 1988; 26 years ago (1988)
Ground Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Izumi-ku, Sendai
Ground Capacity 19,694
Chairman Shirahata Yoichi
Manager Susumu Watanabe
League J. League Division 1
2014 14th
Current season

Vegalta Sendai (ベガルタ仙台 Begaruta Sendai?) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in J. League Division 1. The team is located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Their home stadium is Yurtec Stadium Sendai, in Izumi-ku, Sendai, although a few home games have also been played at nearby Miyagi Stadium.

History[edit]

Founded in 1988 as Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. Soccer Club, Vegalta joined the J-League in 1999 after playing a few years in the JFL, with the nickname Brummell Sendai, to which they had been promoted in 1995 from the Tohoku Regional League. When joining the J-League, the name Vegalta was chosen as a homage to the famous Tanabata festival in Sendai. The names of the two celestial stars of the Tanabata legend, Vega and Altair were combined to form Vegalta.

They were first promoted to the top flight in 2002, but went back down the following season. They were promoted again for the 2010 season.

In 2011, despite the earthquake and tsunami, they achieved their highest position up to that time, 4th place in the top division. In 2012, despite leading the table for most of the season, Sanfrecce Hiroshima's challenge proved too strong, and losing the penultimate week game to relegation battler Albirex Niigata cost them the title, rendering them second place winners, their highest position in history.

Honours[edit]

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Like most football clubs, Sendai's fans are to be heard singing and dancing throughout the match; but, most of the songs used by fans of other clubs are eschewed in favor of a more eclectic set. The club's theme, sung before every game, is Take Me Home, Country Roads, while during the game altered lyrics are sung to the tunes of The Lambrusco Kid by the Toy Dolls, Blitzkrieg Bop, and other songs by KISS and Twisted Sister.

Vegalta's traditional rivals are Montedio Yamagata from Yamagata Prefecture. The two have been rivals since meeting in the Tohoku Football League in 1991.

Current players[edit]

As of 29 August, 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 Shigeru Sakurai
2 Japan DF Jiro Kamata
3 Japan DF Kodai Watanabe
4 Japan DF Koji Hachisuka
5 Japan DF Naoki Ishikawa
6 Japan DF Makoto Kakuda
8 Japan MF Takuya Nozawa
9 Japan FW Takayuki Nakahara
10 North Korea MF Ryang Yong-Gi
11 Japan MF Yoshiaki Ota
13 Japan FW Atsushi Yanagisawa
14 Japan MF Hayato Sasaki
15 Japan DF Norio Suzuki
16 Japan GK Daniel Schmidt
17 Japan MF Shingo Tomita
No. Position Player
18 Brazil FW Wilson
19 Japan FW Yuki Muto
20 Japan MF Kohei Hattanda (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
21 Japan GK Kentaro Seki
23 Japan DF Hiroshi Futami
24 Japan FW Shingo Akamine
25 Japan MF Naoki Sugai
26 Japan MF Keita Fujimura
27 Japan MF Takuya Takei
29 Japan DF Taikai Uemoto
33 Japan DF Hironori Ishikawa (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
34 Brazil MF Ramon Lopes
36 Japan DF Kazuhiro Murakami (on loan from Omiya Ardija)

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 GK Satoshi Ishikawa (at Blaublitz Akita)
Japan DF Keisuke Harada (at Machida Zelvia)
Japan MF Hiroaki Okuno (at V-Varen Nagasaki)
Japan FW Hiroki Yamamoto (at Matsumoto Yamaga FC)

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Takekazu Suzuki  Japan 1995
Choei Sato  Japan 1996
Branko Elsner  Slovenia Feb 1, 1997–Dec 31, 1997
Milos Rus  Slovenia 1997
Toshiya Miura  Japan Feb 1, 1997–Dec 31, 1997
Takekazu Suzuki  Japan 1998–99
Hidehiko Shimizu  Japan 1999–03
Hajime Ishii  Japan 2003
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia Sept 21, 2003–Dec 31, 2004
Satoshi Tsunami  Japan Jan 1, 2005–Dec 31, 2005
Joel Santana  Brazil Dec 1, 2005–Dec 31, 2006
Tatsuya Mochizuki  Japan Jan 1, 2007–Dec 31, 2007
Makoto Teguramori  Japan Feb 1, 2008–Nov 14, 2013
Graham Arnold  Australia Nov 14, 2013–April 9, 2014
Susumu Watanabe  Japan April 10, 2014–

Season results[edit]

Season League Standing Points Wins Losses Ties Attendance
1995 JFL 15(16) 27 9 21 0
1996 JFL 6(16) 56 18 12 0
1997 JFL 8(16) 40 15 15 0
1998 JFL 7(16) 43 18 12 0
1999 J2 9(10) 31 10 22 4 134,462
2000 J2 5(11) 55 19 19 2 177,967
2001 J2 2(12) 83 27 12 5 308,243
2002 J1 (stage1) 9(16) 20 7 8 0
J1 (stage2) 15(16) 12 4 10 1
J1 (season) 13(16) 32 11 18 1 327,925
2003 J1 (stage1) 15(16) 12 3 9 3
J1 (stage2) 15(16) 12 2 6 7
J1 (season) 15(16) 24 5 15 10 325,621
2004 J2 6(12) 59 15 15 14 356,359
2005 J2 4(12) 68 19 14 11 350,544
2006 J2 5(13) 77 21 13 14 346,868
2007 J2 4(13) 83 24 11 13 352,432
2008 J2 3(15) 70 18 16 8 295,679
2009 J2 1(18) 106 32 9 10 336,719
2010 J1 14(18) 39 10 9 15 294,644
2011 J1 4(18) 56 14 6 14 266,144
2012 J1 2(18) 57 15 7 12 282,200


Finances[edit]

Despite leading J2 in attendance for the past three years, the club has struggled financially since being relegated from J1. In 2005, the team ran a deficit of 163 million yen, the only year since joining the J. League that they failed to turn a profit.[1] Up until the closing date of the 2006 season (January 31, 2007), the team was projecting a 150 million yen deficit.[2] However, the transfer fee for Borges was enough to drive them into the black for the season. The total profit in 2006 was 27 million yen.[3]

Season Income Expenses
1999 599 578
2000 763 751
2001 1021 998
2002 2152 1950
2003 2348 2211
2004 2110 2103
2005 1787 1950
2006 TBD TBD
in million yen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); December 24, 2006
  2. ^ Team Profile - Vegalta Sendai
  3. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); April 11, 2007

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