Ventforet Kofu

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Ventforet Kofu
ヴァンフォーレ甲府
Logo
Full name Ventforet Kofu
Nickname(s) Ventforet
Founded 1965; 49 years ago (1965)
Ground Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium
Kofu
Ground Capacity 17,000
Chairman Kazuyuki Umino
Manager Hiroshi Jofuku
League J. League Division 1
2013 15th
Website Club home page

Ventforet Kofu (ヴァンフォーレ甲府 Vanfōre Kōfu?) are a Japanese football (soccer) club from Kofu. They compete in the J. League Division 1, and their home ground is the Kose Sports Stadium.

The word "Ventforet" is coined combining two French words Vent ("Wind") and Forêt ("Forest"). This derives from the famous phrase Fū-rin-ka-zan (風林火山)that Shingen Takeda, a Kofu-based prominent daimyo in the Sengoku period, liked to see on his war banners. This phrase refers to the idea of Swift as the Wind, Silent as a Forest, Fierce as Fire and Immovable as a Mountain.

History[edit]

Kofu Club (1965–1994)

The club were founded in 1965 when the old boys' club of Kofu Dai-ichi High School called Kakujo Club started to recruit graduates of other highs with the intention of promotion to the Japan Soccer League.

The club joined the newly formed JSL Division 2 in 1972. They stayed there until the conclusion of the league in 1992 when they became a founding member of the former Japan Football League.

Kofu Club were a club, in the real sense of the word, formed by voluntary members, unlike other mainstream football clubs at that time in Japan whose players were mostly the employees of their sponsoring companies.

Ventforet Kofu (1995–present)

The club were given new name Ventforet Kofu in 1995 and joined J. League Division 2 in 1999 when it was formed. They survived the difficult times between 1999 and 2001, during which they suffered from financial troubles as well as miserable results on the pitch including a series of 25 losses. They finished bottom for 3 consecutive seasons and were dubbed as "Excess baggage of J2."

The club turned the corner in 2002 as a result of operation restructuring and enthusiastic efforts from their supporters. Kofu finished third in 2005 and were promoted to J1 by winning the promotion/relegation play-offs against Kashiwa Reysol. This spell in the top flight proved short lived after the team were relegated back to the J2 with a week remaining of the 2007 season.

At the end of 2010 season, the team were promoted again, but despite their best efforts (including having striker Mike Havenaar contending for the Top Scorer award for the division), the club was relegated at the end of 2011. Nevertheless, they bounced back and won promotion, this time as champions, after 36 seasons of trying to win the tier title.

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August, 2014.

Ventforet Kofu team in November 2010

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 Kota Ogi
2 Japan DF Kensuke Fukuda
4 Japan DF Hideomi Yamamoto (captain)
5 Brazil MF Marquinhos Paraná
6 Japan DF Sho Sasaki
7 Japan MF Katsuya Ishihara
8 Japan MF Ryohei Arai
9 Japan FW Takuma Abe
10 Brazil MF Cristiano
11 Brazil FW Gilsinho
13 Indonesia MF Irfan Bachdim
15 Japan FW Akito Kawamoto
16 Japan FW Masaru Matsuhashi
17 Japan DF Takuma Tsuda
No. Position Player
18 Japan MF Hokuto Shimoda
19 Japan DF Kohei Morita
20 Brazil FW Thiago Quirino
21 Japan GK Kosuke Okanishi
22 Japan GK Hiroki Oka
23 Japan MF Sho Inagaki
24 Japan FW Daiki Matsumoto
25 Japan MF Koki Wakasugi
26 Japan DF Naoaki Aoyama
27 Japan DF Shohei Abe
28 Japan FW Yuki Hashizume
29 Japan MF Koki Mizuno
30 Japan MF Kazunari Hosaka
35 Japan DF Hiroto Hatao
41 Japan DF Yukio Tsuchiya

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 Yuki Horigome (at Ehime FC)
Japan MF Masahiro Kaneko (at Zweigen Kanazawa)
Japan MF Atsushi Izawa (at Kataller Toyama)

Season by season results and managers[edit]

Year League Pld Pt W L D Place Manager
1992 Old JFL Div. 2 18 28 9 8 1 5th Japan Kazutomo Fukazawa
1993 18 - 6 12 - 9th
1994 Former JFL 30 - 9 21 - 14th Japan Susumu Katsumata
1995 30 43 14 16 - 9th Japan Yuji Tsukada
1996 30 33 11 19 - 11th
1997 30 52 19 11 - 6th
1998 30 59 22 8 - 4th
1999 J2 36 18 5 27 4 10th Japan Susumu Katsumata
2000 40 18 5 32 3 11th Japan Yuji Tsukada
2001 44 25 8 34 2 12th Brazil Reis
2002 44 58 16 18 10 7th Japan Takeshi Oki
2003 44 69 19 13 12 5th Japan Hideki Matsunaga (Jan 1, 2002–Dec 31, 2004)
2004 44 58 15 16 13 7th
2005 44 69 19 13 12 3rd Japan Takeshi Oki (Feb 1, 2005–Dec 31, 2007)
2006 J1 34 42 12 15 6 15th
2007 34 27 7 21 6 17th
2008 J2 42 59 15 13 14 7th Japan Takayoshi Amma (Feb 1, 2008–Dec 31, 2009)
2009 51 97 28 10 13 4th
2010 36 70 19 4 13 2nd Japan Kazuo Uchida (Jan 1, 2010–Dec 31, 2010)
2011 J1 34 33 9 6 19 16th Japan Toshiya Miura (Jan 1, 2010–Aug 7, 2011)
Japan Satoru Sakuma (Aug 8, 2011–Dec 31, 2011)
2012 J2 42 86 24 14 4 1st Japan Hiroshi Jofuku (Jan 1, 2012–)
2013 J1 34 37 8 13 13 15th

Affiliated clubs[edit]

League history[edit]

  • Kanto League: 1967-71 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1972-91 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 3 (Old JFL Div. 2): 1992-93 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (Old JFL): 1994-98 (Kofu Club until 1994, Ventforet Kofu since 1995)
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 1999-2005
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2006-07
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2008-10
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2011
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2012
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2013

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