Yokohama FC

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Yokohama F.C.
横浜FC
Logo
Full name Yokohama F.C.
Nickname(s) Fulie
Founded 1999; 15 years ago (1999)
Ground Mitsuzawa Stadium
Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
Ground Capacity 15,046
Chairman Yasuhiko Okudera
Manager Motohiro Yamaguchi (2012- )
League J. League Division 2
2012 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

Yokohama F.C. (横浜FC Yokohama Efushī?) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in the city of Yokohama.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1999, following the merger of the city's two J. League clubs, Yokohama Flügels and Yokohama Marinos the previous year. Flügels supporters, whose club was essentially dissolved, rejected the suggestion that they should start supporting Marinos, their crosstown rivals. Instead, with money raised through donations from the general public and an affiliation with IMG, the talent management company, the former Flügels supporters founded the Yokohama Fulie Sports Club. Following the socio model used by FC Barcelona, the Fulie Sports Club created Yokohama F.C., the first professional sports team in Japan owned and operated by its supporters.

For its first season in 1999, Yokohama F.C. hired former German World Cup star Pierre Littbarski to be the manager and Yasuhiko Okudera, the first Japanese footballer to play professionally in Europe, to be the chairman. Despite attempts to win straight entry into the J. League, the Japan Football Association only permitted the team to enter the Japan Football League and ruled that the club would not be eligible for promotion to J2 at the end of its first season. After two seasons as JFL champions, the team was promoted to the J2 Division of the J. League.

The club spent the next 6 seasons in J2, finishing mid-table between 2001 and 2005. However, Yokohama F.C. won the J2 championship in 2006 and gained promotion to J. League Division 1 in the process. In 2007, Yokohama F.C. played its first season in the top flight of Japanese football in only its ninth year of existence. After a poor season the team were relegated with five games of the season still remaining. Despite their early demotion, Yokohama F.C. still lived to help decide the final outcome at the opposite end of the table. By beating title contenders Urawa Red Diamonds on the last day of the season, they helped Kashima Antlers claim their fifth J. League crown.

Thus far, Yokohama F.C. is the only former member of the current JFL to compete in the top division.

Fight for promotion[edit]

Although they had a dire season in 2005, they ended 11th out of 12, they were in the top half of table throughout the 2006 season. On 26 November they finished on the top spot of the J2 league, and hence were finally promoted to division 1.

This success story was so dramatic as to make people somewhat excited in Japan. Yokohama FC's financial situation is so poor that they don't even possess their own football ground or a club house. Players did everything themselves including the carrying the goal posts and washing jerseys.

Some of the main players are veteran stars, such as Kazuyoshi Miura (42), Atsuhiro Miura (35). These players once played for the National Team.

They lost all pre-season matches, even against college students, then also the first official match of the year. After this, they suddenly changed the player-manager to a freshman with little experience named Takuya Takagi 38. At the beginning of the season few expected them to become champions.

Football tactics[edit]

First, Takagi concentrated on getting the basics right and focused on defense. The team then kept clean sheets in 15 consecutive games. This success gave the young players confidence to be more aggressive on the field. As a result, they didn't lose more than one game in succession and won the title.

Colours[edit]

As they could not adopt directly Flugels' white and blue strip given its similarity to that of Marinos, Yokohama F.C. decided to adopt an all-cyan kit, after NKK F.C., a former company club which had closed in 1994. NKK F.C. was based in Kawasaki and played most matches at Todoroki Athletics Stadium, but used Mitsuzawa Stadium on days when the other Kawasaki clubs at the time (Verdy Kawasaki, Toshiba and Fujitsu) used it.

Current players[edit]

As of 21 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 Tsubasa Shibuya
2 Japan DF Yuki Nogami
3 Brazil DF Felipe
4 Brazil DF Douglas
5 Japan MF Naoki Nomura
6 Japan DF Hiroyuki Nishijima
7 Japan MF Tomoya Uchida
8 Japan MF Kensuke Sato
9 Japan FW Masaru Kurotsu
10 Japan MF Shinichi Terada
11 Japan FW Kazuyoshi Miura
13 Japan MF Yosuke Nozaki
14 Japan MF Junki Koike
15 Japan DF Atsushi Ichimura
16 Japan MF Kazunori Iio
No. Position Player
17 North Korea MF An Yong-Hak
18 Japan GK Yuta Minami
19 Japan MF Kosuke Onose
20 Brazil FW Ronaldo
23 South Korea DF Na Sung-Soo
24 Japan MF Toshihiro Matsushita
25 Japan MF Keita Ishii
27 Japan DF Takanori Nakajima
30 Japan MF Takumi Watanabe
32 Japan DF Takuya Nagata
36 Japan MF Yuki Matsushita
39 South Korea FW Park Sung Ho
41 Japan GK Yohei Takaoka

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 Taiki Murai (at Yokohama FC Hong Kong)
Japan DF Tsukasa Morimoto (at S.C. Sagamihara)
Japan MF Masaaki Ideguchi (at Yokohama FC Hong Kong)
Japan MF Takahiro Nakazato (at Mito HollyHock)
Japan FW Tetsuya Okubo (at Tochigi S.C.)
Japan FW Shota Aoki (at FC Ryukyu)

Season by season results and managers[edit]

Season League Pld Pt W L D F A GD Place Manager
1999 JFL 24 55 18 3 3 57 32 +25 Champions Germany Pierre Littbarski
2000 22 61 20 0 2 66 24 +42 Champions
2001 J2 44 43 15 28 1 58 81 -23 9th Japan Yoshikazu Nagai / Japan Yuji Sakakura / Japan Katsuyoshi Shinto
2002 44 35 8 25 11 43 81 -38 12th Japan Katsuyoshi Shinto
2003 44 42 10 22 12 49 88 -39 11th Germany Pierre Littbarski
2004 44 52 10 12 22 42 50 -8 8th
2005 44 45 10 19 15 48 64 -16 11th Japan Yusuke Adachi
2006 48 93 26 7 15 61 32 +29 Champions Japan Yusuke Adachi / Japan Takuya Takagi
2007 J1 34 16 4 4 26 19 66 -47 18th, relegated Japan Takuya Takagi / Brazil Júlio César Leal Junior
2008 J2 42 50 11 14 17 51 56 -5 10th Japan Satoshi Tsunami
2009 51 44 11 29 11 43 70 -27 16th Japan Yasuhiro Higuchi
2010 36 54 16 14 6 54 47 +7 6th Japan Yasuyuki Kishino
2011 38 41 11 19 8 40 54 -14 18th Japan Yasuyuki Kishino

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Pierre Littbarski  Germany 1999-00
Yoshikazu Nagai  Japan 2001
Yuji Sakakura  Japan 2001
Katsuyoshi Shinto  Japan 2001-02
Pierre Littbarski  Germany 2003-04
Yusuke Adachi  Japan 2005-06
Takuya Takagi  Japan 2006-07
Júlio César Leal Junior  Brazil 2007
Satoshi Tsunami  Japan 2008
Yasuhiro Higuchi  Japan 2009
Yasuyuki Kishino  Japan 2010-12
Motohiro Yamaguchi  Japan 2012-

Honours[edit]

External links[edit]