Azul Claro Numazu

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Azul Claro Numazu
アスルクラロ沼津
Azul Claro Numazu Crest
Full nameFootball Club Azul Claro Numazu
Founded1977 (as Numazu Arsenal SC)
2006 (as Azul Claro Numazu)
GroundShizuoka Ashitaka Athletic Stadium
Numazu, Shizuoka
Capacity10,000
Managing
Organisation
Azul Claro Suruga Corporation (NPO)
ChairmanHiroyoshi Yamamoto
ManagerKen Yoshida
LeagueJ3 League
20184th
WebsiteClub website

Azul Claro Numazu (アスルクラロ沼津, Asuru Kuraro Numazu) is a Japanese professional football team based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. They earned promotion to play at the nationwide third-tier J3 League starting in 2017.

History[edit]

Azul Claro Numazu was established in 1977 as Numazu Arsenal and slowly progressed through the tiers of Shizuoka prefectural leagues. In 2006 the club began the process of transformation into a professional organization with the ultimate goal of joining the J.League. The same year the club adopted its current name, Azul Claro (Meaning "light blue" in Portuguese and Spanish).

In 2012 Azul Claro won promotion to Tōkai Adult Soccer League and quickly progressed through its ranks, spending only a season in each of its divisions. Though they have finished only fourth in 2013 Tōkai League, they were considered as serious contenders for admission to the newly created J3 League. On September 17, 2013, the club has been granted the J. League Associate Membership and passed all stages of licensing and inspection by the league. However, they were only the 3rd choice club for the only Regional League spot in J3 so eventually, they had to give way to Grulla Morioka. The club has won the promotion anyway though—they were selected by the Japan Football League board as one of the teams to play in the 2014 season.

After a 3rd-place finish in the 2016 season, they've been welcomed to play professional football from 2017 and onward, as they'll be the 14th original club in the J3 League.[1]

Records[edit]

Season League Final place
2004 Shizuoka Prefectural League
(Div. 2)
4th
2005 1st
2006 Shizuoka Prefectural
League (Div. 1)
9th
2007 11th
2008 8th
2009 2nd
2010 3rd
2011 2nd
2012 Tokai Football League (Div. 2) 2nd
2013 Tokai Football League (Div. 1) 4th
2014 Japan Football League 8th
2015 5th
2016 3rd
2017 J3 League 3rd
2018 4th

Current squad[edit]

As of February 16, 2019.[2][3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 North Korea GK Park Seung-ri
2 Japan DF Tomoki Fujisaki
3 Japan DF Takuya Fujiwara
4 Japan DF Masato Fujiwara
5 Japan FW Shusuke Sakamoto
6 Japan MF Mitsuo Yamada
7 Japan MF Tomoki Taniguchi
8 Japan MF Makoto Fukoin
9 Japan FW Naoki Tanaka
10 Japan MF Kazuki Someya
11 Japan MF Koki Maezawa
13 Japan GK Yuya Nagasawa
14 Japan FW Yuki Nakayama
15 Japan MF Takuya Sugai
16 Japan GK Ayumi Niekawa
No. Position Player
17 Japan FW Yuma Kawamori
18 Japan DF Eiichiro Ozaki
19 Japan MF Hikaru Shimazu
20 Japan MF Naoki Sato
21 Japan DF Norimasa Atsukawa
22 Japan DF Masayuki Tokutake
23 Japan DF Kosuke Goto
24 Japan DF Yuki Fukai
25 Japan MF Teruyoshi Ito
26 Japan FW Yoshiki Oka
34 Japan MF Kotaro Tokunaga
35 Japan FW Ryo Watanabe
38 Japan DF Takumi Hama
39 Japan FW Masashi Nakayama
- Japan DF Genki Miyachi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Azul Claro Numazu join J3:en". J. LEAGUE.JP JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ アスルクラロスルガ株式会社. "選手 - アスルクラロ沼津 アスルクラロスルガ株式会社". アスルクラロ沼津 アスルクラロスルガ株式会社. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "アスルクラロ沼津の試合日程・結果:Jリーグ.jp". Jリーグ.jp(日本プロサッカーリーグ). Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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