Blaublitz Akita

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Blaublitz Akita
ブラウブリッツ秋田
Blaublitz Akita club logo.png
Full nameBlaublitz Akita
Nickname(s)Blaublitz
Founded1965
GroundAkigin Stadium
Akita, Akita
Capacity4,992
ChairmanKosuke Iwase
ManagerShuichi Mase
LeagueJ3 League
2017Champions
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Blaublitz Akita (ブラウブリッツ秋田, Burauburittsu Akita) (formerly TDK S.C.) are a Japanese association football team based in Akita, Akita. In 2014 they entered the J3 League after previously playing in the Japan Football League, the third tier of the Japanese association football league system. Due to the club's former ownership by TDK, most of players are the employees of TDK's Akita factory.

History[edit]

old logo

The club was founded in 1965. They were promoted to the Tohoku Regional League in 1982. They played in the Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1985 and 1986.

In 2006, they won the Tohoku Regional League championship for the fifth straight year. They are automatically promoted to the Japan Football League after they won the National Regional League Playoffs.

The team has announced that it would separate from its parent company and join the J. League if the club's final yearly standing should ever allow promotion.

In May, 2009, TDK announced that the football club will become independent for the 2010 season and be based around Akita. Later in 2010 the club's name was changed to "Blaublitz Akita". Blau and Blitz mean blue and lightning in German respectively.

The club entered the J3 League for the 2014 season. The club finished 8th in each of its first two years in the professional competition. On the 2017 season, their fourth, they won the title, however due to their lacking a license to play upper-tier football, they were not promoted, becoming the first professional third-tier champion not to be promoted.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2018.[1]

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 Keiki Shimizu
2 Japan DF Kei Omoto
3 Japan DF Shuhei Hotta
4 Japan DF Shuhei Fukai
5 Japan DF Kaito Chida
6 Japan MF Tomofumi Fujiyama
7 Japan MF Kyohei Maeyama
8 Japan MF Keita Hidaka
9 Japan FW Ryota Nakamura
10 Japan MF Hiroyuki Furuta
11 Japan MF Ken Hisatomi
13 Japan MF Naoto Hiraishi
No. Position Player
14 Japan MF Itsuki Yamada
15 Japan MF Nao Eguchi
16 Japan FW Masaya Yuma
17 South Korea DF Han Ho-gang
18 Japan FW Yoshihito Fujita
19 Japan FW Tsubasa Yoshihira
20 Japan MF Takuma Aoshima
21 Japan GK Takuya Matsumoto
22 Japan DF Jun Sonoda
23 Japan GK Fumiya Oishi
24 Japan DF Naoyuki Yamada
29 Japan FW Tomohiro Tanaka

Honours[edit]

Record[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2007 JFL 18 13 983 Fourth Round
2008 JFL 18 13 951 First Round
2009 JFL 18 10 741 First Round
2010 JFL 18 8 1,256 Second Round
2011 JFL 18 14 1,274 Second Round
2012 JFL 17 13 1,136 Second Round
2013 JFL 18 8 1,768 Second Round
2014 J3 12 8 1,773 Second Round
2015 J3 13 8 1,998 Second Round
2016 J3 16 4 2,425 Second Round
2017 J3 17 1 2,364 First Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Manegers[edit]

Name Nation Tenure
Tsutomu Komatsu  Japan 1999-2007
Kazuo Sasaki  Japan 2008-2009
Hirotoshi Yokoyama  Japan 2010-2011
Yuji Yokoyama  Japan 2012
George Yonashiro  Brazil  Japan 2013-2014
Shuichi Mase  Japan 2015-2016
Koichi Sugiyama (footballer)  Japan 2017-July 2018
Shuichi Mase  Japan July 2018-

Support[edit]

Big shirt of BlauBlitz.jpg

Blaublitz Akita's main active supporters' group is called the Blue tasu Akita.[2]

Stadium and facilities[edit]

Former facilities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "選手・スタッフ紹介 - ブラウブリッツ秋田". blaublitz.jp.
  2. ^ "BLUE+ AKITA Network". Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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