FC Gifu

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F.C. Gifu
Football Club Gifu logo.png
Full name Gifu Football Club Co., Ltd.
Founded 2001; 17 years ago (2001)
Ground Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Ground Capacity 26,109
Chairman Hiroyuki Miyata
Manager Takeshi Oki
League J2 League
2017 18th
Website Club website
Current season

Football Club Gifu, abbreviated as F.C. Gifu (FC岐阜, Efu Shī Gifu)[1] is a Japanese football club based in Gifu, Japan. They play in the J2 League, the second tier of Japanese professional football.


During the Japan Soccer League and former Japan Football League years, the city and prefecture of Gifu were represented by the Seino Transportation Co. (西濃運輸 Seinō Un'yu) works team, which was relegated from the old JFL for the last time in 1997 and folded shortly thereafter.

The modern-day Gifu club was founded in 2001 (Seino's last manager Masayuki Katsuno was among the founders, and a former Seino player, Takashi Umeda, recently returned to town and joined the club following a decade-long stint with Oita Trinita). The club was promoted to the new Japan Football League in 2007 after beating Honda Lock S.C. in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

The team earned third place at the end of the 2007 season, meaning it qualified for promotion to J. League Division 2. On December 3, 2007, J. League approved a promotion for the team for the 2008 season.[2]

The club finished the 2012 season in 21st place, narrowly missing out on relegation to the Japan Football League.[3]


The team's crest was designed to represent Gifu Prefecture. The top of the crest represents the mountain ranges of the northern part of the prefecture. The flowers are Chinese milk vetch, which are the prefectural flower. Each of the three lines represents one of the Kiso Three Rivers flowing through the prefecture. The banner at the base of the crest is the same as the symbol on the helmet of the victorious Tokugawa clan at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2008 J2 15 13 3,745 4th Round
2009 J2 18 12 4,302 Quarter-final
2010 J2 19 14 3,108 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 20 4,120 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 21 4,270 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 21 4,525 2nd Round
2014 J2 22 17 7,584 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 20 6,179 2nd Round
2016 J2 22 20 5,662 1st Round
2017 J2 22 18 6,977 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 January 2018.[4] 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 Michiya Okamoto
2 Japan DF Masanori Abe
3 Malaysia DF Tadashi Takeda
5 Japan MF Tsubasa Aoki
6 Japan MF Shohei Mishima
7 Japan MF Pauro Junichi Tanaka
8 Argentina MF Ezequiel Ham
9 Japan MF Yuya Yamagishi
10 New Zealand FW Ryan De Vries
11 Japan FW Kyogo Furuhashi
14 Japan MF Koya Kazama
15 Japan MF Daiki Tamori
16 Japan DF Takayuki Fukumura
17 Japan DF Takumi Fujitani
No. Position Player
18 Japan FW Daichi Ishikawa
19 Japan FW Kento Yabuuchi
20 South Korea MF Woo Sang-ho
21 Japan GK Yusuke Harada
22 Japan MF Takuya Shimamura
23 Japan MF Yuto Ono
24 Japan FW Hiroaki Namba
25 Spain GK Víctor
26 Japan MF Yoichi Naganuma
27 Japan DF Osamu Henry Iyoha
28 Japan MF Yushi Nagashima
30 Japan MF Kensei Nakashima
31 Japan MF Kota Miyamoto

Former managers[edit]


  1. ^ "Club profile". FC Gifu. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jリーグ.jp(日本プロサッカーリーグ):Jリーグ.jp". Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "FC Gifu club information". 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "TOP選手・スタッフ紹介d". www.fc-gifu.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 

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