Suzuka Unlimited FC

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Suzuka Unlimited FC
鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC
Nickname(s) Rampole
Founded 1980
Ground Suzuka Sports Garden Suzuka, Mie
Ground Capacity 12,500
Chairman Japan Narita Takaki
Manager Japan Narita Takaki (2011 – )
League Tōkai Regional Div. 1
2015 2nd
Website Club home page

Suzuka Unlimited FC (鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC Suzuka Anrimiteddo Efushī?) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. They play in Tōkai Regional League Division 1.

History[edit]

The club was originally established in Nabari, Mie in 1980 under the name Mie Club, and it became a member of Mie Football Association to join the Mie prefectural league in 1982. The club went up to the top division in 1991 and remained there until 2005, when local organisers kicked off the idea of developing a larger and more ambitious football team.

The region to the southwest of Nagoya has been traditionally very populous but still undeveloped from a football perspective despite a number of successes by local high school football. In mid- 2005, a group of local businessmen, football fans and coaches from Mie Prefecture, who were eager to put together a team to represent the area, approached Bunji Kimura, an ex-football manager of Kyoto Sanga F.C. and Yokohama Flügels. Kimura was convinced to accept the position of the president and technical director of a club that was then going by the name of "W.S.C. Nabari Admiral". Kimura plunged in and began a very ambitious project to transform the team from a bunch of amateur kickers in a tiny town to a much more competitive and tightly-run organisation representing the aspirations of the entire prefecture.

At Kimura's insistence, the team in February 2006 took the name "MIE FC Rampole", taking its name from the famous Japanese mystery novel writer Rampo Edogawa, who was born in Mie Prefecture. The part "ole" of the name is supposedly a Spanish word "Olé" used to cheer and applaud (cf. Consadole Sapporo). Following the name change the club launched its official website on 22 February. Kimura quickly began drawing upon his network of J.League contacts to bring in more experienced coaches and organisers, and by the end of his first season in charge the club advanced to the second division of the Tōkai Regional League.

FC Suzuka Rampole logo, used in 2008–2015

Whereas its progress on the pitch has stalled temporarily, with third-place finishes in both 2007 and 2008, the club has been focusing most of its attention on the organisational goals. An independent corporation was establisned in 2006, fulfilling one of the requirements of J. League Associate Membership, and in 2008 the team merged with nearby Suzuka Club, thereby absorbing a youth program that can help to meet another key requirement. Following the merger, the team announced on 1 September 2008 that it changed its name to "F.C. Suzuka Rampole", and moved its home playing ground from Ueno Athletic Park Stadium to Suzuka Sports Garden from 2009 season. The club carried out the move since 1) Suzuka is the city world-famous for the F1 circuit located outside town, and 2) its population base and location, squarely in the middle of Mie Prefecture's main population centres is considered to be ideal.

On January 28, 2016, the team announced an immediate change of the team name to Suzuka Unlimited FC.[1]

Stadium[edit]

Suzuka Sports Garden
Location Misono Chō1669,
Suzuka, Mie,
Japan
Owner Suzuka City
Operator Suzuka City
Capacity 12,000 (3,300 seated)
Construction
Broke ground N/A
Opened 1992
Construction cost N/A
Architect N/A
Tenants
F.C. Suzuka Rampole (Tōkai League Division I) (2009–present)

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 April 2016.[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Japan DF Ryobei Hirota
3 Japan DF Masanori Murata
5 Japan DF Shintaira Sakaki
6 Japan DF Hiromichi Fujita
7 Japan DF Hiroki Hara
8 Japan MF Ryo Shibuya
10 Japan FW Junya Kitano
11 Japan MF Sotaro Izumi
13 Japan MF Toshihiro Horikawa
15 Japan DF Ryouta Okubo
16 Japan FW Kenta Kakimoto
17 Japan GK Daiki Tsukinari
18 Japan FW Kazuya Kondo
No. Position Player
19 Japan MF Takuya Kubo
20 Brazil FW Pablo Yan Ferreira
21 Japan DF Ryu Fujii
22 Japan MF Ashida Shigetoshi
23 Japan MF Yohei Konishi
24 Japan MF Ryuji Ito
25 Japan MF Junpei Yano
26 Japan MF Katsuhiro Douzono
28 Japan MF Tsukasa Ozawa
30 Japan DF Koki Nakano
31 Japan GK Akihisa Okada
34 Japan DF Ryota Noguchi

Managerial history[edit]

Manager Nationality Tenure
Bunji Kimura  Japan 2007–2010
Yūichi Sone  Japan 2010
Narita Takaki  Japan 2011–

Team Record[edit]

League Emperor's Cup Shakaijin Cup
Season Division Place Pld Win Draw Lose GF GA Dif Pts Note
2005 Mie Prefectural League Division I 3 / 8 13 8 3 2 41 11 +30 26 Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2006 2 / 8 14 10 2 2 33 6 +27 32 Promoted to Tōkai League Division II
2007 Tōkai League Division II 3 / 8 14 7 3 4 24 13 +11 24
2008 3 / 8 14 7 4 3 21 13 +8 25
2009 1 / 8 14 10 4 0 43 10 +33 34 Promoted to Tôkai League Division I Round 1
2010 Tōkai League Division I 4 / 9 16 7 6 3 24 15 +9 27 Did Not Qualify
2011 2 / 8 14 7 2 5 22 21 -1 23 2nd Round
2012 1 / 8 14 9 4 1 28 15 +13 31 2nd Round
2013 6 / 8 14 6 2 6 22 24 -2 20 Did Not Qualify
2014 1 / 8 14 11 0 3 33 15 +18 33 Did Not Qualify
2015 2 / 8 14 10 1 3 32 14 +18 31 Did Not Qualify

Last updated: 23 April 2016
Pld = Match played; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Dif = Goal difference ; Pts = Points

Honours[edit]

Titles and positions[edit]

2006
2009

References[edit]

External links[edit]