F.C. Gifu

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F.C. Gifu
FCGifu Crest.jpg
Full name Gifu Football Club Co., Ltd.
Founded 2001; 14 years ago (2001)
Ground Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Ground Capacity 31,000
Chairman Daijiro Kunda
Manager Ruy Ramos
League J. League Division 2
2013 21st
Website Club home page
Current season

F.C. Gifu (FC岐阜 Efu Shī Gifu?) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Gifu Prefecture. Gifu were promoted to J. League Division 2 for the first time at the end of 2007, and played their first season in 2008 where they finished 13th.[1]


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.

The club finished the 2012 season in 21st place, narrowly missing out on relegation to the Japan Football League.[2]


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.


Period Kit Supplier Kit Sponsor
2008 Mizuno -
2009 AmetVi
2010 Suzuki Eikodo
2011 Gifu Seiryu Kokutai
2012 Eiden
2013 gol. HIMARAYA
KC Card
2014 NGK

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup 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
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 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 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
2 Japan DF Masanori Abe
3 Japan DF Kazumichi Takagi
4 Japan DF Yuki Fukaya
5 Japan DF Hiroshi Sekita
6 Japan MF Keiji Takachi
8 Japan MF Masashi Miyazawa
9 Brazil FW Gilsinho
11 Japan FW Junki Endo
14 Japan MF Keisuke Ota
15 Brazil MF Henik
16 Japan MF Ryoto Higa
17 Japan DF Shun Nogaito
18 Japan DF Yuki Fuji
No. Position Player
19 Japan MF Tsukasa Masuyama
20 Japan DF Naoya Okane
21 Japan GK Gakuji Ota
22 Japan GK Satoshi Tokizawa
23 Japan MF Yuto Ono
24 Japan FW Hiroaki Namba
25 Japan MF Takumi Kiyomoto
26 Japan DF Keigo Omi
27 Japan MF Ryutaro Karube
28 Japan MF Taisuke Mizuno (on loan from Nagoya Grampus)
30 North Korea MF Chang-Su Yun
32 Japan MF Yudai Ogawa
33 Brazil FW Leo Mineiro

Former managers[edit]


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