Fagiano Okayama

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Fagiano Okayama
ファジアーノ岡山
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Full name Fagiano Okayama FC
Nickname(s) Fagi (ファジ)
Founded 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
Ground Kanko Stadium
Okayama, Okayama
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Japan Masaaki Kimura
Manager Japan Tetsu Nagasawa
League J2 League
2016 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fagiano Okayama is a football club from Okayama, Okayama, Japan. Fagiano currently play in the J2 League, the second-tier professional football league in the country. Fagiano in Italian means "pheasant", and it is a reference to the pheasant that was a companion of local legend character Momotarō. Their mascot Fagimaru is based on the specific species native to Japan, the green pheasant.

History[edit]

They were formed in 1975 after the old Kawasaki Steel Mizushima F.C. moved to Kobe, who are now Vissel Kobe.

The old boys of the club formed a new club which they called the "River Free Kickers" (RFK). For years thereafter the club played in the prefectural league. In 2003, they assumed the name "Fagiano Okayama" and began rising in the ranks.

In 2005, Fagiano Okayama were promoted into the Chugoku Regional League. In July 2007, Fagiano became the first club ever to attain the J. League Associate Membership while still playing in a division below the JFL. On December 2, 2007, Fagiano gained promotion to the JFL courtesy of winning the first place in the regional playoff games.

On 2008, they secured 4th place in the last JFL match week, thereby qualifying for J. League promotion below Tochigi S.C. and Kataller Toyama; on December 1 promotion was made official by J. League and Okayama competed in J2 for the first time in 2009.

Their main sponsor is Okayama Gas and their back sponsor is the Sanyo Shinbun, a local newspaper in Okayama.[1]

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2009 J2 18 18 6,162 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 17 7,161 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 13 7,258 3rd Round
2012 J2 22 8 7,985 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 12 8,574 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 8 8,404 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 11 8,412 1st Round
2016 J2 22 6 10,017 3rd Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 February 2017[2]

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 Kazuma Shiina
2 Japan MF Masahiko Sawaguchi
3 Japan DF Shingo Kukita
4 Japan DF Tetsushi Kondo
5 Japan MF Kazuhito Watanabe
6 Malaysia DF Tadashi Takeda
7 Japan MF Daisuke Ito
8 Japan MF Hideki Ishige
10 Japan MF Yohei Otake
11 Japan FW Makoto Mimura
13 Japan GK Masatoshi Kushibiki (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
14 Japan MF Kohei Kiyama
16 Japan MF Kenji Sekido
17 South Korea MF Park Hyung-jin
19 Japan FW Eiichi Katayama
20 Japan FW Yoshiki Fujimoto
No. Position Player
21 Japan DF Akira Kaji
22 Japan GK Jun Ichimori
23 Japan DF Tsubasa Kubo
24 Japan FW Shingo Akamine
25 Japan MF Shohei Takeda
26 Japan MF Soichi Tanaka
27 Japan MF Koki Tsukagawa
28 Japan MF Kento Kato
29 Japan GK Kota Nitadori
30 Japan FW Yuta Toyokawa (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
31 Japan DF Wakaba Shimoguchi
33 South Korea DF Jang Suk-won
34 Japan FW Yuta Ishikawa
39 Japan DF Kojiro Shinohara
40 South Korea GK Lee Kyung-tae

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fagiano-okayama.com/sponsor/index01.html
  2. ^ "Clubs&Players". J. League. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 

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