Fagiano Okayama

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Fagiano Okayama
ファジアーノ岡山
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Full nameFagiano Okayama FC
Nickname(s)Fagi (ファジ)
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
GroundCity Light Stadium
Okayama, Okayama
Capacity20,000
ChairmanMasaaki Kimura
ManagerKenji Arima
LeagueJ2 League
2018J2 League, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fagiano Okayama (ファジアーノ岡山, Fajiāno 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
2017 J2 22 13 9,471 3rd round
2018 J2 22 15 8,599 2nd round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 May 2019[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 DF Yuma Hiroki
3 Japan DF Keita Goto
4 Japan DF Mizuki Hamada
5 Japan DF Shigeto Masuda
6 Japan MF Kohei Kiyama
7 Japan FW Seiya Nakano (on loan from Júbilo Iwata)
8 Japan DF Yusuke Tanaka
9 South Korea FW Lee Yong-Jae
10 Brazil FW Léo Mineiro
11 Japan FW Makoto Mimura
13 Japan GK Junki Kanayama
14 Japan MF Kota Ueda
16 Japan MF Shohei Takeda
17 Japan MF Kenji Sekido
18 Japan MF Kazuki Saito
No. Position Player
19 Japan MF Hayato Nakama
20 South Korea MF Choi Jung-won
21 Japan DF Kenta Mukuhara
22 Japan GK Jun Ichimori
23 Japan FW Shunnosuke Matsuki
24 Japan FW Shingo Akamine
25 Japan MF Kazune Kubota (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
26 Japan MF Kentaro Matsumoto
28 Malaysia FW Hadi Fayyadh
30 Japan FW Takuma Takeda
31 Japan MF Wakaba Shimoguchi
32 Japan FW Tomoya Fukumoto
33 Japan DF Kaito Abe
34 Japan MF Carlos Duke
40 South Korea GK Lee Kyung-tae

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fagiano-okayama.com/sponsor/index01.html
  2. ^ "2019 Squad". Fagiano Okayama. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

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