Fagiano Okayama

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Fagiano Okayama
Full name Fagiano Okayama FC
Nickname(s) Fagi (ファジ)
Founded 2004; 12 years ago (2004)
Ground Kanko Stadium
Okayama, Okayama
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Japan Masaaki Kimura
Manager Japan Tetsu Nagasawa
League J2 League
2015 11th
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.


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
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 March 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
1 Japan GK Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
2 Japan DF Masahiko Sawaguchi
3 Japan FW Shingo Kukita
4 Japan DF Tetsushi Kondo
5 Japan MF Kazuhito Watanabe
6 Malaysia MF Tadashi Takeda
7 Japan MF Daisuke Ito
9 Japan FW Hideya Okamoto
10 Japan MF Shinya Yajima (on loan from Urawa Reds)
11 Japan FW Makoto Mimura
13 Japan FW Yuichi Kubo
14 Japan FW Yuki Oshitani
16 Japan MF Kenji Sekido
17 Japan MF Yuzuru Shimada
No. Position Player
18 Japan MF Taisuke Akiyoshi (on loan from Ventforet Kofu)
19 Japan FW Eiichi Katayama
20 Japan FW Yoshiki Fujimoto
21 Japan DF Akira Kaji
22 Japan GK Kazuma Shiina
23 Japan DF Tsubasa Kubo
24 Japan FW Shingo Akamine (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
26 Japan MF Soichi Tanaka
29 Japan GK Shuhei Matsubara
30 Japan FW Yuta Toyokawa (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
33 South Korea DF Kim Jin-kyu
35 Japan DF Daiki Iwamasa (captain)
39 Japan DF Kojiro Shinohara
52 China FW Wang Jingbin (on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande)


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