Kagoshima United FC

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Kagoshima United
鹿児島ユナイテッド
Full name Kagoshima United FC
Nickname(s) Yokanise Eleven
よかにせイレブン
Founded 2014; 1 year ago (2014)
Ground Kagoshima Kamoike Stadium
Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Ground Capacity 19,934
Chairman Japan Tsuyoshi Tokushige, Kenichiro Yuwaki (co-owners)
Manager Japan Takeshi Okubo 
League Japan Football League
Website Club home page

Kagoshima United FC (Kagoshima Yunaiteddo FC, 鹿児島ユナイテッドFC) is a football club in Japan that was formed from the merger of the old Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima clubs, both have been playing in Kyushu Soccer League before the merger. The top team currently play in Japan Football League, and their secondary team play in Kyushu Soccer League.

History[edit]

Volca Kagoshima had been playing in Kyushu Soccer League since 1973 and advanced to the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series five times, but never succeeded to promote to the upper tier, Japan Football League, known as the Japan Soccer League until the 1980s. Osumi NIFS United FC (the former club name of FC Kagoshima), originally affiliated with the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya in nearby Kanoya, have promoted to Kyushu Soccer League as early as 2004, but both Volca and NIFS have been seeking the way to promote to JFL separately.

The idea of a merged team of Volca and FC Kagoshima had been discussed by the Kagoshima Prefectural Football Association as early as 2012, but they failed to reach the agreement then. Although Volca and FC Kagoshima had applied for J. League Associate Membership separately, both side restarted their talk about the merger, then finally agreed with merging their teams to aim promotion to the J. League, in response of the advisory by the J. League organization. As both clubs had advanced to the final round of All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series in 2013, the merged team earned the promotion to 2014 Japan Football League.

Name and crest[edit]

The club crest has the illustrations of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay, both symbolize Kagoshima Prefecture, on its background design, with red color, which represents Volca, and light blue color, represents FC Kagoshima.

Current squad[edit]

As of July 16, 2014

Top Team[edit]

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 Shunsuke Ueda
2 Japan DF Yuya Shima
3 Japan DF Hiroki Honjo
4 Japan DF Takuya Kohara
5 Japan MF Wataru Inoue
6 Japan MF Akira Akao
7 Japan MF Yuki Kuriyama
8 Japan MF Yuki Nagahata
9 Japan FW Kenzo Taniguchi
10 Japan MF Hiroto Yamamoto
11 Japan MF Katsuya Senzaki
13 Japan FW Yuya Yamada
14 Japan MF Shodai Maeda
15 Japan MF Hirotaka Uchizono
16 Japan FW Yuichiro Uchikura
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Sadaaki Nagaiwa
18 Japan FW Hayato Tsuji
19 Japan MF Yuhei Oba
20 Japan FW Makoto Nakasuji
21 Japan GK Yoshiaki Mitsudome
22 Japan DF Ryo Fujii
23 Japan DF Katsunari Mizumoto
24 Japan DF Takeru Yonamine
25 Japan MF Shohei Yanagizaki
26 Japan DF Isao Taniguchi
27 Japan DF Shinji Tominari
30 Japan GK Wataru Kikawa
31 Japan GK Dai Takeda
33 Japan MF Yutaka Tanoue

Second Team[edit]

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