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Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.
松本山雅FC
Matsumoto Yamaga FC logo.png
Full nameMatsumoto Yamaga Football Club
Nickname(s)Ptarmigans, Gans
Founded1965; 54 years ago (1965)
GroundMatsumoto Stadium
(Alwin)
Matsumoto, Nagano
Capacity20,396
ChairmanJapan Hiroshi Otsuki
ManagerJapan Yasuharu Sorimachi
LeagueJ1 League
2018J2 League, 1st
(Champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club (松本山雅フットボールクラブ, Matsumoto Yamaga Futtobōru Kurabu) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. They currently play in the J1 League. They were previously promoted to the J. League Division 2 for the first time in 2011, but having been relegated after one season in the first tier of Japanese football.

Their nickname is the Ptarmigans (ターミガンズ, Tāmiganzu) (or shortened Gans (ガンズ, ganzu)), symbol birds of Nagano Prefecture.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1965 by the players who represented Nagano Prefecture. The players frequented a cafe called Yamaga in front of Matsumoto railway station and initially they were simply called Yamaga Club. In 2004, they were renamed as Matsumoto Yamaga FC when nonprofit organisation Alwin Sports Project were set up to support the club with the intention of promotion to J. League.

In the 2007 and 2008 season they finished respectively 1st and 4th in the Hokushin'etsu First Division, but failed to gain the promotion to the Japan Football League as they exited at the group stage of the Regional League promotion series against other regional champions. 2008 also brought a crucial Emperor's Cup run, where they defeated former Japanese champions Shonan Bellmare in the third round by penalty kicks, only to be eliminated 8–0 by Vissel Kobe.

The 2009 season brought inconsistency, as they took 4th place in the regional league but knocked Urawa Red Diamonds out of the Emperor's Cup in the second round, their biggest giant-killing ever.

By virtue of winning the Shakaijin Cup, they earned a berth in the Regional League promotion series, and won the series at home to earn promotion to the Japan Football League for 2010. They earned 7th place on their first season in the third tier.

In 2011, despite a season thrown off by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting inability of Sony Sendai to play a full schedule, Yamaga earned 4th place and were promoted to J. League Division 2. After three seasons they earned their first ever promotion to J1 League, only to be relegated after one season.

After failing to secure promotion in 2016 and 2017, Yamaga finished their 2018 season at the top of the J2 table, winning their first ever league title and securing automatic promotion to J1 in the process.

Rivalry[edit]

The biggest rival of Matsumoto Yamaga are the prefectural neighbors and former Hokushin'etsu League fellows Nagano Parceiro. Matches between those teams are labelled "Shinshū derby" and generate a lot of interest in both cities.[1] For 2011 season, Parceiro joined their rivals in JFL bringing the derby to the national level.

Stadium[edit]

Matsumoto Yamaga's home ground is Matsumoto Stadium (popularly known as Alwin) located in the Kambayashi area of Matsumoto city. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 (16,000 seats and 4,000 standings).[2] It is the third largest Sport venue in Nagano Prefecture.

Record[edit]

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 July 2019.[3]

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 Tatsuya Morita
2 Japan DF Nobuhisa Urata
3 Japan DF Hayuma Tanaka
4 Japan DF Masaki Iida
5 Japan DF Tomoki Imai
6 Japan MF Ibuki Fujita
7 Japan FW Daizen Maeda
8 Brazil MF Serginho
9 Japan FW Hiroyuki Takasaki
10 Brazil FW Leandro Pereira
11 Japan FW Ryo Nagai
13 Japan MF Keiya Nakami
14 Brazil MF Paulinho
15 Brazil DF Eduardo
16 Japan GK Tomohiko Murayama
18 Japan DF Takefumi Toma
19 Japan FW Hiroki Yamamoto
20 Japan MF Taro Sugimoto
No. Position Player
21 South Korea GK Goh Dong-min
22 Japan MF Shusuke Yonehara
23 Japan GK Kengo Tanaka
24 Japan DF Masahiro Nasukawa
25 Japan MF Yamato Machida
27 Japan FW Itsuki Enomoto
28 Japan DF Ryuhei Yamamoto
30 Japan DF Yushi Mizobuchi (on loan from JEF United)
31 Japan DF Yuya Hashiuchi
32 Japan MF Akira Ando
33 Japan DF Yuya Ono
34 South Korea DF Jo Jin-woo
35 Japan MF Masaki Miyasaka
36 Japan DF Haruki Mitsuda (designated special player)
42 Japan MF Ryo Takahashi
44 Japan DF Kohei Hattori
47 Japan MF Yuzo Iwakami

Retired number(s)[edit]

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Koki Tsukagawa (to FC Gifu)
Japan GK Kengo Nagai (to Tokushima Vortis)
Japan DF Daiki Morimoto (to SC Sagamihara)
Japan DF Yota Shimokawa (to Ehime FC)
No. Position Player
Japan MF Mitsuo Yamada (to Azul Claro Numazu)
North Korea FW Han Yong-thae (to Kagoshima United FC)
Japan FW Ren Komatsu (to Zweigen Kanazawa)
Japan FW Yoshiki Oka (to Azul Claro Numazu)

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Keiju Karashima  Japan 2005–07
Hideo Yoshizawa  Japan 2008–11
Yoshiyuki Kato  Japan 2011
Yasuharu Sorimachi  Japan 2012–

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senta, Houji. 信州ダービー (in Japanese). JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ 【松本平広域公園】 信州スカイパーク アルウィン (in Japanese). TOYBOX. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  3. ^ "選手・スタッフ". yamaga-fc.com. 12 January 2019.

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