Renofa Yamaguchi FC

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Renofa Yamaguchi FC
レノファ山口FC
Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. Crest
Full name Renofa Yamaguchi Football Club
Nickname(s) Renofa
Founded 1949 (as Yamaguchi Teachers)
2006 (as Renofa Yamaguchi FC)
Ground Ishin Me-Life Stadium
Capacity 20,000
Managing
Organisation
Renofa Yamaguchi Co,.Ltd.
Chairman Takashi Kawamura
Manager Masahiro Shimoda
League J2 League
2017 20th
Website Club website

Renofa Yamaguchi FC (レノファ山口FC, Renofa Yamaguchi FC) is a Japanese professional football team based in Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture. They play in the J2 League, the second tier of the Japanese football league system.

History[edit]

The original football team consisted of a group of teaching staff who were based within Yamaguchi prefecture, a team called Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団, Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan), often abbreviated to Yamaguchi Teachers or Yamaguchi KFC (compare Tochigi S.C. and Gainare Tottori, who started as teachers' clubs and are now members of the J.League).

In February 2006, the Yamaguchi Football Association eyed the placement of a team from Yamaguchi in the J.League. Setting its heart of operations at Yamaguchi Teachers, a new football club was established.[1] At the same time, a public appeal was made to name the new club, with Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. being decided in March of the same year. The word renofa is a combination of three English words: renovation, fight and fine.[2][3]

Without a specified home ground, the team played Chūgoku league matches across a number of different venues within the prefecture, including Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium, Yamaguchi Kirara Expo Memorial Park, Onoda Football Park, Shunan City Athletic Stadium and Yamaguchi Football Park. Now however, home games are played at Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium.

Though structured with a hometown manager and local players, sponsored by local business and enterprises, and local action plans within the local community, Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. is aiming for a national future in the J.League.[4]

Old Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. crest, used till 2013

In the days of Yamaguchi Teachers, the team frequently finished mid to low table in the Chūgoku league. However, since the establishing of the new club in 2006, the team had consistently improved their final league position. This culminated in the 2008 season where they achieved their first league win. In the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series of that year the team finished fourth in the final round, missing the opportunity for promotion to the Japan Football League. The 2009 season saw them win their first Emperor's Cup match, beating Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. in a penalty shoot out.[5]

Since the team's formation it had operated as a private organisation, however when the Nonprofit organization Yamaguchi Athletics Club was established on 24 May 2011, managing control of the team changed hands putting the new NPO in charge.[6]

After the club finished fourth in 2014 Japan Football League and passed the necessary licensing, J.League officially admitted Renofa Yamaguchi to participate in J3 League starting 2015 season.[7] Their J.League debut season saw them earn the first ever rewards in their history, namely a third tier title and with it, promotion to the J2.

Changes in Club Name[edit]

  • Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団, Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan) (Yamaguchi Teachers, Yamaguchi KFC) (1949–2005)
  • Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. (レノファ山口FC, Renofa Yamaguchi FC) (2006–)

Team Results and Managers[edit]

(Note that prior to the 1991 season a team would earn two points for a win)
(From 1997 to 2006 when a match ended in a draw, a penalty shoot-out would occur. The winning team were awarded 2 points, and the losing team 1 point)

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 March 2018.[8]

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 Masaaki Murakami
2 Japan DF Keisuke Tsuboi
3 Japan DF Kodai Watanabe
4 Japan DF Yohei Fukumoto
5 Japan MF Kentaro Sato
6 Japan MF Takayuki Mae
7 Japan MF Junya Osaki
8 Japan MF Kosuke Onose
9 Japan FW Kazuhito Kishida
11 Japan MF Yuya Torikai
13 Japan DF Takumi Kusumoto
14 Japan MF Issei Takayanagi
15 Japan MF Joji Ikegami
16 Japan DF Kazuki Segawa
17 Japan GK Daisuke Yoshimitsu
No. Position Player
18 Japan FW Daisuke Takagi
19 Japan FW Ado Onaiwu
20 Japan MF Takeru Kiyonaga
21 Japan DF Hiroki Yuma
24 Japan FW Keita Yamashita
26 Brazil DF Renan Paixão
27 Japan FW Tsugutoshi Oishi
28 Japan MF Issei Takahashi
29 Japan MF Hidetoshi Miyuki
30 South Korea DF Min Kyung-jun
32 Japan MF Mitsuru Maruoka
33 Japan GK Genki Yamada
40 Japan MF Misaki Itoi
41 Japan MF Ryuji Hirota
44 Japan GK Eisuke Fujishima

Record[edit]

As Yamaguchi Teachers[edit]

Season League Pos. Pld. Win Draw Lose GF GA GD Points Emperor's Cup Manager Notes
1976 First Round
1980 Chūgoku League 6 14 4 3 7 27 30 −3 11
1981 7 14 3 4 7 29 31 −2 10
1982 2 14 8 3 3 34 21 13 19 First Round
1983 2 14 8 3 3 35 23 12 19
1984 4 14 8 5 1 38 27 11 17
1985 5 14 6 1 7 30 29 1 13
1986 3 14 7 3 4 34 24 10 17
1987 3 12 6 2 4 18 16 2 14
1988 3 16 7 3 6 34 26 8 17
1989 2 12 7 3 2 28 15 13 17
1990 4 16 7 3 6 32 25 7 17 Takashi Yamamoto
1991 4 14 7 1 6 31 28 3 22
1992 6 14 4 1 9 19 28 −9 13
1993 3 14 6 4 4 23 18 5 22
1994 6 14 4 5 5 27 23 4 17
1995 8 14 2 5 7 26 30 −4 11
1996 6 14 3 6 5 17 35 −18 15
1997 8 14 1 3 10 14 31 −17 7 1 match won, 2 matches lost on penalties.
Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
1998 Yamaguchi Prefecture League
1999 First Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2000 Chūgoku League 5 14 6 1 7 20 34 −14 20 1 match won on penalties.
2001 7 12 3 2 7 17 30 −13 12 First Round 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
2002 4 10 3 2 5 17 31 −14 12 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
2003 8 14 1 5 8 8 22 −14 11 First Round 3 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.
Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
2004 Yamaguchi Prefecture League 1 10 8 0 2 24 First Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2005 Chūgoku League 7 12 1 4 7 11 23 −12 9 2 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.[edit]

Season League Pos. Pld. Win Draw Lose F A GD Points Emperor's Cup Manager Notes
2006 Chūgoku League 4 14 7 3 4 25 28 −3 25 Takashi Miyanari
2007 3 17 6 4 7 33 46 −13 22 First Round
2008 1 16 11 5 0 45 15 30 38 Finalist in the Promotional Series
2009 2 18 13 1 4 53 21 32 40 2nd Round
2010 1 18 14 1 3 51 17 34 43 2nd Round Toshiaki Tsukioka
2011 2 18 13 2 3 54 17 37 41 2nd Round
2012 4 18 9 5 4 47 22 25 32 Takashi Kawamura
2013 1 18 13 3 2 53 13 +40 42 First Round Genki Nakayama Promoted to JFL
2014 JFL 4 26 16 3 7 51 27 +24 51 Nobuhiro Ueno Promoted to J3
2015 J3 1 36 25 3 8 96 36 +60 78 1st Round Promoted to J2
2016 J2 12 42 14 11 17 55 63 -8 53 3rd Round
2017 20 42 11 5 26 48 69 -21 38 2nd Round Nobuhiro Ueno
Carlos Mayor

Honours[edit]

As Yamaguchi Teachers

  • Chūgoku League
    • Runners-up (3): 1982, 1983, 1989
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Championship
    • Winners (4): 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural League
    • Winners (1): 2004

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.

  • Chūgoku League
    • Winners (3): 2008, 2010, 2013
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Championship
    • Winners (3): 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Noue Cup
    • Winners (1): 2008
  • Shakaijin Cup
    • Winners (1): 2013
  • J3 League

References[edit]

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