Roasso Kumamoto

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Roasso Kumamoto
Full name Roasso Kumamoto
Nickname(s) Roasso
Founded 2004; 11 years ago (2004)
Ground Umakana Yokana Stadium
Ground Capacity 32,000
Chairman Tomoyoshi Ikeya
Manager Takeshi Ono
League J. League Division 2
Website Club home page
Current season

Roasso Kumamoto (ロアッソ熊本 Roasso Kumamoto?) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Kumamoto, the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture. Roasso Kumamoto was promoted to J. League Division 2 for the first time at the end of the 2007 season, and played their first season in 2008 where they finished 12th. Their team colour is red.


The club was founded as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Kumamoto Soccer Club in 1969. The club was promoted to the Kyushu Regional League in 1983.

When NTT was privatised in 1985, the club was renamed as NTT Kyushu Soccer Club. The club changed their name again to NTT West Kumamoto Soccer Club in 1999 when NTT was divided into NTT West and NTT East.

The club was promoted to the JFL in 2001 and finished 8th. In 2002, NTT relinquished the ownership of the club and community-oriented Alouette Kumamoto was born. Alouette is a French word meaning skylark, the symbol bird of Kumamoto Prefecture. The club finished 17th that season and was relegated to the Kyushu League.

In 2005, the club name changed again to Rosso Kumamoto. Rosso means red in Italian. After they won the Kyushu League and finished 3rd in the Regional League play-off tournament, the club was promoted to the JFL.

The team was recently featured in J. League programming to introduce the team to followers of the pro league. Rosso's second-place finish in the 2007 JFL season was high enough to earn promotion into the J. League for the 2008 season.

Change of name[edit]

Rosso changed its name to Roasso Kumamoto as of January 1, 2008, prior to entering the J. League. Roasso is a portmanteau, rosso meaning 'red', asso meaning "ace" in Italian. The name Rosso is a registered trademark of another company and this team can't use Rosso. Its symbol, a prancing horse and its colour are an evident reference to Ferrari.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2008 J2 15 12 5,279 - 3rd Round
2009 J2 18 14 6,006 - 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 7 6,907 - 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 11 6,928 - 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 14 5,855 - 4th Round
2013 J2 22 19 6,228 - 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 13 7,002 - 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 Jan, 2015. 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 Minoru Hata
2 Japan MF Kohei Kuroki (on loan from Sagan Tosu)
3 Japan DF Shoto Suzuki
4 Japan DF Takuya Sonoda
6 Japan DF Dai Fujimoto
7 Japan DF Shosuke Katayama
8 Japan MF Issei Takayanagi
9 Japan FW Satoshi Tokiwa
10 Japan MF Yuji Yabu
11 Japan FW Ryuichi Hirashige
13 Japan MF Daiki Sakamoto
14 Japan MF Yasuaki Okamoto
15 Japan DF Naoki Otani (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
16 Japan MF Masanobu Komaki
17 Japan FW Kazuki Saito
No. Position Player
18 Japan GK Tatsunari Nagai
19 Japan FW Tatsuya Tanaka
20 South Korea MF Kim Byeong-yeon
21 Japan GK Daiki Kanei
23 Japan DF Yohei Kurakawa
25 Brazil FW Pablo
27 Japan MF Yuto Nakayama
31 Japan GK Yutaro Hara
32 South Korea DF Kwon Han-jin
33 Japan DF Takuya Uehara
35 Brazil FW Anderson
36 Japan FW Seiichiro Maki
38 Japan MF Shuhei Kamimura
39 Japan MF Shintaro Shimada

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
Japan DF Taishin Morikawa (at Gainare Tottori)
Japan MF Hayato Nakama (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Jeong Min-Hyuk (at Renofa Yamaguchi)


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