Roasso Kumamoto

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Roasso Kumamoto
Full name Roasso Kumamoto
Nickname(s) Roasso
Founded 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
Ground Umakana Yokana Stadium
Ground Capacity 32,000
Chairman Tomoyoshi Ikeya
Manager Hiroyuki Kiyokawa
League J2 League
2016 16th
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 J2 League 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 Under Grade League[edit]

Record after changing name as Rosso Kumamoto.

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G League Cup Emperor's Cup
2005 KYU 10 1 - - 1st Round
2006 JFL 18 5 - - 3rd Round
2007 JFL 18 2 - - 1st Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • KYU = Kyushu League (Local League)

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
2015 J2 22 13 7,037 - 3rd Round
2016 J2 22 16 5,543 - 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 February 2017.[1] 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
3 South Korea DF Lim Jin-woo
4 Japan DF Takuya Sonoda
5 Japan DF Ryujiro Ueda
6 Japan MF Takumi Murakami
7 Japan DF Shosuke Katayama
9 North Korea FW An Byong-jun
10 Japan FW Ryuichi Hirashige
11 Brazil FW Gustavo
13 Japan DF Kai Miki
14 Japan FW Tatsuya Tanaka
16 South Korea DF Yang Sang-jun
17 Japan MF Yasuaki Okamoto
19 Japan MF Hayate Hachikubo
No. Position Player
20 Japan MF Kazumasa Uesato
21 Japan GK Masataka Nomura
22 Japan MF Takuro Uehara
23 Japan DF Yuki Kotani
26 Japan DF Yuya Mitsunaga
27 Japan MF Yuto Nakayama
28 Japan FW Shota Hayashi
29 Japan FW Keita Saito
30 Japan GK Akihiro Sato
32 Japan MF Shunsuke Yonehara
36 Japan FW Seiichiro Maki
38 Japan MF Shuhei Kamimura
39 Japan MF Shintaro Shimada
41 Japan MF Minoru Suganuma


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