Suzuka Unlimited FC

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Suzuka Unlimited FC
鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC
Suzuka Unlimited FC logo.jpg
Full nameSuzuka Unlimited Football Club
Founded1980
GroundSuzuka Sports Garden Suzuka, Mie
Capacity12,500 (3,330 seated)
ChairmanRyuji Yamaoka
ManagerMilagros Martínez
LeagueJapan Football League
2018Tōkai Adult Soccer League, Champions
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Suzuka Unlimited FC (鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC, Suzuka Anrimiteddo Efushī) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. They play in Japan Football League.

History[edit]

The club was originally established in Nabari, Mie in 1980 under the name Mie Club, and it became a member of Mie Football Association to join the Mie prefectural league in 1982. The club went up to the top division in 1991 and remained there until 2005, when local organisers kicked off the idea of developing a larger and more ambitious football team.

The region to the southwest of Nagoya has been traditionally very populous but still undeveloped from a football perspective despite a number of successes by local high school football. In mid- 2005, a group of local businessmen, football fans and coaches from Mie Prefecture, who were eager to put together a team to represent the area, approached Bunji Kimura, an ex-football manager of Kyoto Sanga F.C. and Yokohama Flügels. Kimura was convinced to accept the position of the president and technical director of a club that was then going by the name of "W.S.C. Nabari Admiral". Kimura plunged in and began a very ambitious project to transform the team from a bunch of amateur kickers in a tiny town to a much more competitive and tightly-run organisation representing the aspirations of the entire prefecture.

At Kimura's insistence, the team in February 2006 took the name "MIE FC Rampole", taking its name from the famous Japanese mystery novel writer Rampo Edogawa, who was born in Mie Prefecture. The part "ole" of the name is supposedly a Spanish word "Olé" used to cheer and applaud (cf. Consadole Sapporo). Following the name change the club launched its official website on 22 February. Kimura quickly began drawing upon his network of J.League contacts to bring in more experienced coaches and organisers, and by the end of his first season in charge the club advanced to the second division of the Tōkai Regional League.

Whereas its progress on the pitch has stalled temporarily, with third-place finishes in both 2007 and 2008, the club has been focusing most of its attention on the organisational goals. An independent corporation was establisned in 2006, fulfilling one of the requirements of J. League Associate Membership, and in 2008 the team merged with nearby Suzuka Club, thereby absorbing a youth program that can help to meet another key requirement. Following the merger, the team announced on 1 September 2008 that it changed its name to "F.C. Suzuka Rampole", and moved its home playing ground from Ueno Athletic Park Stadium to Suzuka Sports Garden from 2009 season. The club carried out the move since 1) Suzuka is the city world-famous for the F1 circuit located outside town, and 2) its population base and location, squarely in the middle of Mie Prefecture's main population centres is considered to be ideal.

On January 28, 2016, the team announced an immediate change of the team name to Suzuka Unlimited FC.[1]

Current squad[edit]

As of March 23, 2019.[2] 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 Daiki Tsukinari
2 Japan DF Hiroki Hara
3 Japan DF Jiro Takano
4 Japan DF Colin Killoran
6 Japan MF Kohei Fujita
7 Brazil FW Efrain Rintaro
8 Japan MF Yohei Konishi
9 Japan FW Netto Fujisawa
10 Japan MF Toshihiro Horikawa
11 Japan MF Sotaro Izumi
13 Japan FW Junki Endo
14 Japan MF Hiroki Toji
15 Japan DF Toshiki Nakamura
16 Japan FW Daiji Oguchi
17 Japan GK Shun Sato
No. Position Player
18 Japan MF Kazuma Sato
19 Japan MF Genta Umiguchi
20 Japan DF Eiji Koakutsu
21 Japan MF Yusuke Ono
22 Japan DF Narutoshi Ashida
23 Japan GK Rikiya Iwawaki
24 Japan DF Rikito Takami
25 Japan MF Atsuki Wada
26 South Korea MF Jeon San-hae
28 Japan MF Tsukasa Ozawa
29 Japan DF Kazuki Miyamoto
31 Japan GK Daisuke Takamiya
33 Japan MF Shuntaro Miura
34 Japan DF Ryota Noguchi

Managerial history[edit]

Manager Nationality Tenure
Bunji Kimura  Japan 2007–2010
Yūichi Sone  Japan 2010
Narita Takaki  Japan 2011–

Team Record[edit]

League Emperor's Cup Shakaijin Cup
Season Division Place Pld Win Draw Lose GF GA Dif Pts Note
2005 Mie Prefectural League
(Div. 1)
3rd 13 8 3 2 41 11 +30 26 Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2006 2nd 14 10 2 2 33 6 +27 32 Promoted to Tōkai League Division II
2007 Tōkai Adult Soccer League
(Div. 2)
3rd 14 7 3 4 24 13 +11 24
2008 3rd 14 7 4 3 21 13 +8 25
2009 1st 14 10 4 0 43 10 +33 34 Promoted to Division 1 Round 1
2010 Tōkai Adult Soccer League
(Div. 1)
4th 16 7 6 3 24 15 +9 27 DNQ
2011 2nd 14 7 2 5 22 21 -1 23 2nd Round
2012 1st 14 9 4 1 28 15 +13 31 2nd Round
2013 6th 14 6 2 6 22 24 -2 20 DNQ
2014 1st 14 11 0 3 33 15 +18 33 DNQ
2015 2nd 14 10 1 3 32 14 +18 31 DNQ
2016 2nd 14 10 2 2 38 17 +21 32 2nd Round
2017 1st 14 11 1 2 35 11 +24 34 1st Round
2018 1st 14 12 1 1 37 6 +31 37 Promoted to JFL 1st Round

Last updated: 23 February 2017
Pld = Match played; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Dif = Goal difference ; Pts = Points

Honours[edit]

Titles and positions[edit]

2006
2009
2017

References[edit]

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