V-Varen Nagasaki

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Founded2005; 14 years ago (2005)
GroundTranscosmos Stadium Nagasaki,
Isahaya, Nagasaki
ChairmanAkira Takata
ManagerTakuya Takagi
LeagueJ2 League
2018J1 League, 18th Decrease (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

V-Varen Nagasaki (V・ファーレン長崎, Vi Fāren Nagasaki) is a Japanese J2 League football club based in Nagasaki. The club was established in 1985 as Ariake Football Club till they merged with Kunimi Football Club in 2005 and adopted the name they still hold today.

The club gained promotion into the J. League Division 2 in 2012 for the first time in their history after finishing as the champions in the 2012 Japan Football League and hired Nagasaki native Takuya Takagi to coach the club for the 2013 season.[1]

On 11 November 2017, the club clinched promotion to the J1 League for the first time in their history after a 3-1 home win over Kamatamare Sanuki[2]


V-Varen Nagasaki, since 2006, had been contending for the Kyūshū Soccer League championship and thus a place in the Japan Football League, but they only won it in November 2008, as second place in the Regional League promotion series.

In January 2009, they applied for J. League Associate Membership and their application was accepted at the J. League board meeting in February. In 2012, they won the Japan Football League title and thus promotion to the J. League Division 2.[1] Five years later they won promotion to the J1 League for the first time after finishing runners-up in the 2017 J2 League.

J. League: 2013–[edit]

In preparation for the club's first season in the J. League Division 2 the club hired local-born Takuya Takagi as their coach for the season.[1] On 3 March 2013 V-Varen Nagasaki played in their first ever J. League Division 2 match against Fagiano Okayama at the Kanko Stadium in Okayama in which the club drew the match 1–1 with Kōichi Satō scoring the first J. League Division 2 goal for V-Varen Nagasaki in the 25th minute. The club then played their first home match in the J. League Division 2 on 10 March 2013 at the Nagasaki Athletic Stadium against former J. League champions Gamba Osaka in which V-Varen Nagasaki lost 3–1 in front of a huge crowd of 18,153.

Financial troubles[edit]

After facing dire financial difficulties, on 8 March 2017 the club was purchased by Japanet Holdings, the parent company of Japanese television shopping giant Japanet Takata Co.,Ltd., becoming a fully owned subsidiary. Japanet have invested significant sums into the club, securing promotion to the top tier of Japanese football and publishing plans to build a new football-specific stadium on the former site of Mitsubishi's Nagasaki shipbuilding operations, opening in 2023.[3]

Club Name[edit]

V-Varen Nagasaki's name can be separated into three parts with their own meanings. The "V" is for Portuguese vitória meaning 'victory' as well as Dutch vrede 'peace' while varen is also Dutch for 'to sail', owing to Nagasaki's heritage as port of call of Portuguese and Dutch traders during the sakoku period in the Tokugawa shogunate (see Dejima). The club's hometown is Nagasaki and through that comes Nagasaki in the name.[4]


First-team squad[edit]

As of 19 June 2019.[5][6]

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

No. Position Player
2 Japan DF Yuki Kagawa
3 South Korea DF Choi Kyu-baek
4 Japan DF Ryota Takasugi (captain)
5 Japan DF Takuma Shikayama
6 Japan MF Makoto Kakuda
7 Japan MF Shuto Kono
8 Japan MF Ryota Isomura
9 South Korea FW Lee Jong-ho (on loan from Ulsan Hyundai FC)
10 Japan FW Masato Kurogi
11 Japan FW Keiji Tamada
13 Japan DF Masashi Kamekawa
14 Japan MF Hokuto Nakamura
15 Japan MF Yuzuru Shimada
16 Japan MF Masakazu Yoshioka
17 Japan FW Yu Hasegawa
19 Japan FW Takashi Sawada
20 Japan MF Yohei Otake
21 Japan GK Masaya Tomizawa
No. Position Player
22 Japan DF Yuhei Tokunaga
23 Japan MF Shunya Yoneda
24 Japan DF Yusei Egawa
25 Japan GK Ayaki Suzuki
26 South Korea DF Lee Sang-min (on loan from Ulsan Hyundai FC)
27 Japan MF Ryo Niizato
28 Japan MF Hijiri Onaga
29 Japan FW Junki Hata
30 Japan GK Kenta Tokushige
31 Japan GK Takahiro Koga
32 Colombia FW Víctor Ibarbo (on loan from Sagan Tosu)
33 Japan FW Hiroto Goya (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
34 Japan FW Takumi Nagura
40 Brazil MF Caio César (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
41 Japan DF Yuki Omoto
42 Japan MF Seiya Satsukida (Type 2 Player)
43 Japan MF Taisei Nagao (Type 2 Player)

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
Netherlands DF Jordy Buijs (at Tokushima Vortis)
Japan MF Ryusuke Hayashida (at Verspah Oita)
Japan MF Teppei Usui (at Kataller Toyama)

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 1 May 2016 [7]
Position Name
Manager Japan Takuya Takagi
First-team coach Japan Tamotsu Nakamura
Goalkeeper coach Japan Takanori Miyoshi

Former Coaches[edit]


Runner-up (1): 2017
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (1): 2008
Runners-up (1): 2008


  1. ^ a b c "Takagi named V-Varen Nagasaki coach". Japan Times. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ "V-Varen Nagasaki promoted to J1 for first time". The Japan Times Online. 11 November 2017. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ "New V-Varen Nagasaki Stadium to Open in 2023" (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "V・ファーレン マークについて". V-Varen Nagasaki (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Team Part 1".
  6. ^ "Team Part 2".
  7. ^ "staff". Retrieved 20 March 2016.

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