V-Varen Nagasaki

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Nickname(s) VVN
Founded 2005 (2005)
Ground Transcosmos Stadium Nagasaki,
Isahaya, Nagasaki
Ground Capacity 20,246
Chairman Akira Takata
Manager Takuya Takagi
League J1 League
2017 J2 League, 2nd(promoted)
Website Club website
Current season

V-Varen Nagasaki (V・ファーレン長崎, Vi Fāren Nagasaki)is a Japanese J1 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 posting a 160 million yen deficit in the 2016 financial year, adding to its cumulative deficit of more than 300 million yen, Nova (eikaiwa) purchased a majority share of the team for more than 500 million yen in March 2017. This was the first time Nova Holdings had sponsored a sports team, it made them a major sponsor of J. League Division 2.[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 16 January 2018.[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
1 Japan GK Takuya Masuda (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
2 Japan DF Masakazu Tashiro
3 Japan MF Ryutaro Iio
4 Japan DF Ryota Takasugi (captain)
5 Japan DF Daichi Tagami
6 Japan MF Yusuke Maeda
7 Japan MF Shuto Kono
8 Japan MF Yu Kimura
9 Spain FW Juanma
10 Japan FW Masato Kurogi
11 Japan FW Musashi Suzuki
13 Japan DF Daichi Inui
14 Japan MF Hokuto Nakamura
15 Japan MF Yuzuru Shimada
16 Japan MF Masakazu Yoshioka
17 Japan MF Shogo Nakahara (on loan from Consadole Sapporo)
18 Australia FW Ben Halloran
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Takashi Sawada
20 Japan MF Keita Nakamura
21 Japan GK Masaya Tomizawa
22 Japan GK Tatsuro Okuda
23 Japan MF Shunya Yoneda
24 Japan DF Yuki Kagawa
25 Japan DF Takuto Honda
26 Japan MF Teppei Usui
27 Japan MF Ryo Niizato
28 Japan MF Hijiri Onaga
29 Japan DF Kensuke Fukuda
30 Japan GK Kenta Tokushige
32 Japan DF Yuhei Tokunaga
33 Japan DF Fumitaka Kitatani
37 Japan FW Shu Hiramatsu (on loan from Albirex Niigata)
TBA Japan FW Takumi Nagura

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 MF Ryusuke Hayashida (at Verspah Oita)
Japan FW Junki Hata (at Azul Claro Numazu)

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. 2017-11-11. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  3. ^ "NOVA to invest 500 million yen in V-Varen Nagasaki, to avoid the management crisis for the time being". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  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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