Albirex Niigata

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Albirex Niigata
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Full nameAlbirex Niigata
Nickname(s)Albi
Founded1955;66 years ago (1955)
Ground Denka Big Swan Stadium,
Niigata
Capacity42,300
ChairmanDaisuke Korenaga
Manager Albert Puig Ortoneda
League J2 League
2020 J2 League, 11th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Albirex Niigata (アルビレックス新潟, Arubirekkusu Nīgata) is a professional football club based in Niigata, Japan. Formed in 1955 as Niigata Eleven SC, it was renamed Albireo Niigata FC in 1995, and Albirex Niigata in 1997. Since 2018, the first division team has competed in the J2 League, the second tier of Japanese football.

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History

For many years it had been a local autonomous amateur club, Niigata 11, that could never hope to see the light of day in an old Japan Soccer League dominated almost entirely by company teams. The creation of the J. League spurred the club to rise, and in the 1990s it began climbing fast through the divisions. [1]

In 1998, Albirex Niigata joined the Japan Football League, and was merged into the J2 league after its creation in 1999. The team gradually became competitive and in 2001 and 2002 it came close to getting promoted to J1 and in 2003, [2] it became the champion of J2 and finally joined the top flight.

The team name is made from combining the star Albireo of the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) and the Latin word Rex meaning 'king'. [3] In 1997, due to copyright issues, the team name was changed from Albireo Niigata to the current Albirex Niigata.

In 2007, the uniform colour changed. Until 2006, the uniform was orange – blue – orange, but in 2007 the color became orange – orange – orange. This coordinate has not been adopted since 1996 when the team professionalized.

The success of Albirex Niigata had a big impact on the entire Japanese sporting world, including professional baseball. It showed people were more excited than expected for sports in local cities without the population of the metropolitan area in the past, and local citizens feelings influenced many other sports in the region. [4]

Team name transition

Stadium

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The Big Swan

Joining the J. League in 1999, its home towns are Niigata and Seiro. Until 2003, it used Niigata Perfectural Sport Ground as the home ground but since 2004, the team began using Niigata Stadium Big Swan as well and now plays most of its games there. In 2003, [5] it set a record for highest attendance in the J. League with the cumulative total of around 660,000. [4] Its practice grounds are Albirex's training facilities in Seiro Albillage and the Ijimino Sports Park (五十公野運動公園, Ijimino Undō Kōen) in Shibata.

The club plays its home games in the Niigata Stadium "Big Swan", which is currently called Denka Big Swan Stadium through a sponsorship deal. The stadium was opened in 2001, and has a capacity of 42,300. Prior to this the club had played its matches in the Niigata City Athletic Stadium constructed in 1938 with a capacity of 18,000.

The stadium was the site of two first round matches and one Round of 16 match in the past 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was also the venue for the 2009 National Sports Festival.

Players

Current squad

Updated 14 July 2021. [6]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryosuke Kojima (On loan from Oita Trinita)
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shosei Okamoto
5 DF Flag of New Zealand.svg  NZL Michael Fitzgerald
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Akiyama
7 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Taniguchi
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takahiro Ko
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koji Suzuki
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shion Homma
14 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuya Tanaka
16 MF Flag of Uruguay.svg  URU Gonzalo González
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akito Fukuta
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuji Hoshi
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuzuru Shimada
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koto Abe
22 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Seguchi (On loan from Tokushima Vortis)
23 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yota Komi
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Romero Frank
No.Pos.NationPlayer
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Soya Fujiwara
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Endo
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Omoto
28 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Fumiya Hayakawa
30 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Maruyama
31 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Horigome (captain)
32 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Hasegawa
33 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshiaki Takagi
35 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuhiko Chiba
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Mito
39 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ken Yamura
40 FW Flag of Peru (state).svg  PER Kazuyoshi Shimabuku
41 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Fujita
47 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Oya Mizuki
48 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuya Takano
50 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daichi Tagami (On loan from Kashiwa Reysol)

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiki Watanabe (to Zweigen Kanazawa)

Technical staff

As of June 2020
PositionName
Manager Flag of Spain.svg Albert Puig
Assistant Coach Flag of Spain.svg Oscar Hernandez Romero
Physical Trainer Flag of Spain.svg Eugenio Gavilan Castilla
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Japan.svg Ryuji Ishizue

Notable players

Managers

Honours

Affiliated clubs

Since 2004, Albirex Niigata has selected a number of players for its satellite team in the S.League in Singapore. Albirex also has a women's team and joined L2 league (an equivalent of J2) in 2004. Albirex Ladies won the L2 title in 2006, [18] and went on to join L1 in 2007.

The following clubs are affiliated with Albirex Niigata:

In addition to the J-1 Albirex Niigata football team, there is a Niigata Albirex basketball club in the B.League, as well as a ski, snowboard, baseball, and track and field team. Though the teams share the same name, management and finances are completely separate for each team.

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