FC Machida Zelvia

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Machida Zelvia
FC町田ゼルビア
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Full nameFootball Club Machida Zelvia
Nickname(s)Zelvia
Founded1989;32 years ago (1989)
Ground Machida Municipal Athletic Stadium
Machida, Tokyo
Capacity15,489
Owner CyberAgent
Manager Ranko Popović
League J2 League
2020 19th of 22
Website Club website
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Football Club Machida Zelvia (FC町田ゼルビア, Efu Shi Machida Zerubia) is a Japanese football club based in Machida, Tokyo.

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Old FC Machida crest, used till 2008

History

Machida is known as "Brazil of Tokyo" due to the popularity of football in the city; it has, in fact, produced the second-largest number of J. League players though its football school. Originally formed in 1977 by Machida's football federation, this school is well known for its development of young talent into professional players. In 1989, in order to retain that talent in Machida, F.C. Machida established its own top team, which, at that time, played in the Tokyo Prefecture League.

In 2003 they became a polideportivo under the name Athletic Club Machida, and in 2005 were promoted to the Kanto League, having won the Tokyo Prefectural League (First Division). They came first in the Kanto league (Second Division) the following year, and were promoted to First Division, where they stayed until promotion to Japan Football League as champions of the Regional Promotion Playoff Series in 2008.

In 2009, they adopted the current nickname Zelvia, a portmanteau of the Portuguese words zelkova (Machida city's official tree) and salvia (a grassy plant commonly used in football pitches).

The same year, the club declared its intent to be promoted to J. League's 2nd division, and its status of semi-affiliate was officially approved by the J. League. However, its home stadium capacity and light specifications did not meet the J. League's requirements, average attendance did not reach 3,000, and the team's final position of 6th place did not allow for Zelvia's promotion to the J. League.

In 2010, Machida Zelvia appointed Naoki Soma, a former star player who played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as its new head coach. The stadium's lighting was renewed, and club added several J. League players to its roster. Zelvia also announced its partnership with Major League Soccer's D.C. United, which became the first historic partnership between a Japanese and American football club. [1] The reborn team beat Tokyo Verdy, its arch-rival from the J. League, in the Emperor's Cup, but was knocked out by Albirex Niigata in the third round. Soma left at the end of the season and was replaced by Ranko Popović, former coach of Oita Trinita.

The stadium's capacity and conditions were still short of fulfilling J. League criteria, so the club completed another renovation between the end of the 2010 and start of the 2011 seasons. Machida Zelvia finished the 2011 season in third place after beating Kamatamare Sanuki in the final match of that season, thereby granting them promotion to J. League (Second Division), [2] but were relegated after a bottom-placed finish. They became one of the original J3 clubs after finishing at 4th place in the 2014 JFL season and returned to J2 as 2015 runners-up by beating Oita Trinita in the promotion/relegation playoff.

Stadium

Machida Zelvia currently plays at Machida Municipal Athletic Stadium (Nozuta Stadium). Capacity until 2011 was 6,200, including grassy areas, and has had lighting for night games since 2009. Between the 2010 and 2011 seasons the stadium was upgraded and is now all-seated. Although the minimum seating requirement for J2 is 10,000, Nozuta fell short of that number. However, under an agreement made with J-League officials, home games where a large attendance is expected will be played at other stadia leased specifically for the purpose, and upgrades to Nozuta were made to meet the 10,000-capacity requirement. The current capacity of the stadium is 15,489.

League and cup record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.TeamsPos.Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2009 JFL186th1,886
2010 183rd3,5033rd round
2011 183rd3,5152nd round
2012 J22222nd3,6274th round
2013 JFL184th3,174
2014 J3123rd3,134
2015 132nd3,7664th round
2016 J2227th5,1231st round
2017 2216th4,0562nd round
2018 224th4,9153rd round
2019 2218th4,7182nd round
2020 2219th1,302Did not qualify
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s)Main Shirt SponsorCollarbone SponsorAdditional Sponsor(s)Kit Manufacturer
2019 AbemaTV -EAGLE KENSO (Right) odakyu TERADA
株式会社寺田電機製作所
Tamagawa University -svlome
2020AbemaTVAQUA RESORT (Left)25th Anniversary [lower-alpha 1] (Right)odakyuTERADA
株式会社寺田電機製作所
Tamagawa University-svlome

Current squad

As of February 25, 2021. [3]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masayuki Okuyama
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kai Miki (On loan from Montedio Yamagata)
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Mizumoto (captain)
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Fukatsu
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaishu Sano
7 FW Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Alen Mašović
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Leo Takae
9 FW Flag of North Korea.svg  PRK Jong Tae-se
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiki Hirato
11 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Dudu
13 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Okada
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaina Yoshio (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reiya Morishita (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shohei Takahashi
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ariajasuru Hasegawa
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuta Doi
20 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Carlos Duke (On loan from Fagiano Okayama)
21 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Talla Ndao (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
23 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryusuke Sakai
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshitaka Aoki
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Narasaka
27 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Misaki Haruyama
28 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Ota
29 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Sato
30 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Nakashima
42 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Fukui
45 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shu Mogi (On loan from Cerezo Osaka)
50 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Anton Burns
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Yasui

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 Naoki Otani (at Ehime FC)

Technical staff

As of June 2020
PositionName
Manager Flag of Serbia.svg Ranko Popovic
Head Coach Flag of Serbia.svg Vladica Grujic
Assistant Coach Flag of Japan.svg Atsushi Yoneyama
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Japan.svg Jiro Takeda

Manager History

ManagerNationalityTenure
StartFinish
Minoru Moriya [4] Flag of Japan.svg Japan20022007
Tetsuya Totsuka Flag of Japan.svg JapanFeb 1 2008Jan 31 2010
Naoki Soma Flag of Japan.svg JapanFeb 1 2010Jan 31 2011
Ranko Popović Flag of Serbia.svg SerbiaFeb 1 2011Jan 31 2012
Osvaldo Ardiles Flag of Argentina.svg ArgentinaFeb 1 2012Nov 17 2012
Yutaka Akita Flag of Japan.svg JapanNov 26 2012Jun 25 2013
Naoki Kusunose Flag of Japan.svg JapanJun 25 2013Jan 31 2014
Naoki Soma Flag of Japan.svg JapanFeb 1 2014Jan 31 2020
Ranko Popović Flag of Serbia.svg SerbiaFeb 1 2020

Notes

  1. EAGLE KENSO

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  2. McKirdy, Andrew, "Ardiles ready to face new challenge", Japan Times , 6 March 2012, p. 18.
  3. "2021シーズン". FC Machida Zelvia. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
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