FC Ryukyu

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FC Ryukyu
FC琉球
F.C. Ryukyu.svg
Full nameFC Ryukyu
Founded2003
Ground Tapic Kenso Hiyagon Stadium
Okinawa, Okinawa
Capacity25,000
ChairmanKeishiro Kurabayashi
Manager Yasuhiro Higuchi
League J2 League
2020 J2 League, 16th of 22
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

FC Ryukyu (FC琉球, Efu Shī Ryūkyū) are an Association football club from the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. They currently play in Japan's J2 League.

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The team derive their name from Ryukyu, the historic name for Okinawa Prefecture. The club once had futsal and handball teams.

History

The club was founded in 2003. Most of the players who initially joined the club were those who had left Okinawa Kariyushi FC after a rift with their management, which were beholden to the Kariyushi hotel chain. Their first 2003 season saw them win the championship in Okinawa Prefectural Division 3 North. They were allowed to skip to Division 1 the next season, where they again succeeded in finishing top of the table.

In the 2005 season, they belonged to the Kyūshū Regional League (Kyu League). After finishing 2nd and winning the Regional League play-off, they were promoted to the JFL and became the first ever Okinawan football side who played in a national league.

In December 2007, the club appointed former Japan national coach Philippe Troussier as their general manager. Jean-Paul Rabier was appointed as their manager in January 2008.

They applied for J. League Associate Membership in January 2008, but their application was declined at the J. League board meeting held on February 19, 2008.

In December 2008, the resignation of Rabier was announced. Former coach Hiroyuki Shinzato was promoted to be the new manager in January 2009.

In 2014, FC Ryukyu could finally join the J3 League.

In January 2015, FC Ryukyu announced a partnership with Seoul United from the Korean Challengers League. According to the agreement the teams will play a friendly match every year. The first match was scheduled for 1 March 2015.

FC Ryukyu have made steady progress in recent years, finishing in 8th place in J3 in 2016, and improving on that the following year, finishing 6th.

In the 2018 season they secured promotion to J2 with 3 games left after a 1–1 draw at Nagano Parceiro, and in the following game beat Thespakusatsu Gunma to claim the J3 title with two games to spare.

They started their first season in J2 in style with 4 straight wins to top the league, but faded as the season progressed eventually finishing in 14th place.

Team colour and crest

Their team colour is bengara, a shade of red pigment. It is called red ochre in English and can be generally described as claret. Bengara derives from a Dutch word bengala which in turn derives from Bengal , a region in India and Bangladesh. This name was given because the pigment was traditionally imported from Bengal to Japan. Okinawa has a close association with the bengara colour which is prominently applied to Shuri Castle, one of the most symbolic historical buildings in the area.

In 2008 they adopted a sky-blue trim for their home uniform, as their bengara pigment pattern was considered too and similar to Aston Villa from England (the claret and sky-blue pattern was around long before Troussier and the French staff arrived, so a coincidence in colours is feasible). [ citation needed ]

Their crest features a pair of Shisas, imaginary talismanic creatures in the area, and the crown of the kings of the former Ryukyu Kingdom.

Record

ChampionsRunners-up Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G Emperor's
Cup
2005 Kyushu Soccer
League
102nd-
2006 JFL 1814th3,189
2007 1817th2,443
2008 1816th2,882
2009 1816th1,348
2010 1810th1,7772nd round
2011 189th1,8602nd round
2012 189th2,1641st round
2013 1811th2,0692nd round
2014 J3 129th1,3982nd round
2015 139th1,4982nd round
2016 168th1,5612nd round
2017 176th2,5081st round
2018 171st3,1461st round
2019 J2 2214th4,9532nd round
2020 2216th1,170Did not qualify
Key

Honours

Current squad

As of 20 February 2021. [1] 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 Costa Rica.svg  CRC Danny Carvajal
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Torikai
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoji Fukui
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryohei Okazaki
5 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Felipe Tavares
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Kazama
7 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keita Tanaka
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koya Kazama
9 DF Flag of North Korea.svg  PRK Ri Yong-jik
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yu Tomidokoro
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazaki Nakagawa (On loan from Kyoto Sanga)
13 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Kiyotake
14 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keigo Numata
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tetsuya Chinen
16 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuma Abe
17 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keisuke Tsumita
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shintaro Shimizu
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Hitomi
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazumasa Uesato
21 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shinya Uehara
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Makito Uehara
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ren Ikeda
24 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shingo Akamine
25 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reo Yamashita
26 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junto Taguchi
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Motegi
28 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Ramon
29 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mizuki Ichimaru
30 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Murase
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosuke Inose
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sho Sawada
33 FW Flag of Thailand.svg  THA Sittichok Paso (On loan from Chonburi)

Out on loan

March 8 2021. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yukihide Gibo (On loan at Tegevajaro Miyazaki)

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References

  1. "PROFILE | 選手・スタッフ". ゲキサカ. Retrieved 20 February 2021.