Giravanz Kitakyushu

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Giravanz Kitakyushu
ギラヴァンツ北九州
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Full nameGiravanz Kitakyushu
Nickname(s)Giravanz, Kita-Q
Founded1947;74 years ago (1947) [1]
Ground Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu
Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
Capacity15,300
ChairmanYukito Tamai
Manager Shinji Kobayashi
League J2 League
2020 5th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Giravanz Kitakyushu (ギラヴァンツ北九州, Giravantsu Kitakyūshū) is a Japanese football club based in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. The club's name was changed from New Wave Kitakyushu (ニューウェーブ北九州, Nyū Wēbu Kitakyūshū) as of 1 December 2009. [2] They played in the Japan Football League from 2008–2009, and were promoted to J. League Division 2 (J2) for the 2010 season. They played in J2 until the 2016 season, but suffered relegation to the 2017 J3 League after being ranked 22nd. After slumping to the bottom of the 2018 J3 League, they bounced back to become champions in 2019, so were then promoted back to J2 for the 2020 season.

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History

Mitsubishi Chemical SC (19472000)

The club was formed in 1947 as part of Mitsubishi Chemical's Kurosaki factory. The club was a founding member of Kyushu regional league since 1973. Most of its career was spent in the regional and prefectural leagues, as Kitakyushu was represented in the Japan Soccer League by Yahata Steel F.C. Yahata was a founding member of the JSL in 1965, and finished as runner-up in its first two seasons in that league. Yahata was renamed New Nippon Steel F.C. in 1970, when Yahata Steel merged with Fuji Steel to form (New) Nippon Steel. It ultimately was relegated to the Second Division in 1982, then relegated from the Second Division to Kyushu regional league after 1990–91 season, and closed in 1999.

New Wave Kitakyushu (20012009)

In 2001, the club became a community-oriented club (New Wave) Kitakyushu F.C.

In 2007 New Wave took second place in the Regional League promotion series, and was promoted to the JFL for the 2008 season.

The club applied for J. League Associate Membership in January 2008, and the application was accepted at the J. League board meeting on February 19, 2008.

On 1 April 2009, the club made an announcement that they would be accepting suggestions for a new name. This was because the name "New Wave" may cause trademark or tradename disputes. [3] Therefore, the new name had to be something not yet registered as a trademark.

Giravanz Kitakyushu (2010)

On 2 October 2009, they announced that the new club name for the 2010 season would be Giravanz Kitakyushu (ギラヴァンツ北九州, Giravantsu Kitakyūshū). According to the official news release, the name "Giravanz" is coined from two Italian words: "Girasole", which means "sunflower", and "Avanzare", which means "moving forward". [4] (The sunflower is one of Kitakyushu's symbol flowers.)

On 23 November 2009, after a 2–1 win away against Arte Takasaki, Kitakyushu secured a top four position in the JFL for the 2009 season, regardless of the result at the final week of 2009 JFL. This means they will play in J. League Division 2 for the 2010 season, something which was confirmed by the J.League board meeting on 30 November 2009. [5] [6] [7]

New Wave Kitakyusu crest NewWaveKitakyushu.png
New Wave Kitakyusu crest

In its inaugural year in the pro ranks, despite attaining a large number of draw matches, Kitakyushu set new records for fewest wins and points in the season standings.

After several seasons in J2 League, on 20 November 2016 they suffered their first relegation to J3 League.

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s)Main Shirt SponsorCollarbone SponsorAdditional Sponsor(s)Kit Manufacturer
2020 TOTO -- Yaskawa -Nafco Zenrin Penalty
2021 Yaskawa WingArc1st TOTO Aso Group

Current squad

As of 20 February 2021. [8]

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 Kenshin Yoshimaru
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroto Arai
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshiki Sato
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takashi Kawano
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Muramatsu (captain)
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuya Okamura
7 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Sato
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mitsunari Musaka
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Zen Cardona
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daigo Takahashi (On loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yudai Nagano
13 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiga Maekawa
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takayuki Arakaki
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Wataru Noguchi
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yasufumi Nishimura (On loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takeaki Harigaya (On loan from Júbilo Iwata)
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takamitsu Tomiyama (On loan from Omiya Ardija)
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shun Hirayama
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kato (On loan from Omiya Ardija)
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jin Ikoma (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
23 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sota Sato
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Maeda
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takeaki Hommura (On loan from JEF United Chiba)
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshiki Onozawa
27 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Tanaka
28 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takaya Inui
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ko Shimura
32 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Nagata
36 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Haruki Izawa
44 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN So Fujitani

Out on loan

March 7, 2021Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Goto (On loan at Omiya Ardija)

League and cup record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.TierTeamsPos.Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2007 Kyushu Soccer
League
4111st-Did not qualify
2008 JFL 31810th1,1493rd Round
2009 184th3,4111st Round
2010 J221919th4,1893rd Round
2011 208th4,0513rd Round
2012 229th3,3462nd Round
2013 2216th3,1753rd Round
2014 225th3,622Quarter finals
2015 227th3,4882nd Round
2016 2222nd3,2242nd Round
2017 J33179th5,9392nd Round
2018 1717th4,501Did not qualify
2019 181st6,0492nd Round
2020 J22225th3,352Did not qualify
Key

Honours

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References

  1. Club Profile
  2. News Release:New Wave Kitakyushu became a member of J. League(Japanese) (ニュースリリース ニューウェーブ北九州がJリーグ入会) Archived 2009-12-01 at the Wayback Machine J. League official website posted 2009-11-30
  3. Official website (Japanese only) [ permanent dead link ]
  4. Announcement of the new team name and its emblem (新チーム名称・エンブレム発表) Archived 2009-10-07 at the Wayback Machine New Wave Kitakyushu official website news release : dated 2 October 2009
  5. Official website (Japanese only) Archived 2009-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2009-11-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) J's Goal Website (Japanese only)
  7. "Players & Staff選手・スタッフ". Giravanz Kitakyushu. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  8. "J. League Data Site". J. League. Retrieved February 21, 2021.