JEF United Chiba

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Full nameJEF United Ichihara Chiba
Nickname(s)JEF, Inu (The Dogs)
Founded1946;75 years ago (1946)
(as Furukawa Electric SC)
Ground Fukuda Denshi Arena
Chiba
Capacity19,781
Owner East Japan Railway Company (50%)
Furukawa Electric (50%)
Chairman Hideyuki Maeda
Manager Yoon Jong-hwan
League J2 League
2020 J2 League, 14th
Website Club website

JEF United Chiba (ジェフユナイテッド千葉, Jefu Yunaiteddo Chiba), full name JEF United Ichihara Chiba and also known as JEF Chiba (ジェフ千葉, Jefu Chiba), is a Japanese professional football club that plays in the J2 League. On 1 February 2005, the club changed its name from JEF United Ichihara to the current name after Chiba city had joined Ichihara, Chiba as its hometown in 2003. Of its club name, JEF is taken from the JR East and Furukawa Electric companies and United is meant to represent the unity of the club and its home city.

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History

Furukawa Electric SC (1946–1991)

The club began as the company team, Furukawa Electric Soccer Club (古河電気工業サッカー部) in 1946. As the company team, it won the Japan Soccer League twice, the Emperor's Cup four times and the JSL League Cup three times. Furukawa also won the 1986–87 Asian Club Championship, the top club honor in Asia; they were the first Japanese club to do so.

The club was a founding member ("Original Eight" [lower-alpha 1] ) of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965. Since the league's inception, the club had always played in the top flight in Japan and was the only Japanese club to never be relegated from the JSL Division 1, a record they kept into the J1 years. They did finish the 1978 season in a relegation position (last of 10) but stayed up after beating Honda FC 1–0 on aggregate in a two-legged playoff. The last place was not automatically relegated until the 1980 season.

JEF United Ichihara (1992–2004)

In 1991, it merged with the JR East's company team to become East Japan JR Furukawa Football Club (東日本ジェイアール古河サッカークラブ) and rebranded itself as JEF United Ichihara upon the J.League's founding in 1993. JEF United Ichihara was an original member ("Original Ten" [lower-alpha 2] ) of the J.League in 1993. The club initially built itself around the former Germany national football team player Pierre Littbarski.

From 1998 to 2000, the club struggled to stay in the J.League and it began a series of efforts to be a competitive team. Since the hiring of Ivica Osim in 2003, JEF United has contended for the league title each year despite limited resources and struggling attendance.

JEF United Chiba (2005–)

On July 16, 2006, Osim left the club to take over the coach of the Japan national team and was succeeded by Amar Osim, his son and assistant coach.. On December 5, 2007, it was announced that Amar Osim had been sacked after the club's lowly 13th-place finish in the 2007 season.

After 13 games in the 2008 season Josip Kuže was sacked as team manager. On 8 May 2008 it was announced that the new manager was Alex Miller. Miller was First Team Coach at Liverpool F.C. alongside Rafael Benítez prior to joining JEF United.

The Furukawa Electric is no longer the main sponsor of the club, a job these days taken over by Fuji Electric.

On November 8, 2009, JEF United Chiba was relegated to J2 after 44 seasons in the Japanese top division; since 2010, JEF United Chiba is playing in J.League Division 2.

JEF United Chiba was close to being promoted to J.League Division 1 during the 2012 season. The club was considered one of the favorites to be directly promoted to J1. However, after defeats to clubs considered lesser than them such as FC Gifu and F.C. Machida Zelvia, JEF played the playoffs, making their road to the final. They defeated Yokohama FC by 4–0, but lost the final match to Oita Trinita by 1–0, at Tokyo National Stadium.

In the 2013 season they played in the promotion to J1 playoffs. They lost the semi final match to Tokushima Vortis by 1–1(Chiba was 6th place and Tokushima was 3rd place in the league, regulation decides up high club can go final even draw.)

In the 2014 season they played in the promotion playoffs to J1 again. The club did not have to play in the semi-final(Chiba was 4th place but the 3rd place club named Giravanz Kitakyushu had a Jleague original stadium problem so Kitakyushu could not go to the promotion play off). In the final against Montedio Yamagata, they lost by 0–1, at Ajinomoto Stadium.

Symbols

Stadiums

It had played its home matches at Ichihara Seaside Stadium, but has since moved to the larger, football-specific and more conveniently located Fukuda Denshi Arena, which opened in Chiba during the 2005 season. The club had initially practiced at Urayasu, Chiba planning to base itself in Narashino, Chiba before opposition by those living around Akitsu Stadium forced it to be based in Ichihara. Since 2000, training has been held at Footpark Anesaki in Ichihara in normally. Since 1 October 2009, they made new practice place UNITED PARK near the Fukuda Denshi Arena.

Mascot

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Akitas and Mina

JEF United Ichihara's mascot characters are Akita Inu brothers named Jeffy and Unity. The squad number of Jeffy is 2 and that of Unity is 9.

Slogan

JEF United considers its philosophy to be encapsulated in its tagline "Win By All" [1] since 2001.

Affiliated clubs

Furukawa Electric Chiba

This was JEF's reserve team during the JSL years. They were formed in 1967 and were first promoted to the JSL Second Division in 1975. They still exist, although they are no longer affiliated on paper, and play in the Kanto Regional League. In 2008 they renamed themselves S.A.I. Ichihara and in 2011 they adopted the name Vonds Ichihara . Now separate from Furukawa Electric control, they aim to form its power base in Ichihara as JEF is now based in Chiba city.

JEF Reserves

JEF's reserve team played until 2011 in the Japan Football League, the third tier of Japanese football. But in 2011, the club announced the end of the B team because of financial problems.

JEF United Chiba Ladies

Rivalries

Marunouchi Gosanke

Historically, JEF United's fiercest rivals have been Kashiwa Reysol and Urawa Reds, both close neighbors. The three were co-founders ("Original Eight") of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965, and spent most seasons in the top tier through the JSL era. Because of their former parent companies' headquarters being all based in Marunouchi, Tokyo, the three clubs were known as the Marunouchi Gosanke (丸の内御三家) and fixtures among them were known as the Marunouchi derbies.

Chiba derby

JEF United and Reysol first met in 1941 in ancient Kanto regional football league. The two clubs both now based in Chiba Prefecture, and their rivalry is known as the Chiba derby. They annually contest a pre-season friendly match well known as the Chibagin Cup (i.e., Chiba Bank Cup) since 1995.

Kit and colours

Colours

The club colours of JEF United Chiba are yellow, green and red.

Kit evolution

Record as J.League member

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
League J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G
1992Group StageQuarter-final
1993 J1108th20,273Group StageQuarter-final
1994 129th22,2622nd round2nd round
1995 145th15,4181st round
1996 169th12,008Group Stage3rd round
1997 1713th5,693Quarter-final4th round
1998 1816th5,365Final3rd round
1999 1613th5,7742nd round3rd round
2000 1614th6,3382nd roundQuarter-final
2001 163rd7,818Quarter-finalQuarter-final
2002 167th7,897Quarter-finalSemi-final
2003 163rd9,709Group StageQuarter-final
2004 164th10,012Group Stage4th round
2005 184th9,535Winner5th Round
2006 1811th13,393Winner4th round
2007 1813th14,149Group Stage4th round
2008 1815th14,084Quarter-final4th round
2009 1818th14,730Group Stage4th round
2010 J2194th11,6894th round
2011 206th9,680Quarterfinals
2012 225th9,281Quarterfinals
2013 225th10,0043rd round
2014 223rd9,333Semifinals
2015 229th10,7253rd round
2016 2211th10,2923rd round
2017 226th9,9833rd round
2018 2214th9,8583rd round
2019 2217th9,7012nd round
2020 2214th2,778DNQ
Key

Attendance

Honours

Furukawa Electric SC

JEF United Ichihara Chiba

League history

Total (as of 2020): 44 seasons in the top tier and 11 seasons in the second tier.

Players

Current squad

As of 15 January 2021. [2]

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 Shota Arai (vice-captain)
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jun Okano
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taishi Taguchi
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Kobayashi
8 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Iwasaki (on loan from Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo)
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kengo Kawamata
10 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takayuki Funayama
11 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Yonekura
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisuke Suzuki (captain)
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Kojima
15 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Jang Min-gyu
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takaki Fukumitsu
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ikki Arai
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Andrew Kumagai
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuhei Otsuki
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Asahi Yada
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Itsuki Oda (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
23 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryota Suzuki
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yukitoshi Ito
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rui Sueyoshi
29 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yushi Mizobuchi
30 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Peter Kwame Aizawa
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sota Matsubara
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Issei Takahashi
33 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Michihiro Yasuda
37 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keita Buwanika
39 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoya Miki
40 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Solomon Sakuragawa
49 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Saldanha (on loan from Bahia)

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
- MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Horigome (at Montedio Yamagata until 31 January 2022)
- DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takeaki Hommura (at Giravanz Kitakyushu until 31 January 2022)
- DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Danto Sugiyama (at Kamatamare Sanuki until 31 January 2022)

International capped players.

JFA.
AFC/ CAF/ OFC.
UEFA.
CONMEBOL.

Managers

ManagerNationalityTenure
Yoshikazu Nagai Flag of Japan.svg Japan1992–1993
Eijun Kiyokumo Flag of Japan.svg Japan1994–1995
Yasuhiko Okudera Flag of Japan.svg Japan1996
Jan Versleijen Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1997–1998
Gert Engels Flag of Germany.svg Germany1999
Nicolae Zamfir Flag of Romania.svg Romania 1999–2000
Sugao Kambe (interim) Flag of Japan.svg Japan2000
Zdenko Verdenik Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia 2000–2001
Sugao Kambe (interim) Flag of Japan.svg Japan2001
Jozef Vengloš Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 2002
Ivica Osim Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina 2003–2006
Amar Osim Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006–2007
Josip Kuže Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 2008
Shigeo Sawairi (interim) Flag of Japan.svg Japan2008
Alex Miller Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 2008–2009
Atsuhiko Ejiri Flag of Japan.svg Japan2009–2010
Dwight Lodeweges Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands2011
Sugao Kambe Flag of Japan.svg Japan2011
Takashi Kiyama Flag of Japan.svg Japan2012
Jun Suzuki Flag of Japan.svg Japan2013–2014
Kazuo Saito (interim) Flag of Japan.svg Japan2014
Takashi Sekizuka Flag of Japan.svg Japan2014–2016
Shigetoshi Hasebe (interim) Flag of Japan.svg Japan2016
Juan Esnáider Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 2017–2019
Atsuhiko Ejiri Flag of Japan.svg Japan2019
Yoon Jong-hwan Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea 2020–

Notes

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References

  1. "JEF UNITED ICHIHARA CHIBA". JEF UNITED ICHIHARA CHIBA. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  2. "CLUBS & PLAYERS:JEF UNITED CHIBA". J.League. Retrieved July 29, 2019.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Daewoo Royals
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Champions of Asia
1986–87
Succeeded by
Yomiuri
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