Kagoshima United FC

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Kagoshima United
鹿児島ユナイテッド
Kagoshima United FC.gif
Full nameKagoshima United FC
Nickname(s)Yokanise Eleven
よかにせイレブン
Founded1959;62 years ago (1959) (as Volca Kagoshima)
2014;7 years ago (2014) (as Kagoshima United)
Ground Shiranami Stadium
Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Capacity19,934
ChairmanTsuyoshi Tokushige, Kenichiro Yuwaki (co-owners)
Manager Yasuaki Oshima 
League J3 League
2020 J3 League, 4th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Kagoshima United FC (鹿児島ユナイテッドFC, Kagoshima Yunaiteddo FC) is a football club in Japan that was formed from the merger of Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, both have been playing in Kyushu Soccer League before the merger. Their top team currently plays in J3 League, and their secondary team plays in Kyushu Soccer League.

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History

Origins (1959–2013)

Volca Kagoshima was established in 1959 as Kagoshima Teachers' Soccer Club. The club was a founding member of the Kyushu Soccer League in 1973. Since the league's inception, the club had always played in this league and never be relegated to the Prefectural Leagues until the merge with FC Kagoshima in 2014. They advanced to the Regional League promotion series five times, but never succeeded to promote to the upper tier, Japan Football League, known as the highest level for amateur club football in the country. The club changed the name from Kagoshima Teachers to Volca Kagoshima in 1995.

FC Kagoshima was established in 1994 as an affiliated club of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya. They were promoted to the Kyushu Soccer League as early as 2004 and changed the name to Osumi NIFS United FC.

Both of Volca and NIFS have been seeking the way to promote to the JFL separately. The idea of a merged club of Volca and FC Kagoshima (renamed from NIFS in 2010) had been discussed by the Kagoshima Prefectural Football Association as early as 2012, however, it was failed to reach an agreement at that time. Although Volca and FC Kagoshima had applied for J.League Associate Membership separately, both sides restarted their talk about the merger, then finally agreed with merging their clubs to aim promotion to the J.League, in response of the advisory by the J.League organization. As both clubs had advanced to the final round of the Regional League promotion series in 2013, the merged club earned the promotion to the JFL of 2014.

Kagoshima United (2014–)

The two clubs, Volca Kagoshima and FC Kagoshima, were merged in 2014 and formed Kagoshima United. In November 2015, after concluding in promotion zone in 2015, they received J.League license to participate in the J3 League. [1]

Rivalries

The traditional rival of Kagoshima United is Roasso Kumamoto, the prefectural neighbours and former Kyushu Soccer League fellows since 1983 until 2005, except 20012002. Matches between the two clubs are labelled Hisatsu derby (肥薩ダービー, "Kumamoto-Kagoshima derby") and generate a lot of interest in both prefectures.

Crest and colours

The club crest has the illustrations of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay, both symbolize Kagoshima Prefecture, on its background design, with red colour, which represents Volca, and light blue colour, represents FC Kagoshima.

Kit evolution

Kagoshima United's club colours are white and navy.

League and cup record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.TeamsTierPos.GPWDLFAGDPtsAttendance/G Emperor's Cup
2014 JFL1443rd261835451926571,8252nd round
2015 163rd301866462521602,6241st round
2016 J31635th3015510392910503,6651st round
2017 174th3217411493712553,5082nd round
2018 172nd321697463511574,0402nd round
2019 J222221st42117244173-32405,7832nd round
2020 J31834th3418412554312582,214Did not qualify
Key

  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Honours

Volca Kagoshima (1959–2013)

FC Kagoshima (1994–2013)

Kagoshima United (2014–)

League history

Current squad


As of 2 March 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 Kazusa Iwasaki
2 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Foguete
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kotaro Fujiwara (On loan from Tochigi SC)
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keisuke Tanabe
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kento Nakamura
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taku Ushinohama
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuma Sonoda
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junki Goryo
13 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shogo Onishi
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroya Nodake
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Osamu Henry Iyoha (On loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Kide
17 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusei Kayanuma
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junya Nodake
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Yamamoto
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Noriyuki Sakemoto
21 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kohei Hattanda
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mikiya Eto
23 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Gerson
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuya Sunamori
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Fuma Shirasaka (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
35 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Nakahara
36 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rei Yonezawa
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosei Hamaguchi
38 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yushi Yamaya (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
40 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kai Ishizu
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Miyake

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
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryota Kamino (On loan at Tegevajaro Miyazaki)

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References

  1. "Kagoshima United to join J3". J.League. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. "トップチーム". Kagoshima United FC. Retrieved Jan 22, 2021.