Renofa Yamaguchi FC

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Renofa Yamaguchi FC
レノファ山口FC
Renofa Yamaguchi FC logo.svg
Full nameRenofa Yamaguchi Football Club
Nickname(s)Renofa
Founded1949 (as Yamaguchi Teachers)
2006 (as Renofa Yamaguchi FC)
Ground Ishin Me-Life Stadium
Capacity20,000
Managing
Organisation
Renofa Yamaguchi Co,.Ltd.
ChairmanTakashi Kawamura
Manager Susumu Watanabe
League J2 League
2020 J2 League, 22nd
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Renofa Yamaguchi FC (レノファ山口FC, Renofa Yamaguchi FC) is a Japanese professional football club based in Yamaguchi, the capital of Yamaguchi Prefecture. They play in the J2 League, the second tier of the country's football league system.

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History

The original football team consisted of a group of teaching staff who were based within Yamaguchi prefecture, a team called Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団, Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan), often abbreviated to Yamaguchi Teachers or Yamaguchi KFC (compare Tochigi S.C. and Gainare Tottori, who started as teachers' clubs and are now members of the J.League).

In February 2006, the Yamaguchi Football Association eyed the placement of a team from Yamaguchi in the J.League. Setting its heart of operations at Yamaguchi Teachers, a new football club was established. [1] At the same time, a public appeal was made to name the new club, with Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. being decided in March of the same year. The word renofa is a combination of three English words: renovation, fight and fine. [2] [3]

Without a specified home ground, the team played Chūgoku league matches across a number of different venues within the prefecture, including Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium, Yamaguchi Kirara Expo Memorial Park, Onoda Football Park, Shunan City Athletic Stadium and Yamaguchi Football Park. Now however, home games are played at Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium.

Though structured with a hometown manager and local players, sponsored by local business and enterprises, and local action plans within the local community, Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. is aiming for a national future in the J.League. [4]

Old Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. crest, used till 2013 Renofa Yamaguchi FC old.gif
Old Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. crest, used till 2013

In the days of Yamaguchi Teachers, the team frequently finished mid to low table in the Chūgoku league. However, since the establishing of the new club in 2006, the team had consistently improved their final league position. This culminated in the 2008 season where they achieved their first league win. In the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series of that year the team finished fourth in the final round, missing the opportunity for promotion to the Japan Football League. The 2009 season saw them win their first Emperor's Cup match, beating Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. in a penalty shoot out. [5]

Since the team's formation it had operated as a private organisation, however when the Nonprofit organization Yamaguchi Athletics Club was established on 24 May 2011, managing control of the team changed hands putting the new NPO in charge. [6]

After the club finished fourth in 2014 Japan Football League and passed the necessary licensing, J.League officially admitted Renofa Yamaguchi to participate in J3 League starting 2015 season. [7] Their J.League debut season saw them earn the first ever rewards in their history, namely a third tier title and with it, promotion to the J2.

Changes in Club Name

Team Results and Managers

(Note that prior to the 1991 season a team would earn two points for a win)
(From 1997 to 2006 when a match ended in a draw, a penalty shoot-out would occur. The winning team were awarded 2 points, and the losing team 1 point)

Current squad

As of 24 May 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
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosuke Kikuchi
3 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Renan Paixão
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kentaro Sato
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hirofumi Watanabe
7 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisuke Takagi
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kensuke Sato
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuhito Kishida
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Joji Ikegami
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yatsunori Shimaya
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Kusumoto
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoto Sawai
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayumu Kawai
16 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kensei Ukita
17 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisuke Yoshimitsu
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ren Komatsu (On loan from Matsumoto Yamaga)
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Mori
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kentaro Seki
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Oki
24 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsubasa Umeki
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Kamigaki
27 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hidenori Takahasi
28 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hikaru Manabe
29 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Tanaka
30 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Henik
31 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kusano (On loan from Yokohama FC)
32 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Ishii (On loan from Urawa Red Diamonds)
33 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Genki Yamada
34 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Terakado (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
38 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Kawano
44 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroto Ishikawa
46 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuma Takai
48 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaili Shimbo

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 Reo Kunimoto (On loan at Albirex Niigata)
- DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryosei Ito (On loan at Matsue City)

Record

As Yamaguchi Teachers

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonLeaguePos.GPWDLFAGDPtsEmperor's CupManagerNotes
1976 1st Round
1980 Chūgoku
League
6th144372730−311
1981 7th143472931−210
1982 2nd1483334211319 1st Round
1983 2nd1483335231219
1984 4th1485138271117
1985 5th146173029113
1986 3rd1473434241017
1987 3rd126241816214
1988 3rd167363426817
1989 2nd1273228151317
1990 4th167363225717Takashi Yamamoto
1991 4th147163128322
1992 6th144191928−913
1993 3rd146442318522
1994 6th144552723417
1995 8th142572630−411
1996 6th143651735−1815
1997 8th1413101431−1771 match won, 2 matches lost on penalties.
Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
1998Yamaguchi
Prefecture
League
1999 1st Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2000 Chūgoku
League
5th146172034−14201 match won on penalties.
2001 7th123271730−1312 1st Round 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
2002 4th103251731−14121 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
2003 8th14158822−1411 1st Round 3 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.
Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
2004Yamaguchi
Prefecture
League
1st1080224 1st Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2005 Chūgoku
League
7th121471123−1292 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.

SeasonLeaguePos.GPWDLFAGDPtsEmperor's CupManagerNotes
2006 Chūgoku
League
4th147342528−325Takashi Miyanari
2007 3rd176473346−1322 1st Round
2008 1st16115045153038Finalist in the Promotional Series
2009 2nd18131453213240 2nd Round
2010 1st18141351173443 2nd Round Toshiaki Tsukioka
2011 2nd18132354173741 2nd Round
2012 4th1895447222532Takashi Kawamura
2013 1st18133253134042 1st Round Genki Nakayama Promoted to JFL
2014 JFL 4th26163751272451 Nobuhiro Ueno Promoted to J3
2015 J3 1st36253896366078 1st Round Promoted to J2
2016 J2 12th421411175563-853 3rd Round
2017 20th42115264869-2138 2nd Round Nobuhiro Ueno
Carlos Mayor
2018 8th421613136364-161 3rd Round Masahiro Shimoda
2019 15th42138215470-1647 3rd Round
2020 22nd4296274374-3161Did not qualify
Key

Honours

As Yamaguchi Teachers

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.

Training ground

Sanyo-Onoda Soccer Park Sanyo-Onoda Soccer Park.jpg
Sanyo-Onoda Soccer Park

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