Shonan Bellmare

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Shonan Bellmare
湘南ベルマーレ
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Full nameShonan Bellmare
Founded1968;53 years ago (1968)
Ground Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Capacity15,380 [1]
ChairmanKiyoshi Makabe
Manager Bin Ukishima
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 18th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Shonan Bellmare (湘南ベルマーレ, Shōnan Berumāre) is a Japanese professional football club based in Hiratsuka, in the west of Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Their home stadium is Hiratsuka Athletics Stadium. Shonan refers to a coastal area along Sagami Bay that includes Hiratsuka. Bellmare is a portmanteau of the Italian words bello and mare, meaning "beautiful sea".

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History

Early years as corporate team

The club was founded in 1968 as Towa Real Estate SC in Nasu, Tochigi. [2] They were promoted to the Japan Soccer League (JSL) Division 1 in 1972. They changed their name to Fujita Kogyo S.C. when Towa Estate Development gave up the ownership to their parent company Fujita Kogyo, which moved the club to Hiratsuka.

They won the JSL three times (including two doubles with the Emperor's Cup) between 1977 and 1981. They were nevertheless relegated to the JSL's Division 2 in 1990. Although they won the last JSL Division 2 season in 1991–92, the professionalization and formation of the J.League meant they did not meet the new top flight league's criteria and the runners-up, Kashima Antlers (formerly Sumitomo), were promoted instead.

1993 (JFL)

In 1993, they adopted new name Shonan Bellmare. Their application to the J.League Associate membership was accepted. They played in the former Japan Football League Division 1 and won the league championship. After Hiratsuka City Council committed to finance the refurbishment of the Hiratsuka Stadium to meet the J.League requirements, J.League accepted the club.

1994–1997 (Golden era)

Hidetoshi Nakata with the Asian Cup Winners' Cup trophy in 1996 Hidetoshi Nakata in Okinawa.jpg
Hidetoshi Nakata with the Asian Cup Winners' Cup trophy in 1996
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Bellmare Hiratsuka 1994–1999 crest

The club was forced to change their name to Bellmare Hiratsuka because J.League required the participants to designate only one city or town as their hometown and include its name in the club names at that time. The club initially struggled to cope with the J.League opponents and finished 11th out of 12 in the first stage of the 1994 season. However, they came back in the second stage and finished 2nd. With this momentum, the club won the 1994–1995 Emperor's Cup. This title qualified Bellmare for the 1996 Asian Cup Winners' Cup, which they won by beating Iraq's Al Talaba in the final. Hidetoshi Nakata joined the team in 1995 and they also successfully recruited Brazilian-born Wagner Lopes and influential Korean international Hong Myung-bo. This is arguably the most successful period of the club. [3]

1998–1999 (Difficult period)

Four Bellmare players were selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. They were Nakata, Lopes, Hong and a goalkeeper Nobuyuki Kojima. However, as Nakata left for Italian club Perugia just after the World Cup, the club's fortune started to decline. The main sponsor Fujita decided to discontinue the financial support in 1999 due to their own financial difficulties. [4] It forced the club to release some highly paid players including Lopes, Hong and Kojima. They finished bottom of J1 in 1999 and were relegated to J2.

2000–2009 (J2)

The club made a new start. The ownership was transferred to a community-owned organisation. They also changed their name to Shonan Bellmare as J.League allowed them to enlarge their designated hometowns to include several cities and towns surrounding Hiratsuka. [4] The club's performance on the pitch has not been strong and they have not been serious contenders for the promotion to J1 so far.

A J1 comeback in 2010, if they are able to achieve promotion, will be the first without Fujita as their sponsor. Although for a time they refused to consider their history as the championship-winning Fujita corporate team in their current history, this year they celebrated the club's 40-year anniversary in 2009 as deduced from the badge in their Web site.

On 5 December 2009, Shonan returned to J1 as third-place finishers in 2009 seasons.

2010–current (Return to J1)

The club returned to the J1 in 2010, but injured one after another and J2 was relegated after leaving four games. In the end, he won 21 consecutive league games. It was the worst record of J1 at that time. After that, the team will be repeatedly demoted to J2 and promoted to J1.

In recent years, the team has been steadily emphasizing. In 2014, the team made good progress in the J2, winning 14 consecutive games from the opening. The team was defeated by Ehime FC in the 15th round, but after that they lost 21 battles. J1 automatic promotion is confirmed. As a result, he won the J2 with 31 wins, 8 draws, 3 losses and 101 points in the 2014 season. In 2016, in the J1, Shonan Bellmare was the final result in 8th place, and it was the first time for J1 to remain in history. In addition, at the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2015 held in August, Wataru Endo, who was on the team at the time, participated as a representative of Japan. In 2018, won the J.League Cup. [5] It was the first time for Shonan Bellmare to win three major titles since winning the 74th Emperor's Cup in the Bellmare Hiratsuka.

On the operational side, there was some report that the club fell into excess debt of more than 100 million yen in February 2012, and in the worst case the club itself could be dissolved (the actual amount of excess debt was 82.68 million yen). However, the debt insolvency was resolved by two capital increases. [6] In April 2018, SANEI ARCHITECTURE PLANNING, which was the largest shareholder of Shonan Bellmare, established "Merudia RIZAP Shonan Sports Partners" in collaboration with RIZAP GROUP. The new company acquired a 50% stake in Shonan Bellmare. [7] RIZAP GROUP intends to invest 1 billion yen in Bellmare over the next three years. [8]

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s)Main Shirt SponsorCollarbone SponsorAdditional Sponsor(s)Kit Manufacturer
2019MELDIA
三栄建築設計
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Anritsu (Left) 9 October 2019
RIZAP (Right)Sangyōnōritsu daigakuNT
Nihon tanshi
FUjiTA-PENALTY
2020-

Rivalries

Historically the Shonan area was part of a pre-modern province, Sagami Province, whereas Yokohama and Kawasaki were part of Musashi Province, hence Bellmare's intraprefectural rivalries with Yokohama F. Marinos, Yokohama FC and Kawasaki Frontale are based on the hard-working port cities of South Musashi as opposed to the more laid-back attitude of Sagami.

Record as J.League member

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's
Cup
Asia
1994 J1125th17,8361st roundWinner
1995 1411th16,1112nd round
1996 1611th10,483Semi-finalQuarter-final CWC Winner
1997 178th7,841Group StageQuarter-final
1998 1811th10,158Group Stage4th round
1999 1616th7,3881st round3rd round
2000 J2118th4,9681st round3rd round
2001 128th4,1121st round2nd round
2002 125th4,5514th round
2003 1210th4,7314th round
2004 1210th4,6915th round
2005 127th5,7463rd round
2006 1311th5,3654th round
2007 136th4,6774th round
2008 155th5,9943rd round
2009 183rd7,2732nd round
2010 J11818th11,095Group Stage3rd round
2011 J22014th6,943Quarter-final
2012 222nd6,8523rd round
2013 J11816th9,911Group Stage3rd round
2014 J2221st8,4783rd round
2015 J1188th12,208Group Stage3rd round
2016 1817th11,530Group StageQuarter-finals
2017 J2221st8,4543rd round
2018 J11813th12,120Winner4th round
2019 1816th12,848Group Stage2nd round
2020 1818th4,467Group StageDid Not Qualify
Key

Honours

As Towa / Fujita
As Bellmare Hiratsuka / Shonan Bellmare

League history

Total (as of 2017): 28 seasons in the top tier, 18 seasons in the second tier and 2 seasons in the Regional Leagues.

Players

Current squad

As of 6 March 2021. [9]

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 Kosei Tani (On loan from Gamba Osaka)
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hirokazu Ishihara
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Tachi
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Kobayashi
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Okamoto
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsukasa Umesaki
8 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazunari Ono
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Wellington
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoki Yamada
11 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Tarik Elyounoussi
13 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoki Ishihara
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akimi Barada
16 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Yamamoto
17 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Ohashi
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sho Hiramatsu
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunya Mori
20 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shintaro Nago (On loan from Kashima Antlers)
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Hotta
No.Pos.NationPlayer
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Oiwa
23 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Tomii
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shun Nakamura
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiga Hata
27 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masaki Ikeda
28 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiyo Hiraoka
29 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hidetoshi Miyuki
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sosuke Shibata
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kotaro Tachikawa
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Satoshi Tanaka
33 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Machino
34 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kodai Minoda
35 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoki Hara
36 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taisei Ishii
37 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Nemoto
39 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Welinton Júnior (On loan from Portimonense SC)
40 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Riuler
42 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Takahashi

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
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yota Akimoto (to Ehime FC)
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Sanada (to Ococias Kyoto AC)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Fukushima (to Fukushima United FC)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hikaru Arai (to Gainare Tottori)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mitsuki Saito (to FC Rubin Kazan)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Asahi Yokokawa (to Gainare Tottori)

Managers

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, one character was player of Shonan Bellmare. The midfielder Jun Misugi, which also was player of FC Tokyo.

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References

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