Suzuka Point Getters

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Suzuka Point Getters
鈴鹿ポイントゲッターズ
Suzuka Point Getters emblem.png
Full nameSuzuka Point Getters
Founded1980;41 years ago (1980)
Ground Suzuka Sports Garden
Suzuka, Mie
Capacity12,500 (3,330 seated)
ChairmanRyuji Yamaoka
Manager Milagros Martínez
League Japan Football League
2020 Japan Football League, 5th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Suzuka Point Getters (鈴鹿ポイントゲッターズ, Suzuka Pointo Getta-zu) is a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. They play in Japan Football League.

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History

The club was originally established in Nabari, Mie in 1980 under the name Mie Club, and it became a member of Mie Football Association to join the Mie prefectural league in 1982. The club went up to the top division in 1991 and remained there until 2005, when local organisers kicked off the idea of developing a larger and more ambitious football team.

The region to the southwest of Nagoya has been traditionally very populous but still undeveloped from a football perspective despite a number of successes by local high school football. In mid- 2005, a group of local businessmen, football fans and coaches from Mie Prefecture, who were eager to put together a team to represent the area, approached Bunji Kimura, an ex-football manager of Kyoto Sanga F.C. and Yokohama Flügels. Kimura was convinced to accept the position of the president and technical director of a club that was then going by the name of "W.S.C. Nabari Admiral". Kimura plunged in and began a very ambitious project to transform the team from a bunch of amateur kickers in a tiny town to a much more competitive and tightly-run organisation representing the aspirations of the entire prefecture.

At Kimura's insistence, the team in February 2006 took the name "MIE FC Rampole", taking its name from the famous Japanese mystery novel writer Rampo Edogawa, who was born in Mie Prefecture. The part "ole" of the name is supposedly a Spanish word "Olé" used to cheer and applaud (cf. Consadole Sapporo). Following the name change the club launched its official website on 22 February. Kimura quickly began drawing upon his network of J.League contacts to bring in more experienced coaches and organisers, and by the end of his first season in charge the club advanced to the second division of the Tōkai Regional League.

Whereas its progress on the pitch has stalled temporarily, with third-place finishes in both 2007 and 2008, the club has been focusing most of its attention on the organisational goals. An independent corporation was established in 2006, fulfilling one of the requirements of J. League Associate Membership, and in 2008 the team merged with nearby Suzuka Club, thereby absorbing a youth program that can help to meet another key requirement. Following the merger, the team announced on 1 September 2008 that it changed its name to "F.C. Suzuka Rampole", and moved its home playing ground from Ueno Athletic Park Stadium to Suzuka Sports Garden from 2009 season. The club carried out the move since 1) Suzuka is the city world-famous for the F1 circuit located outside town, and 2) its population base and location, squarely in the middle of Mie Prefecture's main population centres is considered to be ideal.

On January 28, 2016, the team announced an immediate change of the team name to Suzuka Unlimited FC(鈴鹿アンリミテッドFC). [1]

With the appointment of coach Milagros Martínez from the 2019 season, the club was the first and to date only in any of Japan's national level divisions to have a female leading the club.

On February 1, 2020, the club announced that it would change its name to Suzuka Point Getters (鈴鹿ポイントゲッターズ). [2] Their logo and attire were updated to reflect Suzuka's status as home of the Suzuka Circuit.

Current squad

As of 18 June 2021. [3] 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 Daiki Tsukinari
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Hara
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kotaro Kawasato (captain)
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koji Hashimoto
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hitoshi Nishimura
7 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Efrain Rintaro
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Genta Umiguchi
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Netto Fujisawa
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Atsuki Wada
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junki Endo
13 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Hasunuma
14 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junya Kitano
15 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taku Kikushima
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Saito
17 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koyo Sato
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuma Sato
19 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Tamura
20 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshiki Nakamura
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takeshi Yamauchi
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Nakamura
23 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rikiya Iwawaki
24 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuma Kawamori
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Deoka
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naiki Imai
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ukyo Oto
29 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kodai Sakamoto
30 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomofumi Ikematsu
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisuke Takamiya
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuto Kito
33 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jin Hiratsuka
34 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryota Noguchi
35 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Ueda
36 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsumi Hineno
37 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Kim Tae-woo
39 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akihiro Sakata

Managerial history

ManagerNationalityTenure
Bunji Kimura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2007–2010
Yūichi Sone Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2010
Narita Takaki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2011–2018
Milagros Martinez Dominguez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2018-

Team Record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's Cup Shakaijin Cup
SeasonDivisionTierPos.GPWDLFAGDPts
2005Mie Prefectural League
(Div. 1)
63rd1383241113026Did not qualifyDid not qualify
20062nd1410223362732
2007 Tōkai Adult Soccer League
(Div. 2)
53rd1473424131124
2008 3rd147432113825
2009 1st141040431033341st Round
2010 Tōkai Adult Soccer League
(Div. 1)
44th167632415927Did not qualify
2011 2nd147252221-1232nd Round
2012 1st14941281513312nd Round
2013 6th146262224-220Did not qualify
2014 51st14110333151833
2015 2nd14101332141831
2016 2nd141022381721322nd RoundRunners-up
2017 1st141112351124341st RoundWinners
2018 1st14121137631371st Round2nd Round
2019 JFL 412th3099124044–436Did not qualify
2020 5th1563623194211st Round
Key

Last updated: 29 November 2020


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References

  1. 新チーム名決定のお知らせ January 28, 2016 (Japanese)
  2. 新チーム名「鈴鹿ポイントゲッターズ」決定のお知らせ January 20, 2020 (Japanese)
  3. "鈴鹿ポイントゲッターズ>選手・スタッフ一覧".