Vegalta Sendai

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Vegalta Sendai
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Full nameVegalta Sendai
Founded1988;33 years ago (1988)
Ground Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Izumi-ku, Sendai
Capacity19,694
ChairmanTomohiro Sasaki
Manager Makoto Teguramori
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 17th of 18
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Vegalta Sendai (ベガルタ仙台, Begaruta Sendai) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in J1 League. The team is located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Their home stadium is Yurtec Stadium Sendai, in Izumi-ku, Sendai, although a few home games have also been played at nearby Miyagi Stadium.

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History

Founded in 1988 as Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. Soccer Club, Vegalta joined the J-League in 1999 after playing a few years in the JFL, with the nickname Brummell Sendai, to which they had been promoted in 1995 from the Tohoku Regional League. When joining the J-League, the name Vegalta was chosen as a homage to the famous Tanabata festival in Sendai. The names of the two celestial stars of the Tanabata legend, Vega and Altair were combined to form Vegalta.

They were first promoted to the top flight in 2002 but in the following season the team went back down the following season. They were promoted again for the 2010 season.

In 2011, despite the earthquake and tsunami, they achieved their highest position up to that time, 4th place in the top division. In 2012, despite leading the table for most of the season, Sanfrecce Hiroshima's challenge proved too strong, and losing the penultimate week game to relegation battler Albirex Niigata cost them the title, rendering them second-place winners, their highest position in history.

In 2018, the Vegalta reached vice place in the Emperor's Cup, losing the cup to the Urawa Reds. [1]

Supporters and rivalries

Like most football clubs, Sendai's fans are to be heard singing and dancing throughout the match; but, most of the songs used by fans of other clubs are eschewed in favor of a more eclectic set. The club's theme, sung before every game, is Take Me Home, Country Roads , while during the game altered lyrics are sung to the tunes of The Lambrusco Kid by the Toy Dolls, Blitzkrieg Bop, and other songs by KISS and Twisted Sister.

Michinoku derby

Vegalta's traditional rivals are Montedio Yamagata from Yamagata Prefecture. The two have been rivals since meeting in the Tohoku Football League in 1991.

Uniforms

Current players

As of May 14, 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 Yuma Obata
2 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yosuke Akiyama
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koji Hachisuka
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hisashi Appiah Tawiah
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rikiya Uehara (On loan from Júbilo Iwata)
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kunimitsu Sekiguchi
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshiki Matsushita
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuhei Akasaki
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yasuhiro Hiraoka
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takayoshi Ishihara
15 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuma Nishimura
16 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kyohei Yoshino
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shingo Tomita
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shogo Nakahara
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Minagawa
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 FW Flag of Curacao.svg  CUW Quenten Martinus
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Ioka
22 GK Flag of Serbia.svg  SRB Nedeljko Stojisic
23 DF Flag of Mozambique.svg  MOZ Simão Mate Junior
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayate Nagakura
25 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Mase
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Chihiro Kato
27 GK Flag of Poland.svg  POL Jakub Słowik
28 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Sasaki
29 FW Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Emmanuel Oti Essigba
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Wataru Tanaka
31 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Teruyama
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoma Kida
33 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Felippe Cardoso (On loan from Santos FC)
35 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Foguinho

Record

SeasonLeagueTierTms.Pos.WDLPtsAttendance
1995 JFL21615th902127
1996 166th1801256
1997 168th1501540
1998 167th1801243
1999 J22109th1042231134,462
2000 115th1921955177,967
2001 122nd2751283308,243
2002 J111613th1111832327,925
2003 1615th5101524325,621
2004 J22126th15141559356,359
2005 124th19111468350,544
2006 135th21141377346,868
2007 134th24131183352,432
2008 153rd1881670295,679
2009 181st32109106336,719
2010 J111814th1015939294,644
2011 184th1414656266,144
2012 182nd1512757282,200
2013 1813th11111245252,725
2014 1814th9141138257,949
2015 1814th917835234,442
2016 1812th1317443262,937
2017 1812th1115841250,677
2018 1811th1315645242,791
2019 1811th1251741254,503
2020 1817th610182836,113
Key

Honours

Managers

ManagerNationalityTenure
Start dateFinish date
Takekazu Suzuki Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan July 1, 1990December 31, 1995
Choei Sato Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 1996
Branko Elsner Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia February 1, 1997December 31, 1997
Toshiya Miura Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan January 1, 1998January 31, 1998
Takekazu Suzuki Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan February 1, 1998July 24, 1999
Hidehiko Shimizu Flag of Japan.svg  Japan July 27, 1999September 14, 2003
Hajime Ishii Flag of Japan.svg  Japan September 15, 2003September 20, 2003
Zdenko Verdenik Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia September 21, 2003December 31, 2004
Satoshi Tsunami Flag of Japan.svg  Japan January 1, 2005November 30, 2005
Joel Santana Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil December 1, 2005December 31, 2006
Tatsuya Mochizuki Flag of Japan.svg  Japan January 1, 2007December 31, 2007
Makoto Teguramori Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1, 2008November 14, 2013
Graham Arnold Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia November 14, 2013April 9, 2014
Susumu Watanabe Flag of Japan.svg  Japan April 10, 2014January 31, 2020
Takashi Kiyama Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1, 2020January 31, 2021
Makoto Teguramori Flag of Japan.svg  Japan February 1, 2021

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2013 AFC Champions League Group E Flag of Thailand.svg Buriram United 1–11–14th
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Sainty 1–20–0
Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 1–02–1

Finances

Despite leading J2 in attendance for the past three years, the club has struggled financially since being relegated from J1. In 2005, the team ran a deficit of 163 million yen, the only year since joining the J.League that they failed to turn a profit. [4] Up until the closing date of the 2006 season (January 31, 2007), the team was projecting a 150 million yen deficit. [5] However, the transfer fee for Borges was enough to drive them into the black for the season. The total profit in 2006 was 27 million yen. [6]

SeasonIncomeExpenses
1999599578
2000763751
20011021998
200221521950
200323482211
200421102103
200517871950
2006TBDTBD
in million yen

Asian clubs ranking

As of 14 October 2018. [7]
Current RankCountryTeamPoints
66 Flag of Lebanon.svg Al-Ahed SC 1379
67 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Nasr Dubai SC 1377
68 Flag of Japan.svg Vegalta Sendai1375
69 Flag of India.svg Salgaocar F.C. 1372
70 Flag of Japan.svg Sagan Tosu 1372

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