Ventforet Kofu

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Ventforet Kofu
VentforetKofu.png
Full nameVentforet Kofu
Nickname(s)Ventforet
Founded1965;56 years ago (1965)
Ground JIT Recycle Ink Stadium
Kōfu
Capacity17,000
ChairmanKazuyuki Umino
Manager Akira Ito
League J2 League
2020 J2 League, 4th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Ventforet Kofu (ヴァンフォーレ甲府, Vanfōre Kōfu) is a Japanese football (soccer) club from Kōfu in Yamanashi Prefecture. The team competes in the J2 League. Its home ground is the Kose Sports Stadium.

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The word "Ventforet" is a compound formed from two French root words: "vent" (wind) and "forêt" (forest). The name alludes to the famous phrase Fū-rin-ka-zan (風林火山)that Takeda Shingen, a prominent Kōfu-based daimyō in the Sengoku period, emblazoned on his war banners. The phrase contains four similies: as swift as the wind; as silent as a forest; as fierce as fire; as immovable as a mountain.

History

Kofu Club (1965–1994)

The club was founded in 1965 when the old boys' club of Kofu Dai-ichi High School, the Kakujo Club, started to recruit graduates of other high schools with the intention of promotion to the Japan Soccer League.

The club joined the newly formed JSL Division 2 in 1972. They stayed there until the conclusion of the league in 1992 when it became a founding member of the former Japan Football League.

Kofu Club was formed by volunteers, unlike other mainstream football clubs at that time in Japan, whose players were mostly the employees of their sponsoring companies.

Ventforet Kofu (1995–present)

The club was renamed Ventforet Kofu in 1995 and joined J.League Division 2 in 1999 when it was formed. The club survived a difficult period between 1999 and 2001, when it suffered from financial troubles as well as miserable results on the pitch, including a streak of twenty-five consecutive losses. Ventforet finished bottom for three seasons in succession and was dubbed as "Excess baggage of J2".

Ventforet improved in 2002, and in 2005 finished third, gaining promotion to the Japanese first division by winning the promotion/relegation play-offs against Kashiwa Reysol. However, the team was relegated with a week remaining in the 2007 season.

At the end of 2010 season, the team was promoted a second time. Despite having striker Mike Havenaar contend for the Top Scorer award in division one the following year, the club was relegated again at the end of 2011. However, it returned after only one year's absence as champions of division two, Ventforet's first championship in its thirty-six year history. Ventforet remained in division one of the Japanese League until 2017.

League history

Honours

2012
1969
1969, 1970

Current squad

As of February 25th, 2021. [1] 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 Kohei Kawata
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hidehiro Sugai
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsushi Koyanagi
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hideomi Yamamoto (Captain)
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takashi Kanai
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hideyuki Nozawa
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Nakayama
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryohei Arai
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazushi Mitsuhira
10 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Willian Lira
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Arita
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Fumitaka Kitatani
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryotaro Nakamura
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Gakuto Notsuda (On loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sho Araki
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshiki Torikai
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Junma Miyazaki
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Koizumi
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Nozawa
23 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masahiro Sekiguchi
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Yamada
25 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Paulo Baya (On loan from FC Cascavel)
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Iwana Kobayashi
30 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Niki Urakami
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosuke Okanishi
39 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Jin Izumisawa
40 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Mendes
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Motoki Hasegawa

Record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
YearDivisionTierPos.PWDLPtsManager
1992 former JFL Div. 225th1891828 Flag of Japan.svg Kazutomo Fukazawa
1993 9th186-12-
1994 former JFL 214th309-21- Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Katsumata
1995 9th3014-1643 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Tsukada
1996 11th3011-1933
1997 6th3019-1152
1998 4th3022-859
1999 J2 League 210th36542718 Flag of Japan.svg Susumu Katsumata
2000 11th40533218 Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Tsukada
2001 12th44823425 Flag of Brazil.svg Reis
2002 7th4416101858 Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Oki
2003 5th4419121369 Flag of Japan.svg Hideki Matsunaga (Jan 1, 2002 – Dec 31, 2004)
2004 7th4415131658
2005 3rd4419121369 Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Oki (Feb 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2007)
2006 J1 League 115th341261542
2007 17th34762127
2008 J2 League 27th4215141359 Flag of Japan.svg Takayoshi Amma (Feb 1, 2008 – Dec 31, 2009)
2009 4th5128131097
2010 2nd361913470 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuo Uchida (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010)
2011 J1 League 116th34919633 Flag of Japan.svg Toshiya Miura (Jan 1, 2010 – Aug 7, 2011)
Flag of Japan.svg Satoru Sakuma (Aug 8, 2011 – Dec 31, 2011)
2012 J2 League 21st422441486 Flag of Japan.svg Hiroshi Jofuku (Jan 1, 2012 – Nov 25, 2014)
2013 J1 League 115th348131337
2014 13th349111441
2015 13th341017737 Flag of Japan.svg Yasuhiro Higuchi (Dec 8, 2014 – May 11, 2015)
Flag of Japan.svg Satoru Sakuma (May 13, 2015 – end of season)
2016 14th347171031 Flag of Japan.svg Satoru Sakuma
2017 16th347161132 Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Yoshida
2018 J2 League 29th4216151159 Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Yoshida
Flag of Japan.svg Nobuhiro Ueno
2019 5th4220111171 Flag of Japan.svg Akira Ito
2020 4th421617965
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References

  1. https://www.ventforet.jp/clubs/top_players/
  2. "Kerjasama Persib bersama Venforet Kofu" (in Indonesian).