Yokohama FC

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Yokohama FC
横浜FC
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Full nameYokohama FC
Nickname(s)Fulie
Founded1999;22 years ago (1999)
Ground Mitsuzawa Stadium
Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
Capacity15,046
ChairmanYuji Onodera
Manager Tomonobu Hayakawa
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 15th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Yokohama FC (横浜FC, Yokohama Efushī) is a Japanese professional football club based in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club currently plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. The club was formed by fans of Yokohama Flügels as a protest against Flügels' merger with Yokohama Marinos in 1999, becoming the first supporter-owned professional sports team in Japan. [1]

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Since gaining J.League membership in 2001, Yokohama FC spent a long time in the second tier of the Japanese football league system. The club gained promotion to J.League Division 1 for 2007 season, as champions of J.League Division 2 in 2006, but were immediately relegated the following season. After twelve years in the J2 League, they returned to the top flight in the 2020 season, earning promotion the previous year.

History

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Graphical timeline of Yokohama football clubs

Yokohama FC was formed in 1999 following the merger of Yokohama's two J.League clubs, the Flügels and the Marinos. Flügels supporters felt that their club had essentially been dissolved rather than merged with, so rejected the suggestion that they should start supporting Marinos – who had been their crosstown rivals. Instead, with money raised through donations from the general public and an affiliation with talent management company IMG, the former Flügels supporters founded the Yokohama Fulie Sports Club. [2] Following the socio model used by FC Barcelona, the Fulie Sports Club created Yokohama FC, the first professional sports team in Japan owned and operated by its supporters. [1]

For its first season in 1999, Yokohama FC hired former German national team and World Cup star Pierre Littbarski to be the manager and Yasuhiko Okudera, the first Japanese footballer to play professionally in Europe, to be the chairman. [3] The club attempted to gain entry directly into the professional J.League, but the Japan Football Association only permitted entry to the amateur Japan Football League (JFL), at the time the third level of the Japanese football league system, and ruled that the club would not be eligible for promotion into J.League Division 2 at the end of its first season. So, despite finishing as JFL champion in 1999, Yokohama FC finished as JFL champion again in 2000 before being promoted to J.League Division 2. [4]

The club spent the next 6 seasons in J.League Division 2 before finishing as champions in 2006 and gaining promotion to J.League Division 1. In 2007, just the ninth year of its existence, Yokohama FC played its first season in the top flight of Japanese football. After a poor season, the team were consigned to relegation with five games of the season still remaining. Despite their early relegation, Yokohama FC nevertheless decided the final outcome at the opposite end of the table; by defeating title contenders Urawa Red Diamonds on the last day of the season, Kashima Antlers secured the J.League Division 1 title. [5]

In 2018, Yokohama FC narrowly missed out on automatic promotion by goal difference. The team made it to the J2 promotion final, losing to Tokyo Verdy on an stoppage time winner. In 2019, Yokohama finished second in J2 and gained automatic promotion to J1.

Fight for promotion

Although they had a dire season in 2005, ending 11th out of 12, they were in the top half of table throughout the 2006 season. On 26 November they finished in the top spot of the J2 league, and hence were finally promoted to division 1.

This success story was so dramatic as to make people somewhat excited in Japan. Yokohama FC's financial situation is so poor that they don't even possess their own football ground or a club house. Players did everything themselves including the carrying the goal posts and washing jerseys.

Some of the main players are veteran stars, such as Kazuyoshi Miura (53), Atsuhiro Miura (58). These players once played for the National Team.

They lost all pre-season matches, even against college students, then also the first official match of the year. After this, they suddenly changed the player-manager to a freshman with little experience named Takuya Takagi 38. At the beginning of the season few expected them to become champions.

Colours

As they could not adopt directly Flügels' white and blue strip given its similarity to that of Marinos, Yokohama FC decided to adopt an all-cyan kit, after NKK SC, a former company club which had closed in 1994. NKK SC was based in Kawasaki and played most matches at Todoroki Athletics Stadium, but used Mitsuzawa Stadium on days when the other Kawasaki clubs at the time (Verdy Kawasaki, Toshiba and Fujitsu) used it.

Current players

As of 14 July 2021 [6]

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 Issei Ouchi
2 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Maguinho (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yutaro Hakamata
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hideto Takahashi
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masakazu Tashiro
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuki Seko
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Matsuura
8 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosuke Saito
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Kléber
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Nakamura
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuyoshi Miura (captain)
13 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keijiro Ogawa
14 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Germain
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reo Yasunaga
16 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sho Ito
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Eijiro Takeda
18 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Minami
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masahiko Inoha
20 DF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Calvin Jong-a-Pin
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akinori Ichikawa
No.Pos.NationPlayer
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Katsuya Iwatake
23 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yota Maejima
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Takagi
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Tabei
26 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Han Ho-gang
27 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Nakashio
28 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Haruki Saruta (on loan from Kashiwa Reysol)
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kohei Tezuka
31 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuji Sugimoto
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riku Furuyado
33 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoki Kondo
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Matsuo
38 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Arthur Silva
39 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuma Watanabe
44 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuji Rokutan
45 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Sugita
46 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taishin Yamazaki
47 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kensho Masuda
GK Flag of Germany.svg  GER Svend Brodersen

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 Kyowaan Hoshi (at Matsumoto Yamaga)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kakeru Kumagawa (at YSCC Yokohama)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kusano (at Renofa Yamaguchi)

Record as J.League member

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
2001 J2129th3,0072nd round4th round
2002 1212th3,4773rd round
2003 1211th3,7433rd round
2004 128th4,2195th round
2005 1811th5,9384th round
2006 131st5,1193rd round
2007 J11818th14,039Group Stage5th round
2008 J21510th6,7934th round
2009 1816th3,5353rd round
2010 196th5,7913rd round
2011 2018th5,7702nd round
2012 224th6,0393rd round
2013 2211th6,0642nd round
2014 2211th5,1462nd round
2015 2215th5,1132nd round
2016 228th4,892Round of 16
2017 2210th5,9672nd round
2018 223rd6,1413rd round
2019 222nd7,0613rd round
2020 J11815th3,559Group StageDNQ
2021 20tba
Key

Managers

As of 23 February 2020.

Honours

Affiliated clubs

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