Football Club Gifu, abbreviated as F.C. Gifu (FC岐阜, Efu Shī Gifu)[1] is a Japanese football club based in Gifu, Japan. They play in the J3 League, the third tier of Japanese professional football.

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Full nameGifu Football Club Co., Ltd.
Founded2001; 19 years ago (2001)
GroundGifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Capacity26,109
ChairmanHiroyuki Miyata
ManagerZdravko Zemunović
LeagueJ3 League
2019J2 League, 22th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

During the Japan Soccer League and former Japan Football League years, the city and prefecture of Gifu were represented by the Seino Transportation Co. (西濃運輸 Seinō Un'yu) works team, which was relegated from the old JFL for the last time in 1997 and folded shortly thereafter.

The modern-day Gifu club was founded in 2001 (Seino's last manager Masayuki Katsuno was among the founders, and a former Seino player, Takashi Umeda, recently returned to town and joined the club following a decade-long stint with Oita Trinita). The club was promoted to the new Japan Football League in 2007 after beating Honda Lock S.C. in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

The team earned third place at the end of the 2007 season, meaning it qualified for promotion to J. League Division 2. On December 3, 2007, J. League approved a promotion for the team for the 2008 season.[2]

The club finished the 2012 season in 21st place, narrowly missing out on relegation to the Japan Football League.[3]

CrestEdit

The team's crest was designed to represent Gifu Prefecture. The top of the crest represents the mountain ranges of the northern part of the prefecture. The flowers are Chinese milk vetch, which are the prefectural flower. Each of the three lines represents one of the Kiso Three Rivers flowing through the prefecture. The banner at the base of the crest is the same as the symbol on the helmet of the victorious Tokugawa clan at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

Record as J. League memberEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2008 J2 15 13 3,745 4th Round
2009 J2 18 12 4,302 Quarter-final
2010 J2 19 14 3,108 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 20 4,120 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 21 4,270 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 21 4,525 2nd Round
2014 J2 22 17 7,584 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 20 6,179 2nd Round
2016 J2 22 20 5,662 1st Round
2017 J2 22 18 6,977 3rd Round
2018 J2 22 20 6,858 3rd Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squadEdit

As of 10 July 2019.[4]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Michiya Okamoto
2   DF Masanori Abe
3   DF Tadashi Takeda
4   DF Kentaro Kai
5   FW Shota Kawanishi (on loan from Oita Trinita)
6   MF Shohei Mishima
7   FW Toma Murata
9   MF Yuya Yamagishi
10   FW Ryan De Vries
11   FW Ryoichi Maeda
14   MF Koya Kazama
15   DF Yuki Aizu
16   FW Yuta Togashi
17   DF Takumi Fujitani
18   FW Daichi Ishikawa
21   GK Yusuke Harada
22   DF Ko Yanagisawa
No. Position Player
24   FW Shohei Aihara
25   GK Víctor
26   MF Ham Yeong-jun
27   DF Osamu Henry Iyoha (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
28   MF Yushi Nagashima
30   MF Kensei Nakashima
31   MF Kota Miyamoto (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
33   FW Michael
34   DF Fumitaka Kitatani
35   MF Hayate Nagakura
36   DF Jefferson Tabinas (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
37   MF Mizuki Ichimaru (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
38   MF Koki Tsukagawa (on loan from Matsumoto Yamaga FC)
43   GK Jan-Ole Sievers (on loan from 1. FC Kaiserslautern)

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  MF Tsubasa Aoki (at Thespakusatsu Gunma)
  MF Jeon San-hae (at Suzuka Unlimited FC)
  FW Kento Yabuuchi (at Iwate Grulla Morioka)

Former managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club profile". FC Gifu. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Jリーグ.jp(日本プロサッカーリーグ):Jリーグ.jp". Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ "FC Gifu club information". 29 December 2012. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. ^ "TOP選手・スタッフ紹介d". www.fc-gifu.com. Retrieved 11 January 2019.

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