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Fagiano Okayama (ファジアーノ岡山, Fajiāno Okayama) is a football club from Okayama, Okayama, Japan. Fagiano currently play in the J2 League, the second-tier professional football league in the country. Fagiano in Italian means "pheasant", and it is a reference to the pheasant that was a companion of local legend character Momotarō. Their mascot Fagimaru is based on the specific species native to Japan, the green pheasant.

Fagiano Okayama
ファジアーノ岡山
Since 2018 FAGIANO OKAYAMA LOGO.jpeg
Full nameFagiano Okayama
Nickname(s)Fagi (ファジ)
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
GroundCity Light Stadium
Okayama, Okayama
Capacity20,000
ChairmanMasaaki Kimura
ManagerKenji Arima
LeagueJ2 League
2018J2 League, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

They were formed in 1975 after the old Kawasaki Steel Mizushima F.C. moved to Kobe, who are now Vissel Kobe.

The old boys of the club formed a new club which they called the "River Free Kickers" (RFK). For years thereafter the club played in the prefectural league. In 2003, they assumed the name "Fagiano Okayama" and began rising in the ranks.

In 2005, Fagiano Okayama were promoted into the Chugoku Regional League. In July 2007, Fagiano became the first club ever to attain the J. League Associate Membership while still playing in a division below the JFL. On December 2, 2007, Fagiano gained promotion to the JFL courtesy of winning the first place in the regional playoff games.

On 2008, they secured 4th place in the last JFL match week, thereby qualifying for J. League promotion below Tochigi S.C. and Kataller Toyama; on December 1 promotion was made official by J. League and Okayama competed in J2 for the first time in 2009.

Their main sponsor is Okayama Gas and their back sponsor is the Sanyo Shinbun, a local newspaper in Okayama.[1]

Record as J. League memberEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2009 J2 18 18 6,162 2nd round
2010 J2 19 17 7,161 2nd round
2011 J2 20 13 7,258 3rd round
2012 J2 22 8 7,985 3rd round
2013 J2 22 12 8,574 3rd round
2014 J2 22 8 8,404 2nd round
2015 J2 22 11 8,412 1st round
2016 J2 22 6 10,017 3rd round
2017 J2 22 13 9,471 3rd round
2018 J2 22 15 8,599 2nd round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Current squadEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. Retrieved 2009-10-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "2019 Squad". Fagiano Okayama. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

External linksEdit