Ventforet Kofu

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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.

Ventforet Kofu
Ventforet Kofu logo.svg
Full nameVentforet Kofu
Nickname(s)Ventforet
Founded1965; 57 years ago (1965)
StadiumJIT Recycle Ink Stadium
Kōfu
Capacity17,000
ChairmanKazuyuki Umino
ManagerTatsuma Yoshida
LeagueJ2 League
2021J2 League, 3rd of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

HistoryEdit

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 historyEdit

  • Kanto League: 1967–71 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1972–91 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 3 (former JFL Div. 2): 1992–93 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (former JFL): 1994–98 (Kofu Club until 1994, Ventforet Kofu since 1995)
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 1999–05
  • Division 1 (J.League Div. 1): 2006–07
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 2008–10
  • Division 1 (J.League Div. 1): 2011
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 2012
  • Division 1 (J.League Div. 1): 2013–2017
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 2018–

League recordEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Year Division Tier Pos. P W D L F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1992 former JFL
Div. 2
3 5th 18 9 1 8 26 29 -3 28 Not eligible
1993 9th 18 6 - 12 15 37 -22 -
1994 former
JFL
2 14th 30 9 - 21 36 74 -38 - 2nd round
1995 9th 30 14 - 16 54 54 0 43
1996 11th 30 11 - 19 50 56 -6 33 2nd round
1997 6th 30 19 - 11 59 41 18 52 3rd round
1998 4th 30 22 - 8 74 40 34 59 4th round
1999 J2 2 10th 36 5 4 27 32 85 -53 18 1,469 1st round 2nd round
2000 11th 40 5 3 32 31 84 -53 18 1,850 1st round 4th round
2001 12th 44 8 2 34 38 98 -60 25 3,130 1st round 3rd round
2002 7th 44 16 10 18 51 55 -4 58 4,914 Not eligible 3rd round
2003 5th 44 19 12 13 58 46 12 69 5,796 3rd round
2004 7th 44 15 13 16 51 46 5 58 6,370 4th round
2005 3rd 44 19 12 13 78 64 14 69 6,931 4th round
2006 J1 1 15th 34 12 6 15 42 64 -22 42 12,211 Group Stage Quarter Finals
2007 17th 34 7 6 21 33 65 -32 27 13,734 Quarter Finals 5th round
2008 J2 2 7th 42 15 14 13 56 47 9 59 10,354 Not eligible 4th round
2009 4th 51 28 13 10 76 46 30 97 11,059 4th round
2010 2nd 36 19 13 4 71 40 31 70 12,431 3rd round
2011 J1 1 16th 34 9 19 6 42 63 -21 33 12,106 1st round 3rd round
2012 J2 2 1st 42 24 4 14 63 35 28 86 10,407 2nd round
2013 J1 1 15th 34 8 13 13 30 41 -11 37 12,614 Group Stage Quarter Finals
2014 13th 34 9 11 14 27 31 -4 41 12,171 Group Stage Round of 16
2015 13th 34 10 17 7 26 43 -17 37 11,612 Group Stage 4th round
2016 14th 34 7 17 10 32 58 -26 31 10,833 Group Stage 2nd round
2017 16th 34 7 16 11 23 39 -16 32 10,829 Group Stage 2nd round
2018 J2 2 9th 42 16 15 11 56 46 10 59 7,384 Quarter Finals Quarter Finals
2019 5th 42 20 11 11 64 40 24 71 8,273 Not eligible Quarter Finals
2020 4th 42 16 17 9 50 41 9 65 2,485 Did not qualify
2021 3rd 42 23 11 8 65 38 27 80 4,325 2nd round
2022 TBA 42
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league; P = Games played; W = Games won; D = Games drawn; L = Games lost; F = Goal Scored; A = Goals Conceded; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points gained
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site

HonoursEdit

2012
1969
1969, 1970

Current squadEdit

As of 24 August 2022.[1]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   JPN Kohei Kawata
2 DF   JPN Hidehiro Sugai
3 DF   BRA Renato
4 DF   JPN Hideomi Yamamoto (Captain)
5 DF   JPN Niki Urakami
6 MF   JPN Hideyuki Nozawa
7 MF   JPN Sho Araki
9 FW   JPN Kazushi Mitsuhira
10 FW   BRA Willian Lira
13 DF   JPN Fumitaka Kitatani
14 MF   JPN Riku Nakayama
15 FW   JPN Riku Iijima
16 MF   JPN Koya Hayashida
17 FW   BRA Igor Sartori
18 MF   JPN Yoshiki Torikai
19 FW   JPN Jumma Miyazaki
20 MF   JPN Nagi Matsumoto (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
21 GK   JPN Yuto Koizumi
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   JPN Riku Nozawa
23 DF   JPN Masahiro Sekiguchi
24 MF   JPN Riku Yamada
25 DF   JPN Yuzuki Yamato
26 MF   JPN Toshiki Ishikawa
27 MF   JPN Iwana Kobayashi
29 FW   BRA Getúlio (on loan from Tombense)
31 GK   JPN Kosuke Okanishi
32 DF   BRA Foguete
33 GK   JPN Kodai Yamauchi
35 DF   JPN Sota Miura DSP
36 FW   JPN Hayata Mizuno DSP
39 MF   JPN Shusuke Yonehara (on loan from Matsumoto Yamaga)
40 DF   BRA Eduardo Mancha
41 MF   JPN Motoki Hasegawa
44 FW   JPN Yamato Naito

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Club OfficialsEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Tatsuma Yoshida
Assistant head coach   Shinji Otsuka
Head goalkeeper coach   Yuji Nakagawa
Head physical coach   Wellington Valquer Coelho
Head analysis coach   Yoshiki Hara
Chief Trainer   Tatsuya Akabane
Trainer   Ryosuke Shibata
  Taku Hirai
Physiotherapist   Marcos Toshifumi Kimura
Interpreter   Bruno Iwasaki
Athletic Trainer   Shigeru Asahina
Chief Team Secretary   Yoshiki Tsuruta
Team Secretary   Kazuki Yazaki

Managerial historyEdit

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Susumu Katsumata   Japan 1 January 1994 31 January 1995
Yūji Tsukada   Japan 1 February 1995 31 January 1999
Susumu Katsumata   Japan 1 February 1999 31 January 2000
Yūji Tsukada   Japan 1 February 2000 31 January 2001
Luis dos Reis   Brazil 1 February 2001 31 January 2002
Takeshi Ōki   Japan 1 February 2002 31 January 2003
Hideki Matsunaga   Japan 1 February 2003 31 January 2005
Takeshi Ōki   Japan 1 February 2005 31 January 2008
Takayoshi Amma   Japan 1 February 2008 31 January 2010
Kazuo Uchida   Japan 1 February 2010 31 January 2011
Toshiya Miura   Japan 1 February 2011 7 August 2011
Satoru Sakuma   Japan 8 August 2011 31 December 2011
Hiroshi Jōfuku   Japan 1 February 2012 31 January 2015
Yasuhiro Higuchi   Japan 1 February 2015 13 May 2015
Satoru Sakuma   Japan 13 May 2015 31 December 2016
Tatsuma Yoshida   Japan 1 February 2017 30 April 2018
Nobuhiro Ueno   Japan 1 May 2018 31 January 2019
Akira Itō   Japan 1 February 2019 31 January 2022
Tatsuma Yoshida   Japan 1 February 2022 Current

Kit evolutionEdit

FP 1st
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999 - 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2001 - 2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007 - 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011-2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013 - 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 - 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 - 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 - 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 -
FP 2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999 - 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2001 - 2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007 - 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 - 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013 - 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 - 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 - 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 - 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 -
FP Other
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Summer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 Summer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 Summer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Summer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2022 Top Players" (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 April 2022.

External linksEdit