Matsumoto Yamaga FC

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Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club (松本山雅フットボールクラブ, Matsumoto Yamaga Futtobōru Kurabu) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. They currently play in the J2 League. They were previously promoted to the J. League Division 1 in 2011 and 2019, but were each time relegated after one season in the first tier of Japanese football.

Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.
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Full nameMatsumoto Yamaga Football Club
Nickname(s)Ptarmigans, Gans
Founded1965; 55 years ago (1965)
GroundMatsumoto Stadium
Matsumoto, Nagano
ChairmanJapan Hiroshi Otsuki
ManagerJapan Yasuharu Sorimachi
LeagueJ2 League
2019J1 League, 17th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Their nickname is the Ptarmigans (ターミガンズ, Tāmiganzu) (or shortened Gans (ガンズ, ganzu)), symbol birds of Nagano Prefecture.


The club was founded in 1965 by the players who represented Nagano Prefecture. The players frequented a cafe called Yamaga in front of Matsumoto railway station and initially they were simply called Yamaga Club. In 2004, they were renamed as Matsumoto Yamaga FC when nonprofit organisation Alwin Sports Project were set up to support the club with the intention of promotion to J. League.

In the 2007 and 2008 season they finished respectively 1st and 4th in the Hokushin'etsu First Division, but failed to gain the promotion to the Japan Football League as they exited at the group stage of the Regional League promotion series against other regional champions. 2008 also brought a crucial Emperor's Cup run, where they defeated former Japanese champions Shonan Bellmare in the third round by penalty kicks, only to be eliminated 8–0 by Vissel Kobe.

The 2009 season brought inconsistency, as they took 4th place in the regional league but knocked Urawa Red Diamonds out of the Emperor's Cup in the second round, their biggest giant-killing ever.

By virtue of winning the Shakaijin Cup, they earned a berth in the Regional League promotion series, and won the series at home to earn promotion to the Japan Football League for 2010. They earned 7th place on their first season in the third tier.

In 2011, despite a season thrown off by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting inability of Sony Sendai to play a full schedule, Yamaga earned 4th place and were promoted to J. League Division 2. After three seasons they earned their first ever promotion to J1 League, only to be relegated after one season.

After failing to secure promotion in 2016 and 2017, Yamaga finished their 2018 season at the top of the J2 table, winning their first ever league title and securing automatic promotion to J1 in the process.


The biggest rival of Matsumoto Yamaga are the prefectural neighbors and former Hokushin'etsu League fellows Nagano Parceiro. Matches between those teams are labelled "Shinshū derby" and generate a lot of interest in both cities.[1] For 2011 season, Parceiro joined their rivals in JFL bringing the derby to the national level.


Matsumoto Yamaga's home ground is Matsumoto Stadium (popularly known as Alwin) located in the Kambayashi area of Matsumoto city. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 (16,000 seats and 4,000 standings).[2] It is the third largest Sport venue in Nagano Prefecture.



Current squadEdit

As of 17 September 2019.[3]

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 Tatsuya Morita
2   DF Nobuhisa Urata
3   DF Hayuma Tanaka
4   DF Masaki Iida
5   DF Tomoki Imai
6   MF Ibuki Fujita
8   MF Serginho
9   FW Hiroyuki Takasaki
11   FW Ryo Nagai
13   MF Keiya Nakami
14   MF Paulinho
15   DF Eduardo
16   GK Tomohiko Murayama
19   FW Hiroki Yamamoto
20   MF Taro Sugimoto
21   GK Goh Dong-min
22   MF Shusuke Yonehara
No. Position Player
23   GK Kengo Tanaka
25   MF Yamato Machida
26   MF Masaki Yamamoto (on loan from JEF United)
30   DF Yushi Mizobuchi (on loan from JEF United)
31   DF Yuya Hashiuchi
32   MF Akira Ando
33   DF Yuya Ohno
35   MF Masaki Miyasaka
36   DF Haruki Mitsuda (designated special player)
39   DF Toshiya Takagi
41   DF Hiroki Mizumoto (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
42   MF Ryo Takahashi
44   DF Kohei Hattori
45   FW Isma
47   MF Yuzo Iwakami
50   FW Toyofumi Sakano

Retired number(s)Edit

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
  FW Daizen Maeda (to C.S. Marítimo)
  MF Koki Tsukagawa (to FC Gifu)
  DF Takefumi Toma (to FC Gifu)
  GK Kengo Nagai (to Tokushima Vortis)
  DF Daiki Morimoto (to SC Sagamihara)
  DF Yota Shimokawa (to Ehime FC)
  DF Ryuhei Yamamoto (to Montedio Yamagata)
No. Position Player
  FW Itsuki Enomoto (to Thespakusatsu Gunma)
  MF Mitsuo Yamada (to Azul Claro Numazu)
  FW Han Yong-thae (to Kagoshima United FC)
  FW Ren Komatsu (to Zweigen Kanazawa)
  FW Yoshiki Oka (to Azul Claro Numazu)
  FW Leandro Pereira (to Sanfrecce Hiroshima)


Manager Nat. Tenure
Keiju Karashima   Japan 2005–07
Hideo Yoshizawa   Japan 2008–11
Yoshiyuki Kato   Japan 2011
Yasuharu Sorimachi   Japan 2012–


  1. ^ Senta, Houji. 信州ダービー (in Japanese). JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ 【松本平広域公園】 信州スカイパーク アルウィン (in Japanese). TOYBOX. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  3. ^ "選手・スタッフ". 12 January 2019.

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