Montedio Yamagata (モンテディオ山形, Montedio Yamagata) is Japanese professional association football club based in Tendo, Yamagata. The club currently playing in J2 League, the Japanese second tier of professional football.

Montedio Yamagata
モンテディオ山形
Full nameMontedio Yamagata
Nickname(s)Montedio, The Eagle Bees
Founded1984; 40 years ago (1984)
GroundND Soft Stadium
Capacity20,315
ChairmanKentaro Aita
Head coachSusumu Watanabe
LeagueJ2 League
2023J2 League, 5th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Name origin edit

Montedio is a coined word combining the Italian word for "mountain" (Monte) and the word for "God" (Dio).

History edit

The club based in Tsuruoka was founded in 1984 as NEC Yamagata Soccer Club.[1] It gained the promotion to the Japan Football League (former) in 1994. After renaming itself as Montedio Yamagata in 1996, it has been playing in J. League Division 2 since its inaugural 1999 season.[1]

On 30 November 2008, they were promoted to J. League Division 1 for the first time. They achieved their highest league placing of 13th in 2010. However, in 2011, two strong rental players from Kashima Antlers go back to their own team and this influences the team in a bad way to lead to be relegated back to J.League Division 2 at the end of 2011. On top of that, main reason for going back to Division 2 is because of many injured players in the middle of the season. At the end of the season, the manager, Shinji Kobayashi, stepped down even though many fans glorified his accomplishment for the past 4 years.[citation needed]

Yamagata returned to the J1 after spending three seasons in the J2 by winning the J1/J2 promotion playoff final in 2014. They returned to the J2 for the 2016 season, having spent only one season at the J1.[2] The club is currently playing their 8th consecutive season in the J2 on 2023.

Record as J.League member edit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Season Division Teams Pos GP W D L Pts
1999 J2 10 7th 36 15 4 17 48 1st round Quarter-finals
2000 11 10th 40 11 2 27 33 1st round 2nd round
2001 12 3rd 44 27 6 14 80 1st round 3rd round
2002 12 11th 44 6 17 21 35 Not eligible 1st round
2003 12 8th 44 15 10 19 55 3rd round
2004 12 4th 44 19 14 11 71 4th round
2005 12 5th 44 16 16 12 64 4th round
2006 13 8th 48 17 14 17 65 4th round
2007 13 9th 48 15 13 20 58 4th round
2008 15 2nd 42 23 9 10 78 4th round
2009 J1 18 15th 34 10 9 15 39 Group stage 3rd round
2010 18 13th 34 11 9 14 42 Group stage Quarter finals
2011 18 18th 34 5 23 6 21 1st round 3rd round
2012 J2 22 10th 42 16 13 13 61 Not eligible 3rd round
2013 22 10th 42 16 15 11 59 4th round
2014 22 6th 42 18 14 10 64 Runners up
2015 J1 18 18th 34 4 18 12 24 Group stage 4th round
2016 J2 22 14th 42 11 17 14 47 Not eligible 3rd round
2017 22 11th 42 14 11 17 59 3rd round
2018 22 12th 42 14 14 14 56 Semi-finals
2019 22 6th 42 20 12 10 70 2nd round
2020 22 7th 42 17 14 11 62 Did not qualify
2021 22 7th 42 20 8 14 68 2nd round
2022 22 6th 42 17 13 12 64 2nd round
2023 22 5th 42 21 4 17 67 3rd round
2024 20 TBD 1st round TBD
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games played; W = Games won; D = Games drawn; L = Games lost; 'Pts = Points gained
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Current squad edit

As of 8 March 2024.[3]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 Masaaki Goto
2 DF   JPN Taiju Yoshida
3 DF   JPN Yuta Kumamoto
4 DF   JPN Keisuke Nishimura
5 DF   JPN Takashi Abe
6 DF   JPN Takumi Yamada
7 MF   JPN Leo Takae
8 MF   JPN Yudai Konishi
9 FW   JPN Ryo Arita
10 MF   JPN Ryoma Kida
11 FW   JPN Yoshiki Fujimoto
14 MF   JPN Koki Sakamoto
15 DF   JPN Ayumu Kawai
16 GK   JPN Ko Hasegawa
17 MF   JPN Chihiro Kato
18 MF   JPN Shuto Minami
19 DF   JPN Kazuma Okamoto
20 MF   JPN Nagi Matsumoto (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 GK   JPN Eisuke Fujishima
24 MF   JPN Rui Yokoyama
25 MF   JPN Shintaro Kokubu
28 MF   JPN Kaisei Kano
29 DF   JPN Jo Soma
32 GK   JPN Taisei Kambayashi
33 DF   JPN Toraji Chiba
34 FW   JPN Kanato Abe
36 FW   JPN Junya Takahashi
37 MF   JPN Naohiro Sugiyama (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
40 DF   JPN Kiriya Sakamoto
41 FW   JPN Yusuke Goto
42 MF   JPN Zain Issaka
50 MF   JPN Eiji Nagai Type 2
51 DF   JPN Taiki Sugawara Type 2
52 FW   JPN Ryotaro Inoue Type 2
53 MF   JPN Hikaru Hanzawa Type 2
54 GK   JPN Rikuto Sato Type 2

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   JPN Keita Yoshioka (at Blaublitz Akita)
MF   JPN Takayuki Arakaki (at FC Gifu)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Wataru Tanaka (at Kagoshima United)
FW   JPN Towa Arakawa (at   CRAC)

Club officials edit

Position Name
Head coach   Susumu Watanabe
Assistant head coaches   Jin Sato
  Ken Iwase
  Keisuke Kaizaki
  Ren Yumitani
Goalkeeper coach   Yusaburo Matsuoka
Physical coach   Kenta Hamabe
Performance coordinator   Yosuke Kyoya
Analyst   Kanta Hashiba
Trainer   Tsukasa Sato
  Hiraku Toguri
  So Adachi
Team operations coordinator   Masahiro Sasaki
Manager   Takuya Fukai
  Takaaki Sakai

Managerial history edit

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Shoichi Kato  Japan 1984 1989
Masanobu Tashiro  Japan 1990 1993
Naoki Sugisawa  Japan 1994
Nobuhiro Ishizaki   Japan 1 February 1995 31 January 1999
Shigeharu Ueki   Japan 1 February 1999 31 January 2001
Kōichi Hashiratani   Japan 1 January 2001 31 December 2003
Jun Suzuki   Japan 1 February 2004 31 January 2006
Yasuhiro Higuchi   Japan 1 February 2006 31 January 2008
Shinji Kobayashi   Japan 1 February 2008 31 January 2012
Ryōsuke Okuno   Japan 1 February 2012 31 January 2014
Nobuhiro Ishizaki   Japan 1 February 2014 31 January 2017
Takashi Kiyama   Japan 1 February 2017 31 January 2020
Kiyotaka Ishimaru   Japan 1 February 2020 21 April 2021
Jin Satō   Japan 22 April 2021 29 April 2021
Peter Cklamovski   Australia/  North Macedonia 30 April 2021 4 April 2023
Susumu Watanabe   Japan 4 April 2023 Current

General managers edit

Honours edit

Award winners edit

The following players have won the awards while at NECY/Montedio:

Kit evolution edit

Home Kit 1st
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000–2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003–2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005–2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008–2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010–2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012–2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015–2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2023 -
Away Kit 2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000–2003
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005–2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008–2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010–2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012–2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2023 -
Other Kits - 3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013
Summer 3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
New breed debut[6]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
Natsuni
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021
Natsuni
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022
Natsuuni
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2023
3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2023
Natsuuni

Rivalries edit

Ōu Honsen (Dewa derby) edit

NEC Yamagata and TDK first met in 1990 in old Tohoku regional football league. The two clubs have been based in former Dewa Province, and their rivalry is renamed as Ōu Honsen (奥羽本戦) after the Japan Railways Ōu Main Line (奥羽本線) in 2021.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Jリーグ – モンテディオ山形 [J. League – Montedio Yamagata] (in Japanese). J. League. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. ^ FromOne co., Ltd (24 October 2015). "山形のJ2降格が決定、4年ぶりJ1もここまでわずか4勝…1年で逆戻り". サッカーキング.
  3. ^ "選手・スタッフ". モンテディオ山形 オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  4. ^ "中井川茂敏|株式会社フェザンレーヴ". www.faisunreve.co.jp.
  5. ^ "【山形】元GM・中井川取締役が退任 チーム愛語る「自分の子供のようなもの」". スポーツ報知. 1 May 2019.
  6. ^ "〜米どころ山形〜新品種本格デビュー記念ユニフォーム" (Press release). 公式サイト. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  7. ^ "東北日本海側の最強を決める戦い「奥羽本戦」". モンテディオ山形 オフィシャルサイト.

External links edit