Renofa Yamaguchi FC

Renofa Yamaguchi FC (レノファ山口FC, Renofa Yamaguchi FC) is a Japanese professional football team based in Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture. They play in the J2 League, the second tier of the Japanese football league system.

Renofa Yamaguchi FC
レノファ山口FC
Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. Crest
Full nameRenofa Yamaguchi Football Club
Nickname(s)Renofa
Founded1949 (as Yamaguchi Teachers)
2006 (as Renofa Yamaguchi FC)
GroundIshin Me-Life Stadium
Capacity20,000
Managing
Organisation
Renofa Yamaguchi Co,.Ltd.
ChairmanTakashi Kawamura
ManagerMasahiro Shimoda
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The original football team consisted of a group of teaching staff who were based within Yamaguchi prefecture, a team called Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団, Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan), often abbreviated to Yamaguchi Teachers or Yamaguchi KFC (compare Tochigi S.C. and Gainare Tottori, who started as teachers' clubs and are now members of the J.League).

In February 2006, the Yamaguchi Football Association eyed the placement of a team from Yamaguchi in the J.League. Setting its heart of operations at Yamaguchi Teachers, a new football club was established.[1] At the same time, a public appeal was made to name the new club, with Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. being decided in March of the same year. The word renofa is a combination of three English words: renovation, fight and fine.[2][3]

Without a specified home ground, the team played Chūgoku league matches across a number of different venues within the prefecture, including Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium, Yamaguchi Kirara Expo Memorial Park, Onoda Football Park, Shunan City Athletic Stadium and Yamaguchi Football Park. Now however, home games are played at Yamaguchi Ishin Park Stadium.

Though structured with a hometown manager and local players, sponsored by local business and enterprises, and local action plans within the local community, Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. is aiming for a national future in the J.League.[4]

 
Old Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. crest, used till 2013

In the days of Yamaguchi Teachers, the team frequently finished mid to low table in the Chūgoku league. However, since the establishing of the new club in 2006, the team had consistently improved their final league position. This culminated in the 2008 season where they achieved their first league win. In the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series of that year the team finished fourth in the final round, missing the opportunity for promotion to the Japan Football League. The 2009 season saw them win their first Emperor's Cup match, beating Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. in a penalty shoot out.[5]

Since the team's formation it had operated as a private organisation, however when the Nonprofit organization Yamaguchi Athletics Club was established on 24 May 2011, managing control of the team changed hands putting the new NPO in charge.[6]

After the club finished fourth in 2014 Japan Football League and passed the necessary licensing, J.League officially admitted Renofa Yamaguchi to participate in J3 League starting 2015 season.[7] Their J.League debut season saw them earn the first ever rewards in their history, namely a third tier title and with it, promotion to the J2.

Changes in Club NameEdit

  • Yamaguchi Prefecture Teachers Football Club (山口県サッカー教員団, Yamaguchi-ken sakkā kyōin dan) (Yamaguchi Teachers, Yamaguchi KFC) (1949–2005)
  • Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. (レノファ山口FC, Renofa Yamaguchi FC) (2006–)

Team Results and ManagersEdit

(Note that prior to the 1991 season a team would earn two points for a win)
(From 1997 to 2006 when a match ended in a draw, a penalty shoot-out would occur. The winning team were awarded 2 points, and the losing team 1 point)

Current squadEdit

As of 4 April 2019.[8]

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 Takumi Nagaishi (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
2   DF Keisuke Tsuboi
3   DF Renan Paixão
4   MF Kazuma Takai
5   MF Kentaro Sato
6   MF Takayuki Mae
7   MF Paulo Junichi Tanaka
8   MF Takumi Sasaki (on loan from Vegalta Sendai)
9   FW Kazuhito Kishida
10   MF Joji Ikegami
11   MF Yuya Torikai
13   DF Takumi Kusumoto
14   MF Ryohei Yoshihama
16   DF Kazuki Segawa
No. Position Player
17   GK Daisuke Yoshimitsu
18   FW Daisuke Takagi
19   FW Masato Kudo (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
20   MF Takeru Kiyonaga
21   DF Takahiro Tanaka
22   DF Kaito Oki
24   FW Keita Yamashita
26   MF Ayumu Kawai (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
29   MF Hidetoshi Miyuki
33   GK Genki Yamada
40   DF Kazuya Onohara
41   DF Ryosei Ito (Type 2 player)
42   MF Kota Kawano (Type 2 player)
49   DF Ryuho Kikuchi
50   GK Riku Hirosue (on loan from FC Tokyo)

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
  GK Eisuke Fujishima (at Kawasaki Frontale)
  GK Masaaki Murakami (at Mito Hollyhock)
  DF Kodai Watanabe (at Thespakusatsu Gunma)

RecordEdit

As Yamaguchi TeachersEdit

Season League Pos. Pld. Win Draw Lose GF GA GD Points Emperor's Cup Manager Notes
1976 First Round
1980 Chūgoku League 6 14 4 3 7 27 30 −3 11
1981 7 14 3 4 7 29 31 −2 10
1982 2 14 8 3 3 34 21 13 19 First Round
1983 2 14 8 3 3 35 23 12 19
1984 4 14 8 5 1 38 27 11 17
1985 5 14 6 1 7 30 29 1 13
1986 3 14 7 3 4 34 24 10 17
1987 3 12 6 2 4 18 16 2 14
1988 3 16 7 3 6 34 26 8 17
1989 2 12 7 3 2 28 15 13 17
1990 4 16 7 3 6 32 25 7 17 Takashi Yamamoto
1991 4 14 7 1 6 31 28 3 22
1992 6 14 4 1 9 19 28 −9 13
1993 3 14 6 4 4 23 18 5 22
1994 6 14 4 5 5 27 23 4 17
1995 8 14 2 5 7 26 30 −4 11
1996 6 14 3 6 5 17 35 −18 15
1997 8 14 1 3 10 14 31 −17 7 1 match won, 2 matches lost on penalties.
Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
1998 Yamaguchi Prefecture League
1999 First Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2000 Chūgoku League 5 14 6 1 7 20 34 −14 20 1 match won on penalties.
2001 7 12 3 2 7 17 30 −13 12 First Round 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
2002 4 10 3 2 5 17 31 −14 12 1 match won, 1 match lost on penalties.
Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
2003 8 14 1 5 8 8 22 −14 11 First Round 3 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.
Winners of the Chūgoku League fair play award.
Relegated to Yamaguchi Prefecture League.
2004 Yamaguchi Prefecture League 1 10 8 0 2 24 First Round Promoted to Chūgoku League.
2005 Chūgoku League 7 12 1 4 7 11 23 −12 9 2 matches won, 2 matches lost on penalties.

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.Edit

Season League Pos. Pld. Win Draw Lose F A GD Points Emperor's Cup Manager Notes
2006 Chūgoku League 4 14 7 3 4 25 28 −3 25 Takashi Miyanari
2007 3 17 6 4 7 33 46 −13 22 First Round
2008 1 16 11 5 0 45 15 30 38 Finalist in the Promotional Series
2009 2 18 13 1 4 53 21 32 40 2nd Round
2010 1 18 14 1 3 51 17 34 43 2nd Round Toshiaki Tsukioka
2011 2 18 13 2 3 54 17 37 41 2nd Round
2012 4 18 9 5 4 47 22 25 32 Takashi Kawamura
2013 1 18 13 3 2 53 13 +40 42 First Round Genki Nakayama Promoted to JFL
2014 JFL 4 26 16 3 7 51 27 +24 51 Nobuhiro Ueno Promoted to J3
2015 J3 League 1 36 25 3 8 96 36 +60 78 1st Round Promoted to J2
2016 J2 League 12 42 14 11 17 55 63 -8 53 3rd Round
2017 20 42 11 5 26 48 69 -21 38 2nd Round Nobuhiro Ueno
Carlos Mayor
2018 8 42 16 13 13 63 64 -1 61 3rd Round Masahiro Shimoda

HonoursEdit

As Yamaguchi Teachers

  • Chūgoku League
    • Runners-up (3): 1982, 1983, 1989
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Championship
    • Winners (4): 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural League
    • Winners (1): 2004

As Renofa Yamaguchi F.C.

  • Chūgoku League
    • Winners (3): 2008, 2010, 2013
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Championship
    • Winners (3): 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Noue Cup
    • Winners (1): 2008
  • Shakaijin Cup
    • Winners (1): 2013
  • J3 League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chugoku Shimbun. "出場チーム 第90回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会 (Participating teams – The 90th Emperor Cup All Japan Championship Series) (in Japanese)". Japan Football Association. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  2. ^ "チーム概要 (Team Outline) (in Japanese)". Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  3. ^ Chugoku Shimbun. "出場チーム 第91回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会 (Participating teams – The 91st Emperor Cup All Japan Championship Series) (in Japanese)". Japan Football Association. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  4. ^ "チーム概要 (Team Outline) (in Japanese)". Renofa Yamaguchi F.C. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  5. ^ "Match No. 9 第89回天皇杯全日本サッカー選手権大会 (Match 9 – The 89th Emperor Cup All Japan Championship Series) (in Japanese)". Japan Football Association. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  6. ^ "NPO法人「山口アスレチック・クラブ」誕生 プロスポーツチーム空白県からの脱却を (The Birth of the NPO "Yamaguchi Athletics Club" – Growing out of a Prefecture with no Pro-Sports Team) (in Japanese)". Sunday Yamaguchi. Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  7. ^ J3入会承認! [Approval of J3 membership!] (in Japanese). Renofa Yamaguchi. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.renofa.com/archives/40576/

External linksEdit