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V-Varen Nagasaki (V・ファーレン長崎, Vi Fāren Nagasaki) is a Japanese J2 League football club based in Nagasaki. The club was established in 1985 as Ariake Football Club till they merged with Kunimi Football Club in 2005 and adopted the name they still hold today.

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Nickname(s)VVN
Founded2005; 14 years ago (2005)
GroundTranscosmos Stadium Nagasaki,
Isahaya, Nagasaki
Capacity20,246
ChairmanAkira Takata
ManagerTakuya Takagi
LeagueJ2 League
2018J1 League, 18th Decrease (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club gained promotion into the J. League Division 2 in 2012 for the first time in their history after finishing as the champions in the 2012 Japan Football League and hired Nagasaki native Takuya Takagi to coach the club for the 2013 season.[1]

On 11 November 2017, the club clinched promotion to the J1 League for the first time in their history after a 3-1 home win over Kamatamare Sanuki[2]

HistoryEdit

V-Varen Nagasaki, since 2006, had been contending for the Kyūshū Soccer League championship and thus a place in the Japan Football League, but they only won it in November 2008, as second place in the Regional League promotion series.

In January 2009, they applied for J. League Associate Membership and their application was accepted at the J. League board meeting in February. In 2012, they won the Japan Football League title and thus promotion to the J. League Division 2.[1] Five years later they won promotion to the J1 League for the first time after finishing runners-up in the 2017 J2 League.

J. League: 2013–Edit

In preparation for the club's first season in the J. League Division 2 the club hired local-born Takuya Takagi as their coach for the season.[1] On 3 March 2013 V-Varen Nagasaki played in their first ever J. League Division 2 match against Fagiano Okayama at the Kanko Stadium in Okayama in which the club drew the match 1–1 with Kōichi Satō scoring the first J. League Division 2 goal for V-Varen Nagasaki in the 25th minute. The club then played their first home match in the J. League Division 2 on 10 March 2013 at the Nagasaki Athletic Stadium against former J. League champions Gamba Osaka in which V-Varen Nagasaki lost 3–1 in front of a huge crowd of 18,153.

Financial troublesEdit

After facing dire financial difficulties, on 8 March 2017 the club was purchased by Japanet Holdings, the parent company of Japanese television shopping giant Japanet Takata Co.,Ltd., becoming a fully owned subsidiary. Japanet have invested significant sums into the club, securing promotion to the top tier of Japanese football and publishing plans to build a new football-specific stadium on the former site of Mitsubishi's Nagasaki shipbuilding operations, opening in 2023.[3]

Club NameEdit

V-Varen Nagasaki's name can be separated into three parts with their own meanings. The "V" is for Portuguese vitória meaning 'victory' as well as Dutch vrede 'peace' while varen is also Dutch for 'to sail', owing to Nagasaki's heritage as port of call of Portuguese and Dutch traders during the sakoku period in the Tokugawa shogunate (see Dejima). The club's hometown is Nagasaki and through that comes Nagasaki in the name.[4]

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 19 June 2019.[5][6]

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Yuki Kagawa
3   DF Choi Kyu-baek
4   DF Ryota Takasugi (captain)
5   DF Takuma Shikayama
6   MF Makoto Kakuda
7   MF Shuto Kono
8   MF Ryota Isomura
9   FW Lee Jong-ho (on loan from Ulsan Hyundai FC)
10   FW Masato Kurogi
11   FW Keiji Tamada
13   DF Masashi Kamekawa
14   MF Hokuto Nakamura
15   MF Yuzuru Shimada
16   MF Masakazu Yoshioka
17   FW Yu Hasegawa
19   FW Takashi Sawada
20   MF Yohei Otake
21   GK Masaya Tomizawa
No. Position Player
22   DF Yuhei Tokunaga
23   MF Shunya Yoneda
24   DF Yusei Egawa
25   GK Ayaki Suzuki
26   DF Lee Sang-min (on loan from Ulsan Hyundai FC)
27   MF Ryo Niizato
28   MF Hijiri Onaga
29   FW Junki Hata
30   GK Kenta Tokushige
31   GK Takahiro Koga
32   FW Víctor Ibarbo (on loan from Sagan Tosu)
33   FW Hiroto Goya (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
34   FW Takumi Nagura
40   MF Caio César (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
41   DF Yuki Omoto
42   MF Seiya Satsukida (Type 2 Player)
43   MF Taisei Nagao (Type 2 Player)

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
  DF Jordy Buijs (at Tokushima Vortis)
  MF Ryusuke Hayashida (at Verspah Oita)
  MF Teppei Usui (at Kataller Toyama)

Current technical staffEdit

As of 1 May 2016 [7]
Position Name
Manager   Takuya Takagi
First-team coach   Tamotsu Nakamura
Goalkeeper coach   Takanori Miyoshi

Former CoachesEdit

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Takagi named V-Varen Nagasaki coach". Japan Times. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  2. ^ "V-Varen Nagasaki promoted to J1 for first time". The Japan Times Online. 11 November 2017. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ "New V-Varen Nagasaki Stadium to Open in 2023" (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "V・ファーレン マークについて". V-Varen Nagasaki (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Team Part 1".
  6. ^ "Team Part 2".
  7. ^ "staff". Retrieved 20 March 2016.

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