V-Varen Nagasaki

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 SC till they merged with Kunimi FC in 2004 and adopted the present name in 2005.

V-Varen Nagasaki
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Full nameV-Varen Nagasaki
Nickname(s)VVN
Founded2004; 17 years ago (2004)
GroundTranscosmos Stadium Nagasaki,
Isahaya, Nagasaki
Capacity20,246
OwnerJapanet Holdings
ChairmanHaruna Takata
ManagerHiroshi Matsuda
LeagueJ2 League
20203rd of 22
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 season.

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

The "V" in the club's name comes from the Portuguese word vitória (meaning 'victory') as well as the Dutch word vrede (meaning 'peace'), while varen is the Dutch verb meaning 'to sail', relating to Nagasaki's heritage as port of call of Portuguese and Dutch traders during the sakoku period in the Tokugawa shogunate (see Dejima).[4]

League and cup recordEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Season Div Teams Pos. GP W D L F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2009 JFL 18 11th 34 12 8 14 38 43 -5 44 2,763 2nd round
2010 18 5th 34 15 8 11 50 38 12 53 2,525 2nd round
2011 18 5th 33 15 11 7 61 44 17 56 1,513 2nd round
2012 17 1st 34 20 7 5 57 24 33 67 3,656 2nd round
2013 J2 22 6th 42 19 9 14 48 40 8 66 6,167 2nd round
2014 22 14th 42 12 16 14 45 42 3 52 4,839 Round of 16
2015 22 6th 42 15 15 12 42 33 9 60 4,931 2nd round
2016 22 15th 42 10 17 15 39 51 -12 47 5,225 2nd round
2017 22 2nd 42 24 8 10 59 41 18 80 5,941 2nd round
2018 J1 18 18th 34 8 6 20 39 59 -20 30 11,225 Group stage 3rd round
2019 J2 22 12th 42 17 5 20 57 61 -4 56 7,737 Semi-final
2020 22 3rd 42 23 11 8 66 39 27 80 3,714 Did not qualify
2021 22 42 4th round
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

HonoursEdit

Runner-up (1): 2017
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (1): 2008
Runners-up (1): 2008

Current squadEdit

As of 19 Jun 2021.[5]

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 Masaya Tomizawa
3 DF   JPN Masashi Kamekawa
4 DF   BRA Freire
5 DF   JPN Takuma Shikayama
6 MF   BRA Caio César
7 FW   BRA Edigar Junio
8 MF   JPN Ryota Isomura
9 FW   JPN Cayman Togashi
10 MF   BRA Luan
11 FW   JPN Keiji Tamada
13 MF   JPN Masaru Kato
14 MF   JPN Takumi Nagura
15 DF   JPN Hijiri Kato
16 FW   JPN Seiya Maikuma
17 MF   JPN Hiroki Akino
18 FW   JPN Ryohei Yamazaki
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   JPN Takashi Sawada
20 MF   JPN Yohei Otake
21 GK   JPN Toru Takagiwa (On loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
22 DF   JPN Yuya Kuwasaki
23 DF   JPN Shunya Yoneda
24 DF   JPN Yusei Egawa
25 DF   JPN Ryo Shinzato
26 DF   JPN Hiroshi Futami
27 FW   JPN Ken Tokura
28 MF   BRA Wellington Rato (On loan from Atlético Goianiense)
30 GK   JPN Kenta Tokushige
31 GK   JPN Gaku Harada (On loan from Yokohama F. Marinos)
32 FW   COL Víctor Ibarbo
33 FW   JPN Asahi Uenaka
34 MF   JPN Seiya Satsukida
35 MF   JPN Taisei Abe

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
FW   JPN Junki Hata (at Tochigi SC)

Kit EvolutionEdit

FP 1st
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005 - 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007 - 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 -
FP 2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005 - 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2007 - 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014 - 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FP other
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
peace prayer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
peace prayer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
peace prayer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
peace prayer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
peace prayer

ManagersEdit

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Fumiaki Iwamoto   Japan 2005 2007
Yoshinori Higashikawa   Japan 2008 2009
Toru Sano   Japan 2010 2012
Takuya Takagi   Japan 2013 2018
Makoto Teguramori   Japan 2019 2020
Takayuki Yoshida   Japan 2021 2021
Hiroshi Matsuda   Japan 2021

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".

External linksEdit