Vegalta Sendai

Vegalta Sendai (ベガルタ仙台, Begaruta Sendai) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in J1 League. The team is located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Their home stadium is Yurtec Stadium Sendai, in Izumi-ku, Sendai, although a few home games have also been played at nearby Miyagi Stadium.

Vegalta Sendai
Logo
Full nameVegalta Sendai
Founded1988; 32 years ago (1988)
GroundYurtec Stadium Sendai
Izumi-ku, Sendai
Capacity19,694
ChairmanShuitsu Kikuchi
ManagerTakashi Kiyama
LeagueJ1 League
2019J1 League, 11th of 18
Current season

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1988 as Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. Soccer Club, Vegalta joined the J-League in 1999 after playing a few years in the JFL, with the nickname Brummell Sendai, to which they had been promoted in 1995 from the Tohoku Regional League. When joining the J-League, the name Vegalta was chosen as a homage to the famous Tanabata festival in Sendai. The names of the two celestial stars of the Tanabata legend, Vega and Altair were combined to form Vegalta.

They were first promoted to the top flight in 2002, but went back down the following season. They were promoted again for the 2010 season.

In 2011, despite the earthquake and tsunami, they achieved their highest position up to that time, 4th place in the top division. In 2012, despite leading the table for most of the season, Sanfrecce Hiroshima's challenge proved too strong, and losing the penultimate week game to relegation battler Albirex Niigata cost them the title, rendering them second-place winners, their highest position in history.

HonoursEdit

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

Like most football clubs, Sendai's fans are to be heard singing and dancing throughout the match; but, most of the songs used by fans of other clubs are eschewed in favor of a more eclectic set. The club's theme, sung before every game, is Take Me Home, Country Roads, while during the game altered lyrics are sung to the tunes of The Lambrusco Kid by the Toy Dolls, Blitzkrieg Bop, and other songs by KISS and Twisted Sister.

Vegalta's traditional rivals are Montedio Yamagata from Yamagata Prefecture. The two have been rivals since meeting in the Tohoku Football League in 1991.

UniformsEdit

Current playersEdit

As of 8 July 2020.[1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   BRA Pará
3 MF   JPN Ryutaro Iio
4 DF   JPN Koji Hachisuka
5 MF   JPN Keiya Shiihashi
6 MF   JPN Shingo Hyodo
7 MF   JPN Kunimitsu Sekiguchi
8 MF   JPN Yoshiki Matsushita
9 MF   ESP Isaac Cuenca
11 FW   JPN Shuhei Akasaki
13 DF   JPN Yasuhiro Hiraoka
14 MF   JPN Takayoshi Ishihara
15 FW   JPN Takuma Nishimura (on loan from   CSKA Moscow)
16 DF   JPN Kyohei Yoshino
17 MF   JPN Shingo Tomita
19 FW   JPN Ryo Germain
20 FW   JPN Shun Nagasawa
21 GK   JPN Kentaro Seki
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   JPN Goro Kawanami
23 DF   MOZ Simão Mate Junior
24 GK   JPN Yuma Obata
26 DF   JPN Takuma Hamasaki
27 GK   POL Jakub Słowik
28 MF   JPN Takumi Sasaki
29 FW   POR Alexandre Guedes
30 MF   JPN Wataru Tanaka
31 DF   JPN Hayato Teruyama
36 DF   JPN Takahiro Yanagi
37 MF   JPN Shogo Nakahara
39 DF   KOR Kim Jung-ya
42 FW   JPN Hiroto Yamada (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
43 DF   JPN Hisashi Appiah Tawiah
45 DF   JPN Takumi Mase
MF   JPN Fumiya Suzuki
FW   JPN Naito Yoshida

ManagersEdit

Manager Nat. Tenure
Takekazu Suzuki   Japan 1995
Choei Sato   Japan 1996
Branko Elsner   Slovenia Feb 1, 1997 – Dec 31, 1997
Miloš Rus   Slovenia 1997
Toshiya Miura   Japan Feb 1, 1997 – Dec 31, 1997
Takekazu Suzuki   Japan 1998–99
Hidehiko Shimizu   Japan 1999–03
Hajime Ishii   Japan 2003
Zdenko Verdenik   Slovenia Sept 21, 2003 – Dec 31, 2004
Satoshi Tsunami   Japan Jan 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2005
Joel Santana   Brazil Dec 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2006
Tatsuya Mochizuki   Japan Jan 1, 2007 – Dec 31, 2007
Makoto Teguramori   Japan Feb 1, 2008 – Nov 14, 2013
Graham Arnold   Australia Nov 14, 2013 – April 9, 2014
Susumu Watanabe   Japan April 10, 2014–

RecordEdit

Season League Standing Points Wins Losses Ties Attendance
1995 JFL 15/16 27 9 21 0
1996 JFL 6/16 56 18 12 0
1997 JFL 8/16 40 15 15 0
1998 JFL 7(16) 43 18 12 0
1999 J2 9(10) 31 10 22 4 134,462
2000 J2 5(11) 55 19 19 2 177,967
2001 J2 2(12) 83 27 12 5 308,243
2002 J1 (1° stage) 9(16) 20 7 8 0 327,925
J1 (2° stage) 15(16) 12 4 10 1
J1 (season) 13(16) 32 11 18 1
2003 J1 (1° stage) 15(16) 12 3 9 3 325,621
J1 (2° stage) 15(16) 12 2 6 7
J1 (season) 15(16) 24 5 15 10
2004 J2 6(12) 59 15 15 14 356,359
2005 J2 4(12) 68 19 14 11 350,544
2006 J2 5(13) 77 21 13 14 346,868
2007 J2 4(13) 83 24 11 13 352,432
2008 J2 3(15) 70 18 16 8 295,679
2009 J2 1(18) 106 32 9 10 336,719
2010 J1 14(18) 39 10 9 15 294,644
2011 J1 4/18 56 14 6 14 266,144
2012 J1 2/18 57 15 7 12 282,200
2013 J1 13/18 45 11 12 11 252,725
2014 J1 14/18 38 9 11 14 257,949
2015 J1 14/18 35 9 8 17 234,442
2016 J1 12/18 43 13 4 17 262,937
2017 J1 12/18 41 11 8 15 250,677
2018 J1 11/18 45 13 6 15 242,791

Contiental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013 AFC Champions League Group E   Buriram United 1–1 1–1 4th
  Jiangsu Sainty 1–2 0–0
  FC Seoul 1–0 2–1

FinancesEdit

Despite leading J2 in attendance for the past three years, the club has struggled financially since being relegated from J1. In 2005, the team ran a deficit of 163 million yen, the only year since joining the J.League that they failed to turn a profit.[2] Up until the closing date of the 2006 season (January 31, 2007), the team was projecting a 150 million yen deficit.[3] However, the transfer fee for Borges was enough to drive them into the black for the season. The total profit in 2006 was 27 million yen.[4]

Season Income Expenses
1999 599 578
2000 763 751
2001 1021 998
2002 2152 1950
2003 2348 2211
2004 2110 2103
2005 1787 1950
2006 TBD TBD
in million yen

Asian clubs rankingEdit

As of 14 October 2018.[5]
Current Rank Country Team Points
66   Al-Ahed SC 1379
67   Al-Nasr Dubai SC 1377
68   Vegalta Sendai 1375
69   Salgaocar F.C. 1372
70   Sagan Tosu 1372

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team". Vegalta Sendai. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); December 24, 2006
  3. ^ Team Profile – Vegalta Sendai
  4. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); April 11, 2007
  5. ^ "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase.

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