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Ventforet Kofu (ヴァンフォーレ甲府, Vanfōre Kōfu) is a Japanese football (soccer) club from Kōfu in Yamanashi Prefecture. The team competes in the J2 League. Its home ground is the Kose Sports Stadium.

Ventforet Kofu
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Full nameVentforet Kofu
Nickname(s)Ventforet
Founded1965; 54 years ago (1965)
GroundYamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium
Kōfu
Capacity17,000
ChairmanKazuyuki Umino
ManagerAkira Ito
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The word "Ventforet" is a compound formed from two French root words: "vent" (wind) and "forêt" (forest). The name alludes to the famous phrase Fū-rin-ka-zan (風林火山)that Takeda Shingen, a prominent Kōfu-based daimyō in the Sengoku period, emblazoned on his war banners. The phrase contains four similies: as swift as the wind; as silent as a forest; as fierce as fire; as immovable as a mountain.

HistoryEdit

Kofu Club (1965–1994)

The club was founded in 1965 when the old boys' club of Kofu Dai-ichi High School, the Kakujo Club, started to recruit graduates of other high schools with the intention of promotion to the Japan Soccer League.

The club joined the newly formed JSL Division 2 in 1972. They stayed there until the conclusion of the league in 1992 when it became a founding member of the former Japan Football League.

Kofu Club was formed by volunteers, unlike other mainstream football clubs at that time in Japan, whose players were mostly the employees of their sponsoring companies.

Ventforet Kofu (1995–present)

The club was renamed Ventforet Kofu in 1995 and joined J.League Division 2 in 1999 when it was formed. The club survived a difficult period between 1999 and 2001, when it suffered from financial troubles as well as miserable results on the pitch, including a streak of twenty-five consecutive losses. Ventforet finished bottom for three seasons in succession and was dubbed as "Excess baggage of J2".

Ventforet improved in 2002, and in 2005 finished third, gaining promotion to the Japanese first division by winning the promotion/relegation play-offs against Kashiwa Reysol. However, the team was relegated with a week remaining in the 2007 season.

At the end of 2010 season, the team was promoted a second time. Despite having striker Mike Havenaar contend for the Top Scorer award in division one the following year, the club was relegated again at the end of 2011. However, it returned after only one year's absence as champions of division two, Ventforet's first championship in its thirty-six year history. Ventforet has remained in division one of the Japanese League until 2017.

League historyEdit

  • Kanto League: 1967–71 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1972–91 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 3 (Old JFL Div. 2): 1992–93 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (Old JFL): 1994–98 (Kofu Club until 1994, Ventforet Kofu since 1995)
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 1999–05
  • Division 1 (J.League Div. 1): 2006–07
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 2008–10
  • Division 1 (J.League Div. 1): 2011
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 2012
  • Division 1 (J.League Div. 1): 2013–2017
  • Division 2 (J.League Div. 2): 2018–

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 February 2019.[1]

 
Ventforet Kofu team in November 2010

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 Kohei Kawata
2   DF Masato Yuzawa
3   DF Tatsushi Koyanagi
4   DF Hideomi Yamamoto (Captain)
6   DF Éder Lima
7   MF Riku Nakayama
8   MF Ryohei Arai
9   FW Peter Utaka
10   FW Dudu
11   MF Yutaka Soneda
13   FW Shusuke Ota
14   MF Shigeru Yokotani
16   DF Masaru Matsuhashi
17   FW Hidetaka Kanazono
18   FW Koichi Sato
19   FW Junma Miyazaki
20   MF Kyosuke Goto
21   MF Sho Araki
No. Position Player
22   DF Yuta Koide
23   GK Hiroki Oka
25   FW Kota Mori
26   MF Kazuhiro Sato
27   MF Iwana Kobayashi
28   DF Yuki Hashizume
29   FW Junior Barros
31   GK Kosuke Okanishi
34   DF Yuta Imazu
35   DF Ryotaro Nakamura (designated special player)
36   DF Daiki Nakashio (designated special player)
38   DF Miki Inoue (Type 2 Player)
39   DF Kenta Uchida
40   MF Shōhei Ogura
41   MF Yuto Takeoka
50   MF Yusuke Tanaka

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 Keita Irumagawa (at AC Nagano Parceiro)

RecordEdit

Year League Pld Pt W L D Place Manager
1992 Old JFL Div. 2 18 28 9 8 1 5th   Kazutomo Fukazawa
1993 18 - 6 12 - 9th
1994 Former JFL 30 - 9 21 - 14th   Susumu Katsumata
1995 30 43 14 16 - 9th   Yuji Tsukada
1996 30 33 11 19 - 11th
1997 30 52 19 11 - 6th
1998 30 59 22 8 - 4th
1999 J2 League 36 18 5 27 4 10th   Susumu Katsumata
2000 40 18 5 32 3 11th   Yuji Tsukada
2001 44 25 8 34 2 12th   Reis
2002 44 58 16 18 10 7th   Takeshi Oki
2003 44 69 19 13 12 5th   Hideki Matsunaga (Jan 1, 2002 – Dec 31, 2004)
2004 44 58 15 16 13 7th
2005 44 69 19 13 12 3rd   Takeshi Oki (Feb 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2007)
2006 J1 League 34 42 12 15 6 15th
2007 34 27 7 21 6 17th
2008 J2 League 42 59 15 13 14 7th   Takayoshi Amma (Feb 1, 2008 – Dec 31, 2009)
2009 51 97 28 10 13 4th
2010 36 70 19 4 13 2nd   Kazuo Uchida (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010)
2011 J1 League 34 33 9 6 19 16th   Toshiya Miura (Jan 1, 2010 – Aug 7, 2011)
  Satoru Sakuma (Aug 8, 2011 – Dec 31, 2011)
2012 J2 League 42 86 24 14 4 1st   Hiroshi Jofuku (Jan 1, 2012 – Nov 25, 2014)
2013 J1 League 34 37 8 13 13 15th
2014 34 41 9 14 11 13th
2015 34 37 10 7 17 13th   Yasuhiro Higuchi (Dec 8, 2014 – May 11, 2015)
  Satoru Sakuma (May 13, 2015 – end of season)
2016 34 31 7 10 17 14th   Satoru Sakuma
2017 34 32 7 11 16 16th   Tatsuma Yoshida
2018 J2 League 42 59 16 11 15 9th   Tatsuma Yoshida
  Nobuhiro Ueno
2019 42 71 20 11 11 5th   Akira Ito

Affiliated clubsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.ventforet.jp/news/press_release/517154
  2. ^ "Kerjasama Persib bersama Venforet Kofu" (in Indonesian).

External linksEdit