Ventforet Kofu

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; 56 years ago (1965)
StadiumJIT Recycle Ink Stadium
Kōfu
Capacity17,000
ChairmanKazuyuki Umino
ManagerAkira Ito
LeagueJ2 League
2020J2 League, 4th
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 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 (former JFL Div. 2): 1992–93 (as Kofu Club)
  • Division 2 (former 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–

League recordEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Year Division Tier Pos. GP W D L F A GD Pts Manager
1992 former JFL
Div. 2
2 5th 18 9 1 8 26 29 -3 28   Kazutomo Fukazawa
1993 9th 18 6 - 12 15 37 -22 -
1994 former
JFL
2 14th 30 9 - 21 36 74 -38 -   Susumu Katsumata
1995 9th 30 14 - 16 54 54 0 43   Yuji Tsukada
1996 11th 30 11 - 19 50 56 -6 33
1997 6th 30 19 - 11 59 41 18 52
1998 4th 30 22 - 8 74 40 34 59
1999 J2 2 10th 36 5 4 27 32 85 -53 18   Susumu Katsumata
2000 11th 40 5 3 32 31 84 -53 18   Yuji Tsukada
2001 12th 44 8 2 34 38 98 -60 25   Reis
2002 7th 44 16 10 18 51 55 -4 58   Takeshi Oki
2003 5th 44 19 12 13 58 46 12 69   Hideki Matsunaga (Jan 1, 2002 – Dec 31, 2004)
2004 7th 44 15 13 16 51 46 5 58
2005 3rd 44 19 12 13 78 64 14 69   Takeshi Oki (Feb 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2007)
2006 J1 1 15th 34 12 6 15 42 64 -22 42
2007 17th 34 7 6 21 33 65 -32 27
2008 J2 2 7th 42 15 14 13 56 47 9 59   Takayoshi Amma (Feb 1, 2008 – Dec 31, 2009)
2009 4th 51 28 13 10 76 46 30 97
2010 2nd 36 19 13 4 71 40 31 70   Kazuo Uchida (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010)
2011 J1 1 16th 34 9 19 6 42 63 -21 33   Toshiya Miura (Jan 1, 2010 – Aug 7, 2011)
  Satoru Sakuma (Aug 8, 2011 – Dec 31, 2011)
2012 J2 2 1st 42 24 4 14 63 35 28 86   Hiroshi Jofuku (Jan 1, 2012 – Nov 25, 2014)
2013 J1 1 15th 34 8 13 13 30 41 -11 37
2014 13th 34 9 11 14 27 31 -4 41
2015 13th 34 10 17 7 26 43 -17 37   Yasuhiro Higuchi (Dec 8, 2014 – May 11, 2015)
  Satoru Sakuma (May 13, 2015 – end of season)
2016 14th 34 7 17 10 32 58 -26 31   Satoru Sakuma
2017 16th 34 7 16 11 23 39 -16 32   Tatsuma Yoshida
2018 J2 2 9th 42 16 15 11 56 46 10 59   Tatsuma Yoshida
  Nobuhiro Ueno
2019 5th 42 20 11 11 64 40 24 71   Akira Ito
2020 4th 42 16 17 9 50 41 9 65
2021 42
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goal Scored; A = Goals Conceded; GD = Goal Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Source: J.League Data Site

HonoursEdit

2012
1969
1969, 1970

Current squadEdit

As of 15 July 2021.[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
1 GK   JPN Kohei Kawata
2 DF   JPN Hidehiro Sugai
3 DF   JPN Tatsushi Koyanagi
4 DF   JPN Hideomi Yamamoto (Captain)
5 DF   JPN Takashi Kanai
6 MF   JPN Hideyuki Nozawa
8 MF   JPN Ryohei Arai
9 FW   JPN Kazushi Mitsuhira
10 FW   BRA Willian Lira
11 FW   JPN Koki Arita
13 DF   JPN Fumitaka Kitatani
15 MF   JPN Ryotaro Nakamura
16 MF   JPN Gakuto Notsuda (On loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
17 MF   JPN Sho Araki
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   JPN Yoshiki Torikai
19 FW   JPN Jumma Miyazaki
21 GK   JPN Yuto Koizumi
22 DF   JPN Riku Nozawa
23 DF   JPN Masahiro Sekiguchi
24 MF   JPN Riku Yamada
25 FW   BRA Paulo Baya (On loan from FC Cascavel)
27 MF   JPN Iwana Kobayashi
30 DF   JPN Niki Urakami
31 GK   JPN Kosuke Okanishi
33 GK   JPN Hayate Izumi
39 MF   JPN Jin Izumisawa
40 DF   BRA Mendes
41 MF   JPN Motoki Hasegawa

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
MF   JPN Riku Nakayama at Kataller Toyama

Kit EvolutionEdit

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