Azul Claro Numazu

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Azul Claro Numazu
Azul Claro Numazu Crest
Full name Football Club Azul Claro Numazu
Founded 1977 (as Numazu Arsenal SC)
2006 (as Azul Claro Numazu)
Ground Shizuoka Ashitaka Athletic Stadium
Numazu, Shizuoka
Ground Capacity 10,000
Azul Claro Suruga Corporation (NPO)
Chairman Hiroyoshi Yamamoto
Manager Ken Yoshida
League J3 League
2017 3rd
Website Club website

Azul Claro Numazu (アスルクラロ沼津, Asuru Kuraro Numazu) is a Japanese professional football team based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. They earned promotion to play at the nationwide third-tier J3 League starting in 2017.


Azul Claro Numazu was established in 1977 as Numazu Arsenal and slowly progressed through the tiers of Shizuoka prefectural leagues. In 2006 the club began the process of transformation into a professional organization with the ultimate goal of joining the J.League. The same year the club adopted its current name, Azul Claro (Meaning "bright blue" in Portuguese and Spanish).

In 2012 Azul Claro won promotion to Tōkai Adult Soccer League and quickly progressed through its ranks, spending only a season in each of its divisions. Though they have finished only fourth in 2013 Tōkai League, they were considered as serious contenders for admission to the newly created J3 League. On September 17, 2013, the club has been granted the J. League Associate Membership and passed all stages of licensing and inspection by the league. However, they were only the 3rd choice club for the only Regional League spot in J3 so eventually, they had to give way to Grulla Morioka. The club has won the promotion anyway though—they were selected by the Japan Football League board as one of the teams to play in the 2014 season.

After a 3rd-place finish in the 2016 season, they've been welcomed to play professional football from 2017 and onward, as they'll be the 14th original club in the J3 League.[1]


Season League Final place
2004 Shizuoka Prefectural League
(Div. 2)
2005 1st
2006 Shizuoka Prefectural
League (Div. 1)
2007 11th
2008 8th
2009 2nd
2010 3rd
2011 2nd
2012 Tokai Football League (Div. 2) 2nd
2013 Tokai Football League (Div. 1) 4th
2014 Japan Football League 8th
2015 5th
2016 3rd
2017 J3 League 3rd

Current squad

As of February 16, 2017.[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Kengo Fukudome
2 Japan DF Tomoki Fujisaki
3 Japan DF Takuya Fujiwara
4 Japan DF Shun Tanaka
5 Japan DF Masahiro Baba
6 Japan MF Yuta Kutsukake
7 Japan MF Masaya Suzuki
8 Japan MF Ryoichi Kawazu
9 Japan FW Ryota Nakamura
10 Japan FW Shota Aoki
11 Japan MF Koki Maezawa
13 Japan FW Jun Suzuki
14 Japan MF Hayato Michiue
15 Japan MF Takuya Sugai
16 Japan MF Masanobu Komaki
No. Position Player
17 Japan MF Kazuki Ota
18 Japan DF Eiichiro Ozaki
19 Japan FW Takuma Sonoda
20 Japan GK Ryo Ishii
21 Japan DF Shimon Watanabe
22 Japan DF Masayuki Tokutake
25 Japan MF Teruyoshi Ito
27 Japan DF Masanobu Matsufuji
28 Japan MF Tomoki Taniguchi
29 Japan FW Ryota Watanabe
31 Japan GK Shogo Onishi
32 Japan MF Kohei Kurata
39 Japan FW Masashi Nakayama
50 Japan MF Kazuki Someya


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External links

  • Official Site (in Japanese)
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