Azul Claro Numazu

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Azul Claro Numazu
アスルクラロ沼津
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
Capacity 10,000
Managing
Organisation
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.

History

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 "light 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]

Records

Season League Final place
2004 Shizuoka Prefectural League
(Div. 2)
4th
2005 1st
2006 Shizuoka Prefectural
League (Div. 1)
9th
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 March 25, 2018.[2][3] 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 Genki Miyaichi
5 Japan FW Shusuke Sakamoto
6 Japan MF Yuta Kutsukake
7 Japan MF Tomoki Taniguchi
8 Japan MF Keisuke Minegishi
9 Japan FW Naoki Tanaka
10 Japan FW Shota Aoki
11 Japan MF Koki Maezawa
14 Japan MF Makoto Fukoin
15 Japan MF Takuya Sugai
16 Japan GK Ayumi Niekawa
17 Japan MF Kazuki Ota
18 Japan DF Eiichiro Ozaki
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Masatoshi Ishida
21 Japan DF Norimasa Atsukawa
22 Japan DF Masayuki Tokutake
23 Japan DF Kosuke Goto
24 Japan DF Kazuya Sunamori
25 Japan MF Teruyoshi Ito
26 Japan FW Yoshiki Oka
27 Japan DF Masanobu Matsufuji
28 Japan DF Takuma Nakajima
29 Japan FW Junki Hata
31 Japan GK Shogo Onishi
39 Japan FW Masashi Nakayama
40 Japan MF Eisuke Atsumi
47 Japan MF Yasuhito Tomita
50 Japan MF Kazuki Someya

References

  1. ^ http://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/7526/
  2. ^ https://www.azul-claro.jp/players.html
  3. ^ http://www.jleague.jp/club/numazu/day/#player

External links

  • Official Site (in Japanese)
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