Vegalta Sendai

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Vegalta Sendai
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Full name Vegalta Sendai
Nickname(s) Vegalta
Founded 1988; 30 years ago (1988)
Ground Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Izumi-ku, Sendai
Capacity 19,694
Chairman Yoshihisa Nishikawa
Manager Susumu Watanabe
League J1 League
2017 J1 League, 12th
Current season

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.

History

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.

Honours

Supporters and rivalries

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.

Current players

As of 14 October 2018.[1]

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 Daniel Schmidt
2 Japan DF Katsuya Nagato
4 Japan DF Koji Hachisuka
6 Japan DF Ko Itakura (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
7 Japan MF Hiroaki Okuno
10 North Korea MF Ryang Yong-gi
11 Japan FW Naoki Ishihara
13 Japan DF Yasuhiro Hiraoka
15 Japan MF Shinya Yajima (on loan from Gamba Osaka)
16 Japan MF Gakuto Notsuda (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
17 Japan MF Shingo Tomita
18 Brazil FW Rafaelson
19 Japan FW Ryo Germain
No. Position Player
20 Japan FW Takuma Abe
21 Japan GK Kentaro Seki
22 Japan GK Goro Kawanami
23 Japan MF Yoshihiro Nakano
25 Japan MF Naoki Sugai
27 Japan DF Kazuki Oiwa
29 Japan MF Shota Kobayashi
33 Japan DF Masato Tokida
34 Japan MF Keiya Shiihashi
35 South Korea GK Lee Yu-noh
37 Brazil FW Ramon Lopes
39 South Korea DF Kim Jung-ya
40 Japan MF Kunimitsu Sekiguchi
41 Japan FW Mike Havenaar (on loan from Vissel Kobe)

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
8 Japan MF Yoshihiro Shoji (at Kyoto Sanga F.C.)
24 Japan MF Yuto Sashinami (at Kataller Toyama)
26 Japan MF Keita Fujimura (at Zweigen Kanazawa)
No. Position Player
28 Japan MF Takumi Sasaki (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
31 Japan MF Shunsuke Motegi (at Mito HollyHock)
32 Japan DF Masaya Kojima (at FC Machida Zelvia)

Managers

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–

Record

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
J1 (2° stage) 15(16) 12 4 10 1
J1 (season) 13(16) 32 11 18 1 327,925
2003 J1 (1° stage) 15(16) 12 3 9 3
J1 (2° stage) 15(16) 12 2 6 7
J1 (season) 15(16) 24 5 15 10 325,621
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

Finances

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 ranking

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

References

  1. ^ http://www.vegalta.co.jp/topteam/profile_top.html
  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.

External links

  • (in Japanese) Vegalta Sendai Official Website
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