Ventforet Kofu

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Ventforet Kofu
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Full name Ventforet Kofu
Nickname(s) Ventforet
Founded 1965; 53 years ago (1965)
Ground Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium
Kofu
Capacity 17,000
Chairman Kazuyuki Umino
Manager Nobuhiro Ueno
League J2 League
2018 J2 League, 9th
Website Club website
Current season

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.

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.

History

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 since then.

League history

  • 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–

Honours

2012
1969
1969, 1970

Current squad

As of 8 December 2018.[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 Japan GK Kohei Kawata
2 Japan DF Masato Yuzawa
4 Japan DF Hideomi Yamamoto (Captain)
6 Brazil DF Éder Lima
7 Japan MF Yuki Horigome
8 Japan MF Ryohei Arai
13 Japan FW Shusuke Ota
16 Japan DF Masaru Matsuhashi
17 Japan FW Hidetaka Kanazono
18 Japan MF Ryohei Michibuchi
19 Japan MF Kazuki Kozuka
20 Japan MF Toshio Shimakawa
21 Japan MF Sho Araki
22 Japan DF Yuta Koide
23 Japan GK Hiroki Oka
No. Position Player
24 Japan MF Yutaka Soneda
25 Japan FW Kota Mori
26 Japan MF Kazuhiro Sato
28 Japan DF Yuki Hashizume
29 Brazil FW Junior Barros
31 Japan GK Kosuke Okanishi
32 Japan DF Keita Irumagawa
33 Japan DF Takuya Akiyama
34 Japan DF Yuta Imazu
35 Japan DF Ryo Takano
39 Japan MF Riku Nakayama
40 Japan MF Shōhei Ogura
TBA Japan MF Iwana Kobayashi
TBA Japan FW Junma Miyazaki

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

Record

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

Affiliated clubs

References

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

External links

  • (in Japanese) Official website
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