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Albirex Niigata
Albirex Niigata logo.svg
Full nameAlbirex Niigata
Nickname(s)Albi
Founded1955; 67 years ago (1955)
GroundDenka Big Swan Stadium,
Niigata
Capacity42,300
ChairmanDaisuke Korenaga
ManagerRikizo Matsuhashi
LeagueJ2 League
2021J2 League, 6th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Albirex Niigata (アルビレックス新潟, Arubirekkusu Nīgata) is a professional football club based in Niigata, Japan. Formed in 1955 as Niigata Eleven SC, it was renamed Albireo Niigata FC in 1995, and Albirex Niigata in 1997. Since 2018, the first division team has competed in the J2 League, the second tier of Japanese football.

History

See also: List of Albirex Niigata seasons

For many years it had been a local autonomous amateur club, Niigata 11, that could never hope to see the light of day in an old Japan Soccer League dominated almost entirely by company teams. The creation of the J. League spurred the club to rise, and in the 1990s it began climbing fast through the divisions.[1]

In 1998, Albirex Niigata joined the Japan Football League, and was merged into the J2 league after its creation in 1999. The team gradually became competitive and in 2001 and 2002 it came close to getting promoted to J1 and in 2003,[2] it became the champion of J2 and finally joined the top flight.

The team name is made from combining the star Albireo of the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) and the Latin word Rex meaning 'king'.[3] In 1997, due to copyright issues, the team name was changed from Albireo Niigata to the current Albirex Niigata.

In 2007, the uniform colour changed. Until 2006, the uniform was orange – blue – orange, but in 2007 the color became orange – orange – orange. This coordinate has not been adopted since 1996 when the team professionalized.

The success of Albirex Niigata had a big impact on the entire Japanese sporting world, including professional baseball. It showed people were more excited than expected for sports in local cities without the population of the metropolitan area in the past, and local citizens feelings influenced many other sports in the region.[4]

Team name transition

Stadium

The Big Swan
The Big Swan

Main article: Denka Big Swan Stadium

Joining the J. League in 1999, its home towns are Niigata and Seiro. Until 2003, it used Niigata Perfectural Sport Ground as the home ground but since 2004, the team began using Niigata Stadium Big Swan as well and now plays most of its games there. In 2003,[5] it set a record for highest attendance in the J. League with the cumulative total of around 660,000.[4] Its practice grounds are Albirex's training facilities in Seiro Albillage and the Ijimino Sports Park (五十公野運動公園, Ijimino Undō Kōen) in Shibata.

The club plays its home games in the Niigata Stadium "Big Swan", which is currently called Denka Big Swan Stadium through a sponsorship deal. The stadium was opened in 2001, and has a capacity of 42,300. Prior to this the club had played its matches in the Niigata City Athletic Stadium constructed in 1938 with a capacity of 18,000.

The stadium was the site of two first round matches and one Round of 16 match in the past 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was also the venue for the 2009 National Sports Festival.

Current squad

As of 4 March 2022.[6] 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 Japan JPN Ryosuke Kojima
3 DF Australia AUS Thomas Deng
5 DF Japan JPN Michael Fitzgerald
6 MF Japan JPN Hiroki Akiyama
7 FW Japan JPN Kaito Taniguchi
8 MF Japan JPN Takahiro Ko
9 FW Japan JPN Koji Suzuki
10 MF Japan JPN Shion Homma
11 FW Portugal POR Alexandre Guedes
13 MF Japan JPN Ryotaro Ito
14 MF Japan JPN Shunsuke Mito
15 DF Japan JPN Taiki Watanabe
17 MF Japan JPN Ippei Shinozuka (on loan from Kashiwa Reysol)
18 DF Japan JPN Fumiya Hayakawa
19 MF Japan JPN Yuji Hoshi
20 MF Japan JPN Yuzuru Shimada
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK Japan JPN Koto Abe
22 MF Japan JPN Eitaro Matsuda
23 FW Japan JPN Yota Komi
24 GK Japan JPN Takuya Seguchi
25 MF Japan JPN Soya Fujiwara
26 DF Japan JPN Ryo Endo
28 FW Japan JPN Ken Yamura
29 MF Peru PER Kazuyoshi Shimabuku
31 DF Japan JPN Yuto Horigome (captain)
32 DF Japan JPN Takumi Hasegawa
33 MF Japan JPN Yoshiaki Takagi
35 DF Japan JPN Kazuhiko Chiba
39 GK Japan JPN Haruki Nishimura
47 MF Japan JPN Jinpei Yoshida
50 DF Japan JPN Daichi Tagami

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Japan JPN Shosei Okamoto (to Kagoshima United)
GK Japan JPN Kazuki Fujita (to Tochigi SC)

Notable players

Main article: List of Albirex Niigata players

Technical staff

As of February 2022
Position Name
Head coach Japan Rikizo Matsuhashi
Assistant head coach Japan Toru Irie
Assistant head coach Japan Motoharu Watanabe
First Team coach Japan Yusuke Ogura
First Team coach Japan Tatsuya Tanaka
Goalkeeping Coach Japan Ryuji Ishizue
Technical Coach Japan Yoshiro Akano
Japan Namito Ikesawa
Physical Coach Japan Tsutomu Yasuno
Chief Doctor Japan Satoshi Watanabe
Chief Trainer Japan Seiichi Narahara
Trainer Japan Tetsuo Hasegawa
Physiotherapist Japan Takeshi Iokawa
Interpreter Japan Yu Kusayanagi
Chief Team Coordinator Japan Shuhei Ikekame
Team Coordinator Japan Ryo Doi
Equipment Manager Japan Kota Tamakawa

Manager history

Correct as 30 January 2022

Manager Nationality Tenure Managerial Record
League
Start Finish P W D L W %
Frans van Balkom  Netherlands 1 February 1995 31 January 1998 [7] 36 28 3 5 077.78
Yoshikazu Nagai  Japan 1 February 1998 31 December 2000 [7] 76 35 7 34 046.05
Yasuharu Sorimachi  Japan 1 February 2001 31 January 2006 [7] 196 97 40 59 049.49
Jun Suzuki  Japan 1 February 2006 31 January 2010 [7][8][9][10] 136 51 32 53 037.50
Hisashi Kurosaki  Japan 1 February 2010 21 May 2012 [11][12][13][14] 80 24 25 31 030.00
Nobuhiro Ueno caretaker  Japan 22 May 2012 10 June 2012 [14][15] 1 0 0 1 000.00
Masaaki Yanagishita  Japan 11 June 2012 31 January 2016 [13][14][16] 68 20 18 30 029.41
Tatsuma Yoshida  Japan 1 February 2016 27 September 2016 [17] 30 7 6 17 023.33
Koichiro Katafuchi caretaker  Japan 27 September 2016 31 January 2017 [17] 4 1 0 3 025.00
Fumitake Miura  Japan 1 February 2017 7 May 2017 10 1 2 7 010.00
Koichiro Katafuchi caretaker  Japan 8 May 2017 10 May 2017 0 0 0 0 !
Wagner Lopes caretaker  Japan 11 May 2017 31 December 2017 23 6 5 12 026.09
Masakazu Suzuki  Japan 1 February 2018 7 August 2018 27 8 5 14 029.63
Koichiro Katafuchi  Japan 8 August 2018 13 April 2019 24 10 6 8 041.67
Kazuaki Yoshinaga  Japan 14 April 2019 31 January 2020 33 14 7 12 042.42
Albert Puig Ortoneda  Spain 1 February 2020 31 January 2022 84 32 29 23 038.10
Rikizo Matsuhashi  Japan 1 February 2022 Current 0 0 0 0 !

Honours

Kit evolution

FP 1st
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
2005 - 2006
2007
2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011
2012 - 2013
2014 - 2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
2005 - 2007
2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011
2012 - 2013
2014 - 2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP Other
2015 Cup
2016 3rd
2016 Cup
2017 3rd
2017
Summer
2018
Isao Honma retirement match
2020
ONE NIIGATA
Memorial Blue

Affiliated clubs

Since 2004, Albirex Niigata has selected a number of players for its satellite team in the Singapore Premier League. Albirex also has a women's team and joined L2 league (an equivalent of J2) in 2004. Albirex Ladies won the L2 title in 2006,[18] and went on to join L1 in 2007.

The following clubs are affiliated with Albirex Niigata:

In addition to the J-1 Albirex Niigata football team, there is a Niigata Albirex basketball club in the B.League, as well as a ski, snowboard, baseball, and track and field team. Though the teams share the same name, management and finances are completely separate for each team.

References

  1. ^ Niigata-Nippo. 11 years-History of Albirex Niigata (2007), pp. 2–10.
  2. ^ "Albirex won the promotion slot" Niigata-Nippo: p. 1. 24 November 2003.
  3. ^ a b "Club guide : Albirex Niigata" (in Japanese). J.League. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Venture spirits, Hiroshi Ikeda interview" (in Japanese). Biz STYLE. 27 December 2007. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  5. ^ "History of Niigata stadium" (in Japanese). Albirex Niigata. and Niigata Urban Flowering and Greenery Foundation Group. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  6. ^ "トップチーム(選手) - アルビレックス新潟 公式サイト". アルビレックス新潟 公式サイト|ALBIREX NIIGATA OFFICIAL WEBSITE (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d The 11-year History of Albirex Niigata (in Japanese). Albirex Niigata. 2007. ISBN 4861322219.
  8. ^ "League Table 2007 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  9. ^ "League Table 2008 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  10. ^ "League Table 2009 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  11. ^ "League Table 2010 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  12. ^ "League Table 2011 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  13. ^ a b "League Table 2012 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  14. ^ a b c "Yanagishita named Albirex manager". The Japan Times. Kyodo News. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  15. ^ "SCORESHEET 2012 J.LEAGUE Division 1 2nd Day 13th Sec". J. League. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  16. ^ "League Table 2013 J.LEAGUE Division 1". J. League. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  17. ^ a b "2016 J.LEAGUE Division 1 Albirex Niigata". J. League. 11 January 2017. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  18. ^ "2006 Nadeshiko League" (PDF) (in Japanese). Nadeshiko League. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.