Azul Claro Numazu
アスルクラロ沼津
Azul Claro Numazu logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Azul Claro Numazu
Founded1990; 32 years ago (1990) as Numazu Arsenal SC
GroundShizuoka Ashitaka Athletic Stadium
Numazu, Shizuoka
Capacity10,000
Managing
Organisation
Azul Claro Suruga Corporation (NPO)
ChairmanHiroyoshi Yamamoto
ManagerMasataka Imai
LeagueJ3 League
202114th of 15
WebsiteClub 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]

League & cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Season Division Tier Place GP W L D F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2004 Shizuoka Prefectural
League (Div. 2)
8 4th
2005 1st
2006 Shizuoka Prefectural
League (Div. 1)
7 9th
2007 11th
2008[2] 8th 11 2 4 5 20 27 -7 10
2009[3] 2nd 11 6 2 3 32 30 2 20
2010[4] 3rd 11 6 3 2 27 18 9 21
2011[5] 2nd 11 9 0 2 50 23 27 27
2012 Tokai Football
League (Div. 2)
6 2nd 14 8 2 4 22 15 7 26
2013 Tokai Football
League (Div. 1)
5 4th 14 8 1 5 20 21 –1 25
2014 JFL 4 8th 26 8 8 10 26 35 –9 32 1,777
2015 5th 30 16 6 8 36 28 8 54 2,198
2016 3rd 30 18 5 7 47 24 23 59 2,332
2017 J3 3 3rd 32 16 11 5 60 27 33 59 3,029 3rd round
2018 4th 32 14 10 8 40 29 11 52 2,857
2019 12th 34 11 6 17 35 43 –8 39 2,470
2020 12th 34 12 5 17 36 40 –4 41 925 Did not qualify
2021 14th 28 7 6 15 32 44 –12 27 1,482
2022 TBA 34
Key

Current squad

As of 13 May 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 Masataka Nomura
2 DF Japan JPN Tomoki Fujisaki
3 DF Japan JPN Tatsuya Anzai
4 DF Japan JPN Akira Osako
6 MF Japan JPN Ryoma Kita
7 MF Japan JPN Kosei Uryu
8 MF Japan JPN Kenshiro Suzuki
10 FW Japan JPN Ryo Watanabe
11 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Someya
13 DF Japan JPN Yuya Tsukagi
14 MF Japan JPN Kotaro Tokunaga
15 MF Japan JPN Takuya Sugai
17 FW Japan JPN Noah Kenshin Browne
19 DF Japan JPN Tomoyuki Maekawa
20 MF Japan JPN Naoki Sato
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF Japan JPN Terukazu Shinozaki
25 MF Japan JPN Teruyoshi Ito
27 FW Malaysia MAS Hadi Fayyadh (on loan from Fagiano Okayama)
28 DF Japan JPN Koki Inoue
29 FW Japan JPN Taiga Sugimoto
30 GK Japan JPN Daiki Mitsui (on loan from Nagoya Grampus)
31 MF Japan JPN Haruki Toyama
33 MF Japan JPN Junya Takahashi
37 MF Vietnam VIE Bùi Ngọc Long (on loan from Saigon FC)
38 DF Japan JPN Takumi Hama
45 GK Japan JPN Hiromu Musha
46 MF Japan JPN Keigo Iwasaki Type 2
47 FW Vietnam VIE Nguyễn Văn Sơn (on loan from Saigon FC)
FW Vietnam VIE Nguyễn Ngọc Hậu (on loan from Saigon FC)

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 Haruto Kawamae (on loan to Kochi United SC)

Club officials

Position Name
Manager Japan Masataka Imai
Assistant Manager Japan Keita Goto
Goalkeeper Coach Japan Yukio Takeda
Conditioning Coach Japan Koji Tanaka
Chief Doctor Japan Shunsuke Mukaiyama
Athletic trainer Japan Hiromitsu Sugiyama
Japan Kentaro Taki
Competent Japan Keishiro Seto

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Kazuhito Mochizuki JapanJapan 1 February 2014 31 January 2015
Ken Yoshida JapanJapan 1 February 2015 31 January 2020
Masataka Imai JapanJapan 1 February 2020 Current

Kit evolution

Home kit - 1st
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
Away kit - 2nd
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s) Main Shirt Sponsor Collarbone Sponsor Additional Sponsor(s) Kit Manufacturer
2013 SURUGA bank NNH Germany Puma
2014 USUi MEIDEN 雄大
2015 USUi SURUGA Bank MEIDEN
2016 MEIDEN
2017
2018 Kawata Construction (Left) Kawata Construction (Right)
2019
2020 MEIDEN (Left) MEIDEN (Right) Kawata Construction

References

  1. ^ "Azul Claro Numazu join J3:en". J. LEAGUE.JP JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ "2008". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  3. ^ "2009". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  4. ^ "2010 data source". rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  5. ^ "2011 data source". rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Players". www.azulclaro.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 April 2022.