F.C. Gifu
Full nameGifu Football Club Co., Ltd.
Founded2001; 21 years ago (2001)
GroundGifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Capacity26,109
ChairmanHiroyuki Miyata
ManagerTakayoshi Amma
LeagueJ3 League
20216th of 15
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Gifu Football Club Co., Ltd.

Football Club Gifu, abbreviated as F.C. Gifu (FC岐阜, Efu Shī Gifu)[1] is a Japanese football club based in Gifu, Japan. They play in the J3 League, the third tier of Japanese professional football. They also run a reserve team that play in the Tōkai Adult League Division 1.

History

During the Japan Soccer League and former Japan Football League years, the city and prefecture of Gifu were represented by the Seino Transportation Co. (西濃運輸 Seinō Un'yu) works team, which was relegated from the old JFL for the last time in 1997 and folded shortly thereafter.

The modern-day Gifu club was founded in 2001 (Seino's last manager Masayuki Katsuno was among the founders, and a former Seino player, Takashi Umeda, recently returned to town and joined the club following a decade-long stint with Oita Trinita). The club was promoted to the new Japan Football League in 2007 after beating Honda Lock S.C. in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

The team earned third place at the end of the 2007 season, meaning it qualified for promotion to J. League Division 2. On December 3, 2007, J. League approved a promotion for the team for the 2008 season.[2]

The club finished the 2012 season in 21st place, narrowly missing out on relegation to the Japan Football League.[3]

Between 2013 and 2018, the team has constantly been placed in the lower realms of J. League Division 2 and narrowly avoiding relegation until 2019 when they finished last in the league and were relegated to J. League Division 3.

Crest

The team's crest was designed to represent Gifu Prefecture. The top of the crest represents the mountain ranges of the northern part of the prefecture. The flowers are Chinese milk vetch, which are the prefectural flower. Each of the three lines represents one of the Kiso Three Rivers flowing through the prefecture. The banner at the base of the crest is the same as the symbol on the helmet of the victorious Tokugawa clan at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

League & cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. GP W D L F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2008 J2 15 13th 42 10 12 20 41 69 -28 42 3,745 4th round
2009 18 12th 51 16 14 21 62 72 -10 62 4,302 Quarter final
2010 19 14th 36 13 6 17 32 45 -13 45 3,108 2nd round
2011 20 20th 38 6 6 26 39 83 -44 24 4,120 2nd round
2012 22 21st 42 7 14 21 27 55 -28 35 4,270 2nd round
2013 22 21st 42 9 10 23 37 80 -43 37 4,525 2nd round
2014 22 17th 42 13 10 19 54 61 -7 49 7,584 2nd round
2015 22 20th 42 12 7 23 37 71 -34 43 6,179 2nd round
2016 22 20th 42 12 7 23 47 71 -24 43 5,662 1st round
2017 22 18th 42 11 13 18 56 68 -12 46 6,977 3rd round
2018 22 20th 42 11 9 22 44 62 -18 42 6,858 3rd round
2019 22 22nd 42 7 9 26 33 78 -45 30 6,692 2nd round
2020 J3 18 6th 34 16 8 10 50 39 11 56 2,643 Did not qualify
2021 15 6th 28 12 5 11 38 35 3 41 3,505 1st round
Key

Current squad

As of 15 July 2021.[4] 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 Michiya Okamoto
2 DF Japan JPN Wataru Hashimoto
3 DF Japan JPN Tadashi Takeda
4 DF Japan JPN Kentaro Kai
5 DF Brazil BRA Paulão
6 MF Japan JPN Shohei Mishima
7 FW Japan JPN Toma Murata
8 MF Japan JPN Kensei Nakashima
9 FW Japan JPN Hirofumi Yamauchi
10 MF Japan JPN Shota Kawanishi
11 MF Brazil BRA Lelêu
14 MF Japan JPN Takuya Honda
15 FW Japan JPN Bright Machida
16 FW Japan JPN Yuta Togashi
17 DF Japan JPN Takumi Fujitani
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Japan JPN Kohei Hattori
20 GK Japan JPN Kazushige Kirihata (On loan from Kashiwa Reysol)
21 GK Japan JPN Takuya Matsumoto
22 DF Japan JPN Tetsuya Funatsu
23 MF Japan JPN Ryotaro Onishi
24 FW Japan JPN Shohei Aihara
25 MF Japan JPN Yoshiatsu Oiji
26 DF Japan JPN Arata Koyama
27 DF Japan JPN Natsu Motoishi
28 MF Japan JPN Haruki Mitsuda (On loan from Matsumoto Yamaga)
29 MF Japan JPN Ayumu Matsumoto
30 MF South Korea KOR Kim Ho
31 GK Japan JPN Cholhwan Ono
41 MF Japan JPN Ryohei Yoshihama
42 MF Japan JPN Yōsuke Kashiwagi

Kit Evolution

FP 1st
2007
2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -

Former managers

References

  1. ^ "Club profile". FC Gifu. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Jリーグ.jp(日本プロサッカーリーグ):Jリーグ.jp". Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ "FC Gifu club information". 29 December 2012. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Players". Retrieved 1 March 2021.