FC Imabari
FC今治
Full nameFC Imabari
Founded1976; 46 years ago (1976)
GroundArigato Service Dream Stadium Imabari, Ehime, Japan
Capacity5,030
ChairmanTakeshi Okada
Head coachKazuaki Hashikawa
LeagueJ3 League
202111th of 15
WebsiteClub website

FC Imabari (FC今治) is a Japanese football club based in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture. They play in the J3 League.

History

The club was founded in 1976 and were promoted to the Shikoku Football League in 2001.

From 2009 to 2011 they were owned by Ehime F.C. as their reserve team, Ehime F.C. Shimanami. After spinning off yet again, the majority of FC Imabari was bought by the former coach of Japan Takeshi Okada in 2014.[1]

In February 2016, the club made another step forward toward the J. League as JFA recognised J. League Hundred Year Vision clubs.[2] In November they won the Regional Promotion Series and were promoted to the Japan Football League. During their debut-season in the JFL, they opened their new stadium and got a J3 League license for the 2018 season.

In 2019, after finishing 3rd in the JFL, FC Imabari were promoted to the professional ranks of J3 for the first time.[3]

League and cup records

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Shakaijin
Cup
Season Division Tier Pos GP W D L F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2011 Shikoku Soccer
League
5 1st 14 13 1 0 52 4 48 34 1st round 3rd place
2012 1st 14 11 2 1 44 10 34 34 3rd round 1st round
2013 1st 14 13 1 0 72 7 65 40 2nd round 1st round
2014 3rd 14 11 1 2 78 16 62 34 1st round
2015 1st 14 12 1 1 58 5 53 37 1st round 2nd round
2016 1st 14 13 0 1 54 7 47 39 1st round 2nd round
2017 JFL 4 6th 30 12 12 6 54 36 18 48 2,182 2nd round Not
eligible
2018 5th 30 14 7 9 63 32 31 49 3,081 2nd round
2019 3rd 30 13 12 5 41 26 15 51 3,101 Did not qualify
2020 J3 3 7th 34 15 10 9 39 27 12 55 1,355
2021 11th 28 7 9 12 34 33 1 30 1,660 2nd round
Key

Honours

Squad

Updated to 27 December 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 Tomohito Shugyo
3 DF Japan JPN Yuichi Komano
4 DF Japan JPN Takuya Sonoda
5 DF Japan JPN Tomoya Ando
6 MF Japan JPN Koichi Miyao
7 MF Japan JPN Takafumi Yamada
8 MF Japan JPN Shungo Tamashiro
10 FW Japan JPN Jun Arima
11 FW Guinea-Bissau GNB Valdu Té
13 DF Japan JPN Ryota Ichihara
14 MF Japan JPN Tasuku Hiraoka
15 MF Japan JPN Sho Fukuda
16 FW North Korea PRK Ryang Hyon-ju
17 DF Panama PAN Óscar Linton (On loan from Costa del Este)
18 FW Japan JPN Toshiki Toya (On loan from Avispa Fukuoka)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Japan JPN Takuya Shimamura
20 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Okayama
21 GK Japan JPN Masaki Imagawa
22 MF Japan JPN Takuro Uehara
23 GK South Korea KOR Lee Do-hyung
24 DF Japan JPN Takatara Kondo
25 MF Japan JPN Keishi Kusumi
26 FW Japan JPN Taisei Takase
27 MF Japan JPN Hideo Hashimoto
28 MF Japan JPN Haruki Matsui
29 DF Japan JPN Ryoya Iizumi
30 FW Japan JPN Seigo Takei
31 GK Japan JPN Shinji Okada
33 FW Brazil BRA Léo Mineiro
42 DF Japan JPN Wataru Harada

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
- MF Japan JPN Shuto Ono (On loan at Fukuyama City)
- MF Japan JPN Seita Murai (On loan at Nara Club)

Managers

Manager Nat. Tenure
Start Finish
Takahiro Kimura  Japan February 1, 2012 January 31, 2016
Hirofumi Yoshitake  Japan February 1, 2016 June 27, 2018
Naoto Kudo  Japan June 27, 2018 January 31, 2019
Takeshi Ono  Japan February 1, 2019 January 31, 2020
Lluís Planagumà  Spain February 1, 2020 May 19, 2021
Kazuaki Hashikawa  Japan May 19, 2021 May 23, 2021
Keiichiro Nuno  Japan May 24, 2021 29 September, 2021[5]
Kazuaki Hashikawa  Japan September 29, 2021[6]

Kit History

FP 1st
2016 - 2018
2019 - 2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
2016 - 2018
2019 - 2020
2021 -

References

  1. ^ "Okada buys majority ownership stake in FC Imabari". 4 November 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2017 – via Japan Times Online.
  2. ^ "Musashino City, FC Imabari take step toward J3 admission:J. LEAGUE.JP". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ "2018シーズン J3クラブライセンス判定結果について (J3入会を希望するクラブ):Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ "選手一覧|選手紹介|トップチーム|FC今治 公式サイト / FC.IMABARI Official Site". FC今治 公式サイト / FC.IMABARI Official Site (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Coach resigns". www.fcimabari.com. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  6. ^ "New coach announced". www.fcimabari.com. Retrieved 18 December 2021.