Roasso Kumamoto
ロアッソ熊本
Roasso Kumamoto logo.svg
Full nameRoasso Kumamoto
Nickname(s)Roasso
Founded1969; 53 years ago (1969) as NTT Kumamoto SC
GroundEgao Kenkō Stadium
Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Capacity32,000
ChairmanTomoyoshi Ikeya
ManagerTakeshi Oki
LeagueJ2 League
2021J3 League, 1st of 15 (champions) Increase (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Roasso Kumamoto (ロアッソ熊本, Roasso Kumamoto) is a Japanese football club based in Kumamoto, the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture. The club currently plays in the J2 League, which is the second tier of football in the country. Roasso is a portmanteau of the Italian words rosso and asso, meaning "red ace".

History

Early years (1969–2004)

The club was founded as the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (Den-Den Kōsha, current NTT) Kumamoto Soccer Club in 1969. The club was promoted to the Kyushu Soccer League in 1983.

According to the NTT's privatization in 1985, the club was renamed as NTT Kyushu Soccer Club in 1988. During the NTT Kyushu era, the club won five Kyushu Soccer League titles and one All Japan Senior Football Championship. The club changed their name again to NTT Kumamoto Football Club in 2000.

The club changed their name to NTT West Kumamoto Football Club in 2001 as the NTT was divided into NTT East and NTT West. The club was promoted to the JFL in 2001. The NTT relinquished the ownership of the club in 2002 and community-oriented Alouette Kumamoto Football Club was born. Alouette is a French word meaning skylark, the bird of Kumamoto Prefecture. The club finished at the 17th in this season and was relegated to the Kyushu Soccer League.

Roasso Kumamoto (2005–)

The club name changed again to Rosso Kumamoto in 2005. Rosso means red in Italian. After they won the Kyushu Soccer League and finished at the 3rd in the Regional League play-off tournament, the club was promoted to the JFL.

The club was recently[when?] featured in J.League programming to introduce the club to followers of the pro league. Rosso's second-place finish in the 2007 JFL season was high enough to earn promotion into the J.League (J2 League) for the 2008 season.

The club changed their name to current Roasso Kumamoto in 2008. The previous name Rosso was a registered trademark of another company and the club could not use it.

Rivalries

The traditional rival of Roasso Kumamoto is Kagoshima United, the prefectural neighbors and former Kyushu Soccer League fellows since 1983 until 2005, except 20012002. Matches between the two clubs are labelled Hisatsu derby (肥薩ダービー, "Kumamoto-Kagoshima derby") and generate a lot of interest in both prefectures.

League & cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
Season Div. Tier Teams Pos. P W (PK) D L (PK) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
2003 KYU 4 12 5th 22 11 (3) - 6 (2) 47 35 12 41 - Not eligible 1st round
2004 10 4th 18 10 (0) - 7 (1) 63 38 25 31 - 3rd round
2005 10 1st 18 15 (0) - 1 (2) 45 11 34 47 - 1st round
2006 JFL 3 18 5th 34 20 6 8 64 39 25 66 3,765 3rd round
2007 18 2nd 34 21 6 7 65 34 31 69 3,569 1st round
2008 J2 2 15 12th 42 10 13 19 46 72 -26 43 5,279 3rd round
2009 18 14th 51 12 11 25 66 82 -16 58 6,006 2nd round
2010 19 7th 36 14 12 10 39 43 -4 54 6,907 3rd round
2011 20 11th 38 13 12 13 33 44 -11 51 6,928 2nd round
2012 22 14th 42 15 10 17 40 48 -8 55 5,855 4th round
2013 22 19th 42 10 13 19 40 70 -30 43 6,228 3rd round
2014 22 13th 42 13 15 14 45 53 -8 54 7,002 2nd round
2015 22 13th 42 13 14 15 42 45 -3 53 7,037 3rd round
2016 22 16th 42 12 10 20 38 53 -15 46 5,543 2nd round
2017 22 21st 42 9 10 23 36 59 -23 37 6,557 3rd round
2018 22 21st 42 9 7 26 50 79 -29 34 5,269 2nd round
2019 J3 3 18 5th 34 16 9 9 45 39 6 57 5,533 2nd round
2020 18 8th 34 16 6 12 56 47 9 54 1,422 Did not qualify
2021 15 1st 28 15 9 4 39 20 19 54 3,342 2nd round
2022 J2 2 22 TBA 42

Key

Honours

League history

Current squad

As of 25 January 2022[1]

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 Ryu Tashiro
2 MF Japan JPN Kohei Kuroki
3 DF Japan JPN Osamu Henry Iyoha (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
4 DF Japan JPN Shuichi Sakai
5 DF Japan JPN Masahiro Sugata
6 MF Japan JPN So Kawahara
7 MF Japan JPN Keisuke Tanabe
8 MF Japan JPN Shuhei Kamimura
9 FW Japan JPN Toshiki Takahashi
10 MF Japan JPN Shun Ito
11 FW Japan JPN Shohei Aihara
13 GK Japan JPN Takuya Masuda
14 MF Japan JPN Yuhi Takemoto
15 MF Japan JPN Shohei Mishima
16 MF Japan JPN Koki Sakamoto
18 MF Japan JPN Naohiro Sugiyama
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Japan JPN Sota Higashide
20 DF Japan JPN Kotaro Higashino
21 MF Brazil BRA Thales (on loan from Nagoya Grampus)
22 DF Brazil BRA Leo Kenta
23 GK Japan JPN Yuya Sato
24 MF Japan JPN Takuro Ezaki
27 MF Japan JPN Yuto Taniyama
28 FW Japan JPN Yusei Toshida
29 FW Japan JPN Aiki Miyahara
30 MF Japan JPN Tatsuki Higashiyama
32 MF Japan JPN Itto Fujita
33 DF Japan JPN Kaito Abe
41 GK Japan JPN Neo Choffart Type 2
42 GK Japan JPN Kosei Honda Type 2
43 FW Japan JPN Yutaka Michiwaki Type 2

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 Keitatsu Kojima
MF Japan JPN Kosei Tajiri
FW Japan JPN Kakeru Higuchi

Coaching staff

First team

Name Role
Japan Takeshi Oki Manager
Japan Chikara Fujimoto Assistant manager
Japan Yasushi Takahashi First team coach
Japan Shinya Masushima First team coach
Japan Ryuichi Ito Goalkeeper Coach
Japan Ryoichi Yamamoto Chief trainer
Japan Shuta Takeuchi
Japan Atsushi Ebiko
Physiotherapist
Japan Sho Nakamura
Japan Kenta Shioigawa
Side affairs
Japan Fumihiko Nagasaki Physical advisor
Japan Satoshi Isogami Competent

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Tomoyoshi Ikeya  Japan 1 February 2005 31 January 2009
Makoto Kitano  Japan 1 February 2009 31 January 2010
Takuya Takagi  Japan 1 February 2010 31 January 2013
Yasushi Yoshida  Japan 1 February 2013 10 July 2013
Tomoyoshi Ikeya  Japan 10 July 2013 31 January 2014
Takeshi Ono  Japan 1 February 2014 25 November 2015
Hiroyuki Kiyokawa  Japan 28 November 2015 14 June 2017
Tomoyoshi Ikeya  Japan 14 June 2017 31 January 2018
Hiroki Shibuya  Japan 1 February 2018 31 January 2020
Takeshi Ōki  Japan 1 February 2020 Current

Kit and colours

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Roasso Kumamoto's club colour is red, representing burning passion and desire for victory.

Season(s) Main Shirt Sponsor Collarbone Sponsor Additional Sponsor(s) Kit Manufacturer
2019 Hirata - - Mynavi Shiratake (1st)
Shiratake White (2nd)
Kumamoto Electric Power サトウロジック Puma
2020 Hirata - - Shiratake (1st)
Shiratake White (2nd)
- - サトウロジック Puma

Kit evolution

Past seasons

References

  1. ^ "選手・スタッフ". roasso-k.com. Retrieved 25 January 2022.