Vegalta Sendai
Full nameVegalta Sendai
Founded1988; 33 years ago (1988)
GroundYurtec Stadium Sendai
Izumi-ku, Sendai
Capacity19,694
ChairmanTomohiro Sasaki
ManagerMasato Harasaki
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 17th of 18
Current season

Vegalta Sendai (ベガルタ仙台, Begaruta Sendai) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in J1 League. The team is located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Their home stadium is Yurtec Stadium Sendai, in Izumi-ku, Sendai, although a few home games have also been played at nearby Miyagi Stadium.

History

Founded in 1988 as Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. Soccer Club, Vegalta joined the J-League in 1999 after playing a few years in the JFL, with the nickname Brummell Sendai, to which they had been promoted in 1995 from the Tohoku Regional League. When joining the J-League, the name Vegalta was chosen as a homage to the famous Tanabata festival in Sendai. The names of the two celestial stars of the Tanabata legend, Vega and Altair were combined to form Vegalta.

They were first promoted to the top flight in 2002 but in the following season the team went back down the following season. They were promoted again for the 2010 season.

In 2011, despite the earthquake and tsunami, they achieved their highest position up to that time, 4th place in the top division. In 2012, despite leading the table for most of the season, Sanfrecce Hiroshima's challenge proved too strong, and losing the penultimate week game to relegation battler Albirex Niigata cost them the title, rendering them second-place winners, their highest position in history.

In 2018, the Vegalta reached vice place in the Emperor's Cup, losing the cup to the Urawa Reds.[1]

Supporters and rivalries

Like most football clubs, Sendai's fans are to be heard singing and dancing throughout the match; but, most of the songs used by fans of other clubs are eschewed in favor of a more eclectic set. The club's theme, sung before every game, is Take Me Home, Country Roads, while during the game altered lyrics are sung to the tunes of The Lambrusco Kid by the Toy Dolls, Blitzkrieg Bop, and other songs by KISS and Twisted Sister.

Michinoku derby

Vegalta's traditional rivals are Montedio Yamagata from Yamagata Prefecture. The two have been rivals since meeting in the Tohoku Football League in 1991.

Uniforms

Current players

As of 11 August 2021[2]

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 Yuma Obata
2 MF Japan JPN Yosuke Akiyama
3 DF Japan JPN Naoya Fukumori
4 DF Japan JPN Koji Hachisuka
5 DF Japan JPN Hisashi Appiah Tawiah
6 MF Japan JPN Rikiya Uehara (on loan from Júbilo Iwata)
7 MF Japan JPN Kunimitsu Sekiguchi
8 MF Japan JPN Yoshiki Matsushita
11 FW Japan JPN Shuhei Akasaki
13 DF Japan JPN Yasuhiro Hiraoka
14 MF Japan JPN Takayoshi Ishihara
15 FW Japan JPN Takuma Nishimura
16 DF Japan JPN Kyohei Yoshino
17 MF Japan JPN Shingo Tomita
18 MF Japan JPN Shogo Nakahara
19 FW Japan JPN Yusuke Minagawa
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW Curaçao CUW Quenten Martinus
21 GK Japan JPN Kaito Ioka
22 GK Serbia SRB Nedeljko Stojisic
24 DF Japan JPN Hayate Nagakura
25 DF Japan JPN Takumi Mase
26 MF Japan JPN Chihiro Kato
27 GK Poland POL Jakub Słowik
28 MF Japan JPN Takumi Sasaki
29 FW Ghana GHA Emmanuel Oti Essigba
31 DF Japan JPN Hayato Teruyama
32 MF Japan JPN Ryoma Kida
33 FW Brazil BRA Felippe Cardoso (on loan from Santos)
35 MF Brazil BRA Foguinho
42 FW Japan JPN Cayman Togashi
43 MF Japan JPN Issei Kato

Record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season League Tier Teams Pos. W D L Pts Attendance
1995 JFL 2 16 15th 9 0 21 27
1996 16 6th 18 0 12 56
1997 16 8th 15 0 15 40
1998 16 7th 18 0 12 43
1999 J2 2 10 9th 10 4 22 31 134,462
2000 11 5th 19 2 19 55 177,967
2001 12 2nd 27 5 12 83 308,243
2002 J1 1 16 13th 11 1 18 32 327,925
2003 16 15th 5 10 15 24 325,621
2004 J2 2 12 6th 15 14 15 59 356,359
2005 12 4th 19 11 14 68 350,544
2006 13 5th 21 14 13 77 346,868
2007 13 4th 24 13 11 83 352,432
2008 15 3rd 18 8 16 70 295,679
2009 18 1st 32 10 9 106 336,719
2010 J1 1 18 14th 10 15 9 39 294,644
2011 18 4th 14 14 6 56 266,144
2012 18 2nd 15 12 7 57 282,200
2013 18 13th 11 11 12 45 252,725
2014 18 14th 9 14 11 38 257,949
2015 18 14th 9 17 8 35 234,442
2016 18 12th 13 17 4 43 262,937
2017 18 12th 11 15 8 41 250,677
2018 18 11th 13 15 6 45 242,791
2019 18 11th 12 5 17 41 254,503
2020 18 17th 6 10 18 28 36,113
2021 20 -
Key

Honours

Managers

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start date Finish date
Takekazu Suzuki  Japan July 1, 1990 December 31, 1995
Choei Sato  Japan 1996
Branko Elsner  Slovenia February 1, 1997 December 31, 1997
Toshiya Miura  Japan January 1, 1998 January 31, 1998
Takekazu Suzuki  Japan February 1, 1998 July 24, 1999
Hidehiko Shimizu  Japan July 27, 1999 September 14, 2003
Hajime Ishii  Japan September 15, 2003 September 20, 2003
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia September 21, 2003 December 31, 2004
Satoshi Tsunami  Japan January 1, 2005 November 30, 2005
Joel Santana  Brazil December 1, 2005 December 31, 2006
Tatsuya Mochizuki  Japan January 1, 2007 December 31, 2007
Makoto Teguramori  Japan February 1, 2008 November 14, 2013
Graham Arnold  Australia November 14, 2013 April 9, 2014
Susumu Watanabe  Japan April 10, 2014 January 31, 2020
Takashi Kiyama  Japan February 1, 2020 January 31, 2021
Makoto Teguramori  Japan February 1, 2021 November 22 2021
Masato Harasaki  Japan November 23, 2021 Current

Continental record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013 AFC Champions League Group E Thailand Buriram United 1–1 1–1 4th
China Jiangsu Sainty 1–2 0–0
South Korea FC Seoul 1–0 2–1

Finances

Despite leading J2 in attendance for the past three years, the club has struggled financially since being relegated from J1. In 2005, the team ran a deficit of 163 million yen, the only year since joining the J.League that they failed to turn a profit.[4] Up until the closing date of the 2006 season (January 31, 2007), the team was projecting a 150 million yen deficit.[5] However, the transfer fee for Borges was enough to drive them into the black for the season. The total profit in 2006 was 27 million yen.[6]

Season Income Expenses
1999 599 578
2000 763 751
2001 1021 998
2002 2152 1950
2003 2348 2211
2004 2110 2103
2005 1787 1950
2006 TBD TBD
in million yen

Asian clubs ranking

As of 14 October 2018.[7]
Current Rank Country Team Points
66 Lebanon Al-Ahed SC 1379
67 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Dubai SC 1377
68 Japan Vegalta Sendai 1375
69 India Salgaocar F.C. 1372
70 Japan Sagan Tosu 1372

References

  1. ^ "仙台、天皇杯準優勝は新時代の幕開け。渡邉体制6年目はサポーターの望むタイトル獲得へ". フットボールチャンネル (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  2. ^ "Team" (in Japanese). Vegalta Sendai. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  3. ^ "2009 J. League Division 2 League table[51st Sec]". Archived from the original on 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  4. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); December 24, 2006
  5. ^ Team Profile– Vegalta Sendai
  6. ^ Kahoku Shimpō (河北新報); April 11, 2007
  7. ^ "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase.