Verspah Oita
ヴェルスパ大分
Verspah Oita Emblem
Full nameVerspah Oita
Founded2003; 19 years ago (2003)
GroundOita Sports Park
Capacity16,000
ChairmanSanu Toru
ManagerTakashi Yamahashi[1]
LeagueJapan Football League
20213rd of 17
WebsiteClub website

Verspah Oita (ヴェルスパ大分, Verspah Ōita) is a Japanese football club currently competing in the Japan Football League.[2] The year 2012 is their first year in the JFL after they were promoted from the 2011 Kyushu Soccer League.

History

The club was formed in 2003 as Hoyo FC. In 2005 they changed their name to Hoyo Atletico Elan, the name in which they competed for many years in the Kyushu Football League. The club is backed by the Hoyo Group, a digital camera and auto parts manufacturer based in nearby Kunisaki. In 2010 they changed their name to Hoyo Atletico Elan Oita. In 2011, they changed their name to Hoyo AC Elan Oita, they won the Kyushu Championship and then earned third place in the Regional League promotion series, and qualified to compete in the JFL beginning in 2012. In 2012, they changed their name to Hoyo Oita.

In December 2013, the club tried to get closer ties to the community and therefore made another name change, this time to Verspah Oita (ヴェルスパ大分, Verspah Ōita), for 2014 season onwards.[3]

Team name

The current team's name, "Verspah", was coined by combining the Portuguese word "vermelho" meaning "red", the team colour "vermelho", the English word "spa" meaning hot spring (after Beppu Onsen), and the initial letter "H" of the former team name "HOYO.

Home Towns

The main home towns are Beppu and Yufu, on 28 June 2022, at a J.League Board of Directors meeting,[4] they approved the addition of Ōita city.

Historical Logos

used until 2012 used 2012–2013
Hoyo AC Elan Oita crest, used until 2012
Hoyo AC Elan Oita crest, used until 2012
Hoyo Oita crest, used in 2012 and 2013
Hoyo Oita crest, used in 2012 and 2013

League & cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League Emperor's
Cup
Season Division Tier Pos. P W (PK) D L (PK) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
Hoyo Atletico Elan
2007 Oita Prefectural League
(Div. 1)
6 2nd 10 8 1 1 53 5 48 25
2008 3rd 10 7 1 2 44 11 33 22
2009 1st 9 8 1 0 39 5 34 25
Hoyo Atletico Elan Oita
2010 Kyushu Soccer
League
5 1st 16 13 (2) 1 (0) 48 8 40 44 1st round
Hoyo AC Elan Oita
2011 Kyushu Soccer
League
5 1st 18 15 (2) 0 (1) 55 11 44 49 1st round
Hoyo Oita
2012 JFL 4 15th 32 9 8 15 40 57 -17 35 479 2nd round
2013 15th 34 9 5 20 32 45 -13 32 333 2nd round
Verspah Oita
2014 JFL 4 7th 26 8 9 9 30 28 2 33 333 2nd round
2015 10th 30 10 7 13 40 47 -7 37 488 2nd round
2016 13th 30 6 13 11 30 42 -12 31 488
2017 14th 30 5 12 13 27 46 -19 27 407 2nd round
2018 9th 30 11 6 13 29 38 -9 39 582 1st round
2019 7th 30 10 10 10 42 36 6 40 503 1st round
2020 1st 15 10 2 3 27 16 11 32 306 4th round
2021 3rd 32 19 5 8 46 24 22 62 386 4th round
2022 TBD 30 2nd round
Key

Honours

Current squad

As of 2 August 2022.[5] 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 Takashi Himeno
2 DF Japan JPN Yuta Nakamura
3 DF Japan JPN Takahiro Urashima
4 DF Japan JPN Daigo Nishimura
5 DF Japan JPN Takuto Honda
6 MF Japan JPN Naoki Tsuchida
7 MF Japan JPN Takumi Nakano
8 MF Japan JPN Hirohito Shinohara (captain)
9 MF Japan JPN Kazuho Yamasaki
10 MF Japan JPN Kento Yabuuchi
11 MF Japan JPN Rui Tone
13 MF Japan JPN Naoya Yoshida
14 DF Japan JPN Hayato Nishinoue
15 DF Japan JPN Asahi Yamade
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF Japan JPN Genki Tateiwa
17 MF Japan JPN Takumi Fujimoto
18 FW Japan JPN Makoto Nakamura
19 MF Japan JPN Mitsuaki Nishimura
20 GK Japan JPN Yasuhiro Watanabe
21 MF Japan JPN Kanta Kokura
23 DF Japan JPN Kimiaki Nishikawa
25 MF Japan JPN Tomohiro Ogawa
28 MF Japan JPN Shuto Watanabe
29 DF Japan JPN Shun Taketa
30 DF Japan JPN Tsutomu Murata
33 FW Japan JPN Hiroki Maeda
34 GK Japan JPN Tatsunori Matsumoto

Club Staff

Position Staff
Manager Japan Takashi Yamahashi
Assistant Manager Japan Toyoki Hasegawa
Japan Hiroshi Tanaka
Goalkeeper Coach Japan Yuya Kumagai
Physical Coach Japan Shota Maki
Trainer Japan Takuya Kawasaki
Chief / Hopeiro Japan Ryota Sakamoto

Managers History

Status: October 2021

Manager Nationality Tenure
From To
Haruo Yuki  Japan 1 January 1, 2012 31 December 2015
Tōru Sano  Japan 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
Shigemitsu Sudō  Japan 1 February 2018 31 January 2021
Takashi Yamahashi  Japan 1 February 2021 Current

References

  1. ^ "New Manager for 2021". verspah.jp. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Japan - Verspah Oita - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway". www.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ "ニュース一覧 | HOYO大分". hoyo-oita.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12.
  4. ^ "Addition of Oita City as Hometown". verspah.jp. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  5. ^ "選手紹介". verspah.jp. Retrieved August 2, 2022.