Azul Claro Numazu

Azul Claro Numazu
Full name Football Club Azul Claro Numazu
Founded 1977 (as Numazu Arsenal SC)
2006 (as Azul Claro Numazu)
Ground Shizuoka Ashitaka Athletic Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,000
Azul Claro Suruga Corporation (NPO)
Chairman Hiroyoshi Yamamoto
Manager Ken Yoshida
League Japan Football League
2016 Japan Football League, 3rd
Website Club home page

Azul Claro Numazu (アスルクラロ沼津 Azul Claro Numazu) is a Japanese professional football team based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. They earned promotion for playing at the nationalwide third-tier J3 League starting in 2017.


The club has been established in 1977 as Numazu Arsenal and slowly progressed through the tiers of Shizuoka prefectural leagues. In 2006 the club began the process of transformation into a professional organization with the ultimate goal of joining J. League. Same year the club adopted its current name, Azul Claro (Meaning "bright blue" in Portuguese and Spanish).

In 2012 Azul Claro won promotion to Tōkai Adult Soccer League and quickly progressed through its ranks, spending only a season in each of its divisions. Though they have finished only fourth in 2013 Tōkai League, they were considered as serious contenders for admission to the newly created J3 League. On September 17, 2013 the club has been granted the J. League Associate Membership and passed all stages of licensing and inspection by the league. However, they were only the 3rd choice club for the only Regional League spot in J3 so eventually they had to give way to Grulla Morioka. The club have won the promotion anyway though—they were selected by Japan Football League board as one of the teams to play in 2014 season.

After a 3rd place in 2016 season, they've been welcomed to play professional football league from 2017, as they'll be the 14th original club in J3 League.[1]


Season League Final place
2004 Shizuoka Prefectural League
(Div. 2)
2005 1st
2006 Shizuoka Prefectural
League (Div. 1)
2007 11th
2008 8th
2009 2nd
2010 3rd
2011 2nd
2012 Tokai Football League (Div. 2) 2nd
2013 Tokai Football League (Div. 1) 4th
2014 JFL 8th
2015 5th
2016 3rd

Current squad

As of September 28, 2016[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Junya Fujisawa
2 Japan DF Takao Ishikawa
3 Japan DF Takuya Fujiwara
4 Japan DF Shun Tanaka
5 Japan DF Masahiro Baba
6 Japan MF Naoki Miyata
7 Japan MF Masaya Suzuki
8 Japan MF Ryoichi Kawazu
9 Japan FW Ryota Nakamura
10 Japan FW Shota Aoki
11 Japan FW Naoki Mano
13 Japan FW Jun Suzuki
14 Japan MF Hayato Michiue
15 Japan DF Kanta Takahashi
16 Japan MF Masato Mizuki
17 Japan MF Kazuki Ota
No. Position Player
18 Japan DF Eiichiro Ozaki
19 Japan FW Takuma Sonoda
20 Japan FW Makoto Nakasuji
21 Japan GK Takuya Ohata
22 Japan DF Masayuki Tokutake
23 Japan MF Tomoyuki Shiraishi
24 Japan MF Yuta Kutsukake
26 Japan DF Yuya Mitsunaga
28 Japan DF Kenshiro Tanioku
29 Japan MF Suguru Hashimoto
30 Japan GK Ryosuke Ishida
32 Japan MF Kohei Kurata
33 Japan MF Kazuki Someya
36 Japan MF Akira Takase
39 Japan FW Masashi Nakayama


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