FC Gifu

F.C. Gifu
Full name Gifu Football Club Co., Ltd.
Founded 2001 (2001)
Ground Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Ground Capacity 31,000
Chairman Hiroyuki Miyata
Manager Megumu Yoshida
League J2 League
2016 20th
Website Club home page

Football Club Gifu, abbreviated as F.C. Gifu (FC岐阜 Efu Shī Gifu)[1] is a Japanese football club based in Gifu, Japan. They plays in the J2 League, the second tier of Japanese professional football.


During the Japan Soccer League and former Japan Football League years, the city and prefecture of Gifu were represented by the Seino Transportation Co. (西濃運輸 Seinō Un'yu) works team, which was relegated from the old JFL for the last time in 1997 and folded shortly thereafter.

The modern-day Gifu club was founded in 2001 (Seino's last manager Masayuki Katsuno was among the founders, and a former Seino player, Takashi Umeda, recently returned to town and joined the club following a decade-long stint with Oita Trinita). The club was promoted to the new Japan Football League in 2007 after beating Honda Lock S.C. in the promotion/relegation play-offs.

The team earned third place at the end of the 2007 season, meaning it qualified for promotion to J. League Division 2. On December 3, 2007, J. League approved a promotion for the team for the 2008 season.[2]

The club finished the 2012 season in 21st place, narrowly missing out on relegation to the Japan Football League.[3]


The team's crest was designed to represent Gifu Prefecture. The top of the crest represents the mountain ranges of the northern part of the prefecture. The flowers are Chinese milk vetch, which are the prefectural flower. Each of the three lines represents one of the Kiso Three Rivers flowing through the prefecture. The banner at the base of the crest is the same as the symbol on the helmet of the victorious Tokugawa clan at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

Record as J. League member

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2008 J2 15 13 3,745 4th Round
2009 J2 18 12 4,302 Quarter-final
2010 J2 19 14 3,108 2nd Round
2011 J2 20 20 4,120 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 21 4,270 2nd Round
2013 J2 22 21 4,525 2nd Round
2014 J2 22 17 7,584 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 20 6,179 2nd Round
2016 J2 22 20 5,662 1st Round

Current squad

As of 21 January, 2016.[4] 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 Satoshi Tokizawa
2 Japan DF Masanori Abe
3 East Timor DF Wellington Rocha
4 Japan DF Naoya Okane
5 Japan MF Tsubasa Aoki
6 Japan MF Keiji Takachi
7 Japan MF Pauro Junichi Tanaka
8 Japan MF Masaru Akiba
9 Brazil FW Evandro Paulista
10 Brazil MF Leonardo Rocha
11 Japan FW Junki Endo
14 Japan MF Koya Kazama
15 Japan MF Daiki Tamori
17 Japan DF Shun Nogaito
18 Japan DF Yuki Fuji
No. Position Player
19 Japan MF Tsukasa Masuyama
20 Japan MF Jun Suzuki
21 Japan GK Yoshinari Takagi
22 Japan GK William Popp (on loan from Tokyo Verdy)
23 Japan MF Yuto Ono
24 Japan FW Hiroaki Namba
27 Japan MF Ryutaro Karube
28 Japan MF Taisuke Mizuno
29 Japan FW Bruno Suzuki
30 Japan DF Masaya Tashiro
32 Japan MF Yudai Ogawa
33 Brazil FW Léo Mineiro
34 Japan FW Tatsuya Tanaka (on loan from Roasso Kumamoto)
35 Japan DF Go Iwase (on loan from Kyoto Sanga)

Former managers


  1. "Club profile". FC Gifu. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. "Jリーグ.jp(日本プロサッカーリーグ):Jリーグ.jp". Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. "FC Gifu club information". 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. "Squad numbers announced". wearegifu.wordpress.com. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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