Matsumoto Yamaga FC

Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.
Full name Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club
Nickname(s) Ptarmigans, Gans
Founded 1965 (1965)
Ground Matsumoto Stadium
Matsumoto, Nagano
Ground Capacity 20,396
Chairman Japan Hiroshi Otsuki
Manager Japan Yasuharu Sorimachi
League J2 League
2016 3rd
Website Club home page

Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club (松本山雅フットボールクラブ Matsumoto Yamaga Futtobōru Kurabu) are a Japanese football (soccer) club based in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. They currently play in J. League Division 2, having been relegated after one season in the first tier of Japanese professional football. They were previously promoted to the J. League Division 2 for the first time in 2011.

Their nickname is the Ptarmigans (ターミガンズ Tāmiganzu) (or shortened Gans (ガンズ ganzu)), symbol birds of Nagano Prefecture.


The club was founded in 1965 by the players who represented Nagano Prefecture. The players frequented a cafe called Yamaga in front of Matsumoto railway station and initially they were simply called Yamaga Club. In 2004, they were renamed as Matsumoto Yamaga FC when nonprofit organisation Alwin Sports Project were set up to support the club with the intention of promotion to J. League.

In the 2007 and 2008 season they finished respectively 1st and 4th in the Hokushin'etsu First Division, but failed to gain the promotion to the Japan Football League as they exited at the group stage of the Regional League promotion series against other regional champions. 2008 also brought a crucial Emperor's Cup run, where they defeated former Japanese champions Shonan Bellmare in the third round by penalty kicks, only to be eliminated 8–0 by Vissel Kobe.

The 2009 season brought inconsistency, as they took 4th place in the regional league but knocked Urawa Red Diamonds out of the Emperor's Cup in the second round, their biggest giant-killing ever.

By virtue of winning the Shakaijin Cup, they earned a berth in the Regional League promotion series, and won the series at home to earn promotion to the Japan Football League for 2010. They earned 7th place on their first season in the third tier.

In 2011, despite a season thrown off by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting inability of Sony Sendai to play a full schedule, Yamaga earned 4th place and were promoted to J. League Division 2. After three seasons they earned their first ever promotion to J1 League, only to be relegated after one season.


The biggest rival of Matsumoto Yamaga are the prefectural neighbors and former Hokushin'etsu League fellows Nagano Parceiro. Matches between those teams are labelled "Shinshū derby" and generate a lot of interest in both cities.[1] For 2011 season, Parceiro joined their rivals in JFL bringing the derby to the national level.


Main article: Matsumoto Stadium

Matsumoto Yamaga's home ground is Matsumoto Stadium (popularly known as Alwin) located in the Kambayashi area of Matsumoto city. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 (16,000 seats and 4,000 standings).[2] It is the third largest Sport venue in Nagano Prefecture.



Current squad

As of February 14, 2016.[3]

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 Daniel Schmidt (on loan from Vegalta Sendai)
3 Japan DF Hayuma Tanaka
4 Japan DF Masaki Iida
5 Japan MF Yudai Iwama
6 Japan DF Jun Ando
7 Japan MF Takuya Takei
8 Brazil FW Willians
9 Brazil FW Obina
11 Japan MF Kohei Kiyama
13 Japan DF Keita Goto
14 Brazil MF Paulinho (on loan from JEF United)
15 Japan MF Masaki Miyasaka
16 Japan DF Hiroshi Tetsuto
17 Japan MF Ryutaro Iio
18 Japan DF Takefumi Toma
No. Position Player
19 Japan FW Hiroki Yamamoto
20 Japan MF Takayoshi Ishihara
21 Japan GK Tomoyuki Suzuki
23 Japan MF Kohei Kudo
24 Japan DF Masahiro Nasukawa
25 Japan GK Yuto Shirai
26 South Korea FW Han Seung-Hyeong
27 Japan MF Ryutaro Shibata
30 Japan DF Ryusuke Sakai
33 Japan DF Yu Yasukawa
35 Japan GK Niall Killoran
37 Japan MF Takaaki Shichi
38 Japan FW Daizen Maeda
41 Japan FW Daiki Yagishita

Retired number(s)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Japan GK Kengo Nagai (to Kataller Toyama)
Japan DF Kenshiro Tanioku (to Azul Claro Numazu)
Japan MF Kohei Kurata (to Azul Claro Numazu)
No. Position Player
Japan MF Junto Matsushita (to Machida Zelvia)
Japan MF Hayato Michiue (to Azul Claro Numazu)
Japan MF Nobuyuki Shiina (to Kataller Toyama)


Keiju Karashima  Japan 2005–07
Hideo Yoshizawa  Japan 2008–11
Yoshiyuki Kato  Japan 2011
Yasuharu Sorimachi  Japan 2012–


  1. Senta, Houji. 信州ダービー (in Japanese). JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  2. 【松本平広域公園】 信州スカイパーク アルウィン (in Japanese). TOYBOX. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
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