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V-Varen Nagasaki

V-Varen Nagasaki
Nickname(s) VVN
Founded 2005 (2005)
Ground Nagasaki Athletic Stadium,
Isahaya, Nagasaki
Ground Capacity 15,419
Chairman Ban Noriyuki Miyata
Manager Takuya Takagi
League J. League Division 2
2012 Japan Football League, Champions
Website Club home page

V-Varen Nagasaki (V・ファーレン長崎) is an Japanese J. League Division 2 football club based in Nagasaki. The club was established in 1985 as Ariake Football Club till they merged with Kunimi Football Club in 2005 and adopted the name they still hold today.

The club gained promotion into the J. League Division 2 in 2012 for the first time in their history after finishing as the champions in the 2012 Japan Football League and hired Nagasaki native Takuya Takagi to coach the club for the 2013 season.[1]


V-Varen Nagasaki, since 2006, had been contending for the Kyūshū Soccer League championship and thus a place in the Japan Football League, but they only won it in November 2008, as second place in the All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series.[2]

In January 2009, they applied for J. League Associate Membership and their application was accepted at the J. League board meeting in February. In 2012, they won the Japan Football League title and thus promotion to the J. League Division 2.[1]

J. League: 2013–

In preparation for the club's first season in the J. League Division 2 the club hired local-born Takuya Takagi as their coach for the season.[1] On 3 March 2013 V-Varen Nagasaki played in their first ever J. League Division 2 match against Fagiano Okayama at the Kanko Stadium in Okayama in which the club drew the match 1–1 with Koichi Sato scoring the first J. League Division 2 goal for V-Varen Nagasaki in the 25th minute.[3] The club then played their first home match in the J. League Division 2 on 10 March 2013 at the Nagasaki Athletic Stadium against former J. League champions Gamba Osaka in which V-Varen Nagasaki lost 3–1 in front of a huge crowd of 18,153.[4]

Club Name

V-Varen Nagasaki's name can be separated into three parts with their own meanings. The "V" meaning Victory while Varen is Dutch for 'to sail', owing to Nagasaki's heritage as port of call of Dutch traders during the sakoku period in the Tokugawa shogunate (see Dejima). The club's hometown is Nagasaki and through that comes Nagasaki in the name.[5]


First-team squad

As of 26 August 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Takuo Okubo
2 DF Takahiro Yamaguchi (on loan from Shonan Bellmare)
4 DF Ryota Takasugi
5 DF Naoya Ishigami
6 MF Yusuke Maeda
7 MF Hiroaki Okuno (on loan from Vegalta Sendai)
8 DF Koji Noda
9 FW Masaki Fukai
10 MF Yukihiko Sato
11 MF Daisuke Kanzaki
14 MF Hiroshi Azuma
16 MF Masatoshi Mihara (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
17 FW Kenta Furube
18 FW Koichi Sato
20 MF Masato Kurogi (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
21 GK Hayato Nakamura (on loan from Montedio Yamagata)
22 MF Yudai Inoue
No. Position Player
23 FW Sena Inami (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
24 MF Lee Dae-Heon (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
26 MF Sai Kanakubo
27 MF Yuya Nakamura
28 MF Kohei Shimoda
29 MF Teppei Usui
30 DF Atsushi Shirota
31 GK Koshiro Funakawa
35 MF Jung Hoon-Sung
36 DF Takuya Okamoto (on loan from Urawa Reds)
37 DF Dai Takeuchi
39 FW Lee Yong-jae
40 FW Rui Komatsu (on loan from Oita Trinita)
43 GK Yuki Uekusa (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
44 MF Stipe Plazibat
45 DF Srđa Knežević

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
DF Daisuke Fujii (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
DF Kazuya Kawabata (at FC Ryukyu)
DF Takuya Sugiyama (at Fukushima United)
MF Kohei Yamada (at Nagano Parceiro)
MF Masaaki Nishimori (at Renofa Yamaguchi)
FW Atsushi Matsuo (at Japan Soccer College)
FW Satoshi Nakayama (at FC Ryukyu)
FW Shoma Mizunaga (at Zweigen Kanazawa)

Current technical staff

As of 24 May 2013 [6]
Position Name
Manager Takuya Takagi
First-team coach Tamotsu Nakamura
Goalkeeper coach Takanori Miyoshi

Former Coaches


Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (1): 2008
Runners-up (1): 2008


  1. ^ a b c "Takagi named V-Varen Nagasaki coach". Japan Times. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Club Information". V-Varen Nagasaki. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "SCORESHEET 2013 J.LEAGUE Division 2 1st Day 1st Sec". J. League. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "SCORESHEET 2013 J.LEAGUE Division 2 1st Day 2nd Sec". J. League. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "A Japanese lesson in football promotion". The Roar. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Team". V-Varen Nagasaki. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

External links

  • V-Varen Nagasaki Official Website (Japanese)
  • 2014 Nagasaki Squad
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