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JEF UNITED ICHIHARA CHIBA, also known by JEF UNITED CHIBA (ジェフユナイテッド千葉, Jefu Yunaiteddo Chiba), and also as JEF CHIBA (ジェフ千葉, Jefu Chiba), is a Japanese professional football club that plays in J. League Division 2 . On February 1, 2005, the club changed its name from JEF United Ichihara to the current name after Chiba city had joined Ichihara, Chiba as its hometown in 2003. The club name, JEF -taken from JR East and Furukawa Electric - and United, represents the unity of the team and its home town.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Symbols

* 2.1 Stadiums * 2.2 Mascot
Mascot

* 3 Affiliated clubs

* 3.1 Furukawa Electric Chiba * 3.2 JEF Reserves
JEF Reserves

* 4 Record

* 5 Honours

* 5.1 Furukawa Electric * 5.2 JEF United Ichihara Chiba

* 6 Players

* 6.1 Current Squad * 6.2 Out on loan * 6.3 International capped players.

* 7 Managers * 8 References * 9 External Links.

HISTORY

The team began as the company team, Furukawa Electric Soccer Club (古河電気工業サッカー部) in 1946. As the company team, it won the Japan Soccer League twice, the Emperor\'s Cup four times and the JSL League Cup three times. Furukawa also won the 1986–87 Asian Club Championship , the top club honor in Asia ; they were the first Japanese club to do so.

Since the league's inception in 1965 , the team had always played in the top flight in Japan
Japan
and was the only Japanese team to never be relegated from the JSL1, a record they kept into the J1 years. They did finish the 1978 season in a relegation position (last of 10) but stayed up after beating Honda F.C. 1–0 on aggregate in a two-legged playoff. The last place was not automatically relegated until the 1980 season.

In 1991, it merged with the JR East's company team to become East Japan
Japan
JR Furukawa Football Club (東日本ジェイアール古河サッカークラブ) and rebranded itself as JEF United Ichihara upon the J. League's founding in 1993. The team initially built itself around the former Germany
Germany
national football team player Pierre Littbarski .

From 1998 to 2000, the team struggled to stay in the J. League and it began a series of efforts to be a competitive team. Since the hiring of Ivica Osim
Ivica Osim
in 2003, JEF United has contended for the league title each year despite limited resources and struggling attendance.

On July 16, 2006, Osim left the team to take over the coach of the Japan
Japan
national team and was succeeded by Amar Osim , his son and assistant coach.. On December 5, 2007, it was announced that Amar Osim had been sacked after the club's lowly 13th-place finish in the 2007 season.

After 13 games in the 2008 season Josip Kuže was sacked as team manager. On 8 May 2008 it was announced that the new manager was Alex Miller . Miller was First Team Coach at Liverpool F.C.
Liverpool F.C.
alongside Rafael Benítez prior to joining JEF United.

The Furukawa Electric is no longer the main sponsor of the club, a job these days taken over by Fuji Electric .

On November 8, 2009, JEF United Chiba
JEF United Chiba
was relegated to J2 after 44 seasons in the Japanese top division; since 2010, JEF United Chiba
JEF United Chiba
is playing in J. League Division 2 .

JEF United Chiba
JEF United Chiba
was close to being promoted to J. League Division 1 during the 2012 season. The club was considered one of the favorites to be directly promoted to J1. However, after defeats to teams considered lesser than them such as F.C. Gifu and F.C. Machida Zelvia , JEF played the playoffs, making their road to the final. They defeated Yokohama F.C. by 4–0, but lost the final match to Oita Trinita by 1–0, at Tokyo National Stadium .

In the 2013 season they played in the promotion to J1 playoffs. They lost the semi final match to Tokushima Vortis by 1–1(Chiba was 6th place and Tokushima was 3rd place in the league, regulation decides up high club can go final even draw.)

In the 2014 season they played in the promotion playoffs to J1 again. The club did not have to play in the semi-final(Chiba was 4th place but the 3rd place club named Giravanz Kitakyushu had a Jleague original stadium problem so Kitakyushu could not go to the promotion play off). In the final against Montedio Yamagata, they lost by 0–1, at Ajinomoto Stadium.

SYMBOLS

STADIUMS

It had played its home matches at Ichihara Seaside Stadium , but has since moved to the larger, football-specific and more conveniently located Fukuda Denshi Arena
Fukuda Denshi Arena
, which opened in Chiba during the 2005 season. The club had initially practiced at Urayasu, Chiba planning to base itself in Narashino, Chiba before opposition by those living around Akitsu Stadium
Stadium
forced it to be based in Ichihara. Since 2000, training has been held at Footpark Anesaki in Ichihara in normally. Since 1 October 2009, they made new practice place UNITED PARK near the Fukuda Denshi Arena.

MASCOT

JEF United Ichihara's mascot characters are Akita Inu
Akita Inu
brothers named Jeffy and Unity. The squad number of Jeffy is 2 and that of Unity is 9.

AFFILIATED CLUBS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CHIBA

This was JEF's reserve team during the JSL years. They were formed in 1967 and were first promoted to the JSL Second Division in 1975. They still exist, although they are no longer affiliated on paper, and play in the Kanto Regional League. In 2008 they renamed themselves S.A.I. ICHIHARA

JEF RESERVES

JEF\'s reserve team played until 2011 in the Japan Football League
Japan Football League
, the third tier of Japanese football. But in 2011, the club announced the end of the B team because of financial problems.

RECORD

SEASON DIV. TMS. POS. ATTENDANCE/G J. LEAGUE CUP EMPEROR\\'S CUP

1992 – – – – Group Stage Quarter-final

1993 J1 10 8 20,273 Group Stage Quarter-final

1994 J1 12 9 22,262 2nd Round 2nd Round

1995 J1 14 5 15,418 – 1st Round

1996 J1 16 9 12,008 Group Stage 3rd Round

1997 J1 17 13 5,693 Quarter-final 4th Round

1998 J1 18 16 5,365 Final 3rd Round

1999 J1 16 13 5,774 2nd Round 3rd Round

2000 J1 16 14 6,338 2nd Round Quarter-final

2001 J1 16 3 7,818 Quarter-final Quarter-final

2002 J1 16 7 7,897 Quarter-final Semi-final

2003 J1 16 3 9,709 Group Stage Quarter-final

2004 J1 16 4 10,012 Group Stage 4th Round

2005 J1 18 4 9,535 Winner 5th Round

2006 J1 18 11 13,393 Winner 4th Round

2007 J1 18 13 14,149 Group Stage 4th Round

2008 J1 18 15 14,084 Quarter-final 4th Round

2009 J1 18 18 14,730 Group Stage 4th Round

2010 J2 19 4 11,689 – 4th Round

2011 J2 20 6 9,680 – Quarterfinals

2012 J2 22 5 9,281 – Quarterfinals

2013 J2 22 5 10,004 – 3rd Round

2014 J2 22 3 9,333 – Semifinals

2015 J2 22 9 10,725 – 3rd Round

2016 J2 22 11 10,292 – 3rd Round

2017 J2 22

– 3rd Round

Key

* Tms. = Number of teams * Pos. = Position in league * Attendance/G = Average league attendance * Source: J. League Data Site

HONOURS

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC

* JAPAN SOCCER LEAGUE .: (2) 1976 , 1985 * JSL CUP .: (3) 1977 , 1982 , 1986–87 * EMPEROR\\'S CUP .: (4) 1960, 1961, 1964 (shared), 1976 * JAPANESE SUPER CUP .: (1) 1977 * ALL JAPAN WORKS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP .: (3) 1959, 1961, 1962 (shared) * ALL JAPAN INTER-CITY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP .: (4) 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964 * ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP .: (1) 1986

JEF UNITED ICHIHARA CHIBA

* J. LEAGUE CUP .: (2) 2005, 2006

PLAYERS

CURRENT SQUAD

As of 1 August 2017.

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 Masahiro Okamoto

3

DF Naoya Kondo (captain )

4

DF Kengo Kitazume

5

DF Atsuto Tatara

6

MF Masaki Yamamoto

7

MF Yuto Sato (vice-captain )

8

MF Koki Kiyotake

9

FW Joaquín Larrivey

10

MF Yamato Machida (vice-captain )

11

FW Takayuki Funayama

13

MF Hirotaka Tameda (on loan from Avispa Fukuoka )

14

MF Eduardo Aranda

15

MF Andrew Kumagai (on loan from Yokohama F. Marinos
Yokohama F. Marinos
)

16

FW Hiroki Sugajima (on loan from Tokyo Verdy )

17

DF Yuki Okubo

NO.

POSITION PLAYER

18

MF Asahi Yada (on loan from Nagoya Grampus
Nagoya Grampus
)

20

DF Masashi Wakasa

21

MF Jorge Salinas

22

MF Naotake Hanyu (vice-captain )

23

GK Yuya Sato

24

DF Lee Joo-young

25

DF Yusuke Higa

26

DF Jun Okano

28

DF Takaya Inui

29

GK Kaito Yamamoto

30

DF Yushi Mizobuchi

31

GK Cholhwan Ono

32

MF Issei Takahashi

37

DF Kim Byeom-yong (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse
Shimizu S-Pulse
)

50

FW Hiroshi Ibusuki

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

MF Paulinho (at Matsumoto Yamaga FC until 1 January 2018)

-

DF Itsuki Urata (at Giravanz Kitakyushu until 31 January 2018)

-

MF Kyoga Nakamura (at YSCC Yokohama )

-

MF Junki Koike (at Ehime FC until 31 January 2018)

-

DF Shohei Abe (at Ventforet Kofu until 31 January 2018)

-

FW Makito Yoshida (at FC Machida Zelvia until 31 January 2018)

INTERNATIONAL CAPPED PLAYERS.

JFA .

* Yuki Abe * Takayuki Chano * Toshiya Fujita * Naotake Hanyu * Nozomi Hiroyama * Shoji Jo * Naoya Kondo * Shu Kurata * Teruaki Kurobe * Seiichiro Maki * Tadatoshi Masuda * Koki Mizuno * Shigeyoshi Mochizuki * Takayuki Morimoto * Shinji Murai * Takafumi Ogura * Eisuke Nakanishi * Tomoyuki Sakai * Yuji Sakakura * Hisato Sato * Yuto Sato * Takayuki Suzuki * Nobuhiro Takeda * Koki Yonekura * Masaki Fukai * Tatsuya Yazawa * Kazuki Nagasawa * Haruya Ide * Ado Onaiwu

AFC / CAF / OFC .

* Matthew Bingley * Mark Milligan * Edward Bosnar * Shin Che-bon * An Byong-jun * Kim Dae-eui * Choi Yong-Soo * Nam Seung-Woo * Kim Hyun-Hun * Owusu Benson * Wynton Rufer

CONMEBOL
CONMEBOL
.

* Sandro * Michael * Baron * Marquinhos * Reinaldo Oliveira * Neto Baiano * Ricardo Lobo * Everton Kempes * Élton Rodrigues Brandão

UEFA
UEFA
.

* Mario Haas * Edin Mujčin * Mirko Hrgović * Ilian Stoyanov * Ivan Hašek * Pavel Řehák * Pierre Littbarski * Frank Ordenewitz * Gabriel Popescu * Nenad Maslovar * Peter Bosz * Rade Bogdanovic * Nenad Đorđević * Tor Hogne Aarøy * Ľubomír Moravčík * Željko Milinovič * Nejc Pečnik

MANAGERS

COACH NATION TENURE

Yoshikazu Nagai Japan
Japan
1992-1993

Eijun Kiyokumo Japan
Japan
1994-1995

Yasuhiko Okudera Japan
Japan
1996

Jan Versleijen Netherlands
Netherlands
1997-1998

Gert Engels Germany
Germany
1999

Nicolae Zamfir Romania
Romania
1999-2000

Sugao Kambe (interim) Japan
Japan
2000

Zdenko Verdenik Slovenia
Slovenia
2000-2001

Sugao Kambe (interim) Japan
Japan
2001

Jozef Vengloš Slovakia
Slovakia
2002

Ivica Osim
Ivica Osim
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2003-2006

Amar Osim Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2006-2007

Josip Kuže Croatia
Croatia
2008

Shigeo Sawairi (interim) Japan
Japan
2008

Alex Miller Scotland
Scotland
2008-2009

Atsuhiko Ejiri Japan
Japan
2009-2010

Dwight Lodeweges Netherlands
Netherlands
2011

Sugao Kambe Japan
Japan
2011

Takashi Kiyama Japan
Japan
2012

Jun Suzuki Japan
Japan
2013-2014

Kazuo Saito (interim) Japan
Japan
2014

Takashi Sekizuka Japan
Japan
2014-2016

Shigetoshi Hasebe (interim)