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Albirex Niigata
Full name Albirex Niigata
Nickname(s) Albi
Founded 1955
Ground Niigata Stadium Big Swan
Niigata, Niigata
(Capacity: 42,300)
Chairman Mitsugu Tamura
Manager Hisashi Kurosaki(2010 - )
League J. League Div.1
2009 8th Place
Home colours
Away colours
Active departments of Albirex
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Football (Men's) Football (Women's) Football (Sng.)
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Athletics Baseball

Albirex Niigata (アルビレックス新潟?) is a Japanese J. League football team. Despite the club's relative youth, only joining the J. League in 1999, Albirex are one of Japan's best supported teams. In 2003, while still playing in the second tier of Japanese football (J2), Albirex attracted the best average crowd in the country of over 30000. Since promotion to J1 in 2004 they have recorded an average crowd of over 38000, and in 2005 Albirex were the first ever club in Japan to record an average gate of over 40,000.



For many years it had been a local autonomous amateur club, Niigata 11, that could never hope to see the light of day in an old Japan Soccer League dominated almost entirely by company teams. The creation of the J. League spurred the club to rise, and in the 1990s it began climbing fast through the divisions.

Joining the J. League in 1999, its home towns are Niigata, Niigata and Seiro, Niigata. Until 2003, it used Niigata Perfectural Sport Ground as the home ground but since 2004, the team began using Niigata Stadium Big Swan as well and now plays most of its games there. In 2003, it set a record for highest attendance in the J. League with the cumulative total of around 660,000. Its practice grounds are Albirex's training facilities in Seiro and the Ijimino Sports Park (五十公野運動公園 Ijimino Undō Kōen?) in Shibata.

In 1998, Albirex Niigata joined the Japan Football League, and was merged into the J2 league after its creation in 1999. The team gradually became competitive and on 2001 and 2002 it came close to getting promoted to J1 and in 2003, it became the champion of J2 and finally joined the top flight.

The team name is made from combining the star Albireo of the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) and the Latin word Rex meaning 'king'. In 1997, due to copyright issues, the team name was changed from Albireo Niigata to the current Albirex Niigata.

In 2007, the uniform color will change. Until 2006, the color was orange - blue - orange, but from 2007 the color will be orange - orange - orange. This coordinate has not been adopted since 1996 when the team professionalized.

Since 2004, Albirex Niigata has selected a number of players for its satellite team in the S.League in Singapore, called Albirex Niigata Singapore. Albirex also has a women's team and joined L2 league (an equivalent of J2) in 2004. Albirex Ladies won the L2 title in 2006, and it is going to join L1 in 2007.

Satellite Clubs

The following clubs are affiliated with Albirex Niigata:


Team Name Transition

  • Niigata eleven SC(Soccer club) in 1955
  • Albireo Niigata FC in 1995
  • Albirex Niigata in 1997


  • J. League Division 2
    • Champions : 2003

Season by season Results and Managers

Season League Place GP Pts Win Draw Lose Average Crowd Manager
1994 Hokushin'etsu
(Regional League)
4 / 10 9 9 4 1 4 - NetherlandsFranz Van Balcom
1995 3 / 10 9 22 7 1 1 -
1996 Champions / 10 9 25 8 1 0 -
1997 Champions / 10 9 27 9 0 0 -
1998 JFL 11 / 16 30 34 12 0 18 2,696 JapanYoshikazu Nagai
1999 J. League
Division 2
4 / 10 36 58 22 2 14 4,211
2000 7 / 11 45 46 15 5 20 4,007
2001 4 / 12 44 78 26 4 14 16,659 JapanYasuharu Sorimachi
2002 3 / 12 44 82 23 13 8 21,478
2003 Champions / 12 44 88 27 7 10 30,339
2004 J. League
Division 1
10 / 16 30 37 10 7 13 37,689
2005 12 / 18 34 42 11 9 14 40,114
2006 14 / 18 34 42 12 6 16 38,709 JapanJun Suzuki
2007 6 / 18 34 51 15 6 13 38,276
2008 13 / 18 34 42 11 9 14 34,490
2009 8 / 18 34 50 13 11 10 33,446


Current Squad

As of January 28, 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Takaya Kurokawa
2 Japan DF Kazunari Ōno
3 Japan MF Kazuhiko Chiba
4 Japan DF Daisuke Suzuki
6 Japan DF Mitsuru Nagata
8 Brazil MF Michael
9 South Korea FW Cho Young-Cheol
10 Brazil MF Marcio Richardes
11 Japan FW Kisho Yano
13 Japan MF Fumiya Kogure
14 Japan MF Yuta Mikado
15 Japan MF Isao Homma
16 Japan FW Hideo Ōshima
17 Japan DF Jun Uchida
No. Position Player
19 Japan MF Kazuya Myodo
20 Japan FW Kazuhisa Kawahara
21 Japan GK Masaaki Higashiguchi
22 Japan MF Daigo Nishi
23 Japan MF Atomu Tanaka
24 Japan MF Gotoku Sakai
25 Japan MF Musashi Okuyama
26 Japan DF Hiroshi Nakano
27 Japan FW Bruno Castanheira
28 Japan GK Takahiro Takagi
29 Japan MF Masaru Kato
30 Brazil FW Fagner
32 Japan MF Yoshiyuki Kobayashi

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
New Zealand DF Fitzgerald Michael James (to Zweigen Kanazawa)
Japan MF Ayato Hasebe (to Zweigen Kanazawa)

2010 season transfers

For recent transfers, see List of Japanese football transfers winter 2009-10.

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

No. Position Player
8 Brazil MF Michael (Transferred from JEF United Ichihara Chiba)
20 Japan FW Kazuhisa Kawahara (loan return from Tochigi S.C.)
22 Japan MF Daigo Nishi (On loan from Consadole Sapporo)
25 Japan MF Musashi Okuyama (Promoted from youth team)
27 Japan FW Bruno Castanheira (Loan return from Machida Zelvia)
28 Japan GK Takahiro Takagi (Transferred from Omiya Ardija)
29 Japan MF Masaru Kato (Drafted from Mitsubishi Yowa SC Youth)
30 Brazil FW Fagner (On loan from Sport Club Corinthians Alagoano)
32 Japan MF Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (Transferred from Omiya Ardija)

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

No. Position Player
Japan GK Takashi Kitano (Transferred to Omiya Ardija)
Japan DF Mitsuru Chiyotanda (Transferred to Nagoya Grampus)
Japan DF Naoto Matsuo (Transferred to Shonan Bellmare)
Brazil DF Gilton (Loan return to Joinville Esporte Clube)
New Zealand DF Fitzgerald Michael James (On loan to Zweigen Kanazawa)
Japan MF Jun Marques Davidson (Released)
Japan MF Toshihiro Matsushita (Transferred to F.C. Tokyo)
Brazil FW Everton Santos (Loan return to Paris St-Germain)

Former players


Influence by success of Albirex

The success in Albirex Niigata gave a big impact to the entire Japanese sporting world including the professional baseball. It is because commercial correctness of structure of professional sports, and a regional sticking (effectiveness in Japan) was proven also in the local mainstay city. Moreover, it came for clarifying the possession of energy that it was farther larger than the expectation of the sports market in the local city without the population of the metropolitan area in the past, and local city citizens' localism feelings are very bigger to influence other a lot of sports and municipality.

The Spread of the Albirex brand

In addition to the J-1 Albirex Niigata football team, there is an Niigata Albirex basketball club in the bj league, as well as a ski, snowboard, and track and field team. Albirex also fields a soccer team in the S-league in Singapore and a ladies team in the L-league in Japan. There are also plans to have a baseball team. Though the teams share the same name, management and finances are completely separate for each team.

International match and friendly match

See also

External links

Simple English

Albirex Niigata
Full nameAlbirex Niigata
GroundNiigata Stadium
(Capacity 42,300)
ChairmanYukio Nakano
ManagerJun Suzuki
LeagueJ. League 1
2009J. League 1, 8th

Albirex Niigata is a football club which plays in Japan.



  • 1955-1994 Niigata Eleven S.C.
  • 1995-1996 Albireo Niigata F.C.
  • 1997-present Albirex Niigata


No. Position Player
1 GK Takaya Kurokawa
2 DF Kazunari Ōno
3 MF Kazuhiko Chiba
4 DF Daisuke Suzuki
6 DF Mitsuru Nagata
8 MF Michael Jefferson Nascimento
9 FW Cho Young-Cheol
10 MF Marcio Richardes
11 FW Kisho Yano
13 MF Fumiya Kogure
14 MF Yuta Mikado
15 MF Isao Homma
16 FW Hideo Ōshima
17 DF Jun Uchida
19 MF Kazuya Myodo
20 FW Kazuhisa Kawahara
No. Position Player
21 GK Masaaki Higashiguchi
22 MF Daigo Nishi
23 MF Atomu Tanaka
24 DF Gotoku Sakai
25 MF Musashi Okuyama
26 DF Hiroshi Nakano
27 FW Bruno Castanheira
28 GK Takahiro Takagi
29 MF Masaru Kato
30 FW Fagner
32 MF Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
33 GK Daiki Kanei

League title

League position



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