Masanori Abe

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Abe made quite a name for himself last year after coming in as emergency cover for the injured Yuki Fukaya. He slotted into the defence like a veteran and showed no fear in going up against some illustrious (J2) names. He was found out of position on a few occasions and suffered the odd lapse of concentration, but those were to be expected of someone who came straight from university.  Big, strong and decent in the air & on the ground, here’s hoping he takes the next step in his development this year.

  • DOB – December 25, 1991
  • Age – 23
  • Hometown – Tokyo
  • Height – 178cm
  • Weight – 78kg
  • Squad number – 2
  • Previous clubs – Tokyo Kokusai University

 Kazumichi Takagi

The vastly experienced Takagi came in from Oita Trinita over the winter. He has bags of J.League experience from spells with Shimizu, Gamba & Vissel Kobe. He will look to form a highly experienced centre back pairing with Yuki Fukaya.

  • DOB – November 21, 1980
  • Age – 34
  • Hometown – Yasu, Shiga prefecture
  • Height – 188cm
  • Weight – 75kg
  • Squad number – 3
  • Previous clubs – Shimizu S-Pulse, Vissel Kobe, Gamba Osaka, Oita Trinita

Yuki Fukaya

After missing most of last year with a serious knee injury picked up in pre-season Fukaya was, perhaps surprisingly, made captain for 2015. But it isn’t difficult to realize why Ramos made that decision. Fukaya is a leader, and he organizes, shouts, & basically gets every motivated. Expectations are high for Fukaya this year, but the softly spoken (off the pitch) skipper is determined to deliver.

  • DOB – August 1st, 1982
  • Age – 32
  • Hometown – Okazaki, Aichi prefecture
  • Height – 180cm
  • Weight – 73kg
  • Squad number – 4
  • Previous clubs – Oita Trinita, Omiya Ardija

Hiroshi Sekita

A relative long stayer in Gifu, having been here for ….. years, Sekita has never quite made the leap from promising youngster to first team regular. In his defence, he has suffered a myriad of injuries in his time but this season he will have to step up. He has all the physical traits you could require from a centre half: big, strong & decent pace. 2015 would be a good time to stay fit & force his way into the first team on a regular basis.

  • DOB – October 2nd, 1989
  • Age – 25
  • Hometown – Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture
  • Height – 185cm
  • Weight – 76kg
  • Squad number – 5
  • Previous clubs – Toin University

 

Shun Nogaito

Mr. Gifu himself! He’s been here longer than anyone else on the playing staff and has thus earned cult status from the fans. An all action player wherever he plays (and he has played most positions) he looks most at home as right back or wing back. With seemingly limitless energy, he can always be counted upon to do a good job.

  • DOB – September 11, 1986
  • Age – 28
  • Hometown – Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture
  • Height – 175cm
  • Weight – 65kg
  • Squad number – 17
  • Previous clubs – Yokkaichi University

 

Yuki Fuji

Fuji arrives in Gifu on the back of an excellent season with Giravanz Kitakyushu in 2014. He excelled for them on the left side of defence, and he was always a danger from set-pieces. Hopefully he will continue his superb form in 2015

  • DOB – May 7th, 1981
  • Age – 33
  • Hometown – Fujimi, Saitama prefecture
  • Height – 179cm
  • Weight – 73kg
  • Squad number – 18
  • Previous clubs – Tokushima Vortis, Giravanz Kitakyushu

Naoya Okane

Okane spent last year on loan Tochigi SC, and played a solid role in their decent season. He has height & strength and can be used as a holding midfielder if necessary.

  • DOB – April 19, 1988
  • Age – 26
  • Hometown – Sakai, Osaka-fu
  • Height – 190cm
  • Weight – 85kg
  • Squad number – 20
  • Previous clubs – Waseda University, Shimizu S-Pulse, Montedio Yamagata, Tochigi SC

Keigo Omi

Omi comes to Gifu straight from Osaka Gakuin University (Gakuji Ota’s alma mater) and might find it difficult to break into the first team immediately given the experience in front of him. But, Ramos has shown that he isn’t afraid to place faith in youngsters and Omi, with height & build, should be eager to get that chance.

  • DOB – August 1st, 1992
  • Age – 22
  • Hometown – Kanagawa prefecture
  • Height – 190cm
  • Weight – 83kg
  • Squad number – 26
  • Previous clubs – Osaka Gakuin University

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