After a long preseason in which we made the first steps to build a professional club in Iwaki, the official kick off to the season was made on Sunday April 10th 2016.
It was clear that this first game could not go by unnoticed. Our own staff together with the team of Domecorp wanted to make this a special occasion that would make an impact on our future supporters. They pulled out all the stops. Every school was visited with free invitations. Radio and TV announcements were made to attract as many fans as possible. Continue reading
I have been working in Japan since the middle of January 2016.
Time is just flying past. Before we start our competition games on April 10th, here’s an update of what we have done so far.
“It is time to show Japan that this area has recovered from disaster and can be a breeding ground for ambitious sports projects.”
Proud to present Team Iwaki FC 2016 “Walk To The Dream”.
TV News coverage can be watched here, including my attempt to speak Japanese.
January 23rd : Iwaki FC Combine: Trial Day for Iwaki FC players
An important first step: testing players for our new team.
New: Facebook and Twitter for IwakiFC
This article was published in the Japan Times on January 15th.
Dome Corporation president Shuichi Yasuda has the vision, Satoshi Okura the know-how and former Dutch international and Rangers player Pieter Huistra the experience. The goal now is to combine their respective talents as they embark on the task of building a professional soccer club from scratch.
Yasuda announced the creation of the new team, Iwaki FC, earlier this week at the Dome Kickoff party at Ariake Coliseum, and he has grand ambitions. He wants the club to become a pillar in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (among the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011), and ultimately, years, maybe decades down the line, help change Japan’s sporting landscape.
“We would like to energize Japan through sports,” Yasuda said Wednesday. “Well, actually, reform it. When you look at America and European countries such as Germany and Britain, they lead their societies with sports. We’ve looked closely at what they do and we’ve always wanted our society to do the same. We must do it. We’ve talked about this project over the past year and it has materialized.” Continue reading
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Nieuwe Aziatische uitdaging voor Pieter Huistra
Pieter Huistra stapte vorige maand op bij de Indonesische voetbalbond, maar begint na een kort verblijf in Nederland opnieuw aan een Aziatisch avontuur. Hij tekende een eenjarig contract bij Iwaki FC, de jongste én meest ambitieuze club van Japan.
Het worden drukke weken voor de 48-jarige oud-trainer van FC Groningen, want Iwaki heeft nog maar vijf contractspelers. ,,We gaan nu onze selectie samenstellen, omdat we in maart willen deelnemen aan de competitie,” zegt Pieter Huistra.
,,Iwaki stapt in op het laagste niveau. Dat is in Japan de zevende klasse, vergelijkbaar met de tweede- of derde klasse amateurs in Nederland.” Continue reading
I am happy to announce that I have joined Iwaki FC as head coach.
It is a once in a lifetime possibility to be part of such an ambitious project. Since I left Japan as a player 19 years ago it has been a dream to come back to this country to coach.
When I was approached to join the project I did not hesitate to commit. Iwaki FC is a new club supported by Dome Corp, the distributor of the Under Armour label.
It wants to establish itself as a role model club in Japan. Emphasis will be on development of young players. Iwaki FC will take international benchmark as its guide in this development.
At the moment the club has just started to recruit players for the first team and will start at amateur level in the Tohoku region.
The club has a 10 year plan to reach JLeague and build an academy at international level that delivers top level players.
I feel very fortunate to be part of this project that also gives joy to the people of Iwaki who are still in the redevelopment of their city after the tsunami disaster. It gives extra energy to build this club together for a great future.