The first football season of Iwaki FC has finished.
What a spectacular year it has been. We started with 5 players and ended up with 32. The club and the players went through a great development process and it is clear for everybody to see how much they have grown.
Starting with players fresh from high school and university we have trained harder then I have ever done before. I have to give the players credit for there hard work and determination.
All that hard work payed off as well by winning the league and the national amateur cup for provincial teams. The players have grown in strength and in football ability.
To finish it off Iwaki FC opened its own football facility this week to give real identity to the club.
I have to thank Dome corporation for their great support. Without them all of this would not have been possible.
I will look back at this season with great pleasure and am proud to have been part of the project.
But now it is time for me to move on. I am ready for new challenges and new environments to spread the passion for football.
Otsukarasama deshita おつかれさまでした
Japanese football never stops. Even in midsummer when the temperature rises far above 30 degrees the football goes on.
The J-leagues have started its second stage. The lower leagues have started their cup campaigns.
Iwaki FC has joined these competitions. Last weekend we played in the provincial stage for the Emperors cup, the FA cup for Japan.
In two days we played two games. The quarter and the semi final.
We managed to win both games and qualified for the final. In the final we will meet J3 club Fukushima United. On August 21st the game will be played on a neutral ground. This will be a nice challenge for our young team.
We played a lot of friendly games against professional clubs over the last two months and had some decent results but a real game like the Emperors’ Cup is worth a lot more in the development of the players.
First though we are preparing for the regional final for the Member of Society Cup. This will be another good test to see how the team can handle the opponents and the circumstances.
In the meantime the players are keeping up the hard work every day and continue their development and that of the team.
These are exciting times for everyone involved in Iwaki FC!
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Iwaki FC is a club with a big ambition. The club is completely new and operating for 4 months now. The club had no past, so no history, no culture and no trophies.
To build a professional club you need to have in mind the reason why you want to build such a club and how you want to position it in the present football landscape.
The goal of Iwaki FC is a clear one. We want to build a modern football club that is part of local community. It has to become a magnet for everything that has to do with football. It also has to have a social function that plays a binding part in in the local community. In order to achieve this we started the first initiatives to attract people to our club. It is good to see that the fanbase is slowly growing with every home game. Continue reading
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