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Established
1969 (53 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Stadium/Home
Egao Kenko Stadium
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Location
Kumamoto, Japan

Nicknames
Roasso

Competitions
Japanese J2 League

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08 Oct 22 Roasso Kumamoto  -  Thespakusatsu Gunma
16 Oct 22 Vegalta Sendai  -  Roasso Kumamoto
23 Oct 22 Roasso Kumamoto  -  Yokohama FC

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02 Oct 22 Roasso Kumamoto  1 - 2  Blaublitz Akita
25 Sep 22 JEF United  0 - 1  Roasso Kumamoto
20 Sep 22 Roasso Kumamoto  1 - 0  Iwate Grulla
14 Sep 22 Roasso Kumamoto  0 - 0  Machida Zelvia
10 Sep 22 V-Varen Nagasaki  1 - 3  Roasso Kumamoto

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Roasso Kumamoto (ロアッソ熊本, Roasso Kumamoto) is a Japanese football club based in Kumamoto, the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture. The club currently plays in the J3 League, which is the third tier of football in the country. Roasso is a portmanteau of the Italian words rosso and asso, meaning "red ace".

The club was founded as the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (Den-Den Kōsha, current NTT) Kumamoto Soccer Club in 1969. The club was promoted to the Kyushu Soccer League in 1983.

According to the NTT's privatization in 1985, the club was renamed as NTT Kyushu Soccer Club in 1988. During the NTT Kyushu era, the club won five Kyushu Soccer League titles and one All Japan Senior Football Championship. The club changed their name again to NTT Kumamoto Football Club in 2000.

The club changed their name to NTT West Kumamoto Football Club in 2001 as the NTT was divided into NTT East and NTT West. The club was promoted to the JFL in 2001. The NTT relinquished the ownership of the club in 2002 and community-oriented Alouette Kumamoto Football Club was born. Alouette is a French word meaning skylark, the bird of Kumamoto Prefecture. The club finished at the 17th in this season and was relegated to the Kyushu Soccer League.

The club name changed again to Rosso Kumamoto in 2005. Rosso means red in Italian. After they won the Kyushu Soccer League and finished at the 3rd in the Regional League play-off tournament, the club was promoted to the JFL.

The club was recently featured in J.League programming to introduce the club to followers of the pro league. Rosso's second-place finish in the 2007 JFL season was high enough to earn promotion into the J.League (J2 League) for the 2008 season.

The club changed their name to current Roasso Kumamoto in 2008. The previous name Rosso was a registered trademark of another company and the club could not use it.

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Stadium or Home

Egao Kenko Stadium (えがお健康スタジアム) is a multi-purpose stadium in Higashi-ku, Kumamoto, Japan. It is currently used mostly for football (Roasso Kumamoto) matches and sometimes for Top League rugby games. The stadium holds 32,000 people.

With Rosso's promotion from the Japan Football League to the J. League Division 2 in 2007, KKWing is expected to play a role in Rosso's ascendancy.

The stadium has been announced as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.

Effective 1 February 2017, the stadium adopted a new name as Egao Kenko Stadium (えがお健康スタジアム) (Egao Sta (えがおスタ) as an abbreviation) by 4-year naming rights contract.

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