Davao Aguilas FC inks partnership with Shonan Bellmare FC of J1 League to become Davao Aguilas Bellmare Football Club
September 20, 2018
September 16, 2018 - Philippines Football League’s only Mindanao-based Club, Davao Aguilas Football Club partners with J1 League side, Shonan Bellmare FC, at Makati Diamond Residences in Legaspi Village, Makati.
Davao Aguilas club Chairman and CEO, Jefferson Cheng, signed the partnership contract with Naohito Mizatani, President of Shonan Bellmare FC and Kiyoshi Sekiguchi, Technical Director of Shonan Bellmare FC, to signify the start of a great future ahead between the two clubs.
Afterwards, the plans of having a sports complex in Davao City were announced where Davao Aguilas will move to in the future. It will house the 20,000-seater FIFA-compliant football stadium, the Davao Aguilas training facility-6000-seater bleachers, and 2 full sized FIFA-compliant football pitches (one natural and the other, artificial) and another natural pitch beside the FIFA-compliant natural pitch, making it a total of 3 pitches surrounding the main stadium. In addition, there are plans to also have a 120-bed dormitory building for the home and away teams, and a 180-room 3-star hotel. Since Davao Aguilas is all about promoting and supporting other sports, there will also be an indoor multi-sport arena that will seat 12,000.
This is a first for Philippine Football that would truly contribute to the sport, and set an example for other sports to follow.
As for its partners, Shonan Bellmare FC is a club based in the West of Kanagawa perfecture, south of Tokyo. Shonan refers to a coastal area along the Sagami Bay that includes Hiratsuka City, where the stadium, Shonan BMW Stadium, is located. “Bellmare” is a portmanteau of the Italian words, ‘Bello’ and ‘Mare’ which means, ‘beautiful sea’.
The club was founded in 1968 and made it to the top division in Japan in 1972, where they were still known as Towa Real Estate SC. After a period of transformation, the club won major trophies such as Asian Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1996, which is known as today AFC Champions League. Not to mention, the J1 League club once produced one of the best players of Japan in Hidetoshi Nakata who represented Bellmare from 1995-1998 and was part of the winning squad in 1996. He then went on to Europe to play for some big clubs such as Roma, Fiorentina, Parma, and Bolton Wanderers. Shonan Bellmare produced 4 players that were part of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
The partnership launch between the two clubs also had an unveiling of the new DAFC logo. The club will now be known as Davao Aguilas Bellmare Football Club (DABFC). It was made clear the Japanese club will not be buying into the club despite its name being Davao Aguilas Bellmare FC. The intent is that both clubs will work with each other to create synergies between them. One likely scenario is where both clubs may send players to the other club for loan deals and maybe permanent transfer deals. This in itself will be a great opportunity for up-and-coming future stars of either club to be exposed and to learn from their experiences. The areas of coaching and training, are also beneficiaries of such partnership. There are plans for friendly matches and training camps for both clubs as Davao would like to visit Shonan and vice-versa. Lastly, since Davao Aguilas has always set its sights in contributing and developing youth football, Shonan Bellmare will greatly contribute their experiences in this area.
Davao Aguilas Bellmare Football Club is truly starting to be recognized as one of the top clubs in the Philippines.