Hiroyuki (“Hiro”) has over 15 years of experience in Private Equity and Investment Banking, with his expertise in deal origination and fundraising. In ACA Group, he launched several new initiatives for the firm, including fundraising and investing over $100 Mil into Vietnam and leading growth equity capital of Series E and F round of SmartNews, the news app unicorn from Japan.
Hiro launched ACA Football Partners with his passion to connect the European football scene and Asian fans to further enhance the connection between the two regions.
Aihisa (Aki) has over 5 years experience in football business both in Japan and Europe, with his expertise in all corporate and business functions in the football club. In STVV, he reorganized the club structure and he made clear governance with the accounting and decision making workflow as CFO. Thanks to that, the club got 3rd position in financial fair play ranking in 2018-19 in Belgium. On the other hand, he managed business KPI and arranged business plans and strategies in the club.
Aki believes football has more potential, so he decided to use his passion to release the potential globally in his life work. In the coming decade, football business will be changed a lot, and ACA Football Partners will lead it with digital and innovative business solutions.
Adrián Espárraga has worked in professional football since 2010 in different countries across Europe as Spain, England, France, Andorra and Belgium. He began his professional career in Málaga CF, reaching quarter-finals of Champions League as a first-timer club, where he eventually worked his way up to Head of Analysis and Technical Director. After a season in Tottenham as a scout, he was back to Spain, to work close to Eduardo Macià, one of the best European Director of Football, in Real Betis Balompié. They also worked together in Leicester City FC and Girondins Bordeaux, achieving good sporting results linked to a self-financing strategy. Before joining KMSK Deinze, he develop his own project, bringing an Andorran club to play the previous round of the UEFA Conference League.
He believes in the mix of management, talent scouting, player development and sciences to reach the best player performance and club results and their combination with the business strategy in a multi-club ownership to increase the market value of the sport brands.
Football teaches Yosuke Fukuda (Yosu) all the important things in life. To live what he likes, his journey with football started from Barcelona.
He arrived in Barcelona in 2013 to learn the language and Spanish football. In 2015, he founded GRANT CAREER, a football event-organizing company, and contributed to Japanese football teams and players who want to play abroad. In 2022 he joined DV7 Soccer Academy as a coach, working with Spanish coaches to train Japanese kids.
He believes that we can enrich our lives by learning about different cultures and respecting each other through football. He coordinates the sports and business divisions to maximize performance. He also organizes and manages international events utilizing the facilities of each club owned by ACA Football Partners.
Tomoho (Tomo) is an accomplished business professional with a robust nine-year career at Mitsubishi Corporation. His experience spans investment, strategic planning, business management, and business development earning him respect as a reliable leader. In 2023, he fortified his credentials by obtaining a Master's Degree in Sports Management from Columbia University, underscoring his commitment to melding business acumen with sports industry insights.
Passionate about football's potential as a global connector, Tomo envisions ACAFP as a conduit linking Asia and the world. His leadership, marked by a keen business sense, unwavering professionalism, and impeccable ethics, inspires trust. He is a results-driven leader, committed to ethical standards and maximizing value in the sports sector. His goal is to drive growth, unlock untapped potential, and foster a shared understanding through the world's most influential sport.
Yu brings communications experience having served as a PR person within global sports industries for last 4 years. She joined DAZN, a global leading sports media, in 2017. There she gained experience of working as PR&Communications team, mainly was involved in activities such as external media communications and event coordinating, dealing with a variety of sports contents including football, baseball, motorsports, boxing etc. Later she moved to Spain for a year to work at International Communications department of Cádiz CF (Spain), from LaLiga. Working as the only foreigner there, she managed to plan and deliver exclusive contents for Japan market to raise its awareness and interest by collaborating local marketing specialists.
Yu is fascinated with football since young and believes in a power of community of sports. She is excited about being a part of launching new businesses at ACA Football Partners to deliver the joy of football for wider audience.
Motoaki (Moto) is an entrepreneur in private banking service in Japan. He started his career in Mizuho Bank Ltd. He experienced financial services from retail to private banking in Japan and Switzerland for 10 years. After that, he finally established his own company, Wells Partners Inc., in order to enhance a high quality and one stop financial service in Japan.
He has been also believing the power of football. That's why he sympathizes the philosophy of ACA Football Partners Pte Ltd. He will contribute football industry with his professional business knowledge and network in the term of social contributions.
Kunishige Kamamoto, known as the legend in Japan, participated in the Tokyo Olympics while he was at the Waseda university, and joined football club Yanmar Diesel after graduation. He made an amazing performance both in the Japan League and as a player for the national team of Japan. One of his biggest achievements was to become a top scorer at the Olympics in Mexico 1968. He scored 7 goals and helped Japan get the bronze medal. He scored 202 goals in total in the Japan League, played 76 games and scored 75 goals for the national team, which gives him a scoring rate of 98%. For a long time, this record was the international record and to this day it is still the record in Japan. As a member of the House of Councilors and also a member of the board of directors of the Japan Football Association, he played a crucial role in bringing the 2002 World Cup to Japan. He was elected for the first Japan Football Hall of Fame in 2005 at the youngest age, and he received the Order of the Rising Sun in 2014. After his retirement, he became a head coach at Yanmar Diesel and Gamba Osaka. Also he has held more than 1,300 soccer classes throughout Japan, teaching the joy of football to more than 500,000 children, and continues to contribute to the development of the football industry.
The legend got excited to hear about the project vision of ACA Football Partners and he will be sharing his rich experience and supporting ACAFP’s further challenges from Japan as our football ambassador.