FC Tokyo

Football Club Tokyo, commonly known as FC Tokyo (FC東京, Efushī Tōkyō), is a Japanese professional football club based in Chōfu, Tokyo. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. The team is one of only four in the J.League to be simply called Football Club without an extended name.

FC Tokyo
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Full nameFootball Club Tokyo
Nickname(s)Gas
Founded1935; 86 years ago (1935) as Tokyo Gas SC
1999; 22 years ago (1999) as FC Tokyo
GroundAjinomoto Stadium
Chōfu, Tokyo
Capacity49,970
ChairmanNaoki Ogane
ManagerKenta Hasegawa
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 6th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

 
Tokyo Gas F.C. crest

The team started as a company team, Tokyo Gas Soccer Club (東京ガスサッカー部) in 1933[1][2] Their first appearance in the national leagues was in 1991, the last season of the old Japan Soccer League.[3] With addition of the Brazilian football player Amaral and the manager Kiyoshi Okuma at the helm, the team gradually became competitive and in 1997, the team finished second, winning the JFL championship the next year. However, at the time the team lacked the necessary qualifications for a promotion to the J1 league and so stayed in J2.

Following this, on 1 October 1998, companies like Tokyo Gas, TEPCO, ampm, TV Tokyo, and Culture Convenience Club, set up a joint company Tokyo Football Club Company with the aim of making the team eligible for joining the J.League. In 1999, the same year the team became eligible, they finished second in the J2 league and were automatically promoted to J1 beginning in the 2000 season. Despite a widespread belief that the team would barely win enough to stay in the J1, the team won four games in a row since its opening game and managed to finish at the 7th spot.

Helped by its winning record, the attendance shot up and it is still above that of well-known Tokyo Verdy 1969 that moved its home town from Kawasaki, Kanagawa in 2001. Since 2002, the team welcomed Hiromi Hara as its manager and aimed for a championship with a strong offense. The 2003 season had the team finish in 4th, its highest ever. In August of the same year, it held a friendly match against one of the greatest football clubs, Real Madrid losing 3–0 but gaining valuable experiences both on and off the field for what it takes to be a great football club.

Long-time leader Amaral, nicknamed The King of Tokyo by his fans, departed the team to join Shonan Bellmare in 2004. He was replaced by Athens Olympics national football team player Yasuyuki Konno from Consadole Sapporo. In November of the same year, it won the J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup for its first major title since joining the J.League.

After 10 years of participation in the J.League without a mascot character, the team adopted Tokyo Dorompa, a tanuki-like figure, as its mascot in January, 2009.

On 4 December 2010 FC Tokyo had to win their final game of the season away to already relegated Kyoto Sanga FC. FC Tokyo lost 2–0 and went back down to the second tier for the first time in 11 years. Nevertheless, they bounced back at the first attempt, winning the J2 title in November 2011.

Before their 2011 Emperor's Cup win, FC Tokyo reached the semifinals of the competition three times: in 1997 (as Tokyo Gas), 2008, and 2010. Their 2011 win was remarkable in that the club was a second division team during the season. They became the first J2 champions, and third second-tier champions overall (after NKK SC in 1981 and Júbilo Iwata in 1982), to accomplish the feat.

StadiumEdit

FC Tokyo uses Ajinomoto Stadium as its home ground (the official name of this stadium is Tokyo Stadium). For a long time it did not have a home stadium of its own and played at various football fields such as the National Olympic Stadium, the National Nishigaoka Football Field, Edogawa Special Ward Stadium, and the Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, but in 2001 it finally found a permanent home. The club's training grounds are Sarue Ground in Koto, Tokyo, and Kodaira Ground in Kodaira, Tokyo.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 12 September 2021[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   JPN Tsuyoshi Kodama
3 DF   JPN Masato Morishige
4 DF   JPN Tsuyoshi Watanabe
5 DF   BRA Bruno Uvini
6 DF   JPN Ryoya Ogawa
7 MF   JPN Hirotaka Mita
8 MF   JPN Yojiro Takahagi
9 FW   BRA Diego Oliveira
10 MF   JPN Keigo Higashi (captain)
11 FW   JPN Kensuke Nagai
13 GK   JPN Go Hatano
14 MF   JPN Takuya Uchida
15 MF   BRA Adaílton
16 GK   JPN Nobuyuki Abe
18 MF   JPN Manato Shinada
20 MF   BRA Leandro
21 MF   JPN Takuya Aoki
22 DF   JPN Takumi Nakamura
23 MF   JPN Ryoma Watanabe
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF   JPN Sodai Hasukawa
27 FW   JPN Kyosuke Tagawa
28 DF   JPN Junya Suzuki
29 DF   JPN Makoto Okazaki
31 MF   JPN Shuto Abe
32 DF   LBN Joan Oumari
33 GK   JPN Akihiro Hayashi
34 DF   JPN Rio Omori
37 DF   JPN Hotaka Nakamura
38 MF   JPN Kazuya Konno
39 DF   JPN Shuto Okaniwa
42 FW   JPN Reon Nozawa
43 DF   JPN Yuki Kajiura
45 MF   JPN Kojiro Yasuda
46 DF   JPN Sho Morita
48 GK   JPN Yu Kanoshima
49 DF   JPN Kashifu Bangunagande
50 DF   JPN Yuto Nagatomo

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   JPN Taishi Brandon Nozawa (on loan at Iwate Grulla Morioka)
DF   BRA Arthur Silva (on loan at Yokohama FC)
DF   JPN Seiji Kimura (on loan at Kyoto Sanga)
DF   JPN Masayuki Yamada (on loan at Omiya Ardija)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Rei Hirakawa (on loan at Matsumoto Yamaga)
MF   JPN Yoshitake Suzuki (on loan at Mito HollyHock)
MF   JPN Kiwara Miyazaki (on loan at Fagiano Okayama)

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for FC Tokyo:

Olympic playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for FC Tokyo:

ManagersEdit

Manager Nat. Tenure
Kiyoshi Okuma   Japan 1 Jan 1995 – 31 Dec 2001
Tahseen Jabbary   Netherlands 20 Feb 1998 – 31 Aug 1998
Hiromi Hara   Japan 1 Jan 2002 – 19 Dec 2005
Alexandre Gallo   Brazil 20 Dec 2005 – 14 Aug 2006
Hisao Kuramata   Japan 15 Aug 2006 – 6 Dec 2006
Hiromi Hara   Japan 7 Dec 2006 – 31 Dec 2007
Hiroshi Jofuku   Japan 1 Jan 2008 – 19 Sept 2010
Kiyoshi Okuma   Japan 20 Sept 2010 – 2 Jan 2011
Ranko Popović   Serbia 2 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2013
Massimo Ficcadenti   Italy 2 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2015
Hiroshi Jofuku   Japan 1 Jan 2016 – 24 Jul 2016
Yoshiyuki Shinoda   Japan 26 Jul 2016 – 10 Sep 2017
Takayoshi Amma   Japan 11 Sep 2017 – 3 Dec 2017
Kenta Hasegawa   Japan 3 Dec 2017 –

Record as J.League memberEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
AFC CL
Season Div. Teams Pos. GP W(OTW) D L(OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1999 J2 10 2nd 36 19 (2) 3 10 (2) 51 35 16 64 3,498 Semi-final 4th round -
2000 J1 16 7th 30 12 (3) 1 12 (2) 47 41 6 43 11,807 2nd round 3rd round
2001 16 8th 30 10 (3) 5 11 (1) 47 47 0 41 22,313 2nd round 3rd round
2002 16 9th 30 11 (2) 2 15 43 46 -3 39 22,173 Quarter final 3rd round
2003 16 4th 30 13 10 7 46 31 15 49 24,932 Quarter final 4th round
2004 16 8th 30 10 11 9 40 41 -1 41 25,438 Winner Quarter final
2005 18 10th 34 11 14 9 43 40 3 47 27,101 Group stage 5th round
2006 18 13th 34 13 4 17 56 65 -9 43 24,096 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 12th 34 14 3 17 49 58 -9 45 25,290 Group stage Quarter final
2008 18 6th 34 16 7 11 50 46 4 55 25,716 Quarter final Semi-final
2009 18 5th 34 16 5 13 47 39 8 53 25,884 Winner 4th round
2010 18 16th 34 8 12 14 36 41 -5 36 25,112 Quarter final Semi-final
2011 J2 20 1st 38 23 8 7 67 22 45 77 17,562 - Winner
2012 J1 18 10th 34 14 6 14 47 44 3 48 23,955 Semi-final 2nd round Round of 16
2013 18 8th 34 16 6 12 61 47 14 54 25,073 Group stage Semi-final -
2014 18 9th 34 12 12 10 47 33 14 48 25,187 Group stage Round of 16
2015 18 4th 34 19 6 9 45 33 12 63 28,784 Quarter final Quarter final
2016 18 9th 34 15 7 12 39 39 0 52 24,037 Semi-final Quarter final Round of 16
2017 18 13th 34 10 10 14 37 42 -5 40 26,490 Quarter-final 2nd round -
2018 18 6th 34 14 8 12 39 34 5 50 25,745 Group stage 4th round
2019 18 2nd 34 19 7 8 46 29 17 64 31,540 Quarter final 3rd round
2020 18 6th 34 17 6 11 47 42 5 57 5,912 Winner Did not qualify Round of 16
2021 20 38 Semi-final 2nd round -
Key

  • Pos. = Position in league; GP = Games Played; W = Games won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals Difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

FC Tokyo

Tokyo Gas Football Club (Amateur era)

InternationalEdit

FC Tokyo

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012 AFC Champions League Group F   Brisbane Roar 4–2 0–2 2nd
  Ulsan Hyundai 2–2 1–0
  Beijing Guoan 3–0 1–1
Round of 16   Guangzhou Evergrande
1–0
2016 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Chonburi
9–0
Group E   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–3 2–1 2nd
  Becamex Bình Dương 3–1 1–2
  Jiangsu Suning 0–0 1–2
Round of 16   Shanghai SIPG 2–1 1–0 2–2 (a)
2020 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Ceres-Negros
2–0
Group F   Ulsan Hyundai 1–2 1–1 2nd
  Perth Glory 1–0 0–1
  Shanghai Shenhua 0–1 1–2
Round of 16   Beijing F.C.
1–0

Personnel awardsEdit

Former playersEdit

In popular cultureEdit

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, one character played for FC Tokyo. The midfielder Jun Misugi, which also was player of Bellmare Hiratsuka (today Shonan Bellmare) in the manga.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FC Tokyo Profile at J.League Official Website
  2. ^ "沿革・歴史|Jfa|日本サッカー協会".
  3. ^ Basic infos and history of FC Tokyo
  4. ^ "ニュース|FC東京オフィシャルホームページ". www.fctokyo.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 January 2020.

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