Kawasaki Frontale

Kawasaki Frontale (川崎フロンターレ, Kawasaki Furontāre) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Their home stadium is Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, in Nakahara Ward, in the central area of Kawasaki.

Kawasaki Frontale
Kawasaki Frontale logo.svg
Full nameKawasaki Frontale
Nickname(s)Grêmio from Japan
Azzurro Nero (Blue-black)
Founded1955; 67 years ago (1955) (as Fujitsu SC)
GroundKawasaki Todoroki Stadium,
Nakahara, Kawasaki, Japan
ChairmanYoshihiro Warashina
ManagerToru Oniki
LeagueJ1 League
2021J1 League, 1st of 20 (Champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season


The club was founded in 1955 as Fujitsu Soccer Club. It was one of many city clubs that comprised the Japan Soccer League (JSL), including Yomiuri (later Tokyo Verdy 1969), Toshiba (later Consadole Sapporo) and NKK SC (now defunct). They first made the JSL Division 1 in 1977, only to be relegated the next season afterwards and would not return to the top flight until 2000, when they were first promoted to the rebranded J1.

The club co-founded the Japanese second tier three times under its three names: JSL Division 2 (1972), Japan Football League Division 1 (1992) and J.League Division 2 (1999).

Fujitsu's club became professional in 1997, and changed its name – "Frontale" means "frontal" in Italian. The club old crest and colours are based on those of Brazilian side Grêmio, because both clubs have cooperated since 26 March 1997.[1] The club joined the second division of the J.League in 1999, and became the champion of the division. But in the next season, it sank to the bottom of J.League Division 1, and was relegated. In 2004, they were champions of J2 and won promotion to J1 for the second time. With the former rival city clubs out of the way due to relocation or liquidation, Frontale began building its power base in the city.

In 2006, they achieved runner-up position in J1, their highest league position up to that time. In 2007, this club attended the AFC Champions League, and made important success, as the first Japanese club for qualifying its group stage, before Urawa Red Diamonds. But Kawasaki lost in the quarter finals, against Iranian Sepahan, in a penalty shoot-out after two scoreless games.

At long last, after two other second-place finishes in 2008 and 2009, Kawasaki finally won the title in 2017, coming from behind to upstage bitter rivals Kashima Antlers after they were held to a draw at Júbilo Iwata, 16 seasons and 40 years after their first promotion to the top division.

Kawasaki has advanced steadily, and provides players for the Japan national football team. At first, defender Yoshinobu Minowa was selected in 2005. After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, midfielder Kengo Nakamura and forward Kazuki Ganaha became new internationals, especially Kengo Nakamura found his position, and played both in his club and national team till now. Then goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima debuted in East Asian Cup 2008, but he allowed one goal for his J.League teammate, Chong Tese, who plays in the Korea DPR national football team. In May, Shuhei Terada was also selected for the Japan national team.

Colour, sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Season(s) Main Shirt Sponsor Collarbone Sponsor Additional Sponsor(s) Kit Manufacturer
2018 Fujitsu - /
- /
Fujitsu BSC
SMBC Nikko Securities Fujitsu Fsas Fujitsu Marketing PFU Puma
2019 RENOSY Fujitsu BSC
2020 Fujitsu Marketing /
Fujitsu Japan
2021 Anker Japan Fujitsu Japan - /
Matsuo Komuten

Kit evolutionEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 17 June 2022[2] [3]

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   KOR Jung Sung-ryong
2 DF   JPN Kyohei Noborizato (3rd captain)
3 MF   JPN Koki Tsukagawa
4 DF   BRA Jesiel
5 DF   JPN Shogo Taniguchi (captain)
6 MF   BRA João Schmidt
7 DF   JPN Shintaro Kurumaya
8 MF   JPN Kento Tachibanada
9 FW   BRA Leandro Damião (2nd captain)
10 MF   JPN Ryota Oshima
11 FW   JPN Yu Kobayashi
13 DF   JPN Miki Yamane
14 MF   JPN Yasuto Wakizaka (4th captain)
15 DF   JPN Asahi Sasaki
16 MF   JPN Tatsuki Seko
17 MF   JPN Kazuki Kozuka
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   THA Chanathip Songkrasin
19 FW   JPN Daiya Tono
20 FW   JPN Kei Chinen
21 GK   JPN Shunsuke Ando
22 GK   JPN Yuki Hayasaka
23 FW   BRA Marcinho
24 FW   JPN Ten Miyagi
25 MF   JPN Renji Matsui
26 FW   JPN Takatora Einaga
27 GK   JPN Kenta Tanno
28 FW   JPN Taiyo Igarashi
29 DF   JPN Kota Takai
30 DF   JPN Shuto Tanabe
31 MF   JPN Kazuya Yamamura
32 FW   JPN Shin Yamada DSP
41 MF   JPN Akihiro Ienaga

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
DF   JPN Zain Issaka (On loan at Yokohama FC)
DF   JPN Kaito Kamiya (On loan at Fujieda MYFC)
MF   JPN Koki Harada (On loan at Nagano Parceiro)
FW   JPN Taisei Miyashiro (On loan at Sagan Tosu)

Personnel awardsEdit

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Kawasaki Frontale:

Olympic playersEdit

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

Club officialsEdit

Position Name
Manager   Toru Oniki
Assistant manager   Yu Nikaido
  Yuki Yoshida
First team coach   Shuhei Terada
  Mitsuhiro Toda
Goalkeeper coach   Daijiro Takakuwa
Physical coach   Yosuke Shinoda
Athletic Trainer   Seki Tomohisa
Athletic Sweat Shirt   Toshiyuki Tokorozawa
  Hiroyuki Otahara
Doctor   Hiroshi Iwaso
  Hidetaka Goto
  Shinji Matsubara
  Eisaburo Honda
  Kensuke Kimura
Trainer   Ibuki Yamaura
  Naoya Kinoshima
Hopeiro   Ito Hiroyuki
Interpreter   Kazuya Nakayama
  Takanori Shirasawa
  Kim Myong-ho
  Narit Jampalee
Scouting   Tatsuru Mukojima
  Yusuke Tasaka
Center Tsutomu   Shimizu Yasuhiro
Associate Tsutomu   Akito Kobayashi

Managerial historyEdit

Managers of the club since 1997Edit

Manager Nat. Tenure
Kazuo Saito   Japan 1997 (resigned in halfway)
Everaldo Pierrotti   Brazil 1997 (till the season end)
Beto   Brazil 1998–99 (resigned in halfway)
Ikuo Matsumoto   Japan 1999 (till the season end)
Zeca   Brazil 2000 (resigned in halfway)
Toshiaki Imai   Japan 2000 (after Zeca, resigned)
Hiroshi Kobayashi   Japan 2000 (till the season end)
Yoshiharu Horii   Japan Jan 1, 2001 – June 30, 2001 (resigned in halfway)
Nobuhiro Ishizaki   Japan July 1, 2001 – Dec 31, 2003 (after Horii)
Takashi Sekizuka   Japan Jan 1, 2004 – April 30, 2008 (resigned in halfway, by sickness)
Tsutomu Takahata   Japan May 1, 2008 – Dec 31, 2008 (till the season end)
Takashi Sekizuka   Japan Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2009 (returned)
Tsutomu Takahata   Japan Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010 (returned)
Naoki Soma   Japan Jan 1, 2011 – April 11, 2012 (sacked in halfway)
Tatsuya Mochizuki   Japan April 12, 2012 – April 22, 2012 (interim)
Yahiro Kazama   Japan April 23, 2012 – December 31, 2016
Toru Oniki   Japan February 1, 2017 –


As Kawasaki Frontale (1997–present)

As Fujitsu SC (1955–1996)

League historyEdit

  • Regional (Kanto Soccer League): 1967–71 (as Fujitsu)
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1972–76 (as Fujitsu)
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1977–78
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1979–91
  • Division 2 (former JFL Div. 1): 1992–98 (as Fujitsu 1992–95; Fujitsu Kawasaki 1996; Kawasaki Frontale 1997–)
  • Division 2 (J2): 1999
  • Division 1 (J1): 2000
  • Division 2 (J2): 2001–04
  • Division 1 (J1): 2005–

Total (as of 2021): 20 seasons in the top tier, 30 seasons in the second tier and 5 seasons in the Regional Leagues.


Frontale's rivalry with FC Tokyo is known as the Tamagawa Clásico (using the Spanish word "Clásico" as used in derbies in Spain and Latin America). The two clubs first met in 1991 in the old Japan Soccer League Division 2 and were rivals for promotion to the J.League in the 1990s. They co-founded the new J2 League in 1999 and were promoted together the same year, and although Frontale were immediately relegated, they were promoted again in 2005 and have regularly met since then.

Frontale also has a Tamagawa rivalry with Tokyo Verdy 1969, which was originally also based in Kawasaki and moved to Chofu, Tokyo in 2000. The two were co-founders of the JSL Division 2 in 1972 and, although spent 20 seasons (1979 to 1999) in separate tiers, rekindled the rivalry in the late 1990s as Kawasaki fans deserted Verdy to support Frontale, seen as a more community-focused club, and since then their fortunes have reversed as Frontale is a top flight mainstay while Verdy sunk into the second tier beginning in 2005.

Other rivals include Kashima Antlers, Urawa Red Diamonds, Yokohama F. Marinos and Shonan Bellmare.



  1. ^ "川崎フロンターレ、「グレミオ」と姉妹クラブ関係を締結". pr.fujitsu.com. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  2. ^ "選手・スタッフ". frontale.co.jp (in Japanese). Kawasaki Frontale. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  3. ^ "2022「キャプテン・副キャプテン」決定のお知らせ". frontale.co.jp (in Japanese). Kawasaki Frontale. Retrieved 12 February 2022.

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