Tokushima Vortis

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Tokushima Vortis (徳島ヴォルティス, Tokushima Vorutisu) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J1 League. The team is located in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture. Their home stadium is Naruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium, in Naruto, Tokushima.

Tokushima Vortis
徳島ヴォルティス
Logo
Full nameTokushima Vortis
Nickname(s)Vortis
Founded1955; 66 years ago (1955)
GroundNaruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium
Naruto, Tokushima
Capacity17,924
OwnerOtsuka Pharmaceutical
ManagerDani Poyatos
LeagueJ1 League
2020J2 League, 1st of 22 Increase (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The name, "Vortis" was named in 1997 (see below), and it was explained as a combination of Italian "Vortice" (meaning whirlpool, after the famous Naruto whirlpool in Naruto Strait).[1]

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1955 as Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Soccer Club, VORTIS joined the J-League in 2005. They are still sponsored by Otsuka's best-known brand, Pocari Sweat sports drink.[1]

They were first promoted to the old Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1989, but the company's reluctance to professionalize the team forced it to compete in the former JFL and current JFL. In the 1997 old JFL season, they first sported a Vortis Tokushima name, but the lack of fan interest at the time forced them to go back to the corporate identity. They finally adopted the Tokushima Vortis name for good after winning the new JFL championship in 2004 and being promoted.[2]

The first season in J2 was naturally a difficult one for Vortis, but they surprised many sceptics with their determination and quality of play. The team rose as high as fourth place, at one point, before slipping down the table later in the season to finish ninth. In 2006, the team was forced to rebuild, as the players who took the team into the J.League began to hit the ceiling of their abilities, and made way for younger replacements. As a result, despite the encouragement of a local rivalry with Ehime FC, Tokushima drifted down-table, and they followed it up with a last-place finish in 2007 and 2008.[2]

In 2013 they earned fourth place in J2, matching the same placement they had two years before in the division and twenty years before in the old JFL Division 1; this time they won the playoff, defeating Kyoto Sanga F.C. in the final round at the National Stadium in Tokyo, thus becoming the first professional Shikoku football club to compete in the top division of their national league.[3]

Until their promotion, they were the only former JSL member currently a member of the J.League which has never competed in the top tier of Japanese football. With promotion and the creation of the J3 League in 2014, the distinction was taken over by Blaublitz Akita.

In the 2019 season they finished 4th again and were one win away from a return to J1 in the playoffs, but ultimately failed to beat Shonan Bellmare away in the final game. In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they did one better and were promoted as J2 champions.

Record as J.League memberEdit

League J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G
2005 J2 12 9th 4,366 4th round
2006 13 13th 3,477 4th round
2007 13 13th 3,289 4th round
2008 15 15th 3,862 3rd round
2009 18 9th 4,073 2nd round
2010 19 8th 4,614 3rd round
2011 20 4th 5,207 2nd round
2012 22 15th 3,991 3rd round
2013 22 4th 4,348 2nd round
2014 J1 18 18th 8,884 Group Stage 3rd round
2015 J2 22 14th 5,019 4th round
2016 22 9th 4,565 3rd round
2017 22 7th 4,979 2nd round
2018 22 11th 4,997 3rd round
2019 22 4th 5,736 3rd round
2020 22 1st 3,100 - Semi-finalist
Key
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league home attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site

HonoursEdit

2020
2003, 2004
1978, 1979, 1981, 1989

Current playersEdit

As of 16 February 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
2 DF   JPN Taiki Tamukai
3 DF   SRB Dušan Cvetinović
4 DF   BRA Diego
5 DF   JPN Hidenori Ishii
6 MF   JPN Kohei Uchida
7 MF   JPN Yudai Konishi
8 MF   JPN Ken Iwao
9 FW   JPN Atsushi Kawata
10 MF   JPN Masaki Watai
11 FW   JPN Taisei Miyashiro (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
13 MF   JPN Joel Chima Fujita
15 MF   JPN Takeru Kishimoto
16 DF   JPN Daisei Suzuki
18 FW   JPN Akihiro Sato
19 FW   JPN Yuki Kakita (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
20 DF   JPN Shota Fukuoka
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   JPN Naoto Kamifukumoto
22 MF   JPN Seiya Fujita
23 MF   JPN Tokuma Suzuki
24 MF   JPN Kazuki Nishiya
25 DF   JPN Takashi Abe
27 DF   JPN Noriki Fuke
29 GK   JPN Koki Matsuzawa
30 FW   JPN Wadi Ibrahim Suzuki
31 GK   JPN Toru Hasegawa
32 MF   JPN Hiroshi Omori
33 MF   JPN Shiryu Fujiwara
34 MF   JPN Chie Edoojon Kawakami
37 MF   JPN Akira Hamashita
39 FW   JPN Taiyo Nishino
40 GK   JPN Naoki Goto
45 MF   JPN Koki Sugimori

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 Takuya Seguchi (at Albirex Niigata)
DF   JPN Kotaro Kume (at Verspah Oita)
DF   JPN Yudai Okuda (at Iwaki FC)
MF   JPN Ryota Kajikawa (at Tokyo Verdy)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Rin Morita (at Nara Club)
FW   JPN Taichi Takeda (at Nagano Parceiro)
FW   JPN Kiyoshiro Tsuboi (at Albirex Niigata (S))

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tokushima Vortis Challenges J1 League Rivals". Otsuka Pharmaceutical. February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The 2013 Promotion Playoff winners are the first club from the island of Shikoku to participate in Japan's top flight". Goal.com. March 26, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Gus Fielding (December 8, 2013). "Tokushima reaches J1 with playoff final victory". Kyodo News. The Japan Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Top team | トップチーム". Tokushima Vortis. Retrieved 16 February 2021.

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