Sagan Tosu (サガン鳥栖, Sagan Tosu) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J1 League. The team is located in Tosu, Saga Prefecture.

Sagan Tosu
Sagan Tosu official logo.png
Full nameSagan Tosu Football Club
Nickname(s)Sagan
Founded1997; 24 years ago (1997)
GroundTosu Stadium
Tosu, Saga
Capacity24,130
ChairmanMinoru Takehara
ManagerKim Myung-hwi
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 13th of 18
WebsiteClub website

Sagan is a coined word with a couple of meanings behind it. One of its homophones is sandstone (砂岩, sagan) in Japanese. This symbolises many small elements uniting to form one formidable object, for example as a metaphor for a team. Also, Sagan Tosu can be interpreted as "Tosu of Saga (Prefecture)" (佐賀ん鳥栖, Saga-n Tosu) in the area's dialect.

HistoryEdit

In February 1997, Sagan was established as a new club which virtually takes over Tosu Futures, which became insolvent in the previous month, and admitted to participate Japan Football League from 1997 to 1998, as well as J. League Cup in 1997 as a preferential measure, although J. League Associate Membership status is not awarded to Sagan. In 1999 they were admitted to the new J. League Division 2 (J2) as the original ten teams, where they remained until their promotion to J1 at the end of the 2011 season. Things have changed and started to turn positive with the new President & Chief Operating Officer Minoru Takehara, who is also part owner of the club.[1]

 
old crest

In their first season at the J. League Division 1 in 2012, confounding the prediction of many critics about their immediate relegation to J2, they have been maintaining their position between 5th and 11th places all the way through the season, only except after the 2nd week in which they were ranked as 13th. They were ranked third after the 33rd week, having a chance to qualify for the 2013 AFC Champions League if they would not lose to Yokohama F. Marinos in the last match of the 2012 season. However, they have lost to Yokohama 0–1 then ended up in 5th, while Urawa Red Diamonds defeated Nagoya Grampus and ranked in 3rd. They also became the first club in Asia to sign a partnership with Warrior Sports[2] who also sponsors English side Liverpool FC and others.

In 2013, they made it to the semifinal of the 2013 Emperor's Cup first time in the club's history, becoming the first club based in Kyushu to make it to the semifinal of the Emperor's Cup since Nippon Steel Yawata SC had done in the 1981 edition. In 2013, they also invited Sydney FC from the A-League along with the former Italian national team player Alessandro Del Piero for a Japan Tour for the first time.[3]

In 2014, the club have been in the most successful season in J. League Division 1, as being ranked on the top of 2014 J. League Division 1 after the 1st, 2nd, 13th, and 18th week. However, the club made an announcement on 8 August, several days after the 18th week match when Sagan moved back to the top of the league, to terminate the contract with the head coach Yoon Jung-Hwan as of 7 August all by sudden.[4] In 2014, they continued on its international expansion and initiated a relationship with Italian side Juventus FC for its Juventus Under-16 Japan Tour 2014.[5] On July 10th, 2018, the club reached an agreement with former World Cup, UCL and Europa League winner, Fernando Torres. The aging star would play 35 games for the side netting 5 goals before finally hanging up his boots on his star studded career.

Record in the J-LeagueEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. P W (OTW) D L (OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1999 J2 10 8th 36 11 (1) 2 20 (2) 52 64 -12 37 3,385 1st round 3rd round
2000 11 6th 40 13 (2) 5 15 (5) 41 52 -11 48 3,714 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 10th 44 8 (2) 4 28 (2) 45 82 -37 32 3,479 1st round 4th round
2002 12 9th 44 9 14 21 41 64 -23 41 3,890 3rd round
2003 12 12th 44 3 11 30 40 89 -49 20 3,172 1st round
2004 12 11th 44 8 11 25 32 66 -34 35 3,610 4th round
2005 12 8th 44 14 10 20 58 58 0 52 7,855 4th round
2006 13 4th 48 22 13 13 64 49 15 79 7,465 4th round
2007 13 8th 48 21 9 18 63 66 -3 72 6,114 5th round
2008 15 6th 42 19 7 16 50 51 -1 64 7,261 Quarter final
2009 18 5th 51 25 13 13 71 51 20 88 5,939 4th round
2010 19 9th 36 13 12 11 42 41 1 51 6,633 3rd round
2011 20 2nd 38 19 12 7 68 34 34 69 7,731 2nd round
2012 J1 18 5th 34 15 8 11 48 39 9 53 11,991 Group stage 2nd round
2013 18 12th 34 13 7 14 54 63 -9 46 11,515 Group stage Semi-final
2014 18 5th 34 19 3 12 41 33 8 60 14,137 Group stage 4th round
2015 18 11th 34 9 13 12 37 54 -17 40 13,450 Group stage Quarter final
2016 18 11th 34 12 10 12 36 37 -1 46 12,636 Group stage 4th round
2017 18 8th 34 13 8 13 41 44 -3 47 14,194 Group stage 3rd round
2018 18 14th 34 10 11 13 29 34 -5 41 15,000 Group stage Quarter-final
2019 18 15th 34 10 6 18 32 53 -21 36 15,050 Group stage Quarter-final
2020 18 13th 34 7 15 12 37 43 -6 36 4,675 Group stage Did not qualify
2021 20 38 Group stage 4th 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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 19 August 2021[6]

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 Tatsuya Morita
3 DF   BRA Eduardo
4 MF   JPN Toshio Shimakawa
6 DF   JPN Yuto Uchida
7 MF   JPN Yoshihiro Nakano (on loan from Consadole Sapporo)
9 FW   JPN Keita Yamashita
10 MF   JPN Yuta Higuchi
12 GK   JPN Yosei Itahashi
13 MF   JPN Ryōhei Shirasaki (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
14 MF   JPN Yoshiki Takahashi
15 MF   JPN Noriyoshi Sakai
18 FW   JPN Ryo Wada
20 DF   KOR Hwang Seok-ho
21 GK   KOR Ueom Ye-hoon
22 MF   JPN Tomoya Koyamatsu
23 MF   JPN Fuchi Honda
24 DF   JPN Nanasei Iino
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 FW   NGA Chikeluba Ofoedu
27 MF   JPN Ryunosuke Sagara
29 FW   JPN Yuto Iwasaki (on loan from Consadole Sapporo)
30 DF   JPN Masaya Tashiro
31 DF   JPN Ayumu Ohata
32 MF   JPN Yosuke Yuzawa
33 FW   KEN Ismael Dunga
37 DF   JPN Kei Koizumi
39 DF   JPN Daisuke Matsumoto
40 GK   KOR Park Iru-gyu
43 MF   JPN Taichi Fukui
44 MF   JPN Keiya Sento
45 DF   JPN Toshiki Ando
46 DF   JPN Hideki Oka
47 DF   JPN Shinya Nakano
48 DF   KOR Taiga Son
50 MF   PRK Ryang Yong-gi

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 Koki Imakake (on loan at Mito Hollyhock)
FW   JPN Rio Nitta (on loan at FC Wacker Innsbruck II)
DF   JPN Kazuki Anzai (at Tokyo Verdy)
GK   KOR Kim Min-ho (at Nagano Parceiro)
FW   JPN Reoto Kodama (at SC Sagamihara)
FW   JPN Kaisei Ishii (at Ehime FC)

Retired numberEdit

  • 17   Sakata Michitaka – A former professor of Saga University and the person which backed up in both the establishment of Tosu Futures and the team's revival as Sagan Tosu. He died due to kidney cancer on January 7, 2000. The number 17 indicates his day of death.

ManagersEdit

Kit EvolutionEdit

FP 1st
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999 - 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2001 - 2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003 - 2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 - 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 - 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 -
FP 2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999 - 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2001 - 2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003 - 2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 - 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008 - 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 - 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 -
FP Other
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
Hawk Festival Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
Ladies Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
Hawk Festival Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
Hawk Festival Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
Hawk Festival Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
Hawk Festival Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
F. Torres
Retirement Game Memorial 1[7]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
F. Torres
Retirement Game Memorial 2[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [サガン、竹原氏が社長就任 「J1昇格と健全な経営」 http://www1.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga.0.1913106.article.html]
  2. ^ [Warrior Football – Sagan Tosu http://www.warriorfootball.com/teams/sagan-tosu]
  3. ^ [Sagan Tosu outlast Sydney FC in J-League friendly https://www.sbnation.com/2013/7/24/4551614/sydney-sagan-tosu-j-league]
  4. ^ "尹晶煥監督 契約解除のお知らせ" [Annulment of the contract with Head Coach Yoon Jung-Hwan]. Sagan Tosu. 2014-08-08. Archived from the original on 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  5. ^ [The Bianconeri Allievi fly to Japan [1]]
  6. ^ "Top Team Player". Sagan Tosu. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  7. ^ Worn at the entrance to the pitch against Vissel Kobe in J1 Section 24.
  8. ^ Worn during the match against Vissel Kobe in J1 Section 24.

External linksEdit