FC Tokyo

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FC Tokyo
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Full nameFootball Club Tokyo
Founded1935;86 years ago (1935), (as Tokyo Gas SC)
1999;22 years ago (1999), (as FC Tokyo)
Ground Ajinomoto Stadium
Chōfu, Tokyo
Capacity49,970
ChairmanNaoki Ogane
Manager Kenta Hasegawa
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 6th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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History

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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 December 4, 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.

Stadium

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Ajinomoto Stadium

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.

Players

Current squad

As of February 9, 2021 [4]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsuyoshi Kodama
2 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Arthur Silva
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masato Morishige
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsuyoshi Watanabe
5 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Bruno Uvini
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoya Ogawa
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hirotaka Mita
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yojiro Takahagi
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Diego Oliveira
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keigo Higashi (captain)
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kensuke Nagai
13 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Go Hatano
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Uchida
15 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Adaílton
16 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nobuyuki Abe
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Manato Shinada
20 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Leandro
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Aoki
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumi Nakamura
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoma Watanabe
25 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sodai Hasukawa
27 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kyosuke Tagawa
29 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Makoto Okazaki
31 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Abe
32 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Joan Oumari
33 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akihiro Hayashi
34 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rio Omori
37 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hotaka Nakamura
38 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuya Konno
41 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taishi Brandon Nozawa
42 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reon Nozawa
43 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kajiura
49 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kashifu Bangunagande

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Seiji Kimura (on loan at Kyoto Sanga)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masayuki Yamada (on loan at Omiya Ardija)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rei Hirakawa (on loan at Matsumoto Yamaga)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshitake Suzuki (on loan at Mito HollyHock)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kiwara Miyazaki (on loan at Fagiano Okayama)

World Cup players

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

Olympic players

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

Managers

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

Record as J.League member

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL
1999 J2102nd3,498Semi-final4th round-
2000 J1167th11,8072nd round3rd round
2001 168th22,3132nd round3rd round
2002 169th22,173Quarter-final3rd round
2003 164th24,932Quarter-final4th round
2004 168th25,438WinnerQuarter-final
2005 1810th27,101Group Stage5th round
2006 1813th24,096Group Stage5th round
2007 1812th25,290Group StageQuarter-final
2008 186th25,716Quarter-finalSemi-final
2009 185th25,884Winner4th round
2010 1816th25,112Quarter-finalSemi-final
2011 J2201st17,562-Winner
2012 J11810th23,955Semi-final2nd round Round of 16
2013 188th25,073Group StageSemi-final-
2014 189th25,187Group StageRound of 16
2015 184th28,784Quarter-finalQuarter-final
2016 189th24,037Semi-finalQuarter-final Round of 16
2017 1813th26,490Quarter-final2nd round-
2018 186th25,745Group Stage4th round
2019 182nd31,540Quarter-final3rd round
2020 186th5,912Winner- Round of 16
Key

Honours

Domestic

FC Tokyo

Tokyo Gas Football Club (Amateur era)

International

FC Tokyo

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2012 AFC Champions League Group F Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar 4–20–22nd
Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai 2–21–0
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Guoan 3–01–1
Round of 16 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
1–0
2016 AFC Champions League Play-off round Flag of Thailand.svg Chonburi
9–0
Group E Flag of South Korea.svg Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–32–12nd
Flag of Vietnam.svg Becamex Bình Dương 3–11–2
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 0–01–2
Round of 16 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG 2–11–02–2 (a)
2020 AFC Champions League Play-off round Flag of the Philippines.svg Ceres-Negros
2–0
Group F Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai 1–21–12nd
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perth Golory 1–00–1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Shenhua 0–11–2
Round of 16 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing F.C.
1–0

Personnel awards

Former players

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.

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References

  1. FC Tokyo Profile at J.League Official Website
  2. http://www.jfa.or.jp/jfa/history/.
  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.