Kawasaki Frontale

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Kawasaki Frontale
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Full nameKawasaki Frontale
Nickname(s) Grêmio from Japan
Azzurro Nero (Blue-black)
Founded1955;66 years ago (1955) (as Fujitsu SC)
Ground Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium,
Nakahara, Kawasaki, Japan
Capacity26,232
Owner Fujitsu
ChairmanYoshihiro Warashina
Manager Toru Oniki
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 1st of 18 (champions)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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History

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).

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The old crest

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.

Kit history

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s)Main Shirt SponsorCollarbone SponsorAdditional Sponsor(s)Kit Manufacturer
2018 Fujitsu - /
RENOSY
- /
Fujitsu BSC
SMBC Nikko Securities Fujitsu FsasFujitsu Marketing PFU Puma
2019RENOSYFujitsu BSC
2020Fujitsu Marketing /
Fujitsu Japan
2021 Anker Japan Fujitsu Japan- /
Matsuo Komuten
Todoroki Athletics Stadium Todoroki 15031401.JPG
Todoroki Athletics Stadium

Records and statistics

Players

Squad

As of 23 January 2021 [2]

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 South Korea.svg  KOR Jung Sung-ryong
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kyohei Noborizato
3 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Tsukagawa
4 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Jesiel
5 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shogo Taniguchi (captain)
6 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA João Schmidt
7 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shintaro Kurumaya
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yasuto Wakizaka
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Leandro Damião
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryota Oshima
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yu Kobayashi
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Miki Yamane
15 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Zain Issaka
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuya Hasegawa
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Kozuka
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaoru Mitoma
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiya Tono
20 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kei Chinen
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunsuke Ando
22 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kento Tachibanada
24 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ten Miyagi
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ao Tanaka
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaito Kamiya
27 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenta Tanno
28 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuya Yamamura
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shuto Tanabe
31 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Renji Matsui
40 GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Lee Kyung-tae (on loan from Fagiano Okayama)
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akihiro Ienaga
47 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reo Hatate

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 Brazil.svg  BRA Maguinho (On loan at Yokohama FC)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Harada (On loan at Gainare Tottori)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taisei Miyashiro (On loan at Tokushima Vortis)

International players

Japan
AFC/OFC/CAF
CONMEBOL
CONCACAF

World Cup players

World Cup 2010
World Cup 2014
World Cup 2018

Managers (since 1997)

ManagerNat.Tenure
Kazuo Saito Flag of Japan.svg Japan1997 (resigned in halfway)
Jose Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1997 (till the season end)
Beto Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1998–99 (resigned in halfway)
Ikuo Matsumoto Flag of Japan.svg Japan1999 (till the season end)
Zeca Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil2000 (resigned in halfway)
Toshiaki Imai Flag of Japan.svg Japan2000 (after Zeca, resigned)
Hiroshi Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg Japan2000 (till the season end)
Yoshiharu Horii Flag of Japan.svg JapanJan 1, 2001 – June 30, 2001 (resigned in halfway)
Nobuhiro Ishizaki Flag of Japan.svg JapanJuly 1, 2001 – Dec 31, 2003 (after Horii)
Takashi Sekizuka Flag of Japan.svg JapanJan 1, 2004 – April 30, 2008 (resigned in halfway, by sickness)
Tsutomu Takahata Flag of Japan.svg JapanMay 1, 2008 – Dec 31, 2008 (till the season end)
Takashi Sekizuka Flag of Japan.svg JapanJan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2009 (returned)
Tsutomu Takahata Flag of Japan.svg JapanJan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010 (returned)
Naoki Soma Flag of Japan.svg JapanJan 1, 2011 – April 11, 2012 (sacked in halfway)
Tatsuya Mochizuki Flag of Japan.svg JapanApril 12, 2012 – April 22, 2012 (interim)
Yahiro Kazama Flag of Japan.svg JapanApril 23, 2012 – December 31, 2016
Toru Oniki Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 2017 

Honours

As Kawasaki Frontale (1997–present)

As Fujitsu SC (1955–1996)

League history

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

Rivalries

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.

Notes

  1. was a former New Zealand international, however is now a naturalized Japanese citizen as of 2013. [3]

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