Sagan Tosu

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

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.

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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.

History

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]

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 as J. League member

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ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2108th3,3851st Round3rd Round
2000 116th3,7141st Round3rd Round
2001 1210th3,4791st Round4th Round
2002 129th3,8903rd Round
2003 1212th3,1721st Round
2004 1211th3,6104th Round
2005 128th7,8554th Round
2006 134th7,4654th Round
2007 138th6,1145th Round
2008 156th7,261Quarter-final
2009 185th5,9394th Round
2010 199th6,6333rd Round
2011 202nd7,7312nd Round
2012 J1185th11,991Group Stage2nd Round
2013 1812th11,515Group StageSemi-final
2014 185th14,137Group StageRound of 16
2015 1811th13,450Group StageQuarter-final
2016 1811th12,636Group StageRound of 16
2017 188th14,194Group Stage3rd Round
2018 1814th15,000Group StageQuarter-final
2019 1815th15,050Group StageQuarter-final
2020 1813th4,675Group StageDNQ
Key

Players

Current squad

As of May 12, 2021 [6]

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 Tatsuya Morita
3 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Eduardo
4 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshio Shimakawa
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuto Uchida
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshihiro Nakano (on loan from Consadole Sapporo)
8 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daichi Hayashi
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keita Yamashita
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Higuchi
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yohei Toyoda
12 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yosei Itahashi
14 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshiki Takahashi
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Noriyoshi Sakai
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Wada
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kaisei Ishii
20 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Hwang Seok-ho
21 GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Ueom Ye-hoon
22 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoya Koyamatsu
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Fuchi Honda
No.Pos.NationPlayer
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nanasei Iino
25 FW Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Chikeluba Ofoedu
26 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reoto Kodama
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryunosuke Sagara
28 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Imakake
30 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masaya Tashiro
31 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayumu Ohata
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yosuke Yuzawa
33 FW Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN Ismael Dunga
39 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisuke Matsumoto
40 GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Park Iru-gyu
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Matsuoka
43 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taichi Fukui
44 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keiya Sento
45 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshiki Ando
47 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shinya Nakano
48 DF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Taiga Son
50 MF Flag of North Korea.svg  PRK Ryang Yong-gi

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 Kazuki Anzai (at Tokyo Verdy)
GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Kim Min-ho (at Nagano Parceiro)

Retired number

Managers

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References

  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 ]
  6. "Top Team Player". Sagan Tosu. Retrieved April 10, 2021.