Tokushima Vortis

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Tokushima Vortis
徳島ヴォルティス
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Full nameTokushima Vortis
Nickname(s)Vortis
Founded1955;66 years ago (1955)
Ground Naruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium
Naruto, Tokushima
Capacity17,924
Owner Otsuka Pharmaceutical
Manager Dani Poyatos
League J1 League
2020 J2 League, 1st of 22 Increase2.svg (promoted)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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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]

History

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 member

League J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
SeasonDiv.TeamsPos.Attendance/G
2005 J2129th4,3664th round
2006 1313th3,4774th round
2007 1313th3,2894th round
2008 1515th3,8623rd round
2009 189th4,0732nd round
2010 198th4,6143rd round
2011 204th5,2072nd round
2012 2215th3,9913rd round
2013 224th4,3482nd round
2014 J11818th8,884Group Stage3rd round
2015 J22214th5,0194th round
2016 229th4,5653rd round
2017 227th4,9792nd round
2018 2211th4,9973rd round
2019 224th5,7363rd round
2020 221st3,100-Semi-finalist
Key

Honours

2020
2003, 2004
1978, 1979, 1981, 1989

Current players

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

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

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References

  1. 1 2 "Tokushima Vortis Challenges J1 League Rivals". Otsuka Pharmaceutical. February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "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.