Tokushima Vortis

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Tokushima Vortis
徳島ヴォルティス
Tokushima Vortis logo.svg
Full nameTokushima Vortis
Nickname(s)Vortis
Founded1955;67 years ago (1955)
Stadium Naruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium
Naruto, Tokushima
Capacity17,924
Owner Otsuka Pharmaceutical
Manager Dani Poyatos
League J2 League
2021 J1 League, 17th of 20 (relegated)
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 J2 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.

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League & cup record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
SeasonDiv.TeamsPos.PWDLFAGDPtsAttendance/G
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
2003 JFL161st30233465214472781Not eligible3rd round
2004 161st302532742054783,0462nd round
Tokushima Vortis
2005 J2129th441216166076-16524,366Not eligible4th round
2006 1313th48811294392-49353,4774th round
2007 1313th48615273167-36333,2894th round
2008 1515th4278274072-32293,8623rd round
2009 189th51191517675215724,0732nd round
2010 198th361561551474514,6143rd round
2011 204th3819811513813655,2072nd round
2012 2215th421312174549-4513,9913rd round
2013 224th422071556515674,3482nd round
2014 J11818th3435261674-58148,884Group stage3rd round
2015 J22214th421314153544-9535,019Not eligible4th round
2016 229th421691746424574,5653rd round
2017 227th42181311714526674,9792nd round
2018 2211th421681848426564,9973rd round
2019 224th42211011674522735,7363rd round
2020 221st422598673334843,100Semi-finalist
2021 J12017th38106223455-21365,664Group stage3rd round
2022 J222TBA42 Group stage 3rd round
Key

Honours

2020
2003, 2004
1978, 1979, 1981, 1989

Current players

As of 2 September 2022 [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 Spain.svg  ESP José Aurelio Suárez
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiki Tamukai
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryoga Ishio
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 Eiji Shirai
9 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Mushaga Bakenga
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Sugimori
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoto Arai (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
14 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Cacá
15 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shota Fujio (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Chie Edoojon Kawakami
17 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazunari Ichimi
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akihiro Sato
19 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yushi Hasegawa
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunto Kodama
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayate Tanaka
22 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Seiya Fujita
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 MF Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Go Hyun-ri
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kazuki Nishiya
25 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takashi Abe
26 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kodai Mori
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsunori Sakurai (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
29 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Matsuzawa
30 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kiyoshiro Tsuboi
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toru Hasegawa
33 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shiryu Fujiwara
34 FW Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Oriola Sunday
36 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Elsinho
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akira Hamashita
39 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiyo Nishino
44 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taro Sugimoto
50 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Reo Yuasa Type 2
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yushi Fujiwara Type 2
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosei Tsuruta Type 2

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
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Masaki Watai (at Boavista FC)
32 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroshi Omori (at Fukushima United)
40 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoki Goto (on loan at Tochigi City)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yudai Okuda (at Tegevajaro Miyazaki)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Noriki Fuke (at Imabari)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daisei Suzuki (at Ehime FC)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rin Morita (at Nara Club)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Wadi Ibrahim Suzuki (at CF Badalona)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taichi Takeda (at FC Osaka)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shinnosuke Katsushima (at Girona FC)

Club officials

PositionStaff
Manager Flag of Spain.svg Dani Poyatos
Assistant manager Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Komoto
Flag of Brazil.svg Carlos Alberto Suriano Junior
First-Team coach Flag of Japan.svg Masaya Yamaguchi
Flag of Spain.svg Marcel Sans
Flag of Japan.svg Atsushi Kobayashi
Goalkeeper coach Flag of Japan.svg Masahiko Nakagawa
Rehabilitation Fitness Coach Flag of Japan.svg Atsushi Nagatani
Chief trainer Flag of Japan.svg Shoji Suzuki
Trainer Flag of Japan.svg Hisaaki Maehara
Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Hoshino
Interpreter Flag of Japan.svg Kazushi Shimzu
Flag of Japan.svg Masahiro Fukasawa
Interpreter & Assistant manager Flag of Japan.svg Takanori Okai
Flag of Japan.svg Yukio Sasaoka

Managerial history

ManagerNationalityTenure
StartFinish
Kunio Yamade Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 198831 January 1993
Hajime Ishii Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 February 199331 January 1996
Edinho Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 February 199631 December 1998
Shinji Tanaka Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 January 199928 September 2006
Yutaka Azuma Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 28 September 200631 January 2007
Masataka Imai Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 January 200731 January 2008
Naohiko Minobe Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 February 200831 January 2012
Shinji Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 February 201231 January 2016
Hiroaki Nagashima Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 25 November 201531 January 2017
Ricardo Rodríguez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 February 201731 January 2021
Takeshi Komoto (Interim)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 February 202116 April 2021
Dani Poyatos Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 February 2021
Actual start date
16 April 2021 [5]
Current

Kit evolution

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2005-2006
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2007-2008
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2009-2010
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2011-2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
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2021
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Away kits - 2nd
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2005-2006
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2007-2008
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2009-2010
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2011-2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
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2021
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