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Full name Football Club Tokyo
Nickname(s) Gas
Founded 1935; 89 years ago (1935) as Tokyo Gas SC
1999; 25 years ago (1999) as FC Tokyo
Ground Ajinomoto Stadium
Chōfu, Tokyo
Ground Capacity 49,970
Chairman Naoki Ogane
Manager Albert Puig Ortoneda
League J1 League
2022 J1 League, 6th of 18

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.

History

The team started as a company team, Tokyo Gas Soccer Club (東京ガスサッカー部) in 1933 Their first appearance in the national leagues was in 1991, the last season of the old Japan Soccer League. 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 4 December 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

Ajinomoto Stadium Panorama
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 Kōtō, Tokyo, and Kodaira Ground in Kodaira, Tokyo.

Record as J.League member

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J.League
Cup
Emperor's
Cup
AFC CL
Season Div. Teams Pos. P W(OTW) D L(OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1999 J2 10 2nd 36 19 (2) 3 10 (2) 51 35 16 64 3,498 Semi-final 4th round
2000 J1 16 7th 30 12 (3) 1 12 (2) 47 41 6 43 11,807 2nd round 3rd round
2001 16 8th 30 10 (3) 5 11 (1) 47 47 0 41 22,313 2nd round 3rd round
2002 16 9th 30 11 (2) 2 15 43 46 -3 39 22,173 Quarter final 3rd round
2003 16 4th 30 13 10 7 46 31 15 49 24,932 Quarter final 4th round
2004 16 8th 30 10 11 9 40 41 -1 41 25,438 Winner Quarter final
2005 18 10th 34 11 14 9 43 40 3 47 27,101 Group stage 5th round
2006 18 13th 34 13 4 17 56 65 -9 43 24,096 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 12th 34 14 3 17 49 58 -9 45 25,290 Group stage Quarter final
2008 18 6th 34 16 7 11 50 46 4 55 25,716 Quarter final Semi-final
2009 18 5th 34 16 5 13 47 39 8 53 25,884 Winner 4th round
2010 18 16th 34 8 12 14 36 41 -5 36 25,112 Quarter final Semi-final
2011 J2 20 1st 38 23 8 7 67 22 45 77 17,562 - Winner
2012 J1 18 10th 34 14 6 14 47 44 3 48 23,955 Semi final 2nd round Round of 16
2013 18 8th 34 16 6 12 61 47 14 54 25,073 Group stage Semi-final
2014 18 9th 34 12 12 10 47 33 14 48 25,187 Group stage Round of 16
2015 18 4th 34 19 6 9 45 33 12 63 28,784 Quarter final Quarter final
2016 18 9th 34 15 7 12 39 39 0 52 24,037 Semi final Quarter final Round of 16
2017 18 13th 34 10 10 14 37 42 -5 40 26,490 Quarter final 2nd round
2018 18 6th 34 14 8 12 39 34 5 50 25,745 Group stage 4th round
2019 18 2nd 34 19 7 8 46 29 17 64 31,540 Quarter final 3rd round
2020 18 6th 34 17 6 11 47 42 5 57 5,912 Winner Did not qualify Round of 16
2021 20 9th 38 15 8 15 49 53 -4 53 7,138 Semi-final 2nd round
2022 18 6th 34 14 7 13 46 43 3 49 22,309 Group stage 3rd round
Key
*Pos. = Position in league; P = Games played; W = Games won; D = Games drawn; L = Games lost; F = Goals scored; A = Goals conceded; GD = Goals difference; Pts = Points gained
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Honours

FC Tokyo (1999-Present) / Tokyo Gas SC (1935-1999)

National

League

  • Japan Football League/J2 League
    • Winners: 1998, 2011
  • Regional League Promotion Series
    • Winners: 1990

Cups

International

  • Suruga Bank Championship
    • Winners (1): 2010

Players

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Tsuyoshi Kodama
3 Japan DF Masato Morishige (captain)
5 Japan DF Yuto Nagatomo
7 Japan MF Hirotaka Mita
9 Brazil FW Diego Oliveira
10 Japan MF Keigo Higashi
13 Japan GK Go Hatano
15 Brazil FW Adaílton
16 Japan MF Takuya Aoki
17 Japan MF Kazuya Konno
18 Japan MF Manato Shinada
19 Japan FW Keita Yamashita
20 Brazil FW Leandro
22 Brazil FW Luiz Phellype (on loan from Sporting CP)
23 Japan MF Ryoma Watanabe
24 Poland GK Jakub Słowik
25 Japan DF Sodai Hasukawa
28 Japan DF Junya Suzuki
29 Japan DF Makoto Okazaki
30 Japan DF Yasuki Kimoto
No. Position Player
31 Japan MF Shuto Abe
32 Japan MF Tsubasa Terayama DSP
33 Japan GK Akihiro Hayashi
35 Japan MF Koki Tsukagawa
36 Japan MF Hisatoshi Nishido DSP
37 Japan DF Hotaka Nakamura
42 Japan DF Renta Higashi Type 2
43 Japan MF Yuki Kajiura
44 Japan MF Kuryu Matsuki
45 Japan MF Kojiro Yasuda
46 Japan DF Kanta Doi Type 2
47 Japan DF Seiji Kimura
48 Japan MF Yuta Arai DSP
49 Japan DF Kashif Bangnagande
50 Brazil DF Henrique Trevisan
51 Japan GK Masataka Kobayashi Type 2
52 Japan FW Naoki Kumata Type 2
53 Japan MF Aiki Matsumoto Type 2
54 Japan MF Keita Oiji Type 2
55 Japan MF Kota Tawaratsumida Type 2

Out on loan

No. Position Player
6 Japan DF Ryoya Ogawa (on loan at Vitória Guimarães)
8 Japan MF Yojiro Takahagi (on loan at Tochigi SC)
25 Japan DF Sodai Hasukawa (on loan at Iwate Grulla Morioka)
39 Japan DF Shuto Okaniwa (on loan at Omiya Ardija)
Japan GK Taishi Brandon Nozawa (on loan at Iwate Grulla Morioka)
No. Position Player
Japan DF Rio Omori (on loan at FC Ryukyu)
Japan MF Takuya Uchida (on loan at Nagoya Grampus)
Brazil MF Arthur Silva (on loan at Kataller Toyama)
Japan FW Reon Nozawa (on loan at SC Sagamihara)
Japan FW Kyosuke Tagawa (on loan at Santa Clara)

Reserve squad (FC Tokyo U-18)

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Noro Nanase
2 Japan DF Kanaru Miyazaki
3 Japan DF Kanta Doi
4 Japan DF Shunsuke Tsurumaki
5 Japan MF Daichi Okazaki
6 Japan DF Tomoharu Kamiyama
7 Japan MF Shintaro Kakuno
8 Japan MF Yuki Ogawa
9 Japan FW Naoki Kumata
10 Japan FW Keita Oiji
11 Japan MF Kota Tawaratsumida
12 Japan FW Ayase Yoshida
13 Japan DF Renta Higashi
14 Japan MF Aiki Matsumoto
15 Japan MF Kiichi Taguchi
16 Japan GK Sota Nishiyama
17 Japan MF Tsubasa Watanabe
18 Japan FW Mitsuki Konno
19 Japan MF Romeo Ito
20 Japan MF Kota Tanabe
21 Japan GK Asahi Saito
22 Japan DF Jumpei Ishido
No. Position Player
23 Japan FW Kaichi Samata
24 Japan MF Masatoki Tomiyasu
25 Japan DF Jumpei Kojima
26 Japan FW Taiyo Yamaguchi
27 Japan DF Taiga Hirasawa
28 Japan DF Takamasa Kaneko
29 Japan MF Rui Asada
30 Japan GK Masataka Kobayashi
31 Japan DF Yuki Iwata
32 Japan FW Yutawa Okoshi
33 Japan MF Shuzo Osawa
34 Japan MF Shugo Omachi
35 Japan FW Hyugo Omachi
36 Japan DF Shunsuke Kaneko
37 Japan MF Riku Kawamura
38 Japan MF Ryunosuke Sato
39 Japan MF Keigo Tachibana
40 Japan MF Koshi Nagaura
41 Japan MF Shuto Nagano
42 Japan MF Yui Nakano
43 Japan DF Seisa Numata
44 Japan GK Wataru Goto

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:

Club officials

Position Name
Manager Spain Albert Puig
Assistant Manager Japan Yukihiko Sato
First-Team Coach Japan Takayoshi Amma
Japan Daisuke Kondo
Goalkeeping Coach Japan Shota Yamashita
Assistant Goalkeeping Coach Japan Hisanori Fujiwara
Fitness Coach Spain Eu Gavilán
Japan Yuki Nakamura
Athletic Coach Japan Yuji Matsubara
Interpreter Japan Yukinori Yamakawa
Kit Manager South Korea Kyu-il Chang
Japan Fumiya Soma

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
From To
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan 1 January 1995 31 December 2001
Tahseen Jabbary  Netherlands 20 February 1998 31 August 1998
Hiromi Hara  Japan 1 January 2002 19 December 2005
Alexandre Gallo  Brazil 20 December 2005 14 August 2006
Hisao Kuramata  Japan 15 August 2006 6 December 2006
Hiromi Hara  Japan 7 December 2006 31 December 2007
Hiroshi Jofuku  Japan 1 January 2008 19 September 2010
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan 20 September 2010 2 January 2012
Ranko Popović  Serbia 2 January 2012 31 December 2013
Massimo Ficcadenti  Italy 2 January 2014 31 December 2015
Hiroshi Jofuku  Japan 1 January 2016 24 July 2016
Yoshiyuki Shinoda  Japan 26 July 2016 10 September 2017
Takayoshi Amma  Japan 11 September 2017 3 December 2017
Kenta Hasegawa  Japan 3 December 2017 7 November 2021
Shinichi Morishita  Japan 7 November 2021 31 January 2022
Albert Puig  Spain 1 February 2022 Current

Continental record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012 AFC Champions League Group F Australia Brisbane Roar 4–2 0–2 2nd
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 2–2 1–0
China Beijing Guoan 3–0 1–1
Round of 16 China Guangzhou Evergrande
1–0
2016 AFC Champions League Play-off round Thailand Chonburi
9–0
Group E South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–3 2–1 2nd
Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 3–1 1–2
China Jiangsu Suning 0–0 1–2
Round of 16 China Shanghai SIPG 2–1 1–0 2–2 (a)
2020 AFC Champions League Play-off round Philippines Ceres-Negros
2–0
Group F South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1–2 1–1 2nd
Australia Perth Glory 1–0 0–1
China Shanghai Shenhua 0–1 1–2
Round of 16 China Beijing F.C.
1–0

Personnel awards

Former players

Kit evolution

Home Kit - 1st
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
2005 - 2006
2007
2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011
2012
2013 - 2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022 -
Away Kit - 2nd
1999 - 2000
2001
2002 - 2003
2004 - 2005
2006 - 2007
2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011
2012
2013 - 2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022 -
3rd kit - Other
2004
Juan Acuña Cup
2012
ACL 1st
2012
ACL 2nd
2015
Frankfurt Finance Cup
2016
ACL 1st
2016
ACL 2nd
2017
Germany Expedition
2018
20th anniversary
2020
ACL 1st
2020
ACL 2nd
2021 3rd

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Football Club Tokyo para niños

  • FC Tokyo (volleyball)
  • FC Tokyo U-23
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