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FC Tokyo
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Full name Football Club Tokyo
Nickname(s) Gas
Founded 1935; 86 years ago (1935), (as Tokyo Gas SC)
1999; 22 years ago (1999), (as FC Tokyo)
Ground Ajinomoto Stadium
Chōfu, Tokyo
Ground Capacity 49,970
Chairman Naoki Ogane
Manager Kenta Hasegawa
League J1 League
2020 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

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Tokyo Gas F.C. crest

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 Koto, Tokyo, and Kodaira Ground in Kodaira, Tokyo.

Players

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Tsuyoshi Kodama
3 Japan DF Masato Morishige
4 Japan DF Tsuyoshi Watanabe
5 Brazil DF Bruno Uvini
6 Japan DF Ryoya Ogawa
7 Japan MF Hirotaka Mita
8 Japan MF Yojiro Takahagi
9 Brazil FW Diego Oliveira
10 Japan MF Keigo Higashi (captain)
11 Japan FW Kensuke Nagai
13 Japan GK Go Hatano
14 Japan MF Takuya Uchida
15 Brazil MF Adaílton
16 Japan GK Nobuyuki Abe
18 Japan MF Manato Shinada
20 Brazil MF Leandro
21 Japan MF Takuya Aoki
22 Japan DF Takumi Nakamura
23 Japan MF Ryoma Watanabe
No. Position Player
25 Japan DF Sodai Hasukawa
27 Japan FW Kyosuke Tagawa
28 Japan DF Junya Suzuki
29 Japan DF Makoto Okazaki
31 Japan MF Shuto Abe
32 Lebanon DF Joan Oumari
33 Japan GK Akihiro Hayashi
34 Japan DF Rio Omori
37 Japan DF Hotaka Nakamura
38 Japan MF Kazuya Konno
39 Japan DF Shuto Okaniwa
41 Japan GK Taishi Brandon Nozawa
42 Japan FW Reon Nozawa
43 Japan DF Yuki Kajiura
45 Japan MF Kojiro Yasuda
46 Japan DF Sho Morita
48 Japan GK Yu Kanoshima
49 Japan DF Kashifu Bangunagande

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Brazil DF Arthur Silva (on loan at Yokohama FC)
Japan DF Seiji Kimura (on loan at Kyoto Sanga)
Japan DF Masayuki Yamada (on loan at Omiya Ardija)
No. Position Player
Japan MF Rei Hirakawa (on loan at Matsumoto Yamaga)
Japan MF Yoshitake Suzuki (on loan at Mito HollyHock)
Japan MF Kiwara Miyazaki (on loan at Fagiano Okayama)

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:

Managers

Manager Nat. Tenure
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan 1 Jan 1995 – 31 Dec 2001
Tahseen Jabbary  Netherlands 20 Feb 1998 – 31 Aug 1998
Hiromi Hara  Japan 1 Jan 2002 – 19 Dec 2005
Alexandre Gallo  Brazil 20 Dec 2005 – 14 Aug 2006
Hisao Kuramata  Japan 15 Aug 2006 – 6 Dec 2006
Hiromi Hara  Japan 7 Dec 2006 – 31 Dec 2007
Hiroshi Jofuku  Japan 1 Jan 2008 – 19 Sept 2010
Kiyoshi Okuma  Japan 20 Sept 2010 – 2 Jan 2011
Ranko Popović  Serbia 2 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2013
Massimo Ficcadenti  Italy 2 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2015
Hiroshi Jofuku  Japan 1 Jan 2016 – 24 Jul 2016
Yoshiyuki Shinoda  Japan 26 Jul 2016 – 10 Sep 2017
Takayoshi Amma  Japan 11 Sep 2017 – 3 Dec 2017
Kenta Hasegawa  Japan 3 Dec 2017 –

Record as J.League member

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL
1999 J2 10 2nd 3,498 Semi-final 4th round -
2000 J1 16 7th 11,807 2nd round 3rd round
2001 16 8th 22,313 2nd round 3rd round
2002 16 9th 22,173 Quarter-final 3rd round
2003 16 4th 24,932 Quarter-final 4th round
2004 16 8th 25,438 Winner Quarter-final
2005 18 10th 27,101 Group Stage 5th round
2006 18 13th 24,096 Group Stage 5th round
2007 18 12th 25,290 Group Stage Quarter-final
2008 18 6th 25,716 Quarter-final Semi-final
2009 18 5th 25,884 Winner 4th round
2010 18 16th 25,112 Quarter-final Semi-final
2011 J2 20 1st 17,562 - Winner
2012 J1 18 10th 23,955 Semi-final 2nd round Round of 16
2013 18 8th 25,073 Group Stage Semi-final -
2014 18 9th 25,187 Group Stage Round of 16
2015 18 4th 28,784 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2016 18 9th 24,037 Semi-final Quarter-final Round of 16
2017 18 13th 26,490 Quarter-final 2nd round -
2018 18 6th 25,745 Group Stage 4th round
2019 18 2nd 31,540 Quarter-final 3rd round
2020 18 6th 5,912 Winner Did not qualify Round of 16
2021 20 -
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Honours

Domestic

FC Tokyo

Tokyo Gas Football Club (Amateur era)

  • Regional League Promotion Series
    • Winners: 1990
  • Japan Football League
    • Winners: 1998

International

FC Tokyo

  • Suruga Bank Championship
    • Winners (1) : 2010

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
People's Republic of China Beijing Guoan 3–0 1–1
Round of 16 People's Republic of 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
People's Republic of China Jiangsu Suning 0–0 1–2
Round of 16 People's Republic of 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
People's Republic of China Shanghai Shenhua 0–1 1–2
Round of 16 People's Republic of China Beijing F.C.
1–0

Personnel awards

In popular culture

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, one character played for FC Tokyo. The midfielder Jun Misugi, which also was player of Bellmare Hiratsuka (today Shonan Bellmare) in the manga.

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