Sagan Tosu

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Sagan Tosu
サガン鳥栖
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Full name Sagan Tosu Football Club
Nickname(s) Sagan
Founded 1997; 17 years ago (1997)
Ground Tosu Stadium
Tosu, Saga
Ground Capacity 24,000
Chairman Yukihiro Igawa
Manager JapanMegumu Yoshida
(8 August 2014 - )
League J. League Division 1
2013 12th
Website Club home page
Current season

Sagan Tosu (サガン鳥栖 Sagan Tosu?) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. The team is located in Tosu, Saga Prefecture.

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. Also, Sagan Tosu can be interpreted as "Tosu of Saga (Prefecture)" (佐賀ん鳥栖 Saga-n Tosu?) in the area's dialect. In addition, it is widely believed that the word is meant to be a pun with Italian giants Juventus although the club hasn't confirmed it.

History[edit]

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.

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 to 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 by 0-1 then ended up as 5th, while Urawa Red Diamonds defeated Nagoya Grampus and ranked as 3rd.

In 2013, they made it to the semifinal of the 2013 Emperor's Cup first time in 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 1981 edition.

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.[1]

Record as J. League member[edit]

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Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
1999 J2 10 8 3,385 1st Round 3rd Round
2000 J2 11 6 3,714 1st Round 3rd Round
2001 J2 12 10 3,479 1st Round 4th Round
2002 J2 12 9 3,890 - 3rd Round
2003 J2 12 12 3,172 - 1st Round
2004 J2 12 11 3,610 - 4th Round
2005 J2 12 8 7,855 - 4th Round
2006 J2 13 4 7,465 - 4th Round
2007 J2 13 8 6,114 - 5th Round
2008 J2 15 6 7,261 - Quarter-final
2009 J2 18 5 5,939 - 4th Round
2010 J2 19 9 6,633 - 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 2 7,731 - 2nd Round
2012 J1 18 5 11,991 Group Stage 2nd Round
2013 J1 18 12 11,515 Group Stage Semi-final
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 February 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Taku Akahoshi
2 South Korea DF Kim Min-Hyeok
3 Japan DF Keita Isozaki
4 Japan DF Teruaki Kobayashi
5 Japan DF Tatsuya Sakai
6 Japan MF Tomotaka Okamoto
8 Japan MF Kota Mizunuma
9 Japan FW Bando
10 South Korea MF Kim Min-Woo
11 Japan FW Yohei Toyoda
12 Japan GK Tatsuro Okuda
13 Japan DF Michihiro Yasuda
14 Japan MF Naoyuki Fujita (captain)
15 Japan DF Ryuhei Niwa
No. Position Player
16 South Korea MF Choi Sung-Keun
18 Japan MF Koki Kiyotake
21 Japan GK Eisuke Fujishima
22 Japan FW Kei Ikeda
23 Japan DF Shohei Kishida
24 Japan MF Minoru Suganuma
25 Japan MF Ryota Hayasaka
26 Japan DF Shūto Hira
28 Japan MF Yoshiki Takahashi
29 Japan MF Hiroyuki Taniguchi
33 Japan GK Akihiro Hayashi
25 Japan DF Takashi Kanai
36 Japan MF Naoya Kikuchi

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Japan DF Kosuke Kitani (to FC Gifu)
Japan MF Kohei Kuroki (to Roasso Kumamoto)
Colombia MF Jonathan (to Oita Trinita)

Retired number[edit]

  • 17 Japan Sakata Michitaka - A former professor of Saga University and the person which backed up in both the establishment of Tosu Futures and the team's revival as Sagan Tosu. He died due to kidney cancer on January 7, 2000. The number 17 indicates his day of death.

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