Tokushima Vortis

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Tokushima Vortis
徳島ヴォルティス
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Full name Tokushima Vortis
Nickname(s) Vortis
Founded 1955; 59 years ago (1955)
Ground Naruto Athletic Stadium
Naruto, Tokushima
Ground Capacity 20,000
Owner Otsuka Pharmaceutical
Manager Shinji Kobayashi
League J. League Division 1
2013 J. League Division 2, 4th
(Promoted via Play-offs)
Website Club home page
Current season

Tokushima Vortis (徳島ヴォルティス Tokushima Vorutisu?) is a Japanese professional soccer club, currently playing in the J. League Division 1. The team is located in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture. Their home stadium is Naruto Athletic Stadium, in Naruto, Tokushima.

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), with the initials of other provinces in Shikoku island, Tosa Province (now Kochi Prefecture), Iyo Province (now Ehime Prefecture), and Sanuki Province (now Kagawa Prefecture). Ehime FC in Matsuyama, Ehime has since joined J.League, however, thereby nullifying Vortis' claim to represent all of Shikoku.

History[edit]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 J. League Division 3 in 2014, the distinction will be taken over by Blaublitz Akita.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
2005 J2 12 9 4,366 4th Round
2006 J2 13 13 3,477 4th Round
2007 J2 13 13 3,289 4th Round
2008 J2 15 15 3,862 3rd Round
2009 J2 18 9 4,073 2nd Round
2010 J2 19 8 4,614 3rd Round
2011 J2 20 4 5,207 2nd Round
2012 J2 22 15 3,991 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 4 4,348 2nd Round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Honours[edit]

2003, 2004
1978, 1979, 1981, 1989

Current players[edit]

As of 1 September, 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 Kenya Matsui
2 Japan DF Yohei Fukumoto
3 Brazil MF Alex
4 Japan DF Kotaro Fujiwara
5 Japan DF Mitsuru Chiyotanda
6 Japan MF Ryo Kubota
7 Japan MF Shuto Kojima (on loan from Urawa Reds)
8 Japan MF Jun Aoyama
11 Japan FW Tomohiro Tsuda
13 Japan FW Hiroyuki Takasaki
14 Japan MF Takeshi Hamada
15 Japan MF Tomoyasu Hirose (on loan from Montedio Yamagata)
16 Japan MF Daisuke Saito (captain)
17 Japan MF Yu Eto
18 Japan MF Kohei Miyazaki
19 South Korea FW Kim Jong-Min
No. Position Player
20 Japan FW Junya Osaki
21 Japan GK Goro Kawanami
22 Japan DF Yoshiaki Kinoshita
23 Japan MF Daiki Kogure (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
24 Japan DF Masahiro Nasukawa
25 Japan FW Ikki Sasaki
26 Japan DF Yuya Hashiuchi
27 Japan MF Sho Hanai
28 North Korea MF Lee Yon-Jick
29 South Korea DF Son Se-Hwang
31 Japan GK Toru Hasegawa
32 Japan GK Kazuki Abe
33 Colombia MF Estiven (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
34 Brazil FW Adriano
35 Japan DF Taisuke Muramatsu (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)

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
Brazil MF Kleiton Domingues (at FC Gifu)
Brazil FW Douglas (at Kyoto Sanga)

Managers[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Kunio Yamade  Japan 1988–92
Hajime Ishii  Japan 1993–95
Edinho  Brazil 1996–98
Shinji Tanaka  Japan 1999–06
Yutaka Azuma  Japan 2006
Masataka Imai  Japan 2007
Naohiko Minobe  Japan Jan 1, 2008–Dec 31, 2011
Shinji Kobayashi  Japan Jan 1, 2012–

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