FC Tokyo

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FC Tokyo
Full nameFootball Club Tokyo
Founded1935; 85 years ago (1935), (as Tokyo Gas SC)
1999; 21 years ago (1999), (as FC Tokyo)
GroundAjinomoto Stadium
Chōfu, Tokyo
ChairmanNaoki Ogane
ManagerKenta Hasegawa
LeagueJ1 League
2019J1 League, 2nd of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Tokyo (FC東京, Efushī Tōkyō) is a Japanese association football club playing in J1 League. Its hometown is Tokyo prefecture. The team is one of only four in the J.League to be simply called Football Club without an extended name.


Tokyo Gas F.C.

The team started as a company team, Tokyo Gas Soccer Club (東京ガスサッカー部) in 1933[1][2] Their first appearance in the national leagues was in 1991, the last season of the old Japan Soccer League.[3] 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 December 4, 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.


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. Club's training grounds are Sarue Ground in Koto, Tokyo and Kodaira Ground in Kodaira, Tokyo.


Current squad[edit]

As of 10 January 2020[4]

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 Tsuyoshi Kodama
2 Japan DF Sei Muroya
3 Japan DF Masato Morishige
4 Japan DF Tsuyoshi Watanabe
5 Japan DF Daiki Niwa
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
15 Brazil MF Adaílton
17 South Korea FW Na Sang-ho
18 Japan MF Kento Hashimoto
19 Japan MF Kiwara Miyazaki
20 Brazil MF Leandro
22 Japan DF Takumi Nakamura
No. Position Player
23 Japan FW Kiichi Yajima
24 Japan FW Taichi Hara
27 Japan FW Kyosuke Tagawa
28 Japan MF Takuya Uchida
31 Japan MF Shuto Abe
32 Lebanon DF Joan Oumari
33 Japan GK Akihiro Hayashi
35 Japan MF Yoshitake Suzuki
36 Japan DF Takahiro Yanagi
37 Japan DF Hotaka Nakamura
38 Japan MF Kazuya Konno
40 Japan MF Rei Hirakawa
41 Japan GK Taishi Brandon Nozawa
44 Japan MF Manato Shinada
45 Brazil MF Arthur Silva
47 Japan DF Seiji Kimura
49 Japan DF Kashifu Bangunagande

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 GK Riku Hirosue (at Renofa Yamaguchi FC)
Japan DF Masayuki Yamada (at Machida Zelvia)
Japan DF Takahiro Yanagi (at Montedio Yamagata)
No. Position Player
Japan DF Kazunori Yoshimoto (at Avispa Fukuoka)
Japan MF Hideyuki Nozawa (at Ehime FC)

Under-23 Squad[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 GK Yoshihito Iizutka
Japan GK Yu Kanoshima
Japan GK Taishi Brandon Nozawa
Japan GK Hiroto Takahashi
Japan DF Kashifu Bangunagande
Japan DF Seiji Kimura
Japan DF Shingo Morita
Japan DF Teppei Oka
No. Position Player
Japan DF Rio Omori
Japan DF Soya Yumoto
North Korea MF Kim Song-min
Japan MF Riku Kobayashi
Japan MF Koshiro Sumi
Japan FW Seiichiro Kubo
Japan FW Izumi Miyata

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for FC Tokyo:

Olympic players[edit]

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for FC Tokyo:


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

Record as J.League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL
1999 J2 10 2 3,498 Semi-final 4th round -
2000 J1 16 7 11,807 2nd round 3rd round -
2001 J1 16 8 22,313 2nd round 3rd round -
2002 J1 16 9 22,173 Quarter-final 3rd round -
2003 J1 16 4 24,932 Quarter-final 4th round -
2004 J1 16 8 25,438 Winner Quarter-final -
2005 J1 18 10 27,101 Group Stage 5th round -
2006 J1 18 13 24,096 Group Stage 5th round -
2007 J1 18 12 25,290 Group Stage Quarter-final -
2008 J1 18 6 25,716 Quarter-final Semi-final -
2009 J1 18 5 25,884 Winner 4th round -
2010 J1 18 16 25,112 Quarter-final Semi-final -
2011 J2 20 1 17,562 - Winner -
2012 J1 18 10 23,955 Semi-final 2nd round Round of 16
2013 J1 18 8 25,073 Group Stage Semi-final -
2014 J1 18 9 25,187 Group Stage Round of 16 -
2015 J1 18 4 28,784 Quarter-final Quarter-final -
2016 J1 18 9 24,037 Semi-final Quarter-final Round of 16
2017 J1 18 13 26,490 Quarter-final 2nd round -
2018 J1 18 6 25,745 Group Stage 4th round -
2019 J1 18 2 31,540 -
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance



FC Tokyo

Tokyo Gas Football Club (Amateur era)


FC Tokyo

Personnel awards[edit]

Former players[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FC Tokyo Profile at J.League Official Website
  2. ^ http://www.jfa.or.jp/jfa/history/.
  3. ^ Basic infos and history of FC Tokyo
  4. ^ "ニュース|FC東京オフィシャルホームページ". www.fctokyo.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-01-10.

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