Kawasaki Frontale

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Kawasaki Frontale
川崎フロンターレ
Kawasaki Frontale logo.svg
Full nameKawasaki Frontale
Nickname(s)Grêmio from Japan
Azzurro Nero (Blue-black)
Founded1955; 67 years ago (1955) (as Fujitsu SC)
GroundKawasaki Todoroki Stadium,
Nakahara, Kawasaki, Japan
Capacity26,232
OwnerFujitsu
ChairmanYoshihiro Warashina
ManagerToru Oniki
LeagueJ1 League
2021J1 League, 1st of 20 (Champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kawasaki Frontale (川崎フロンターレ, Kawasaki Furontāre) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Their home stadium is Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, in Nakahara Ward, in the central area of Kawasaki.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1955 as Fujitsu Soccer Club. It was one of many city clubs that comprised the Japan Soccer League (JSL), including Yomiuri (later Tokyo Verdy 1969), Toshiba (later Consadole Sapporo) and NKK SC (now defunct). They first made the JSL Division 1 in 1977, only to be relegated the next season afterwards and would not return to the top flight until 2000, when they were first promoted to the rebranded J1.

The club co-founded the Japanese second tier three times under its three names: JSL Division 2 (1972), Japan Football League Division 1 (1992) and J.League Division 2 (1999).


Fujitsu's club became professional in 1997, and changed its name – "Frontale" means "frontal" in Italian. The club old crest and colours are based on those of Brazilian side Grêmio, because both clubs have cooperated since 26 March 1997.[1] The club joined the second division of the J.League in 1999, and became the champion of the division. But in the next season, it sank to the bottom of J.League Division 1, and was relegated. In 2004, they were champions of J2 and won promotion to J1 for the second time. With the former rival city clubs out of the way due to relocation or liquidation, Frontale began building its power base in the city.

In 2006, they achieved runner-up position in J1, their highest league position up to that time. In 2007, this club attended the AFC Champions League, and made important success, as the first Japanese club for qualifying its group stage, before Urawa Red Diamonds. But Kawasaki lost in the quarter finals, against Iranian Sepahan, in a penalty shoot-out after two scoreless games.

At long last, after two other second-place finishes in 2008 and 2009, Kawasaki finally won the title in 2017, coming from behind to upstage bitter rivals Kashima Antlers after they were held to a draw at Júbilo Iwata, 16 seasons and 40 years after their first promotion to the top division.

Kawasaki has advanced steadily, and provides players for the Japan national football team. At first, defender Yoshinobu Minowa was selected in 2005. After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, midfielder Kengo Nakamura and forward Kazuki Ganaha became new internationals, especially Kengo Nakamura found his position, and played both in his club and national team till now. Then goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima debuted in East Asian Cup 2008, but he allowed one goal for his J.League teammate, Chong Tese, who plays in the Korea DPR national football team. In May, Shuhei Terada was also selected for the Japan national team.

Kit history[edit]

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Season(s) Main Shirt Sponsor Collarbone Sponsor Additional Sponsor(s) Kit Manufacturer
2018 Fujitsu - /
RENOSY
- /
Fujitsu BSC
SMBC Nikko Securities Fujitsu Fsas Fujitsu Marketing PFU Puma
2019 RENOSY Fujitsu BSC
2020 Fujitsu Marketing /
Fujitsu Japan
2021 Anker Japan Fujitsu Japan - /
Matsuo Komuten

Records and statistics[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 January 2022[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK South Korea KOR Jung Sung-ryong
2 DF Japan JPN Kyohei Noborizato
3 MF Japan JPN Koki Tsukagawa
4 DF Brazil BRA Jesiel
5 DF Japan JPN Shogo Taniguchi (captain)
6 MF Brazil BRA João Schmidt
7 DF Japan JPN Shintaro Kurumaya
8 MF Japan JPN Kento Tachibanada
9 FW Brazil BRA Leandro Damião
10 MF Japan JPN Ryota Oshima
11 FW Japan JPN Yu Kobayashi
13 DF Japan JPN Miki Yamane
14 MF Japan JPN Yasuto Wakizaka
15 DF Japan JPN Asahi Sasaki
16 MF Japan JPN Tatsuki Seko
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Kozuka
18 MF Thailand THA Chanathip Songkrasin
19 FW Japan JPN Daiya Tono
20 FW Japan JPN Kei Chinen
21 GK Japan JPN Shunsuke Ando
22 GK Japan JPN Yuki Hayasaka
23 FW Brazil BRA Marcinho
24 FW Japan JPN Ten Miyagi
25 MF Japan JPN Renji Matsui
26 FW Japan JPN Takatora Einaga
27 GK Japan JPN Kenta Tanno
28 FW Japan JPN Taiyo Igarashi
30 DF Japan JPN Shuto Tanabe
31 MF Japan JPN Kazuya Yamamura
41 MF Japan JPN Akihiro Ienaga

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF Japan JPN Zain Issaka (On loan at Yokohama FC)
DF Japan JPN Kaito Kamiya (On loan at Fujieda MYFC)
MF Japan JPN Koki Harada (On loan at Nagano Parceiro)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Japan JPN Ao Tanaka (On loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf)
FW Japan JPN Taisei Miyashiro (On loan at Sagan Tosu)

Personnel awards[edit]

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Kawasaki Frontale:

Olympic players[edit]

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

Managers (since 1997)[edit]

Manager Nat. Tenure
Kazuo Saito  Japan 1997 (resigned in halfway)
Jose  Brazil 1997 (till the season end)
Beto  Brazil 1998–99 (resigned in halfway)
Ikuo Matsumoto  Japan 1999 (till the season end)
Zeca  Brazil 2000 (resigned in halfway)
Toshiaki Imai  Japan 2000 (after Zeca, resigned)
Hiroshi Kobayashi  Japan 2000 (till the season end)
Yoshiharu Horii  Japan Jan 1, 2001 – June 30, 2001 (resigned in halfway)
Nobuhiro Ishizaki  Japan July 1, 2001 – Dec 31, 2003 (after Horii)
Takashi Sekizuka  Japan Jan 1, 2004 – April 30, 2008 (resigned in halfway, by sickness)
Tsutomu Takahata  Japan May 1, 2008 – Dec 31, 2008 (till the season end)
Takashi Sekizuka  Japan Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2009 (returned)
Tsutomu Takahata  Japan Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2010 (returned)
Naoki Soma  Japan Jan 1, 2011 – April 11, 2012 (sacked in halfway)
Tatsuya Mochizuki  Japan April 12, 2012 – April 22, 2012 (interim)
Yahiro Kazama  Japan April 23, 2012 – December 31, 2016
Toru Oniki  Japan February 1, 2017 –

Honours[edit]

As Kawasaki Frontale (1997–present)

As Fujitsu SC (1955–1996)

League history[edit]

  • Regional (Kanto Soccer League): 1967–71 (as Fujitsu)
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1972–76 (as Fujitsu)
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1977–78
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1979–91
  • Division 2 (former JFL Div. 1): 1992–98 (as Fujitsu 1992–95; Fujitsu Kawasaki 1996; Kawasaki Frontale 1997–)
  • Division 2 (J2): 1999
  • Division 1 (J1): 2000
  • Division 2 (J2): 2001–04
  • Division 1 (J1): 2005–

Total (as of 2021): 20 seasons in the top tier, 30 seasons in the second tier and 5 seasons in the Regional Leagues.

Rivalries[edit]

Frontale's rivalry with FC Tokyo is known as the Tamagawa Clásico (using the Spanish word "Clásico" as used in derbies in Spain and Latin America). The two clubs first met in 1991 in the old Japan Soccer League Division 2 and were rivals for promotion to the J.League in the 1990s. They co-founded the new J2 League in 1999 and were promoted together the same year, and although Frontale were immediately relegated, they were promoted again in 2005 and have regularly met since then.

Frontale also has a Tamagawa rivalry with Tokyo Verdy 1969, which was originally also based in Kawasaki and moved to Chofu, Tokyo in 2000. The two were co-founders of the JSL Division 2 in 1972 and, although spent 20 seasons (1979 to 1999) in separate tiers, rekindled the rivalry in the late 1990s as Kawasaki fans deserted Verdy to support Frontale, seen as a more community-focused club, and since then their fortunes have reversed as Frontale is a top flight mainstay while Verdy sunk into the second tier beginning in 2005.

Other rivals include Kashima Antlers, Urawa Red Diamonds, Yokohama F. Marinos and Shonan Bellmare.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "川崎フロンターレ、「グレミオ」と姉妹クラブ関係を締結". pr.fujitsu.com. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  2. ^ "選手・スタッフ". frontale.co.jp (in Japanese). Kawasaki Frontale. Retrieved 23 August 2021.

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