Nagoya Grampus

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Nagoya Grampus
Full name Nagoya Grampus Eight
Nickname(s) Grampus
Founded 1939; 76 years ago (1939) (originally)
1991 (Nagoya Grampus)
Ground Toyota Stadium (45,000)
Owner Toyota
Chairman Toyo Kato
Manager Akira Nishino
League J. League Division 1
2014 11th
Website Club home page
Current season
Toyota Sports
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Nagoya Grampus (名古屋グランパス Nagoya Guranpasu?) (formerly known as Nagoya Grampus Eight (名古屋グランパスエイト Nagoya Guranpasu Eito?)) is a Japanese association football club that plays in the J. League. Based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture and originally founded as the company team of the Toyota Motor Corp. in 1939, the club shares its home games between Mizuho Athletic Stadium (capacity 27,000 and the J. League's oldest-serving stadium) and the much larger Toyota Stadium (capacity 45,000).

Grampus are one of only four teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception in 1993. The team previously had its most successful season in 1995 when it was managed by current Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, winning the prestigious Emperor's Cup and finishing runners-up in the J. League, and featuring Dragan Stojković and Gary Lineker on the team, until it was eclipsed on November 20, 2010, when the club won their first ever J. League trophy, under the management of Stojković.[1]

The team's name was derived from the two most prominent symbols of Nagoya: the two golden grampus dolphins on the top of Nagoya Castle (which can be more accurately described as shachihoko, a mythological creature part of the local folklore), and the Maru-Hachi (Circle eight), the city's official symbol. The use of an orca in the team's logo is likely a reference to the fact that the kanji for shachichoko (鯱) can be pronounced "shachichoko" (the aforemention mythical creature) or "shachi" (orca).


JSL era[edit]

Toyota Motor S.C. was initially overshadowed by its colleague Toyota Automated Loom Works FC (founded in 1946 and which was one of the founding members of the JSL) but when Toyota ALW were relegated to regional leagues in 1968, Toyota Motor saw an opportunity to rise at their expense.[2]

In 1972 Toyota Motors were founding members of the JSL's Second Division and its inaugural champions. They remained in the JSL until the J. League's founding in 1993. They were relegated to the JSL Division 2 in 1977. After a brief return in 1987–88, they were promoted for good in 1989–90 and remain in the top flight ever since.

J. League era[edit]

In 1996, Arsene Wenger led Grampus to the 1996 Emperor's Cup and a runners-up finish in the J.League, the club's best ever finish. The team's name "Nagoya Grampus Eight" was changed to just "Nagoya Grampus" at the start of the 2008 season.[2] In 2008, Nagoya appointed former player Dragan Stojković as manager. They finished in 3rd place and qualified for the AFC Champions League for the first time.[3] Stojković has since led the club to winning the J.League in the 2010 season, featuring a squad consisting of Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Mu Kanazaki, Seigo Narazaki, Yoshizumi Ogawa, Keiji Tamada and Joshua Kennedy.[1]

Old Logo


Kashima Soccer Stadium Curse[edit]

Since Nagoya were dealt a 0–5 defeat to the Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium on 16 May in the 1993 J. League season opener, Nagoya suffered an incredible losing streak of 22 consecutive games to the Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium which included Emperor's Cup and J. League Cup games. Nagoya finally got their first victory over the Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium on 23 August of the 2008 J. League season, some 15 years later.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 Semi-final 1st Round
1993 J1 10 9 19,858 Group Stage Quarter-final
1994 J1 12 11 21,842 1st Round 2nd Round
1995 J1 14 3 21,463 Winners
1996 J1 16 2 21,699 Group Stage 3rd Round
1997 J1 17 9 14,750 Semi-final 3rd Round CWC Runners-up
1998 J1 18 5 13,993 Group Stage Semi-final
1999 J1 16 4 14,688 Semi-final Winners
2000 J1 16 9 14,114 Semi-final 4th Round
2001 J1 16 5 16,974 Semi-final 3rd Round CWC Quarter-final
2002 J1 16 6 16,323 Group Stage 4th Round
2003 J1 16 7 16,768 Semi-final 4th Round
2004 J1 16 7 15,712 Semi-final 5th Round
2005 J1 18 14 13,288 Group Stage 5th Round
2006 J1 18 7 14,924 Group Stage 5th Round
2007 J1 18 11 15,585 Group Stage 5th Round
2008 J1 18 3 16,555 Semi-final Quarter-final
2009 J1 18 9 15,928 Quarter-final Runners-up CL Semi-final
2010 J1 18 1 19,979 Group Stage Quarter-final
2011 J1 18 2 16,741 Semi-final Quarter-final CL Round of 16
2012 J1 18 7 17,155 Quarter-final Quarter-final CL Round of 16
2013 J1 18 11 16,135 Group Stage 2nd Round
2014 J1 18 10 16,734 Group Stage Quarter-final
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site


Current squad[edit]

As of August 20, 2015.

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 Seigo Narazaki
2 Japan DF Akira Takeuchi
3 Japan DF Yusuke Muta
4 Japan DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Captain)
5 Japan DF Shun Obu
6 Japan DF Yuki Honda
7 Japan MF Taishi Taguchi
8 Colombia MF Danilson Córdoba
9 Japan FW Ryunosuke Noda
10 Japan MF Yoshizumi Ogawa
11 Japan FW Kensuke Nagai
13 Japan MF Ryota Isomura
14 Japan MF Ryota Tanabe
18 Slovenia FW Milivoje Novakovič
19 Japan FW Kisho Yano
No. Position Player
20 Japan MF Asahi Yada
21 Japan GK Koji Nishimura
22 Japan FW Tomoya Koyamatsu
23 Japan MF Ryota Aoki
24 Japan DF Nikki Havenaar
25 Japan MF Reo Mochizuki
26 Japan MF Yuto Mori
27 Japan FW Koki Sugimori
29 Japan DF Kazuki Sato
30 Japan GK Masataka Nomura
32 Japan FW Kengo Kawamata
33 Brazil MF Leandro Domingues
34 Brazil FW Gustavo
35 Japan MF Teruki Tanaka
50 Japan GK Yoshinari Takagi

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 Ryosuke Tone (at V-Varen Nagasaki)
Japan FW Riki Matsuda (at JEF United Chiba)

Former players[edit]

International capped players[edit]



Manager Nat. Tenure
Ryuzo Hiraki  Japan 1992–93
Gordon Milne  England Jan 1, 1994–Dec 31, 1994
Tetsuro Miura  Japan 1994
Arsène Wenger  France July 1, 1995–Sept 30, 1996
José Costa  Portugal 1996
Carlos Queiroz  Portugal Jan 1, 1997–Dec 31, 1997
Koji Tanaka  Japan 1997–99
Daniel Sanchez  France Jan 1, 1998–Dec 31, 1998
Mazaroppi  Brazil 1999
João Carlos  Brazil 1999–01
Tetsuro Miura  Japan 2001
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia Jan 1, 2002–Aug 4, 2003
Nelsinho  Brazil July 29, 2003–Sept 20, 2005
Hitoshi Nakata  Japan Sept 21, 2005–Dec 31, 2005
Sef Vergoossen  Netherlands Jan 1, 2006–Dec 31, 2007
Dragan Stojković  Serbia Jan 22, 2008–Dec 7, 2013
Akira Nishino  Japan Dec 25, 2013–

‡ As caretaker manager


Toyota Motor SC (Amateur Era)

1968, 1970

Nagoya Grampus (Professional Era)

Champions (1): 2010
Champions (2): 1995, 1999
Champions (2): 1996, 2011

League history[edit]

  • Tōkai Football League: 1966–71
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1972
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1973–77
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1978–86
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1987
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1988–89
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1990–91
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 1992–present

(As of 2012): 29 seasons in the top tier, 12 seasons in the second tier and 6 seasons in the Regional Leagues.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b John Duerden (2010-11-05). "Stojkovic doing things the Wenger way". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Club guide: Nagoya Grampus". J. League. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "J. League News No.40" (PDF). J. League. December 19, 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 

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