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Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
北海道コンサドーレ札幌
Full nameHokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Nickname(s)Consa
Founded1935; 87 years ago (1935) (as Toshiba Horikawa-cho S.C.)
GroundSapporo Dome, Sapporo
Capacity41,484
OwnerIsao Ishimizu (11.4%)
Ishiya (9.5%)[1]
ChairmanYoshikazu Nonomura
ManagerMihailo Petrović
LeagueJ1 League
2021J1 League, 10th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (北海道コンサドーレ札幌, Hokkaidō Konsadōre Sapporo)[2] is a Japanese professional football club, which plays in the J1 League. The team is based in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido.

The club name of "Consadole" is made from consado, a reverse of the Japanese word Dosanko (道産子, meaning "people of Hokkaido") and the Spanish expression Ole.

Unlike other teams, their main home ground at Sapporo Dome is also used by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters baseball team, so some home games are moved to Sapporo Atsubetsu Stadium.

History

Toshiba S.C. (1935–1995)

Consadole's club tradition dates back to 1935 when Toshiba Horikawa-cho Soccer Club was founded in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. They were promoted to the now-defunct Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1978.[3] They adopted new name Toshiba Soccer Club in 1980 and were promoted to the JSL Division 1 in 1989.[3] Their highest placement, 4th in the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Relegating themselves as they were not ready for J.League implementation, they joined the newly formed Japan Football League in 1992 and played the last season as Toshiba S.C. in 1995.[3]

They sought to be a professional club but the owner Toshiba did not regard Kawasaki as an ideal hometown. This was because Verdy Kawasaki, one of the most prominent clubs at that time, was also based in the city, which Toshiba apparently believed was not big enough to accommodate two clubs. (Verdy has since crossed the Tama River to be based in Chōfu City in the west of Tokyo and has been renamed as Tokyo Verdy 1969; the only remaining professional club is Kawasaki Frontale, originally part of Fujitsu.)

They decided to move to Sapporo where the local government and community had been keen to provide a base for a professional soccer team as they awaited Sapporo Dome to be completed in 2001. The ownership was transferred from Toshiba to Hokkaido Football Club plc. before the start of the 1996 season.[3]

Toshiba does not have financial interest in the club any more but Consadole still boasts their forerunner's red and black colours on their uniform.[4]

Sapporo Dome, Consa's home ground
Sapporo Dome, Consa's home ground

Consadole Sapporo (1996–2015)

Consadole Sapporo inherited the JFL status from Toshiba S.C.. Their debut season in 1996 was not overly successful as they finished 5th and missed promotion. However, they won the JFL championship in 1997 and were promoted to J.League.[3]

In 1998, their first J.League season saw them finish 14th out of 18 but this did not guarantee them staying up. From the 1999 season, the J.League had 2 divisions and the play-offs involving five teams (four J.League sides and the champions of the JFL) were to be played. In order to decide who were involved in the play-offs, not only the results of the 1998 season but also those of the 1997 were taken account of. Consadole, who did not play in the previous season, was placed 14th in the aggregate standing and despite finishing above Gamba Osaka (who had finished 4th in 1997), was forced to face the play-offs. They lost all four games, two against Vissel Kobe, and another two against Avispa Fukuoka, and became the first-ever J.League side that experienced relegation.[5]

In 1999, Takeshi Okada, the former Japan national team coach, was appointed as head coach in an effort to make an immediate comeback to J1, but this attempt failed as they finished 5th. Their heavy investment on players counted against them and, at this point, the debt owed by the club exceeded 3 billion yen (US$33 million). The bankruptcy looked a near-certainty.

In 2000, they cut costs dramatically. As a result, the team often included as many as eight on-loan players in the starting line-up. However, this strategy paid off and the club won the J2 championship as well as promotion to J1. The club posted a single-year profit for the first time in their history this year.

In 2001, they finished 11th in J1. However, at the end of the season, the club failed to persuade Okada to renew the contract and several leading players also left the club. In 2002, they finished bottom and were relegated to J2 for a second time.[5]

In 2003, they again tried to return to the top-flight immediately by investing heavily but the team didn't perform well on the pitch. They finished 9th and their debt again crossed the 3 billion yen mark.

The deficit-ridden club realized they needed a drastic restructuring and released highly paid leading players including mainstay Yasuyuki Konno. The rejuvenated but inexperienced team finished bottom of J2 in 2004. The bright side was their improved financial situation where the debt was sharply reduced to less than 100 million yen.

In 2005 and 2006, they finished 6th. In 2006 they also reached the semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup, 15 years after reaching the semi-finals in Kawasaki–the furthest they've reached in the Cup. In 2007 they finally earned promotion as champions and play in J1 in the 2008 season.[5]

A loss on October 19, 2008 confirmed Sapporo's relegation to J2 for the 2009 season, overtaking Kyoto Sanga as the league's most relegated side. Having won the Japanese second-tier championship a record 5 times (including two JSL Second Divisions as Toshiba, and one former JFL title), they were promoted to Division One after finishing third in 2011. However, a torrid 2012 season ended with Consadole holding the highest goals conceded per game ratio, the worst points per game ratio and the highest loss percentage in J.League history as they were relegated after just 27 matches played, making the 2012 team one of the worst to have ever featured in the top division.[6] From the 2016 season, the club has adopted the new name as "Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo".[7]

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (2016– )

In 2016, Club changed name to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.

On Feb. 9, 2018, the team won the inaugural Pacific Rim Cup tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0.[8] 2018 was the season they reached their highest placing in the J.League era and in Sapporo – 4th, 27 years after achieving the same place in Kawasaki.

In January 2022, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo's Thai player Chanathip Songkrasin who was part of the 2018 J.League Best XI joined Kawasaki Frontale with a transfer fee of around $3.8 million, breaking the J.League record for the highest domestic transfer. [9]

Record as J.League member

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G
1998 J1 18 14th 11,953 Group stage 4th round
1999 J2 10 5th 10,986 1st round 3rd round
2000 11 1st 12,910 1st round 4th round
2001 J1 16 11th 22,228 Group stage 3rd round
2002 16 16th 19,140 Group stage 3rd round
2003 J2 12 9th 10,766 3rd round
2004 12 12th 9,466 Quarter-final
2005 12 6th 11,133 3rd round
2006 13 6th 10,478 Semi-final
2007 13 1st 12,112 3rd round
2008 J1 18 18th 14,547 Group stage 4th round
2009 J2 18 6th 10,207 3rd round
2010 19 13th 10,738 3rd round
2011 20 3rd 10,482 2nd round
2012 J1 18 18th 12,008 Group stage 2nd round
2013 J2 22 8th 10,075 Quarter-final
2014 22 10th 11,060 3rd round
2015 22 10th 11,960 3rd round
2016 22 1st 14,559 2nd round
2017 J1 18 11th 18,418 Play-off stage 2nd round
2018 18 4th 17,222 Group stage 4th round
2019 18 10th 18,768 Runners-up 2nd round
2020 18 12th 4,303 Did not qualify
2021 18 10th 6,816 Quarter finals
Key

Honours

Toshiba S.C.

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo

Current players

As of 18 January 2022[10]

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 Japan JPN Takanori Sugeno
2 DF Japan JPN Shunta Tanaka
3 DF Japan JPN Takahiro Yanagi
4 FW Japan JPN Daiki Suga
5 DF Japan JPN Akito Fukumori (3rd captain)
6 MF Japan JPN Tomoki Takamine
7 FW Brazil BRA Lucas Fernandes
8 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Fukai
9 MF Japan JPN Takuro Kaneko
10 MF Japan JPN Hiroki Miyazawa (captain)
11 MF Japan JPN Ryota Aoki
14 MF Japan JPN Yoshiaki Komai
16 FW Japan JPN Ren Fujimura
17 MF Japan JPN Riku Danzaki
18 MF Brazil BRA Gabriel Xavier
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Japan JPN Tsuyoshi Ogashiwa
21 GK Japan JPN Shunta Awaka
22 GK Japan JPN Koki Otani
23 FW Japan JPN Shinzo Koroki (on loan from Urawa Red Diamonds)
24 DF Japan JPN Toya Nakamura
27 MF Japan JPN Takuma Arano (vice-captain)
29 MF Japan JPN Sora Igawa
30 MF Japan JPN Hiromu Tanaka
32 FW Slovenia SVN Milan Tučić
33 FW Brazil BRA Douglas (on loan from Luverdense EC)
34 GK Japan JPN Kojiro Nakano
44 MF Japan JPN Shinji Ono
45 FW Japan JPN Taika Nakashima
47 DF Japan JPN Shota Nishino
50 DF Japan JPN Daihachi Okamura

Out on loan

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 Taiyo Hama (on loan at Kataller Toyama)
FW Japan JPN Yuto Iwasaki (on loan at Sagan Tosu)
FW Nigeria NGA Gabriel Okechukwu (on loan at Fukushima United)

Managers

Affiliated clubs

In popular culture

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, two characters were from Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. The midfielder Hikaru Matsuyama and the forward Kazumasa Oda. In 2017, Matsuyama became an Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player and also an official ambassador of the team from Hokkaido.

References

  1. ^ "2013 業務報告書" [2013 Financial report] (PDF) (in Japanese). February 1, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "Consadole announce name change". J.League. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e 北海道コンサドーレ札幌 プロフィール [Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo; Club profile] (in Japanese). J.League. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ 中村美彦の無頼放談 [A random talk with Yoshihiko Nakamura] (in Japanese). Hokkaido Broadcasting. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Consadole shoot for immediate success in top division". Japan Times. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Consadole Sapporo: The worst team in J.League history".
  7. ^ jleague.jp
  8. ^ Devji, Farhan. "Whitecaps FC fall 1-0 to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Pacific Rim Cup Final".
  9. ^ https://news.fox-24.com/sport/news/83340.html
  10. ^ "2022北海道コンサドーレ札幌 選手・チームスタッフ決定のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Partnership with hokkaido". Johor Southern Tigers. 20 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014.