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Sagan Tosu
Full nameSagan Tosu Football Club
Nickname(s)Sagan
Founded1997; 25 years ago (1997)
GroundTosu Stadium
Tosu, Saga
Capacity24,130
ChairmanMinoru Takehara
ManagerKenta Kawai
LeagueJ1 League
2021J1 League, 7th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Sagan Tosu (サガン鳥栖, Sagan Tosu) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J1 League. The team is located in Tosu, Saga Prefecture.

Sagan is a coined word with a couple of meanings behind it. One of its homophones is sandstone (砂岩, sagan) in Japanese. This symbolises many small elements uniting to form one formidable object, for example as a metaphor for a team. Also, Sagan Tosu can be interpreted as "Tosu of Saga (Prefecture)" (佐賀ん鳥栖, Saga-n Tosu) in the area's dialect.

History

In February 1997, Sagan was established as a new club which virtually takes over Tosu Futures, which became insolvent in the previous month, and admitted to participate Japan Football League from 1997 to 1998, as well as J. League Cup in 1997 as a preferential measure, although J. League Associate Membership status is not awarded to Sagan. In 1999 they were admitted to the new J. League Division 2 (J2) as the original ten teams, where they remained until their promotion to J1 at the end of the 2011 season. Things have changed and started to turn positive with the new President & Chief Operating Officer Minoru Takehara, who is also part owner of the club.[1]

In their first season at the J. League Division 1 in 2012, confounding the prediction of many critics about their immediate relegation to J2, they have been maintaining their position between 5th and 11th places all the way through the season, only except after the 2nd week in which they were ranked as 13th. They were ranked third after the 33rd week, having a chance to qualify for the 2013 AFC Champions League if they would not lose to Yokohama F. Marinos in the last match of the 2012 season. However, they have lost to Yokohama 0–1 then ended up in 5th, while Urawa Red Diamonds defeated Nagoya Grampus and ranked in 3rd. They also became the first club in Asia to sign a partnership with Warrior Sports[2] who also sponsors English side Liverpool FC and others.

In 2013, they made it to the semifinal of the 2013 Emperor's Cup first time in the club's history, becoming the first club based in Kyushu to make it to the semifinal of the Emperor's Cup since Nippon Steel Yawata SC had done in the 1981 edition. In 2013, they also invited Sydney FC from the A-League along with the former Italian national team player Alessandro Del Piero for a Japan Tour for the first time.[3]

In 2014, the club have been in the most successful season in J. League Division 1, as being ranked on the top of 2014 J. League Division 1 after the 1st, 2nd, 13th, and 18th week. However, the club made an announcement on 8 August, several days after the 18th week match when Sagan moved back to the top of the league, to terminate the contract with the head coach Yoon Jung-Hwan as of 7 August all by sudden.[4] In 2014, they continued on its international expansion and initiated a relationship with Italian side Juventus FC for its Juventus Under-16 Japan Tour 2014.[5] On July 10th, 2018, the club reached an agreement with former World Cup, UCL and Europa League winner, Fernando Torres. The aging star would play 35 games for the side netting 5 goals before finally hanging up his boots on his star studded career.

League & cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
League J. League Cup Emperor's Cup
Season Div. Teams Pos. P W (OTW) D L (OTL) F A GD Pts Attendance/G
1998 JFL 16 8th 30 11 (3) - 16 40 55 -15 39 - 3rd round
1999 J2 10 8th 36 11 (1) 2 20 (2) 52 64 -12 37 3,385 1st round 3rd round
2000 11 6th 40 13 (2) 5 15 (5) 41 52 -11 48 3,714 1st round 3rd round
2001 12 10th 44 8 (2) 4 28 (2) 45 82 -37 32 3,479 1st round 4th round
2002 12 9th 44 9 14 21 41 64 -23 41 3,890 3rd round
2003 12 12th 44 3 11 30 40 89 -49 20 3,172 1st round
2004 12 11th 44 8 11 25 32 66 -34 35 3,610 4th round
2005 12 8th 44 14 10 20 58 58 0 52 7,855 4th round
2006 13 4th 48 22 13 13 64 49 15 79 7,465 4th round
2007 13 8th 48 21 9 18 63 66 -3 72 6,114 5th round
2008 15 6th 42 19 7 16 50 51 -1 64 7,261 Quarter final
2009 18 5th 51 25 13 13 71 51 20 88 5,939 4th round
2010 19 9th 36 13 12 11 42 41 1 51 6,633 3rd round
2011 20 2nd 38 19 12 7 68 34 34 69 7,731 2nd round
2012 J1 18 5th 34 15 8 11 48 39 9 53 11,991 Group stage 2nd round
2013 18 12th 34 13 7 14 54 63 -9 46 11,515 Group stage Semi-final
2014 18 5th 34 19 3 12 41 33 8 60 14,137 Group stage 4th round
2015 18 11th 34 9 13 12 37 54 -17 40 13,450 Group stage Quarter final
2016 18 11th 34 12 10 12 36 37 -1 46 12,636 Group stage 4th round
2017 18 8th 34 13 8 13 41 44 -3 47 14,194 Group stage 3rd round
2018 18 14th 34 10 11 13 29 34 -5 41 15,000 Group stage Quarter-final
2019 18 15th 34 10 6 18 32 53 -21 36 15,050 Group stage Quarter-final
2020 18 13th 34 7 15 12 37 43 -6 36 4,675 Group stage Did not qualify
2021 20 7th 38 16 11 11 53 35 8 59 7,276 Group stage 4th round
Key


Current squad

As of 18 March 2022[6][7]

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 Tatsuya Morita
2 DF Japan JPN Nanasei Iino (vice-captain)
3 DF Lebanon LBN Joan Oumari
4 MF Japan JPN Toshio Shimakawa
5 DF Brazil BRA Diego
6 MF Japan JPN Akito Fukuta
7 MF Japan JPN Yoshihiro Nakano
8 MF Japan JPN Fuchi Honda
10 MF Japan JPN Yuji Ono (footballer)
11 FW Japan JPN Taisei Miyashiro (on loan from Kawasaki Frontale)
12 GK Japan JPN Keisuke Fukaya
13 DF Japan JPN Shinya Nakano (vice-captain)
14 MF Japan JPN Naoyuki Fujita (captain)
15 FW Japan JPN Yukihito Kajiya
16 FW Japan JPN Shunta Araki
18 MF Japan JPN Jun Nishikawa (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
19 FW Japan JPN Yuki Kakita (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
20 DF South Korea KOR Hwang Seok-ho
21 GK South Korea KOR Ueom Ye-hoon
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF Japan JPN Kyo Sato
23 MF Japan JPN Taichi Kikuchi
25 FW Japan JPN Yuta Fujihara
26 DF South Korea KOR Taiga Son
27 MF Japan JPN Ryunosuke Sagara
29 FW Japan JPN Yuto Iwasaki (on loan from Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo)
30 DF Japan JPN Masaya Tashiro
31 GK Japan JPN Masahiro Okamoto
32 MF Japan JPN Yosuke Yuzawa
33 FW Japan JPN Kaisei Ishii
37 DF Japan JPN Kei Koizumi
40 GK South Korea KOR Park Il-gyu (vice-captain)
41 MF Japan JPN Shunya Sakai Type 2
42 DF Japan JPN Wataru Harada
43 MF Japan JPN Taichi Fukui
44 MF Japan JPN Yuki Horigome
45 MF Japan JPN Yoshiki Narahara Type 2
47 MF Japan JPN Kentaro Moriya

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
GK Japan JPN Yosei Itahashi (on loan at Ehime)
DF Japan JPN Daisuke Matsumoto (on loan at Zweigen Kanazawa)
MF Japan JPN Tomoya Koyamatsu (on loan at Kashiwa Reysol)
FW Japan JPN Ryo Wada (on loan at Brisbane Roar)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Japan JPN Rio Nitta (on loan at FC Wacker Innsbruck II)
FW Japan JPN Reoto Kodama (on loan at Renofa Yamaguchi)
FW Kenya KEN Ismael Dunga (on loan at Kamatamare Sanuki)

Retired number

Technical staff

Name Role
Japan Kenta Kawai Head coach
Japan Koichiro Katafuchi Assistant head coach
Japan Naoya Kikuchi Assistant head coach
Japan Yuzuru Suwabe First team coach
Japan Takuya Muro Goalkeeping Coach
Japan Noda Tadashi Physical Coach
Japan Shota Tamaki Analyst
Japan Toru Kawaguchi
Japan Atsushi Shiga
Chief trainer
Japan Masahiro Hirano Trainer
Brazil Rafael de Souza Torres
South Korea Lee-Kang Haeng
Interpreter
Japan Atsushi Arai Competent
Japan Naoki Egawa Side affairs
Japan Ryota Kiyofuji Equipment manager
Japan Yoshito Tsuichihara Coordinator

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Takashi Kuwahara  Japan 1 February 1993 31 January 1995
Hiroshi Sowa  Japan 1 February 1997 31 January 2000
Kazuhiro Kōso  Japan 1 February 2000 31 January 2002
Hiroshi Soejima  Japan 1 February 2002 31 January 2003
Yoshinori Sembiki  Japan 1 February 2003 31 January 2004
Ikuo Matsumoto  Japan 1 February 2004 31 January 2007
Yasuyuki Kishino  Japan 1 February 2007 31 January 2010
Ikuo Matsumoto  Japan 1 February 2010 31 January 2011
Yun Jeong-hwan  South Korea 1 February 2011 7 August 2014
Megumu Yoshida  Japan 8 August 2014 31 January 2015
Hitoshi Morishita  Japan 1 February 2015 31 January 2016
Massimo Ficcadenti  Italy 1 February 2016 18 October 2018
Kim Myung-hwi  South Korea 19 October 2018 31 January 2019
Luis Carreras  Spain 1 February 2019 4 May 2019
Kim Myung-hwi  South Korea 4 May 2019 Current

Kit evolution

FP 1st
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
2005
2006 - 2007
2008 - 2010
2011 - 2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP 2nd
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004
2005
2006 - 2007
2008 - 2010
2011 - 2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021 -
FP Other
2015
Hawk Festival Memorial
2016
Ladies Day
2016
Hawk Festival Memorial
2017
Hawk Festival Memorial
2018
Hawk Festival Memorial
2019
Hawk Festival Memorial
2019
F. Torres
Retirement Game Memorial 1[8]
2019
F. Torres
Retirement Game Memorial 2[9]

References

  1. ^ [サガン、竹原氏が社長就任 「J1昇格と健全な経営」 http://www1.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga.0.1913106.article.html]
  2. ^ [Warrior Football – Sagan Tosu http://www.warriorfootball.com/teams/sagan-tosu]
  3. ^ [Sagan Tosu outlast Sydney FC in J-League friendly https://www.sbnation.com/2013/7/24/4551614/sydney-sagan-tosu-j-league]
  4. ^ "尹晶煥監督 契約解除のお知らせ" [Annulment of the contract with Head Coach Yoon Jung-Hwan]. Sagan Tosu. 2014-08-08. Archived from the original on 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  5. ^ [The Bianconeri Allievi fly to Japan [1]]
  6. ^ "2022 Sagan Tosu player list". Sagan Tosu. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  7. ^ "サガン鳥栖 日程". jleague.jp (in Japanese). Japan Professional Football League. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  8. ^ Worn at the entrance to the pitch against Vissel Kobe in J1 Section 24.
  9. ^ Worn during the match against Vissel Kobe in J1 Section 24.