Tokushima Vortis
Full nameTokushima Vortis
Founded1955; 67 years ago (1955)
GroundNaruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium
Naruto, Tokushima
OwnerOtsuka Pharmaceutical
ManagerDani Poyatos
LeagueJ2 League
2021J1 League, 17th of 20 Decrease (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Tokushima Vortis (徳島ヴォルティス, Tokushima Vorutisu) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team is located in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture. Their home stadium is Naruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium, in Naruto, Tokushima.

The name, "Vortis" was named in 1997 (see below), and it was explained as a combination of Italian "Vortice" (meaning whirlpool, after the famous Naruto whirlpool in Naruto Strait).[1]


Founded in 1955 as Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Soccer Club, VORTIS joined the J-League in 2005. They are still sponsored by Otsuka's best-known brand, Pocari Sweat sports drink.[1]

They were first promoted to the old Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1989, but the company's reluctance to professionalize the team forced it to compete in the former JFL and current JFL. In the 1997 old JFL season, they first sported a Vortis Tokushima name, but the lack of fan interest at the time forced them to go back to the corporate identity. They finally adopted the Tokushima Vortis name for good after winning the new JFL championship in 2004 and being promoted.[2]

The first season in J2 was naturally a difficult one for Vortis, but they surprised many sceptics with their determination and quality of play. The team rose as high as fourth place, at one point, before slipping down the table later in the season to finish ninth. In 2006, the team was forced to rebuild, as the players who took the team into the J.League began to hit the ceiling of their abilities, and made way for younger replacements. As a result, despite the encouragement of a local rivalry with Ehime FC, Tokushima drifted down-table, and they followed it up with a last-place finish in 2007 and 2008.[2]

In 2013 they earned fourth place in J2, matching the same placement they had two years before in the division and twenty years before in the old JFL Division 1; this time they won the playoff, defeating Kyoto Sanga F.C. in the final round at the National Stadium in Tokyo, thus becoming the first professional Shikoku football club to compete in the top division of their national league.[3]

Until their promotion, they were the only former JSL member currently a member of the J.League which has never competed in the top tier of Japanese football. With promotion and the creation of the J3 League in 2014, the distinction was taken over by Blaublitz Akita.

In the 2019 season they finished 4th again and were one win away from a return to J1 in the playoffs, but ultimately failed to beat Shonan Bellmare away in the final game. In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they did one better and were promoted as J2 champions.

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
2005 J2 12 9th 4,366 4th round
2006 13 13th 3,477 4th round
2007 13 13th 3,289 4th round
2008 15 15th 3,862 3rd round
2009 18 9th 4,073 2nd round
2010 19 8th 4,614 3rd round
2011 20 4th 5,207 2nd round
2012 22 15th 3,991 3rd round
2013 22 4th 4,348 2nd round
2014 J1 18 18th 8,884 Group stage 3rd round
2015 J2 22 14th 5,019 4th round
2016 22 9th 4,565 3rd round
2017 22 7th 4,979 2nd round
2018 22 11th 4,997 3rd round
2019 22 4th 5,736 3rd round
2020 22 1st 3,100 - Semi-finalist
2021 J1 20 17th 5,664 Group stage 3rd round


2003, 2004
1978, 1979, 1981, 1989

Current players

As of 4 January 2022[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Japan JPN Taiki Tamukai
3 DF Serbia SRB Dušan Cvetinović
5 DF Japan JPN Hidenori Ishii
6 MF Japan JPN Kohei Uchida
7 MF Japan JPN Yudai Konishi
8 MF Japan JPN Ken Iwao
9 FW Norway NOR Mushaga Bakenga
10 MF Japan JPN Masaki Watai
14 DF Brazil BRA Cacá
16 DF Japan JPN Daisei Suzuki
17 FW Japan JPN Kazunari Ichimi
18 FW Japan JPN Akihiro Sato
20 DF Japan JPN Shota Fukuoka
22 MF Japan JPN Seiya Fujita
23 MF Japan JPN Tokuma Suzuki
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 MF Japan JPN Kazuki Nishiya
29 GK Japan JPN Koki Matsuzawa
31 GK Japan JPN Toru Hasegawa
32 MF Japan JPN Hiroshi Omori
33 MF Japan JPN Shiryu Fujiwara
34 MF Japan JPN Chie Edoojon Kawakami
37 MF Japan JPN Akira Hamashita
39 FW Japan JPN Taiyo Nishino
40 GK Japan JPN Naoki Goto
45 MF Japan JPN Koki Sugimori
DF Japan JPN Ryoga Ishio
MF Japan JPN Shunto Kodama
MF Japan JPN Eiji Shirai
MF Japan JPN Tatsunori Sakurai (on loan from Vissel Kobe)

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 Takashi Abe (at Fagiano Okayama)
DF Japan JPN Kotaro Kume (at Verspah Oita)
DF Japan JPN Yudai Okuda (at Tegevajaro Miyazaki)
DF Japan JPN Noriki Fuke (at Imabari)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Japan JPN Rin Morita (at Nara Club)
FW Japan JPN Taichi Takeda (at Nagano Parceiro)
FW Japan JPN Kiyoshiro Tsuboi (at Albirex Niigata (S))
FW Japan JPN Wadi Ibrahim Suzuki (at Valencia Mestalla)


Manager Nationality From To
Kunio Yamade  Japan 1988 31 January 1993
Hajime Ishii  Japan 1 February 1993 31 January 1996
Edinho  Brazil 1 February 1996 31 December 1998
Shinji Tanaka  Japan 1 January 1999 28 September 2006
Yutaka Azuma  Japan 28 September 2006 31 January 2007
Masataka Imai  Japan 1 January 2007 31 January 2008
Naohiko Minobe  Japan 1 February 2008 31 January 2012
Shinji Kobayashi  Japan 1 February 2012 31 January 2016
Hiroaki Nagashima  Japan 25 November 2015 31 January 2017
Ricardo Rodríguez  Spain 1 February 2017 31 January 2021
Takeshi Komoto (Interim)  Japan 1 February 2021 16 April 2021
Dani Poyatos  Spain 1 February 2021
Actual start date
16 April 2021[5]


  1. ^ a b "Tokushima Vortis Challenges J1 League Rivals". Otsuka Pharmaceutical. February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The 2013 Promotion Playoff winners are the first club from the island of Shikoku to participate in Japan's top flight". March 26, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Gus Fielding (December 8, 2013). "Tokushima reaches J1 with playoff final victory". Kyodo News. The Japan Times. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Top team | トップチーム". Tokushima Vortis. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Dani Poyatos arrives in Japan". Retrieved 31 December 2021.