Club History

  • 1935
    Founded as the Tokyo Gas Football Club. Played in the Tokyo Metropolitan League.
  • 1986
    Promoted to the Kanto League Finished Fourth.
  • 1991
    Won the National Regional League Final Tournament. Promoted to JSL2.
  • 1992
    Joined JFL. Maintained a high position.
  • 1997
    Defeated three J-League teams to reach the quarterfinal of the Emperor's Cup.
  • 1998
    JFL Champions, in the final year of the League.
  • 1999
    Joined J.League Division2 Defeated three J.League teams to reach the semifinal of the Nabisco Cup. Finished second in the League. Promoted to J.League Division1.
  • 2000
    Opened with three consecutive victories to finish 6th in the 1st stage. Began the 2nd Stage with five consecutive victories to finish 8th, 7th overall, the "Tokyo Sensation", the best performance by a newly promoted team in J-League history.
  • 2001
    After finishing 9th in the first stage and 8th in the second for an overall 8th place in 2001, F.C.TOKYO have firmly established them selves in J1.
    Kiyoshi Okuma, who managed the team for seven years with a motto of "Fight to the Finish", passed the baton to new manager Hiromi Hara, whose commitment to attacking football, coupled with the tenacity developed under his predecessor, begins a new stage for the club.
  • 2002
    The opening game of the 2002 season produced a thrilling victory over defending champions Kashima Antlers that saw F.C.TOKYO's " attacking football " explode into life. However, a series of injuries to key players meant the club finished the first stage in 10th. place.
    The second stage witnessed the rapid development of the younger players and the club posted a best ever 5th. place finish ( 9th. overall ), creating great anticipation for the 2003 season.
  • 2003
    2003 saw the abolition of extra time in league games and F.C.TOKYO, under a slogan of '90 minutes of attacking football' had the best defensive record in the first stage, finishing a club highest fourth in the table. The good form continued in the second stage as F.C.TOKYO challenged for the title until the final game, eventually finishing fifth and as top scorers. The combined ranking saw an overall fourth place finish, the best in club history, proof of the rapid development over the year.
    Prior to the second stage F.C.TOKYO played a friendly against Spain's Real Madrid before a sold-out crowd at the National Stadium. Although the match ended in a 0-3 defeat the players gained invaluable experience against the world's best on the big stage.
    Following the season the talismanic 12-year veteran and 'King of Tokyo' Amaral retired.
    One chapter in the club's history finished but 2003 saw F.C.TOKYO moving up to a higher level.
  • 2004
    Under a slogan of 'Amazing, Adrenalizing, Attacking football' F.C.TOKYO began the league campaign with positive intent but the loss of key players to injury and the Olympic and National teams prevented the side from fulfilling its potential and resulted in an overall ranking of 8th. ( 6th. in the First Stage and 10th. in the Second ).
    However, the adverse situation unified the team and it advanced to the final of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, winning a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Urawa Reds for the long-awaited first title. It was a year that saw the club's development bear fruit.
  • 2005
    The 2005 league season was changed to a single stage format and F.C.TOKYO challenged for the title under a slogan of, "Amazing, Adrenalizing, Attacking football". The team began the campaign impressively, even reaching the top of the standings, but a series of injuries led to a poor run of form following the 5th. game that saw the side draw one and lose seven out of eight matches and finish the season in 10th. place. Manager Hara left after
    4 years at the helm and was replaced for the 2006 season by the club's first non-Japanese manager, Gallo. Inheriting the sound foundations layed by his predecessors Okuma and Hara, Gallo begins a new era for F.C.TOKYO, an era of "Faith, Courage, Challenge".
  • 2006
    Manager Hara left after 4 years at the helm and was replaced for the 2006 season by the club's first non-Japanese manager, Gallo.
    2006With a motto of "Faith, Courage, Challenge", F.C.TOKYO looked to develope a new style. However, in a season split by the World Cup in Germany, the team's fortunes failed to improve and Gallo was dismissed. Former U-18 coach Hisao Kuramata took over from the 18th.game of the season. F.C.TOKYO eventually finished 13th. in the league, the lowest position in the club's history.
  • 2007
    Hara returned as manager in 2007 and the club made significant additions to the squad,including the signing of Takashi Fukunishi from Jubilo Iwata. Under a slogan of "It's Our Time-Blue Storm, Red Waves"the team was touted as a possible contender for the title before the season began. However, the opening game ended in defeat for the first time in the club's history and the unfavourable results continued. The side posted four consecutive wins in the second half of the season but was unable to improve the league position and finished 12th.
  • 2008
    2008 Marked F.C.TOKYO's 10th year in the J-League. Under new manager Hiroshi Jofuku and with a slogan of "Moving Football ~ moving the ball, the players and the hearts of the spectators", the team faced the season determined to develope further. The first half of the programme saw the side pile up the points and enter the May break in 3rd.place in the league. The restart proved more difficult with the team unable to win and slipping in the standings, but a burst of five consecutive victories propelled the side into title contention. The team fought tenaciously throughout, finally finishing in 6th.place. The side also reached the semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup, a first for the club. That match ended in defeat but it was unquestionably a season that saw the team make a solid and steady improvement.
  • 2009
    Under a slogan of "Moving Football - Touching the hearts of the crowd," the club affirmed a strong desire to contend for the title. Unfortunately the opening match was lost and the side suffered a frustrating start to the season as earning points proved difficult. However, Naohiro Ishikawa found a rich vein of goal-scoring form which coincided with an upturn in the side's fortunes and soon the team was back in contention at the top of the table. The side battled to the end to earn an ACL spot and finished the year in 5th. position. In the Nabisco Cup, newcomer Takuji Yonemoto contributed superbly as the side progressed to the final for the first time in five years. The opponents in the final, Kawasaki Frontale, fought ferociously but Tokyo scored steadily and earned the second title in the club's history. At the end of the season two true blue veterans of the Tokyo Gas FC era bade farewell: Ryuji Fujiyama left and Satoru Asari retired. The year saw the curtain rise on a new epoch for the club.
  • 2010
    Tokyo began their third season under Hiroshi Jofuku with a slogan of “Moving Football,One Heart” and a commitment to be involved in “A Real Title Race”. However, after winning the season opener the side failed to follow up and soon found itself near the bottom of the table. Following the South Africa World Cup F.C.TOKYO were victorious in the Suruga Bank Championship 2010 TOKYO but the expected recovery once league play recommenced failed to materialise and the side was plunged into a relegation battle. Following the 24th. game of the season Hiroshi Jofuku was replaced by former manager Kiyoshi Okuma, who had led the club until 2001. The tough games continued until the final round of matches, where Tokyo stood one point and one place out of the relegation positions. A loss on the final day of the season saw Tokyo drop into the bottom three and suffer a first-ever demotion to J2.
  • 2011
    With Mr.Okuma at the helm the club embarked on its second J2 season under a slogan of, "Tokyo Spirit - everything for the win" with the aim of, "Becoming stronger and returning to J1". Shortly after the opening game of the year the Tohoku Earthquake struck, disrupting the schedule, and then a series of injuries hampered the side's progress in the early stages, leaving the club in mid-table. With a sense of crisis hanging in the air the players called a meeting with "self-reliance" as the keyword. The players' ideas on what they should be doing to win games were realised and the side's fortunes slowly began to improve. The team stood at the top of J2 following the 21st.game of the season and thereafter continued to amass points with a series of steady performances, earning promotion back to J1 with a win over Tottori in the 36th. round of matches. The side was eventually crowned champions of J2. In the Emperor's Cup Tokyo showed no lack of confidence against J1 opponents, riding the winning streak through to the final on January 1st. Tokyo fell behind to Kyoto in the decisive game but showed great composure in fighting back to score four times. The club's first-ever victory in the Emperor's Cup earned the right to participate in the 2012 Asian Champions League.
  • 2012
    F.C.TOKYO returned to J1 with new manager Ranko Popovic at the helm and the ambition to produce attractive, attacking football under the slogan of C・O・A Football ( Collective, Offensive, Attractive Football ). The year began with the club's first appearance in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup, the traditional season curtain-raiser that features the J.League champions and the Emperor's Cup winners. Tokyo conceded defeat to Kashiwa Reysol but quickly bounced back by making a winning start to the club's first Asia Champions League campaign in beating Australia's Brisbane Roar 2-0 away. Further good results followed and the side finished 2nd. in the group stage. In the Round Of 16 Tokyo were drawn against Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. of China, managed by former Italy supremo Marcello Lippi. Tokyo fought tenaciously throughout the game, played in front of 40,000 Guangzhou supporters, but were unable to muster a goal and bowed out of the competition. The side made a promising start to the league campaign with three straight wins and some decent results but then struggled for consistency and finished a rather frustrating 10th. with 48 points.
  • 2013
    F.C.TOKYO began the 2013 season, the second under the management of Ranko Popovic, with the slogan C.O.A. Football and the twin aims of progressing further and winning the league title. The side started well, winning the first two games, but inconsistent form then brought mixed results. Although the number of goals scored increased dramatically compared to the previous season the amount conceded increased as well; despite taking the lead in matches the side was held to draws or even lost games and as a result struggled to accrue points. Furthermore, the team was unable to win key games that would have maintained a place amongst the title challengers. That perceived loss of nerve in vital matches contributed to a final points tally of 54 and a league position of 8th overall. Lucas announced his retirement from football at the end of the season and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the following year, with the title of "F.C.TOKYO Embaixador 2014".
  • 2014
    In 2014 Massimo Ficcadenti became the first Italian manager of a J.League club after he was invited to assume control of F.C.TOKYO. Under a slogan of "Bello e Aggressivo" the season began with uncertainty in defence, but as the players acclimatized to the new system the number of goals conceded decreased and the number of wins increased. Beginning with the 13th. game of the year, the May 10th. game against Tokushima Vortis, Tokyo posted a club record 14 consecutive clean sheets, and moved as high as 5th. in the league table. However, the the side was unable to maintain that form and failed to register a victory in the final five matches. Tokyo finished the season in 9th. place with 48 points.
  • 2015
    The 2015 season, manager Massimo Ficcadenti's second term in charge, saw Tokyo looking to build on the foundations laid the year before. In the opening match, away to Gamba Osaka, a late equaliser earned a draw and the side then went unbeaten in five games, good enough for joint top of the table. The sixth game was lost but the side bounced back with a streak of four straight wins which saw Tokyo in second place going into the clash with Kashima Antlers. That match ended in a narrow defeat; although Tokyo continued to accumulate wins the top spot remained elusive and the side finished the first stage in second place. From the fifth game of the second stage Tokyo lifted themselves into third place in the overall rankings and maintained that position until the final curtain, when the inability to add to the points total saw the side finish in fourth. Despite a sixth place finish in the second stage Tokyo managed 63 points for the season, their highest ever total.
    Three wins and three draws in the group stage of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup saw Tokyo advance to the knock out tournament, where they fell in the quarter finals. An exit at the same stage of the Emperor's Cup brought the 2015 season to a conclusion.
  • 2016
    Under a slogan of "Challenge The Top," F.C.TOKYO embarked on the 2016 J.League season aiming for the title.
    Manager Hiroshi Jofuku returned to the club six years after his previous spell in charge and was tasked with guiding the team through the AFC Champions League and the J.League simultaneously.
    In addition, the F.C.TOKYO U23 team participated in the J3 league.
    Although it was a year of new challenges for the club the demanding schedule and injuries took their toll and the team found itself in a slump.
    The side exited the ACL in the Round Of 16.
    In the league late goals continued to condemn Tokyo to defeats,
    resulting in a change of management in July.
    Coach Yoshiyuki Shinoda took the helm and led the team to a record of W8 D2 L2, which secured a position of 9th. in the overall ranking for the season.
  • 2017
    2017 season, F.C.TOKYO aimed to the victory of the J1 league with reinforcingand strengthening the team members with manager Yoshiyuki Shinoda,under a slogan "TOKYO GRIT~All of Force~".
    Although the team got off well to a victory, it couldn't collect points as itthought and couldn't be on a roll.
    Moreover, the team could only progressthrough the 2nd Round in the Emperor's Cup and only make it to quarterfinals inthe Levian CUP.
    In September, manager Kiyoshi Arima took over the director of the top teamfrom pre-manager Shinohara Yoshiyuki.
    However, the team couldn't recoverthe movement, and the result was 40 points which ended up in 13th place in J1league.In this season, Naohiro Ishikawa who contributed to the team for a long timeretired.
    On the other hand, Rei Hirakawa and Takefusa Kubo joined to the topteam from U-18.
    This season was a new step for the next challenge.
  • 2018
    F.C.TOKYO put up "Become a Strong and Loved Team" in 2018 as a seasonslogan.
    The slogan aimed to "go back to the basics" on its 20th anniversary ofthe club establishment.
    2018 season started under the new manager Kenta Hasegawa.
    Although the team could not make a good start in the beginning, they were ableto make a winning score after the 4th Sec, and in became 2nd place at the endof the first half.
    However, the team couldn't collect points as expected after 21st Sec.The team fought for both championship and qualification for ACL, but theyended up in the 6th place scoring 50 points.
    The team could not win victory in both the Levian CUP and the Emperor's Cup,however, players showed the spirit of "never give up."
    Also, Yohei Kajiyama, who played as #10 in F.C.TOKYO for a long time retired inthis season.