“25th Tamagawa Clasico” against Kasawaki set for Saturday 2 May!

“The 25th Tamagawa Clasico” against Kasawaki Frontale is set for Saturday 2 May as the matchday 9 of the 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League 1st Stage. Fans and supporters of F.C.Tokyo, come to Ajinomoto Stadium and give a “Katsu (Shouting in English)” to help F.C.Tokyo “win (also pronounced Katsu in Japanese)” the match!

- Match & Date
Date: Saturday 2 May 2015, 2015 Meiji Yasuda J.League Division 1 1st Stage 9th Sec
Match: F.C.Tokyo vs Kawasaki Frontale (KICKOFF at 4:00 p.m. at Ajinomoto Stadium)
Ticket Sales: For members on sale since Friday 3 April / General sales starting on Friday 10 April

>> Purchase tickets here

- Promotional Event
This Tamagawa Clasico puts emphasis on “winning (Katsu).” Also for good luck, “(Ton) Katsu (Pork Cutlet),” F.C.Tokyo Katsu Sandwich, is sold as part of the special promotions. We pledge to commit to running until the end in the match and show our enthusiasm with “Katsu (shout)” from fans and supporters.

1. Video Promotion
Ahead of “the 25th Tamagawa Clasico,” we create match promotion video footage that illustrates the concept of the team improvement ? “Ageru”. (Ageru has double meanings, both frying and improving in Japanese.) The footage will show the concept above combined with the word of “Katsu” and the Tamagawa Clasico original mascot (see below). We will broadcast it as follows.

(1) On a large-size stadium screen at both clubs’ home matches
(2) FC Tokyo Official YouTube Channel “F.C.TOKYO CHANNEL”
URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/fctokyochannel/
(3) Tamagawa Clasico Special Website
URL: http://www.frontale.co.jp/tamagawa_classico/2015/index/
Note: The video footage will be uploaded on (2) and (3) in late April. Don’t miss it!

2. Special sales of “F.C.Tokyo Katsu Sandwich” (by Tonkatsu Shinjuku Saboten)
A special “Tamagawa Clasico” trading card, with Yoshinori Muto printed, will be enclosed with “F.C.Tokyo Katsu Sandwich” made by Tonkatsu Shinjuku Saboten, which is available only at F.C.Tokyo home matches. Additionally, if you win an enclosed instant lottery, a gift will be presented. Eat “F.C.Tokyo Katsu Sandwich” and cheer for F.C.Tokyo louder than ever to help the team win.

- Product
“F.C.Tokyo Katsu Sandwich” (by Tonkatsu Shinjuku Saboten)

- Details
 - Hirekatsu (fillet cutlet) Sandwich (3 pieces)
 - One Tamagawa Clasico’s special trading card
 Note: .The available card design is only one kind.
600 yen (tax incl.)

- Sales Place & Time
*Once determined, they will be announced including on the F.C.Tokyo Official Website, Official Mobile Website.

- Miscellaneous
Prizes for the instant lottery are to be replica kits with players’ autograph or similar goods.
Note: The details will be announced on the F.C.Tokyo Official Website once determined.

3. Tamagawa Clasico Original Products Sales
Original products will be on sale for the 25th anniversary of Tamagawa Clasico

- Towel Scarf
- Acrylic Key Ring

The products are specifically designed for the theme of “the 25th Tamagawa Clasico,” which are “Win,” “Shout!” and “Cutlet.” Acrylic key rings are shaped as pig’s feet inspired from “Ton ‘Katsu (Cutlet).’”
The design is subject to change.
The price and other details are to be announced later.

4. “Tamagawa ‘Ko’lacico” to be held
Before the senior team’s “the 25th Tamagawa Clasico,” “the Tamagawa ‘Ko’lacico”*, a match between academy children teams forging the future of the clubs, will be held. Come and witness the children’s heated performance!
*”Ko” means “child” in Japanese.
The matchup (age categories) will be announced on the F.C.Tokyo Official Website once determined.

The images are from last year’s “Tamagawa ‘Ko’lacico.”

- Time
2:40 p.m. ? 3:00 p.m. (tentative)

Additional information and other details will be announced on the F.C.Tokyo Official Website and Official Mobile Website. Don’t miss it!

What is Tamagawa Clasico..?
Since the JFL era in 1997, both clubs have played intense and dramatic contests and grown together as “a good rival.” Especially in 1999 when the J.League Division 2 (J2) was launched, the Tokyo side changed their name from Tokyo Gas to F.C.Tokyo, aiming at the J1 League promotion. And both clubs finally promoted together after hard-fought promotion battles. Kawasaki Frontale dropped down to the J2 League a year later but came back up again in 2005 before they started exhibiting fierce contests again.

The history where both have improved each other at the both sides of Tamagawa (Tama River) proves the contests are as hot as “derby” matches in other cities. In order to preserve the history and turn them to future tradition, the contests were named “Tamagawa Clasico” by taking “Tamagawa” from the symbol of both clubs and “Clasico” from Spanish language meaning “traditional contest”.

Although the name of “Tamagawa Clasico” was first used in 2007, we have counted the number of “Tamagawa Clasico” since the J2 contests between the clubs in 1999 to preserve the history where F.C.Tokyo and Kawasaki Frontale had fierce battles. There were 10 such matches from 1999 to 2006. Since the project began in 2007, the Kawasaki’s home match on 6 May 2007 was the first one and named “the 11th Tamagawa Clasico.” To continue writing the new history of two club’s matches to 50, 100 and 200 times in the future, we will keep working hard through this friendly but enthusiastic rivalry.

After discussions between both clubs, “the J.League fixtures” are only counted as Tamagawa Clasico. (No cup matches and Emperor’s Cup matches are to be counted)

Tokyo have the record of 7 wins, 10 losses and 7 ties as of today.