Nagoya Grampus

Full name Nagoya Grampus Eight
Nickname(s) Grampus
Founded 1939 (1939) (originally)
1991 (Nagoya Grampus)
Ground Toyota Stadium
Ground Capacity 45,000
Owner Toyota
Chairman Toyo Kato
Manager Vacant
League J1 League
2016 J1 League, 16th
Website Club home page
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Nagoya Grampus (名古屋グランパス Nagoya Guranpasu) (formerly known as Nagoya Grampus Eight (名古屋グランパスエイト Nagoya Guranpasu Eito)) is a Japanese association football club that plays in the J2 League, following relegation from the J1 League in 2016. Based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture and founded as the company team of the Toyota Motor Corp. in 1939, the club shares its home games between Mizuho Athletic Stadium (capacity 27,000 and the J. League's oldest-serving stadium) and the much larger Toyota Stadium (capacity 45,000).

The team had its most successful season up to 1995 when it was managed by current Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. It won the prestigious Emperor's Cup and finished second in the J. League, awith Dragan Stojković and Gary Lineker on the team. The 1995 success was eclipsed on November 20, 2010, when the club won its first J. League trophy, under the management of Stojković.[1]

The team's name was derived from the two most prominent symbols of Nagoya: the two golden grampus dolphins on the top of Nagoya Castle (which can be more accurately described as shachihoko, a mythological creature part of the local folklore), and the Maru-Hachi (Circle eight), the city's official symbol. The use of an orca in the team's logo is likely a reference to the fact that the kanji for shachihoko (鯱) can be pronounced "shachihoko" (the aforementioned mythical creature) or "shachi" (orca).


JSL era

Toyota Motor S.C. was overshadowed by its colleague Toyota Automated Loom Works FC (founded in 1946 and which was one of the founding members of the Japan Soccer League). When Toyota ALW were relegated to regional leagues in 1968, Toyota Motor saw an opportunity to rise at their expense.[2]

In 1972 Toyota Motors were founding members of the JSL's Second Division and its inaugural champions. They remained in the JSL until the J. League's founding in 1993. They were relegated to the JSL Division 2 in 1977. After a brief return in 1987–88, they were promoted for good in 1989–90 and remained in the top flight for 26 years, until 2016.

J. League era

In 1996, Arsene Wenger, future Arsenal manager, led Grampus to the 1996 Emperor's Cup and a runners-up finish in the J.League, the club's best finish. The team's name "Nagoya Grampus Eight" was changed to just "Nagoya Grampus" at the start of the 2008 season.[2] In 2008, Nagoya appointed former player Dragan Stojković as manager. They finished in third place and qualified for the AFC Champions League for the first time.[3] Stojković has since led the club to winning the J. League in the 2010 season, featuring a squad consisting of Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Mu Kanazaki, Seigo Narazaki, Yoshizumi Ogawa, Keiji Tamada and Joshua Kennedy.[1] After a poor 2016 season, Nagoya Grampus were relegated to J2 League for the first time in their history.[4] Boško Gjurovski left his post as manager.[5]

Old Logo


Kashima Soccer Stadium curse

Since Nagoya were dealt a 5–0 defeat to the Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium on 16 May in the 1993 J. League season opener, Nagoya suffered an incredible losing streak of 22 consecutive games to the Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium which included Emperor's Cup and J. League Cup games. Nagoya finally got their first victory over the Kashima Antlers at the Kashima Soccer Stadium on 23 August of the 2008 J. League season, some 15 years later.

Record as J. League member

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 Semi-final 1st Round
1993 J1 10 9 19,858 Group Stage Quarter-final
1994 J1 12 11 21,842 1st Round 2nd Round
1995 J1 14 3 21,463 Runners-up Winners
1996 J1 16 2 21,699 Group Stage 3rd Round
1997 J1 17 9 14,750 Semi-final 3rd Round CWC Runners-up
1998 J1 18 5 13,993 Group Stage Semi-final
1999 J1 16 4 14,688 Semi-final Winners
2000 J1 16 9 14,114 Semi-final 4th Round
2001 J1 16 5 16,974 Semi-final 3rd Round CWC Quarter-final
2002 J1 16 6 16,323 Group Stage 4th Round
2003 J1 16 7 16,768 Semi-final 4th Round
2004 J1 16 7 15,712 Semi-final 5th Round
2005 J1 18 14 13,288 Group Stage 5th Round
2006 J1 18 7 14,924 Group Stage 5th Round
2007 J1 18 11 15,585 Group Stage 5th Round
2008 J1 18 3 16,555 Semi-final Quarter-final
2009 J1 18 9 15,928 Quarter-final Runners-up CL Semi-final
2010 J1 18 1 19,979 Group Stage Quarter-final
2011 J1 18 2 16,741 Semi-final Quarter-final CL Round of 16
2012 J1 18 7 17,155 Quarter-final Quarter-final CL Round of 16
2013 J1 18 11 16,135 Group Stage 2nd Round
2014 J1 18 10 16,734 Group Stage Quarter-final
2015 J1 18 9 16,240 Quarter-final 2nd Round
2016 J1 18 16 17,729 Group Stage 2nd Round


Current squad

As of November 11, 2016. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Seigo Narazaki
3 Sweden DF Ludvig Öhman
5 Japan DF Shun Obu
6 Japan DF Shota Kobayashi
7 Japan MF Taishi Taguchi
8 South Korea MF Ha Dae-sung
9 Sweden FW Robin Simović
11 Japan FW Kensuke Nagai
13 Japan MF Ryota Isomura
14 Japan MF Ryota Tanabe
16 Japan GK Yohei Takeda
19 Japan FW Kisho Yano
20 Japan MF Asahi Yada
22 Japan FW Tomoya Koyamatsu
23 Japan MF Ryota Aoki
24 Japan DF Ryo Takahashi
No. Position Player
27 Japan FW Koki Sugimori
28 Japan GK Kota Ogi
29 Japan MF Ryuji Izumi
31 Japan MF Takahiro Ogihara
32 Japan FW Kengo Kawamata
36 Japan DF Ryusuke Sakai
38 Japan FW Riki Matsuda
40 Japan MF Kanta Kajiyama
41 Japan MF Shoma Tanaka
42 Japan FW Shunpei Fukahori
43 Japan DF Yusuke Aoyama
44 Japan DF Genki Miyachi
Brazil DF Charles
Brazil MF Washington
Brazil FW Felipe Garcia

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Japan GK Masataka Nomura (at Blaublitz Akita)
Japan MF Reo Mochizuki (at Renofa Yamaguchi)


Ryuzo Hiraki  Japan 1992–93
Gordon Milne  England Jan 1, 1994 – Dec 31, 1994
Tetsuro Miura  Japan 1994
Arsène Wenger  France July 1, 1995 – Sept 30, 1996
José Costa  Portugal 1996
Carlos Queiroz  Portugal Jan 1, 1997 – Dec 31, 1997
Koji Tanaka  Japan 1997–99
Daniel Sanchez  France Jan 1, 1998 – Dec 31, 1998
Mazaroppi  Brazil 1999
João Carlos  Brazil 1999–2001
Tetsuro Miura  Japan 2001
Zdenko Verdenik  Slovenia Jan 1, 2002 – Aug 4, 2003
Nelsinho  Brazil July 29, 2003 – Sept 20, 2005
Hitoshi Nakata  Japan Sept 21, 2005 – Dec 31, 2005
Sef Vergoossen  Netherlands Jan 1, 2006 – Dec 31, 2007
Dragan Stojković  Serbia Jan 22, 2008 – Dec 7, 2013
Akira Nishino  Japan Dec 25, 2013 – Nov 22, 2015
Takafumi Ogura  Japan Nov 24, 2015– Aug 23, 2016
Boško Gjurovski  Macedonia Aug 23, 2016– Nov 6, 2016

‡ As caretaker manager


Toyota Motor SC (Amateur Era)

1968, 1970

Nagoya Grampus (Professional Era)

Champions (1): 2010
Champions (2): 1995, 1999
Champions (2): 1996, 2011

Personnel awards

World Cup players

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Nagoya Grampus:

League history

(As of 2015): 33 seasons in the top tier, 12 seasons in the second tier and 6 seasons in the Regional Leagues.

See also


  1. 1 2 John Duerden (2010-11-05). "Stojkovic doing things the Wenger way". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  2. 1 2 "Club guide: Nagoya Grampus". J. League. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. "J. League News No.40" (PDF). J. League. December 19, 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. "名古屋グランパスを支えていただいてる皆さまへ(来シーズンのJ2降格を受けて". (in Japanese). Nagoya Grampus. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. "ボスコ・ジュロヴスキー監督、契約満了のお知らせ". (in Japanese). Nagoya Grampus. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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