Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo

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Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
北海道コンサドーレ札幌
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Full nameHokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Nickname(s)Consa
Founded1935; 86 years ago (1935) (as Toshiba Horikawa-cho S.C.)
GroundSapporo Dome, Sapporo
Capacity41,484
OwnerIsao Ishimizu (11.4%)
Ishiya (9.5%)[1]
ChairmanYoshikazu Nonomura
ManagerMihailo Petrović
LeagueJ1 League
2019J1 League, 10th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (北海道コンサドーレ札幌, Hokkaidō Konsadōre Sapporo)[2] is a Japanese professional football club, which plays in the J1 League. The team is based in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido.

The club name of "Consadole" is made from consado, a reverse of the Japanese word Dosanko (道産子, meaning "people of Hokkaido") and the Spanish expression Ole.

Unlike other teams, their main home ground at Sapporo Dome is also used by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters baseball team, so some home games are moved to Sapporo Atsubetsu Stadium.

History[edit source | edit]

Toshiba S.C. (1935–1995)[edit source | edit]

Consadole's club tradition dates back to 1935 when Toshiba Horikawa-cho Soccer Club was founded in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. They were promoted to the now-defunct Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1978.[3] They adopted new name Toshiba Soccer Club in 1980 and were promoted to the JSL Division 1 in 1989.[3] Their highest placement, 4th in the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Relegating themselves as they were not ready for J.League implementation, they joined the newly formed Japan Football League in 1992 and played the last season as Toshiba S.C. in 1995.[3]

They sought to be a professional club but the owner Toshiba did not regard Kawasaki as an ideal hometown. This was because Verdy Kawasaki, one of the most prominent clubs at that time, was also based in the city, which Toshiba apparently believed was not big enough to accommodate two clubs. (Verdy has since crossed the Tama River to be based in Chōfu City in the west of Tokyo and has been renamed as Tokyo Verdy 1969; the only remaining professional club is Kawasaki Frontale, originally part of Fujitsu.)

They decided to move to Sapporo where the local government and community had been keen to provide a base for a professional soccer team as they awaited Sapporo Dome to be completed in 2001. The ownership was transferred from Toshiba to Hokkaido Football Club plc. before the start of the 1996 season.[3]

Toshiba does not have financial interest in the club any more but Consadole still boasts their forerunner's red and black colours on their uniform.[4]

Sapporo Dome, Consa's home ground

Consadole Sapporo (1996–2015)[edit source | edit]

Consadole Sapporo inherited the JFL status from Toshiba S.C.. Their debut season in 1996 was not overly successful as they finished 5th and missed promotion. However, they won the JFL championship in 1997 and were promoted to J.League.[3]

In 1998, their first J.League season saw them finish 14th out of 18 but this did not guarantee them staying up. From the 1999 season, the J.League had 2 divisions and the play-offs involving five teams (four J.League sides and the champions of the JFL) were to be played. In order to decide who were involved in the play-offs, not only the results of the 1998 season but also those of the 1997 were taken account of. Consadole, who did not play in the previous season, was placed 14th in the aggregate standing and despite finishing above Gamba Osaka (who had finished 4th in 1997), was forced to face the play-offs. They lost all four games, two against Vissel Kobe, and another two against Avispa Fukuoka, and became the first-ever J.League side that experienced relegation.[5]

In 1999, Takeshi Okada, the former Japan national team coach, was appointed as head coach in an effort to make an immediate comeback to J1, but this attempt failed as they finished 5th. Their heavy investment on players counted against them and, at this point, the debt owed by the club exceeded 3 billion yen (US$33 million). The bankruptcy looked a near-certainty.

In 2000, they cut costs dramatically. As a result, the team often included as many as eight on-loan players in the starting line-up. However, this strategy paid off and the club won the J2 championship as well as promotion to J1. The club posted a single-year profit for the first time in their history this year.

In 2001, they finished 11th in J1. However, at the end of the season, the club failed to persuade Okada to renew the contract and several leading players also left the club. In 2002, they finished bottom and were relegated to J2 for a second time.[5]

In 2003, they again tried to return to the top-flight immediately by investing heavily but the team didn't perform well on the pitch. They finished 9th and their debt again crossed the 3 billion yen mark.

The deficit-ridden club realized they needed a drastic restructuring and released highly paid leading players including mainstay Yasuyuki Konno. The rejuvenated but inexperienced team finished bottom of J2 in 2004. The bright side was their improved financial situation where the debt was sharply reduced to less than 100 million yen.

In 2005 and 2006, they finished 6th. In 2007 they finally earned promotion as champions and play in J1 in the 2008 season.[5]

A loss on October 19, 2008 confirmed Sapporo's relegation to J2 for the 2009 season, overtaking Kyoto Sanga as the league's most relegated side. Having won the Japanese second-tier championship a record 5 times (including two JSL Second Divisions as Toshiba, and one former JFL title), they were promoted to Division One after finishing third in 2011. However, a torrid 2012 season ended with Consadole holding the highest goals conceded per game ratio, the worst points per game ratio and the highest loss percentage in J.League history as they were relegated after just 27 matches played, making the 2012 team one of the worst to have ever featured in the top division.[6] From the 2016 season, the club has adopted the new name as "Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo".[7]

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (2016– )[edit source | edit]

In 2016, Club changed name to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.

On Feb. 9, 2018, the team won the inaugural Pacific Rim Cup tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0.[8] 2018 was the season they reached their highest placing in the J.League era and in Sapporo – 4th, 27 years after achieving the same place in Kawasaki.

Honours[edit source | edit]

Toshiba S.C.[edit source | edit]

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo[edit source | edit]

Current players[edit source | edit]

As of 1 June 2020.[9]

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Out on loan[edit source | edit]

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  • Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here

Record as J.League member[edit source | edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
1998 J 18 14 11,953 Group Stage 4th round
1999 J2 10 5 10,986 1st round 3rd round
2000 J2 11 1 12,910 1st round 4th round
2001 J1 16 11 22,228 Group Stage 3rd round
2002 J1 16 16 19,140 Group Stage 3rd round
2003 J2 12 9 10,766 3rd round
2004 J2 12 12 9,466 Quarter-final
2005 J2 12 6 11,133 3rd round
2006 J2 13 6 10,478 Semi-final
2007 J2 13 1 12,112 3rd round
2008 J1 18 18 14,547 Group Stage 4th round
2009 J2 18 6 10,207 3rd round
2010 J2 19 13 10,738 3rd round
2011 J2 20 3 10,482 2nd round
2012 J1 18 18 12,008 Group Stage 2nd round
2013 J2 22 8 10,075 Quarter-final
2014 J2 22 10 11,060 3rd round
2015 J2 22 10 11,960 3rd round
2016 J2 22 1 14,559 2nd round
2017 J1 18 11 18,418 Play-off stage 2nd round
2018 J1 18 4 17,222 Group stage 4th round
2019 J1 18 10 18,768 Runners-up 2nd round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site

Managers[edit source | edit]

Affiliated clubs[edit source | edit]

In popular culture[edit source | edit]

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, two characters were from Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. The midfielder Hikaru Matsuyama and the forward Kazumasa Oda. In 2017, Matsuyama became an Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player and also an official ambassador of the team from Hokkaido.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "2013 業務報告書" [2013 Financial report] (PDF) (in Japanese). February 1, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Consadole announce name change". J.League. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 北海道コンサドーレ札幌 プロフィール [Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo; Club profile] (in Japanese). J.League. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. 中村美彦の無頼放談 [A random talk with Yoshihiko Nakamura] (in Japanese). Hokkaido Broadcasting. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Consadole shoot for immediate success in top division". Japan Times. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Consadole Sapporo: The worst team in J.League history".
  7. jleague.jp
  8. Devji, Farhan. "Whitecaps FC fall 1-0 to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in Pacific Rim Cup Final".
  9. "2020 Squad" (PDF).
  10. "Partnership with hokkaido". Johor Southern Tigers. 20 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit source | edit]

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