Kawasaki Frontale

Founded In
1955 / 1997
Kawasaki, Japan

About Kawasaki Frontale

Kawasaki Frontale was first established in 1955 as the company team for the computer giants, Fujitsu. The team adopted its current name in 1997. The club's biggest rivals are FC Tokyo and matches between the two teams are dubbed the Tamagawa Clasico. A secondary rivalry also exists with Tokyo Verdy.

Over the years, Kawasaki Frontale have spent much of their history outside of the country's top division. In fact, they have been founding members of three seperate second tier divisions. They played in JSL Second Division when it was established in 1972. Then, after the J-League was formed, they played in Japan Football League Division 1, which served as the second division. Then, in 1999, they were co-founders of J-League Division 2.

To date, the team have failed to win any of the major honours on offer in Japan, although they have come close to tasting success on multiple occasions. In 2000, they were beaten finalists in the J-League Cup. Then, in 2006, they finished the league campaign in 2nd place. They were league runenrs up two more times, in 2008 and 2009 and lost the J-League Cup finals again in 2007 and 2009. In recent years, Kawasaki Frontale have represented Japan in the AFC Champions League. Their best performances in the competiton came in 2007 and 2009, when they reached the quarter final stage.

Brazilian international footballer, Hulk, is perhaps the best-known player to have represented the team. Other notable former players include Japanese internationals like Junichi Inamoto and Eiji Kawashima, as well as the North Korean striker, Jong Tae-Se. 

Kawasaki Frontale play their home matches at Todoroki Athletics Stadium, which first opened its doors in 1962. The stadium underwent renovations in 1995 and used to serve as the home ground of Verdy Kawasaki, now known as Tokyo Verdy. It is able to hold a maximum of 25,000 people.

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