Nagoya Grampus

Founded In
1939 / 1991
Nagoya, Japan

About Nagoya Grampus

Nagoya Grampus Eight was established in 1939 as the football team for the Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota. Initially operating as Toyota Motor SC, the club became known as Nagoya FC in 1983 before adopting its current name. Since the establishment of the J-League, Nagoya Grampus are one of only four sides to have been ever-present in the division.

Over the years, Nagoya Grampus have attracted global attention, especially during the 1990s, due to their association with Arsene Wenger and their signing of several high-profile foreign players. Wenger served as the club's manager from 1995 to 1996 and helped the club to achieve major success, before he took over as the manager of English club, Arsenal.

In 1995, the French manager guided his side to a 3rd place finish in the J-League and the team went on to lift the prestigious Emperor's Cup, which was the club's first major honour in the professional era. The following year, they were J-League runners up. In 1997, Nagoya Grampus were runners up in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup, while in 1999 the club achieved a second Emporer's Cup victory. Finally, in 2010, the team were able to claim their first J-League title, eventually finishing 10 points ahead of their closest rivals, Gamba Osaka. Nagoya have also claimed two Japanese Super Cups, in 1996 and 2011.

Over the years, Nagoya Grampus have signed some high-profile foreign players, with the two most notable being England striker Gary Lineker and former Yugoslavia captain, Dragan Stojković. In addition, several Japanese national team regulars have represented the club, including goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki and striker Keiji Tamada.

The club currently divide their home matches between two different venues; the Mizuho Athletic Stadium, which holds a maximum of 27,000 supporters and the much larger Toyota Stadium, which is able to hold up to 45,000 spectators.

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