Sagan Tosu

Founded In
Tosu, Japan

About Sagan Tosu

Sagan Tosu Football Club was established in February 1997 as a replacement for another team, Tosu Futures, who went out of business a month earlier. The club has spent the vast majority of its history outside of Japan's top tier, but the side have risen to prominence over the course of recent years.

Upon foundation, the club were entered into the Japan Football League, where they competed during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Despite not being a member of the J-League, they were granted special permission to enter the J-League Cup. Ahead of the 1999 season, the club gained entry into the newly-created J-League Division 2. In total, Sagan Tosu remained in the second division for thirteen seasons. Finally, at the conclusion of 2011, they finished as league runners up and were promoted.

To date, the club have failed to win any of the country's major national honours. After gaining promotion to the country's top tier, many critics predicted the club would struggle to escape relegation at the end of their first season. However, the team exceeded expectations and spent much of the league campaign in the top half of the table. Eventually, Sagan Tosu finished in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a place in the following year's AFC Champions League. Their best performance in a cup competition came in the 2008 edition of the Emporer's Cup, where they reached the quarter final stage.

Japanese international striker, Mike Havenaar, is one of the club's best known former players. Meanwhile, former Argentine international, David Bisconti, and Brazilian defender, Pericles, are amongst the club's most notable foreign signings. 

Since the club's foundation, they have played their home matches at Tosu Stadium. The venue opened its doors for the first time back in 1996. It is able to hold a total of 24,490 supporters.

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