Full Name: Kawasaki Frontale
Founded: 1955 (as Fujitsu Football Club)
Home Ground: Todoroki Athletics Stadium
Manager/Coach: Naoki Soma (Japan)
League Champions: -
League Cup Winners: -
Emperor’s Cup Winners: -
Super Cup Winners: -
AFC Champions League Winners: -
Founded in 1955, Fujitsu Football Club were a mainstay in Japanese football’s second tier for the majority of their history.
In 1997, the club became a professional outfit, separating from company owner Fujitsu and donning the name Kawasaki Frontale, ‘Frontale’ being the Italian word for ‘Front’ or ‘Frontal’ and used to express the club’s ‘Frontier spirit’. The club’s colours and the original badge were designed around their sister club, Brazil’s Gremio.
After a successful 1998 season in the JFL, in which they finished in second place, Frontale were promoted to the newly-created J. League Division Two (J2) for the 1999 season. The first year was deemed very successful for the club, as they achieved promotion and won the championship with ease, however a series of unfortunate results and injuries saw them place last in the 16-team top division and found themselves immediately back in J2 for the 2001 season.
After spending a few more seasons in the second division, 2004 saw Frontale achieve promotion for the second time, again with fairly comfortable ease, losing only 7 games and scoring a record 104 goals in just 44 rounds.
Since their return to J1, Frontale have been synonymous with attacking flair and have come close to silverware on several occasions.