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 (formerly Nagoya Grampus Eight) is a Japanesemarker Association football club which plays in the first division of the J. League. The team is based in Nagoya and was founded as the company team of Toyota Motor Corp. in 1939. Grampus Eight are one of only six teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception in 1993.


History

Toyota Motor S.C. was initially overshadowed by its colleague Toyota Automated Loom Works F.C. (founded in 1946 and which was one of the founding members of the Japan Soccer League in 1965) but when Toyota ALW were relegated to regional leagues in 1968, Toyota Motor saw an opportunity to rise at their expense. In 1972 Toyota Motors were founding members of the JSL's Second Division and its inaugural champions. They remained in the JSL until the J. League's founding in 1993. They were relegated to the JSL Division 2 in 1977. After a brief return in 1987-88, they were promoted for good in 1989-90 and remain in the top flight ever since.

The team had excellent seasons in the mid 1990s when it was managed by current Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, winning the prestigious Emperor's Cup and finishing runners up, and featured, among others, Dragan Stojković and Gary Lineker on the team.

Nagoya shares its home games between Mizuho Athletic Stadiummarker (capacity 27,000 and the J-league's oldest stadium) and the much larger Toyota Stadiummarker (capacity 45,000).

The team's name was derived from the two most prominent symbols of Nagoya: the two golden grampus dolphin on the top of Nagoya Castlemarker (which can be more accurately described as shachihoko, a mythological creature part of the local folklore), and the Maru-Hachi (Circle eight), the city's official symbol.

The team's name "Nagoya Grampus Eight" was changed to just "Nagoya Grampus" at the start of the 2008 season.

In 2008, Nagoya appointed their legend Stojković as manager. They finished in 3rd place and qualified for AFC Champions League for the first time.

Nagoya are currently mid-table in J League, but are in the semi-finals of the 2009 AFC Champions League in their first appearance in the competition.

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Team Record

J. League

Season League Place GP Pts Win Draw Lose Average Attendance
1993 J1 1st stage 9 / 10 18 - 7 - 11 19,858
J1 2nd stage 8 / 10 18 - 5 - 13
J1 Total 9 / 10 36 - 12 - 24
1994 J1 1st stage 8 / 12 22 - 9 - 13 21,842
J1 2nd stage 12 / 12 22 - 6 - 16
J1 Total 11 / 12 44 - 15 - 29
1995 J1 1st stage 4 / 14 26 46 15 - 11 21,463
J1 2nd stage Runners-up / 14 26 51 17 - 9
J1 Total 3 / 14 52 97 32 - 20
1996 J1 Runners-up / 16 30 63 21 - 9 21,699
1997 J1 1st stage 12 / 17 16 18 6 - 10 14,750
J1 2nd stage 5 / 17 16 30 10 - 6
J1 Total 9 / 17 32 48 16 - 16
1998 J1 1st stage 3 / 18 17 33 12 - 5 13,993
J1 2nd stage 6 / 18 17 30 11 - 6
J1 Total 5 / 18 34 63 23 - 11
1999 J1 1st stage 8 / 16 15 21 7 1 7 14,688
J1 2nd stage Runners-up / 16 15 33 11 1 3
J1 Total 4 / 16 30 54 18 2 10
2000 J1 1st stage 12 / 16 15 19 7 1 7 14,114
J1 2nd stage 7 / 16 15 22 7 1 7
J1 Total 9 / 16 30 41 14 2 14
2001 J1 1st stage 3 / 16 15 27 10 2 3 16,974
J1 2nd stage 6 / 16 15 22 7 1 7
J1 Total 5 / 16 30 49 17 3 10
2002 J1 1st stage 3 / 16 15 29 10 0 5 16,323
J1 2nd stage 13 / 16 15 16 5 1 9
J1 Total 6 / 16 30 45 15 1 14
2003 J1 1st stage 7 / 16 15 23 5 8 2 16,768
J1 2nd stage 8 / 16 15 22 6 4 5
J1 Total 7 / 16 30 45 11 12 7
2004 J1 1st stage 8 / 16 15 20 5 5 5 15,712
J1 2nd stage 5 / 16 15 24 7 3 5
J1 Total 7 / 16 30 44 12 8 10
2005 J1 14 / 18 34 39 10 9 15 13,288
2006 J1 7 / 18 34 48 13 9 12 14,924
2007 J1 11 / 18 34 45 13 6 15 15,585
2008 J1 3 / 18 34 59 17 8 9 16,555


Other Domestic Competitions

See other domestic competitions record

Major International Competitions

Season Competition Result Average Attendance
1996-97 Asian Cup Winners Cup Runners-up ?
2000-01 Asian Cup Winners Cup Quarter-finals ?
2009 AFC Champions League Semi-final


Players

Current squad

As of July 29, 2009

Out on loan

World Cup players

World Cup 1998 World Cup 2002 World Cup 2006

Notable Players

:Japan
* Seigo Narazaki
* Alessandro Santos
* Keiji Tamada
* Keisuke Honda
* Yoshizumi Ogawa
* Hayuma Tanaka
* Naoshi Nakamura
* Dido Havenaar
* Takashi Hirano
* Wagner Lopes
* Motohiro Yamaguchi
* Takafumi Ogura
* Toshiya Fujita
* Yutaka Akita
* Go Oiwa
:AFC
* Joshua Kennedy
* Kim Jung-Woo
* Ahn Young-Hak
:CONMEBOL
* Magnum Rafael Farias Tavares
* Davi José Silva do Nascimento
* Ueslei Raimundo Pereira da Silva
* Luiz Bombonato Goulart
* Marcelo Silva Ramos
* Marques Batista de Abreu
* Edvaldo Oliveira Chaves
* Ricardo Souza Silva
* Valdo Filho
* Jorge Antônio Putinatti
* Carlos Alexandre Torres
:UEFA
* Dragan Stojković
* Dragiša Binić
* Miloš Bajalica
* Igor Burzanović
* Marek Špilár
* Ivica Vastić
* Frode Johnsen
* Gérald Passi
* Franck Durix
* Bernard Allou
* Tarik Oulida
* Gary Lineker


Managers

Manager Nat. Tenure
Ryuzou Hiraki 1992-1993
Gordon Milne 1994
Tetsuro Miura 1994
Arsène Wenger 1995-1996
Jose Alberto Costa ‡ 1996
Carlos Queiroz 1996-1997
Koji Tanaka 1997-1999
Daniel Sanchez 1999
Mazaroppi 1999
João Carlos 1999-2001
Tetsuro Miura 2001
Zdenko Verdenik 2002-2003
Nelsinho 2003-2005
Hitoshi Nakata 2005
Sef Vergoossen 2006-2007
Dragan Stojković 2008-
‡ As caretaker manager

Honors

: 1995, 1999
: 1996
: 1968, 1970
: 1972


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