Jaapani J2-League 02/19 06:00 1 Tokushima Vortis vs Zweigen Kanazawa - View


Jaapani J-League 12/04 05:00 38 [17] Tokushima Vortis v Sanfrecce Hiroshima [12] L 2-4
Jaapani J-League 11/27 05:00 37 [15] Shonan Bellmare v Tokushima Vortis [17] W 0-1
Jaapani J-League 11/20 05:00 36 [9] FC Tokyo v Tokushima Vortis [17] W 0-2
Jaapani J-League 11/06 06:00 35 [3] Vissel Kobe v Tokushima Vortis [17] L 1-0
Jaapani J-League 11/03 05:00 34 [17] Tokushima Vortis v Cerezo Osaka [12] L 0-1
Jaapani J-League 10/23 05:00 33 [16] Tokushima Vortis v Oita [18] D 1-1
Jaapani J-League 10/16 07:00 32 [20] Yokohama FC v Tokushima Vortis [16] L 5-3
Jaapani J-League 10/03 04:00 31 [17] Tokushima Vortis v Sagan Tosu [7] W 3-0
Jaapani J-League 09/25 05:00 30 [18] Vegalta Sendai v Tokushima Vortis [17] W 0-1
Jaapani J-League 09/18 09:30 29 [17] Tokushima Vortis v Kawasaki Frontale [1] L 1-3
Jaapani J-League 09/10 10:00 28 [6] Nagoya Grampus v Tokushima Vortis [17] L 3-0
Jaapani J-League 08/29 10:00 27 [10] Avispa Fukuoka v Tokushima Vortis [17] L 3-0


Matches played 46 23 23
Wins 12 5 7
Draws 8 6 2
Losses 26 12 14
Goals for 39 21 18
Goals against 64 30 34
Clean sheets 9 3 6
Failed to score 20 9 11

Wikipedia - Tokushima Vortis

Tokushima Vortis (徳島ヴォルティス, Tokushima Vorutisu) is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J2 League. The team is located in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture. Their home stadium is Naruto Otsuka Sports Park Pocari Sweat Stadium, in Naruto, Tokushima.

The name, "Vortis" was named in 1997 (see below), and it was explained as a combination of Italian "Vortice" (meaning whirlpool, after the famous Naruto whirlpool in Naruto Strait).


Founded in 1955 as Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Soccer Club, VORTIS joined the J-League in 2005. They are still sponsored by Otsuka's best-known brand, Pocari Sweat sports drink.

They were first promoted to the old Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1989, but the company's reluctance to professionalize the team forced it to compete in the former JFL and current JFL. In the 1997 old JFL season, they first sported a Vortis Tokushima name, but the lack of fan interest at the time forced them to go back to the corporate identity. They finally adopted the Tokushima Vortis name for good after winning the new JFL championship in 2004 and being promoted.

The first season in J2 was naturally a difficult one for Vortis, but they surprised many sceptics with their determination and quality of play. The team rose as high as fourth place, at one point, before slipping down the table later in the season to finish ninth. In 2006, the team was forced to rebuild, as the players who took the team into the J.League began to hit the ceiling of their abilities, and made way for younger replacements. As a result, despite the encouragement of a local rivalry with Ehime FC, Tokushima drifted down-table, and they followed it up with a last-place finish in 2007 and 2008.

In 2013 they earned fourth place in J2, matching the same placement they had two years before in the division and twenty years before in the old JFL Division 1; this time they won the playoff, defeating Kyoto Sanga F.C. in the final round at the National Stadium in Tokyo, thus becoming the first professional Shikoku football club to compete in the top division of their national league.

Until their promotion, they were the only former JSL member currently a member of the J.League which has never competed in the top tier of Japanese football. With promotion and the creation of the J3 League in 2014, the distinction was taken over by Blaublitz Akita.

In the 2019 season they finished 4th again and were one win away from a return to J1 in the playoffs, but ultimately failed to beat Shonan Bellmare away in the final game. In 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they did one better and were promoted as J2 champions.