Fixtures

Japan J-League 07/20 10:00 24 Kashiwa Reysol vs Kawasaki Frontale - View
Japan J-League 08/07 10:00 25 Kawasaki Frontale vs Vissel Kobe - View
Japan J-League 08/11 10:00 26 FC Tokyo vs Kawasaki Frontale - View
Japan J-League 08/17 10:00 27 Kawasaki Frontale vs Yokohama F-Marinos - View
Japan J-League 08/24 10:00 28 Urawa Red Diamonds vs Kawasaki Frontale - View
Japan J-League 09/01 05:00 29 Consadole Sapporo vs Kawasaki Frontale - View

Results

Japan J-League 07/14 10:00 23 [15] Kawasaki Frontale v Cerezo Osaka [5] D 1-1
Japan FA Cup 07/10 10:00 9 Oita v Kawasaki Frontale L 3-1
Japan J-League 07/06 09:30 22 [16] Jubilo Iwata v Kawasaki Frontale [15] D 2-2
Japan J-League 06/29 10:00 21 [16] Kawasaki Frontale v Sanfrecce Hiroshima [5] D 1-1
Japan J-League 06/26 10:00 20 [14] Kawasaki Frontale v Shonan Bellmare [18] D 1-1
Japan J-League 06/22 09:00 19 [15] Albirex Niigata v Kawasaki Frontale [14] D 2-2
Japan J-League 06/16 05:00 18 [4] Vissel Kobe v Kawasaki Frontale [14] L 1-0
Japan FA Cup 06/12 10:00 8 Kawasaki Frontale v Sony Sendai W 2-0
Japan J-League 06/02 08:10 17 [16] Kawasaki Frontale v Nagoya Grampus [7] W 2-1
Japan J-League 05/25 07:00 16 [14] Kawasaki Frontale v Kashiwa Reysol [10] D 1-1
Japan J-League 05/19 06:00 15 [8] Gamba Osaka v Kawasaki Frontale [13] L 3-1
Japan J-League 05/15 10:00 14 [18] Sagan Tosu v Kawasaki Frontale [12] L 5-2

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 54 29 25
Wins 20 12 8
Draws 18 9 9
Losses 16 8 8
Goals for 93 58 35
Goals against 79 40 39
Clean sheets 15 9 6
Failed to score 10 6 4

Wikipedia - Kawasaki Frontale

Kawasaki Frontale (川崎フロンターレ, Kawasaki Furontāre) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. The club currently compete in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Their home stadium is Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium in Nakahara Ward, located in the central area of Kawasaki.

History

Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium

Establishment and earlier years (1955–1977)

The club was founded in 1955 as Fujitsu Soccer Club. It was one of many city clubs that comprised the Japan Soccer League (JSL), including Yomiuri (later Tokyo Verdy 1969), Toshiba (later Consadole Sapporo) and NKK SC (now defunct). They first made the JSL Division 1 in 1977, only to be relegated the next season.

Professional transition and relegations (1997–2000)

Fujitsu's club became professional in 1997, and changed its name to "Kawasaki Frontale", which means "frontal" in Italian. The club old crest and colours are based on those of Brazilian side Grêmio, because both clubs have cooperated since 26 March 1997.

The club joined the second division of the J.League in 1999 and went on to become the champion of the division. But in the next season, they sank to the bottom of J.League Division 1 and were relegated.

Frontale would not return to the top flight until 2000, when they were promoted to the rebranded J1. But, they were once again dropped to the J2 at the end of the season.

Back to the top flight and AFC Champions League debut (2004–2007)

In 2004, Frontale crowned champions of J2 and won promotion to J1 for the second time. With the former rival city clubs out of the way due to relocation or liquidation, they began building their power base in the city.

In 2006, the club achieved runners-up position in J1, their highest league position up to that time. As a result, they entered the AFC Champions League for the first time in 2007 from the group stage.

Kawasaki made important success in the competition, as they became the first Japanese club for qualifying its group stage before the eventual winners, Urawa Red Diamonds. However, they eventually lost in the quarter finals against Iranian club, Sepahan, in a penalty shoot-out, following two scoreless games.

Prominence era (2017–present)

After two more second-place finishes in 2008 and 2009, Kawasaki finally won the title in 2017, coming from behind to upstage bitter rivals Kashima Antlers after they were held to a draw at Júbilo Iwata, 16 seasons and 40 years after their first promotion to the top division.

Kawasaki started to create history on the J.League by became first team to ever won four J1 titles on a five-year span, something that previously never happened. And after came up short multiple times in 2000, 2007, 2009 and 2017, they finally won their first J.League Cup on 2019 by beating Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo on penalties. In 2020, they successfully won their third J1 League title with 83 points, staying 17 points clear off the runners-up, Gamba Osaka. They made sure of the title with four games to spare, which was a record under the 34-match league format. With a player depth not being restricted to the starting XI, Frontale managed to get the best out of the five substitutions allowed by the J. League, per FIFA recommendation, instated after the COVID-19 outbreak. A good example was a breakout season by Kaoru Mitoma, who started more matches on the bench than in the starting XI.

In 2021, Frontale continue to assert their dominance and display great performances throughout the season. They won their first title of the year in their very opening match of the season, after beating Gamba Osaka by 3–2 on the 2021 Japanese Super Cup.

Such rise of standards, eye-catching performances, and increase of national team level players coming from Frontale led foreign clubs to caught attention on their players. Among the most marking departures, Frontale saw two major talents leaving the club mid-season. The first one being Kaoru Mitoma, who got included in the 2020 J.League Best XI in his first full season as a professional despite playing less than half of his matches as a starter for Frontale, being signed by Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League. The second one was midfielder, Ao Tanaka. The 2020 J.League Rookie of the Year which quickly earned his spot on the starting XI after turning professional, transferring to Fortuna Düsseldorf of 2. Bundesliga on loan, which later would have his deal turning permanent. They weren't the only departures leaving a mark on the team, as they followed Hidemasa Morita to Europe, as the latter went on to sign for Santa Clara of the Primeira Liga.

However, despite Frontale having their future performances being apparently threatened after these departures, the club went on to win the 2021 J1 League with a record-breaking season, which saw them: Winning the most points on a single J1 League season ever, with 92 points won on 38 matches; Achieving the fewest number of losses on a J1 League season, registering only two losses in total (the first J1 loss only came six months after the season opening); Being the joint unbeaten team at home matches in a J1 League season, equalling Urawa Red Diamonds's tally in 2006; Being the first ever J1 team to win more than 80 points on consecutive seasons.

Leandro Damião, with 23 goals, was Frontale's individual highlight on the 2021 season, helping him win the MVP award, after being the joint league top-scorer and one of the players with the most assists of the tournament. The latter record was accomplished by another Frontale players, Miki Yamane, which also saw several call-ups for the National Team throughout the 2021 and 2022 season, alongside other Frontale players and formers players, like the team captain Shogo Taniguchi, and midfielder Yasuto Wakizaka. They joined many other players who previously were selected for the Japan national football team while playing at Frontale. Of the selected players, some players can be highlighted, like defender Yoshinobu Minowa, who was selected in 2005. After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, midfielder Kengo Nakamura and forward Kazuki Ganaha became new Japan internationals, especially Kengo Nakamura, who being a mainstay at club and country for a long time. Long-serving for the national team, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was also selected while at Frontale, making his debut on the 2008 East Asian Cup. Shuhei Terada, who played all of his 13-year professional career at Frontale, was also selected for the national team from 2008 to 2009.

After five consecutive seasons winning at least one major title from 2017 to 2021, Frontale tasted a season without winning any silverware for the entire 2022. Taking their previous overall season into account, the club went through an uninspired season, which saw early eliminations in all four competitions the club played that involved knockout-stage formats. On February, the club already saw their first match of the season resulting on a defeat, after losing 2–0 by Urawa Red Diamonds at the Super Cup. On April, the club was eliminated at the 2022 AFC Champions League at its group stage, finishing their group as runners-up, behind Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim. On June, at the Emperor's Cup, Frontale were unexpectedly eliminated, at the third round of the competition, after being defeated by J2 League club Tokyo Verdy by 1–0.

On the latter half of the season, Frontale continued an atypically poor run of form. On August, the club started their campaign at the J.League Cup, entering the competition late in the double-legged quarter-finals, after receiving a bye from the early stages of the competition due to their AFC Champions League qualification. The club played this quarter-finals against Cerezo Osaka, and was awarded the hosting rights of the tie's second leg. Despite not losing any of the two legs, Frontale didn't won any, either. At Cerezo, the match ended 1–1, giving a theoretical relief for Frontale ahead of the match, who only needed a 0–0 draw or a win to proceed in the competition. Frontale started the second leg winning 2–0, with Marcinho scoring two goals at the 40th and 53rd minute. Surprisingly, Frontale collapsed at the dying minutes of the match, conceding two heading goals at the 90th and 95th minute, respectively.

Following the elimination at the J.League Cup, only the J1 League title was then available for Frontale to chase. Oscillating placements throughout the campaign, the club still managed to finish five separate matchweeks at the top of the league in the first half of the season. In the second half of the season, though, never again did Frontale get past the second place. Serving as a minor consolation for their season, the club held to a hardly-fought title chase alongside Sanfrecce Hiroshima (until the closing matchweeks). On December, at the 38th round, the last round of the season, Frontale were narrow two points away from first-placed Yokohama F. Marinos. A 13-goal difference was also in Frontale's way, meaning that in the more realistic scenario, Frontale needed to win their match and expect Marinos to lose theirs. Playing the round against FC Tokyo, Frontale were early threatened with a red card, as Jung Sung-ryong was sent off a few minutes after Frontale's first goal. Despite playing the rest of the match with 10 players, Frontale still managed to win past FC Tokyo by 3–2. Playing against Vissel Kobe, Marinos won the match by 3–1, and then were handed the J1 League title. On the plus side, finishing as the league's runners-up led the club to qualify for the 2023–24 AFC Champions League, entering the competition in the group stage.

On 9 December 2023, Frontale won the 2023 Emperor's Cup title, beating Kashiwa Reysol 8–7 in the penalty shootout after the match ended 0–0. This second national cup victory resulting their qualification for the 2024–25 AFC Champions League Elite, entering directly from the league stage.

On 17 February 2024, Frontale defeated 2023 J1 League champions, Vissel Kobe, in the 2024 Japanese Super Cup at Japan National Stadium to clinch their third title of the competition.

Kawasaki Frontale is a professional soccer team based in Kawasaki, Japan. Founded in 1955, the team competes in the J1 League, the top tier of Japanese soccer. The team's colors are blue and white, and they play their home matches at the Todoroki Athletics Stadium.

Kawasaki Frontale has a strong fan base and is known for their attacking style of play. They have consistently been one of the top teams in the J1 League, winning multiple league titles and domestic cups. The team has also had success in international competitions, competing in the AFC Champions League.

The team's mascot is a blue and white tiger named "Fron-chan," who can often be seen entertaining fans at matches. Kawasaki Frontale has a reputation for developing talented young players and has produced several players who have gone on to represent the Japanese national team.

Overall, Kawasaki Frontale is a respected and successful soccer team in Japan, known for their exciting style of play and passionate fan base.