Club History

Tokyo Verdy was founded as a club team in 1969 with the aim of being the first Japanese professional soccer team. We'll present the progress of the club from then on.

Verdy appeared as Japan's first "club team" with the aim of being professional in 1969, when Japan's top league was still content with being at the amateur sports level. It's said that the offensive style, backed by a technique with a polished sense of high professionalism from all the members, had an astonishing impact on Japanese soccer at the time. Together with its steady advance without remaining in the same place, it changed the style of Japanese soccer.

Verdy also quickly implemented the enhancement of the infrastructure currently stipulated by the J League, and activities rooted in the local region. With that and their dislike of falling behind, they have offered up a golden record of soccer innovation (reformers), persisting with a unique style which is sometimes said to be maverick.

YearLeague name
Titles and Positions
Head Coach’s name
Main Topics
1969 Tokyo Local League B
League Champions
“Yomiuri Soccer Club” launched
Established 4 soccer pitches with natural turf at Yomiuri Land in October.
1970 Tokyo Local League A
League Champions
Gained promotion from the Tokyo Local League to the Kanto Football League.
1971 Kanto Football League
3rd place in the league
1972 Japan Soccer League 2nd Division
7th place in the league
Jujiro Narita
Japan Soccer League 2nd Division was established, which they joined.
Jujiro Narita was appointed team manager.
George Yonashiro from Brazil joined the team in July.
1973 Japan Soccer League 2nd Division

Frans van Balkom (Netherlands)
Frans van Balkom (Netherlands) was appointed new team manager.
George Yonashiro scored 15 goals and was the 2nd highest goal scorer in the league.
1974 Japan Soccer League 2nd Division
League champions for the first time.
Frans van Balkom (Netherlands)
George Yonashiro was the top goal scorer in the league with 13 goals.
Lost to Toyota Motors in the promotion play-off
1975 Japan Soccer League 2nd Division
2nd place in the league
Frans van Balkom (Netherlands)
Toshiki Okajima (from Toyama Shogyo High School) was the top goal scorer with 21 goals.
George Yonashiro came top for assists.
Lost the promotion play-off against NKK Soccer Club
1976 Japan Soccer League 2nd Division
2nd place in the league
Shoichi Nishimura
Shoichi Nishimura was appointed new team manager and Ryoichi Kawai was also appointed team coach.
Toshiki Okajima was the top goal scorer with 15 goals and George Yonashiro came top for assists.
Lost the promotion play-off with consecutive defeats against Nippon Steel Soccer Club.
1977 Japan Soccer League 2nd Division
League Champions
Shoichi Nishimura
Nobuyoshi Takata (GK) and Jairo (FW, Brazil) transferred from Eidai Industrial SC.
Toshiki Okajima was the top goalscorer with 11 goals and George Yonashiro came top for assists.
Legendary player Ruy Ramos landed in Japan for the first time, made his debut and scored his first goal in the 7th game against Teijin.
1978 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
4th place in the league
Shoichi Nishimura
Gained promotion to JSL Division 1
1979 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
2nd place in the league
JSL Cup champions
JSL Cup champions for the first time
Tetsuya Totsuka made his debut for the first team.
Yomiuri Youth Team were champions in the Club Youth Tournament.
Minoru Tanaka (Fujita) and Toyoaki Fukumoto (Hitachi) joined the team.
1980 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
6th place in the league
Shoichi Nishimura
Satoshi Tsunami and Yasuo Ueshima debuted in the first team.
Yomiuri Youth Team won the Club Youth Tournament.
1981 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
2nd place in the league
Ryoichi Aikawa
Ryoichi Kawai was appointed new team manager.
Yomiuri Youth Team were champions in the Club Youth Tournament.
1982 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
5th place in the league
Ryoichi Aikawa
1983 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
League champions
Ryoichi Aikawa/Susumu Chiba
Chiba was appointed interim manager.
Ruy Ramos was the top goalscorer and George Yonashiro came top for assists.
1984 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
League champions
Winners of the Emperor’s Cup for the first time
Rudi Gutendorf
Rudi Gutendorf (originally Hamburger Sport-Verein manager, West Germany) was appointed manager.
Tetsuya Totsuka was the top goal scorer with 14 goals.
1985 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
9th place in the league
Winners of the JSL Cup
Rudi Gutendorf
In December, it was announced that Nobuhiro Takada was joining the team.
Yomiuri Youth Team won the Club Youth Tournament.
1986 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
Champions of the Emperor’s Cup
Rudi Gutendorf
Yomiuri Youth Team won the Club Youth Tournament.
Yomiuri Jr. Youth Team won the Club Jr. Youth Tournament.
Yomiuri Beleza won the All Japan Champions Cup.
1986-87 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
League Champions
George Yonashiro
George Yonashiro was promoted to team manager.
Dino Sani was appointed special advisor.
1987-88 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
5th place in the league
Champions of the Emperor’s cup
George Yonashiro
Asia Champions Cup winner
Yomiuri Beleza won the All Japan Championship, All Japan Champions Cup and the All Japan Selectors Cup.
1988-89 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
5th place in the league
George Yonashiro
Yomiuri Jr. Youth Team won the Club Jr. Youth Tournament.
Yomiuri Youth S Team won the All Japan Soccer Tournament.
Yomiuri Beleza won the All Japan Championship, the All Japan Champion’s Cup and the All Japan Selectors Cup.
1989-90 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
2nd place in the league
Carlos Alberto da Silva
Konica Cup Champions
Yomiuri Jr. Youth Team won the Prince Takamado Cup and Club Jr. Youth Tournament.
1990-91 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
2nd place in the league
Yomiuri Beleza won the All Japan Champions Cup and the Japan Women's Football League.
Yomiuri Youth Team won the Club Youth Tournament.
Carlos Alberto da Silva (former manager of the Brazilian national team) was appointed as team manager.
Odilon Guimaraes Andrade joined as physical coach.
Kazuyoshi Miura came back from Brazil and joined the team.
1991-92 Japan Soccer League 1st Division
League Champions
Champion of the JSL Cup
José Macia
Yomiuri Youth Team won the Club Youth Tournament.
Yomiuri Jr. Youth Team won the Club Jr. Youth Tournament.
Yomiuri Beleza won the Japan Women’s Football League.
José Macia (former manager of Club Guaraní, Brazil) was appointed new team manager.
1992 Japan Soccer League 1st
Winners of the J-League Nabisco Cup and the Japanese Professional Soccer League for the first time.
José Macia
Champions Cup Winners
Established “Japan Yomiuri Soccer Club”
Japan Yomiuri SC won the Youth Club Championship.
Yomiuri Beleza won the All Japan Women’s Football League.
1993 J-League
Champions of the first season of the J-League.
Suntory Championship Winner
2nd place in the Suntory Series
Champions of the Nicos Series
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Winner
Yasutaro Matsuki
Yasutaro Matsuki was appointed new team manager.
The Japanese Professional Soccer League (J-League) was launched.
Japan Yomiuri SC Youth won the Club Youth Championship.
Japan Yomiuri SC Jr. Youth won the Prince Takamado Cup.
Yomiuri Beleza won the All Japan Women’s Football League.
1994 J-League
J-League champions for the whole season
Suntory Championship Winner
4th place in the Suntory Series
Champions of the Nicos Series
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Winners
Yasutaro Matsuki
Yomiuri Beleza changed their name to Yomiuri Seiyu Beleza.
1995 J-League
2nd place in the Suntory Series
Champions of the Nicos Series
Nélsinho Baptista Júnior
Nélsinho Baptista Júnior was appointed new team manager.
1996 J-League
7th place in the J-League
Champions of the Emperor's cup
Nélsinho Baptista Júnior
Émerson Leão (May ~)
Émerson Leão (Brazil) was appointed new team manager in May, 1996.
Japan Yomiuri SC Jr. Youth won the Prince Takamado Cup.
1997 J-League
15th place for the whole season
16th place in the 1st stage
12th place in the 2nd stage
Hisashi Kato
Valdir Espinosa (Jun ~ Dec)
Ryoichi Kawakatsu
Hisashi Kato was appointed new team manager.
Valdir Espinosa (Brazil) was appointed new team manager.
Ryoichi Kawakatsu was appointed new team manager.
1998 J-League Division 1
12th place for the whole season
6th place in the 1st stage
17th place in the 2nd stage
Nicanor de Carvalho
Ryoichi Kawakatsu (Sep ~)
Nicanor de Carvalho (Brazil) was appointed new team manager.
Ryoichi Kawakatsu was appointed new team manager on September 11th.
Ruy Ramos became the oldest soccer player to appear in a match (against Kashiwa Reysol, at 41 years, 9 months and 5 days).
1999 J-League Division 1
7th place for the whole season
2nd place in the 1st stage
10th place in the 2nd stage
Ri Kunihide
Hideki Matsunaga
Team organization was changed to “Nippon TV Football Club.”
Ri Kunihide was appointed new general director and Hideki Matsunaga team manager.
Verdy Jr. won the All Japan Jr. Soccer Championship.
2000 J-League Division 1
10th place for the whole season
9th place in the 1st Stage
10th place in the 2nd stage
Chang Woe-Ryong
Chang Woe-Ryong was appointed new team manager.
Decision to transfer from Kawasaki to Tokyo in 2001 confirmed.
Verdy Jr. won the All Japan Jr. Futsal Tournament.
Nippon TV Beleza won the All Japan Women's Football League.
2001 J-League Division 1
14th place for the whole season
16th place in the 1st stage
9th place in the 2nd stage
Yasutaro Matsuki
Yukitaka Omi (July ~)
In 2001, the club moved from Kawasaki to Tokyo and was renamed Tokyo Verdy 1969.
Yasutaro Matsuki was appointed new team manager.
Yukitaka Omi was appointed new team coach in July.
Nippon TV Beleza won the All Japan Women's Football League and the Japan Woman’s Soccer League.
2002 J-League Division 1
10th place for the whole season
12th place in the 1st stage
4th place in the 2nd stage
Lori Paulo Sandri
Lori Paulo Sandri was appointed new team manager in April.
Nippon TV Beleza won the All Japan Women's Football League.
Tokyo Verdy Volleyball Team won the local league and were promoted to the V1 league.
2003 J-League Division 1
8th place for the whole season
10th place in the 1st stage
9th place in the 2nd stage
Lori Paulo Sandri
Osvaldo Ardiles (Jun ~)
Osvaldo Ardiles was appointed new team manager.
Verdy Jr. Youth won the Prince Takamado Cup.
Verdy Jr. won the All Japan Jr. Futsal Tournament.
6 members of Beleza were selected for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
2004 J-League Division 1
9th place for the whole season
9th place in the 1st stage
9th place in the 2nd stage
Emperor’s Cup winner
Runner-up in Nabisco Cup
Osvaldo Ardiles
Takayuki Morimoto makes his debut as the youngest J-League player (March 13th against Júbilo Iwata at age 15 years, 10 months and 28 days).
Takayuki Morimoto becomes the youngest player to score a goal (May 5th at age 15 years, 11months and 28 days against JEF Ichihara).
2005 J-League Division 1
17th place for the whole season
Osvaldo Ardiles
Nobuhiro Ishizaki (July ~)
Vadão (Oswaldo Fumeiro Alvarez)
Nobuhiro Ishizaki was appointed new team manager in July.
Vadão (Oswaldo Fumeiro Alvarez) was appointed new team manager in August.
Verdy Youth won the All Japan Youth Championship and Japan Club Youth Tournament.
Nippon TV Beleza won the Nadeshiko Super Cup, the National Gymnastics Women’s Division (representing Tokyo), the Japan Women's Soccer League and the All Japan Women’s Championship.
Nippon TV Menina won the All Japan Women’s Youth Championship.
Relegated to J-League Division 2
2006 J-League Division 2
7th place for the whole season
Ruy Ramos
Ruy Ramos was appointed new team manager.
Nippon TV Beleza won the Moc Nadeshiko League.
2007 J-League Division 2
2nd place for the whole season
Ruy Ramos
Verdy Jr. won the All Japan Jr. Soccer Tournament and All Japan Jr Futsal Tournament.
"Nippon TV Beleza won the Nadeshiko Super Cup, Nadeshiko League Cup, Moc Nadeshiko league, and the All Japan Women’s Championship."
Promoted to Division 1
2008 J-League Division 1
17th place for the whole season
Tetsuji Hashiratani
Team name changed to “Tokyo Verdy.”
Tetsuji Hashiratani was appointed new team manager.
Nippon TV Beleza won the Plenus Nadeshiko League and the All Japan Women’s Championship.
Relegated to the J-League Division 2
2009 J-League Division 2
7th place for the whole season
Takuya Takagi
Takeo Matsuda ( Oct ~ )
Organization's name changed to “Tokyo Verdy 1969 Football Club Corporation.”
Takuya Takagi was appointed new team manager.
Takeo Matsuda was appointed new team manager in October.
Nippon TV Beleza won the All Japan Women’s Championship.
2010 J-League Division 2
5th place for the whole season
Ryoichi Kawakatsu
Ryoichi Kawakatsu returned as team manager.
Nippon TV Beleza won the Plenus Nadeshiko League and League Cup.
Verdy Youth won the Japan Youth Club Championship and the Tokyo Soccer Tournament.
2011 J-League Division 2
5th place for the whole season
Ryoichi Kawakatsu
Verdy Youth won the Japan Youth Club Championship.
Verdy Jr won the All Japan Jr. Futsal Tournament.
2012 J-League Division 2
7th place for the whole season
Ryoichi Kawakatsu
Shinichiro Takahashi ( Sep ~ )
Shinichiro Takahashi was appointed new team manager in September.
Verdy Youth won the Premier League East.
Nippon TV Beleza won the Plenus Nadeshiko Cup.
Nippon TV Menina won the All Japan Women’s Youth Championship.
2013 J-League Division 2
13th place for the whole season
Yasutoshi Miura
Yasutoshi Miura was appointed new team manager.
Nippon TV Menina won the All Japan Women’s Youth Championship.
2014 J-League Division 2
20th place for the whole season
Yasutoshi Miura
Koichi Togashi ( Sep ~ )
Koichi Togashi was appointed new team manager in September.
Nippon TV Menina won the All Japan Women’s Youth Championship.
Nippon TV Menina Serias won the All Japan Women’s Youth Soccer Championship.
2015 J-League Division 2
8th place for the whole season
Koichi Togashi
Nippon TV Beleza won the Plenus Nadeshiko League and Empress's Cup.
2016 J-League Division 2
18th place for the whole season
Koichi Togashi
Nippon TV Beleza won the Plenus Nadeshiko League and Plenus Nadeshiko League Cup.
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