Nagoya Grampus is a football club, based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Initially it was Toyota Motor S.C, the Toyota Motor Corp. team, based in 1939. Later it was named Nagoya Grampus Eight that derived from the city symbols: the two golden grampus dolphins on the top of Nagoya Castle and Circle eight. Since 2008, the team is called Nagoya Grampus.
They have never left the top flight since 1992 when the J. League was founded. One of the most prolific periods for the team was, when the French football manager, Arsene Wenger, was at the helm. In 1996, they finished the league runner-up and won the Emperor’s Cup.
Under the management of Dragan Stojković, in 2008 Nagoya Grampus finished third at the J1 and for the first time in their history managed to qualify for the AFC Champions League. In 2010, he brought the team to the league title and in 2011 they finished runner-up.
Nagoya Grampus play their home matches at two stadiums: Mizuho Athletic Stadium, which has 27,000 seats, and Toyota Stadium, which has 45,000 seats.
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