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July 2014

Tokushima Vortis Members

I believe it's very important to nurture young players. That will lead to the development of the club's personality and the nurturing of the players as human beings.

Vortis was coined from the Italian word 'vortice', which means 'whirlpool'. Off the coast of the club's hometown lies the swirling waters of the Naruto Strait, a section of water where two currents meet and create stunning vortexes. In 2005 as the club entered the J. League as a J2 team, it adopted the current name, Tokushima Vortis. In 2013 the team ascended to J1 League.

Shinji Kobayashi, Tokushima Vortis Coach

Some teams that apply pressure from the top may yield quick results, but those results won't last long. A softer approach, while taking a bit longer, allows the players to feel that they've become stronger as their match results gradually improve.There are various types of players in a team and each team has its own unique characteristics. When I join a new team as a coach, the characteristics don't necessarily match my own immediately.

Trying to change the team's characteristics forcibly wouldn't necessarily work; what's important is to carefully consider how to influence and change the behavior of the players who are already there. As players start to sense they're growing, the team becomes stronger. We need to deal with each player based on his individual strengths and weaknesses.

I believe it's especially important to nurture young players. That will lead to the development of the club's personality and the nurturing of the players as human beings.

Mitsuru Chiyotanda, Tokushima Vortis player

I try to encourage my team mates by effectively communicating what we should be doing together, during training as well as during the games. Of course some days it happens that I'm not satisfied by the way we play, but I just try to communicate well with my teammates, keeping the motivation up by not focusing on the mistakes, but instead focusing on what we can do better to make sure that we win. This communication is essential, and I think it's especially important that younger members remember this.

The speed of the J1 League in general is much faster than in J2, and I'm not talking about the player's running speed. The speed of reflexes, the passes, the ball itself, that's the sort of speed I mean, and this high tempo is one of the challenges facing us.

Kotaro Fujiwara, Tokushima Vortis player

The team was in the J2 division for a long time, and this year, we're the first team from the Shikoku area to be promoted. Before I joined the team, Vortis' best rank was 4th, and we had almost achieved J1. When I look back at 2013, I do feel that we fought well in the second half of the season. Now, we're in the J1 division, I think the staff and the players are feeling a little pressure, as if they feel the need to become an excellent team very quickly. In the case of soccer, it really is a sport that needs to be played by 11 players, and if all 11 can do as the manager says and bring their individual skills together, regardless of the level of the opponent, I believe that we can win.

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