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J1 League 2023 Team Guides

Nagoya Grampus



Nagoya Grampus are one of the 10 original teams from when the J1 League was formed in 1993 and well known for being manager by Arsene Wenger and having players like Stokovic and Linekar play for them in the 90s. 

Grampus are owned by the famous car company "Toyota" and play their game mainly at the impressive "Toyota Stadium". Despite being in the J1 for almost every season since its creation, Nagoya have only won the title once in 2010 

2022 Season

Nagoya had a very average season finishing 8th. This may have come as a surprise to many seeing as Nagoya were serious title challenges the year before and had reached the later stages of the ACL. However, due to financial tightening and the loss of their main striker (Jakub Świerczok) to suspension after a failed doping test, they played much of the season with a very thin squad. 

2022 Top Scorer: Mateus

2023 Squad Depth


Transfers in:

CF Kasper Junker  (from Urawa)
DF Yuki Nogami (from Hiroshima)

MF Ryuji Izumi (from Kashima)
MF Riku Yamada (from Kofu)

Transfers Out:
DF Yukata Yoshida( →Shimizu)
DF ​​Thiago (→ Ceara)
MF Keiya Sento (→Kashiwa)
MF Yuki Soma(→Casa Pia)
MF Leo Silva (→Free Agent)

FW Yoichiro Kakitani (→Tokushima)

(Please note these are the main transfers as of 11/01/2023. Squad depths for each team which are updated weekly can be found on Patreon here)


Nagoya have kept the majority of their core players including Langerak, Nakatani, Inagaki and Mateus. The main loss was the recent departure of Soma to Portugal. Squad players such as Silva, Yoshida and Kakitani all left.

Their main and most important signing was bringing Junker on loan from Urawa. He will bring the striker they were evidently lacking last season. The addition of versatile players such as Nogami and Izumi brings in experience however the squad is still looking thin in spots and though the starting team is relatively stable and predictable any injuries especially in defence could well cause problems over the season.

Key Players for Sorare


​Name: Mateus Castro

Position: Forward

​L15: 56



  • Main set piece taker for Nagoya

  • Key player and almost never rotated

  • 40% of scores >60 pts with homes games in particularly seeing him score well. New signing of Junker has the potential to give him more assists than last season.



​Name: Haruya Fujii

Position: Defender

​L15 average: 55



  • A firm starter for Nagoya starting 85% of games last season. Considered future captain/leader of the team.

  • Suits the matrix with high levels of interceptions & tackles (2.0 per game on average) so not reliant on clean sheet.

  • >60 points in 35% of games

  • u23 utility till July 2025



​Name: Mitchell Langerak

Position: Goalkeeper

​L15 average: 54



  • Starting keeper for Nagoyo marking his 5th season at the club.

  • Has won the best J1 keeper season award 2 times

  • Had 13 clean sheets last season & 21 in 2021

  • Stacks well with defenders like Nakatani and Fujii. Nagoya rarely rotate making this stack reliable to start.


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