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What began as a year of optimism and promise could not have turned out any worse for FC Tokyo.

The capital city side, which started 2010 with genuine aspirations of adding the J. League championship to the Nabsico Cup title it won last year, suffered the ignominy of relegation with a 2-0 loss to Kyoto Sanga on Saturday, watching helplessly as Vissel Kobe thrashed Urawa Reds 4-0 to seize the final survival spot and slam the door shut behind them.

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