Kashiwa Reysol

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Kashiwa Reysol (柏レイソル, Kashiwa Reisoru) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Their home stadium is Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium, also known as "Hitachidai". Reysol is a portmanteau of the Spanish words Rey and Sol, meaning "Sun King". The name alludes to their parent company Hitachi, whose name is associated with the sun in Japanese. The club was formed in 1940 and was a founding member ("Original Eight"[a]) of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965. Since the league's inception, they have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of Japanese football. They have been Japanese League champions twice in 1972 and 2011, and have won three League Cups in 1976, 1999 and 2013, and three Emperor's Cups in 1972, 1975 and 2012.

Kashiwa Reysol
Reysol's Logo
Full nameKashiwa Reysol[1]
Nickname(s)Taiyō-Ō (Sun King)
Aurinegro (Gold-and-black)
Short nameREY
Founded1940; 81 years ago (1940) (as Hitachi SC)
GroundSankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium ("Hitachidai")
Kashiwa, Chiba
ChairmanRyuichiro Takikawa
ManagerNelsinho Baptista
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Hitachi SC (1939–1992)Edit

The club started in 1939 and was officially formed as the company team, Hitachi, Ltd. Soccer Club in 1940 in Kodaira, Tokyo. The club formed the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965, along with today's Urawa Reds, JEF United Chiba, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and three other clubs ("Original Eight").[1] They had some successes during the mid-1970s, winning several Emperor's Cups and JSL titles and contributing several players to the Japanese national team.

The club relocated from Kodaira to Kashiwa in 1986, but it took a while to adapt to the new town, as they were relegated to the JSL Division 2 at the season's closing.[2] They made it back to the top flight in 1989/90, but dropped back in 1990/91 and returned again in 1991/92.[1] As the J.League advent had come too soon for them, the club abandoned to be a founding member of the newly formed professional league. The club joined the Japan Football League (called "former JFL") Division 1 in 1992, the second tier of the Japanese football hierarchy following the J.League.

Kashiwa Reysol (1993–)Edit

The club changed its name to Kashiwa Reysol in 1993. Reysol added Careca of the Brazil national football team in the autumn of this year with the aim of winning the JFL champion for promoting to the J1 League.[1] The club struggled, however, with the help of Careca and Brazilian manager Zé Sérgio, they secured the 2nd place in the JFL in 1994 and earned promotion to the top league.

Reysol debuted in the J1 League in 1995. They welcomed Akira Nishino in 1998 who was the former manager of Japan's Olympic team, Hristo Stoichkov of the Bulgaria national football team, and Hong Myung-bo of the Korea national football team. The club won the J.League Cup in 1999, their first title as Kashiwa Reysol.[3]

However, next English manager, Steve Perryman, unsettled the team and the club struggled over the next several seasons. After finishing at the 16th place out of 18 clubs in 2005, the club lost the promotion/relegation play-offs against Ventforet Kofu, the 3rd place of the J2 League, and relegated to the J2 League.[4]

A new manager, Nobuhiro Ishizaki, led an almost entirely new squad in 2006 and the club secured automatic promotion to the J1 League in the last game of the season.[5]

The club was relegated again at the end of 2009. However, once they won the J2 League led by Nelsinho Baptista in 2010 and came back to the top flight, the club won the J1 League in 2011 with some talented footballers such as Hiroki Sakai, Junya Tanaka, Jorge Wagner and Leandro Domingues, and became the first Japanese club to win the second tier and the top tier two seasons in a row.[b][6] The club qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup as the host nation's league champion and became semifinalist after defeating Auckland City and Monterrey.

For the period of 2010 through 2014, Reysol won six different titles for five consecutive seasons; the J2 League in 2010, the J1 League in 2011, the Emperor's Cup and the Super Cup in 2012, the J.League Cup in 2013 and the Suruga Bank Championship in 2014.


Marunouchi GosankeEdit

Historically, Kashiwa Reysol's fiercest rivals have been JEF United Chiba and Urawa Reds, both close neighbors. The three were co-founders of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965, and spent most seasons in the top tier through the JSL era. Because of their former parent companies' headquarters being all based in Marunouchi, Tokyo, the three clubs were known as the Marunouchi Gosanke (丸の内御三家, "Marunouchi Big Three") and fixtures among them were known as the Marunouchi derbies.

Chiba derbyEdit

Reysol and JEF United Chiba first met in 1941 in ancient Kanto regional football league. The two clubs both now based in Chiba Prefecture, and their rivalry is known as the Chiba derby. They annually contest a pre-season friendly match well known as the Chibagin Cup (i.e., Chiba Bank Cup) since 1995.


Reysol also has a rivalry with Kashima Antlers (commonly called Tonegawa clásico), FC Tokyo (commonly called Kanamachi derby) and Omiya Ardija (commonly called Nodasen derby).

Kit and coloursEdit


Kashiwa Reysol's main colour is yellow, like sunshine that is based on the club's name "Sun King". The uniform is yellow-black (called Aurinegro in Spanish) reminiscent of Peñarol or Borussia Dortmund. Reysol is the only top division club in the country to wear yellow-black.

Kit evolutionEdit

Record as J.League memberEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC FIFA CWC
1995 J1 14 12th 16,102 2nd round
1996 16 5th 13,033 Semi-final 4th round
1997 17 7th 8,664 Quarter-final Quarter-final
1998 18 8th 9,932 Group Stage 4th round
1999 16 3rd 10,122 Winner Semi-final
2000 16 3rd 10,037 2nd round 4th round
2001 16 6th 12,477 2nd round 3rd round
2002 16 12th 11,314 Quarter-final 3rd round
2003 16 12th 10,873 Group Stage 4th round
2004 16 16th 10,513 Group Stage 4th round
2005 18 16th 12,492 Group Stage 5th round
2006 J2 13 2nd 8,328 4th round
2007 J1 18 8th 12,967 Group Stage 4th round
2008 18 11th 12,308 Group Stage Runners-up
2009 18 16th 11,738 Group Stage 3rd round
2010 J2 19 1st 8,098 4th round
2011 J1 18 1st 11,917 1st round 4th round 4th place
2012 18 6th 13,768 Semi-final Winner Round of 16
2013 18 10th 12,553 Winner 4th round Semi-final
2014 18 4th 10,715 Semi-final 3rd round
2015 18 10th 10,918 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
2016 18 8th 10,728 Group Stage Round of 16
2017 18 4th 11,820 Group Stage Semi-final
2018 18 17th 11,298 Semi-final 3rd round Group Stage
2019 J2 22 1st 9,471 Group Stage 3rd round
2020 J1 18 7th 3,484 Runners-up DNQ
  • Tms. = Number of clubs
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site


League titlesEdit



League historyEdit

  • Division 1 (JSL): 1965–1971 (as Hitachi SC)
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1972–1986/87
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1987/88–1988/89
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1989/90
  • Division 2 (JSL Div. 2): 1990/91
  • Division 1 (JSL Div. 1): 1991/92
  • Division 2 (former JFL Div. 1): 1992–1993
  • Division 2 (former JFL): 1994 (as Kashiwa Reysol)
  • Division 1 (J.League): 1995–1998
  • Division 1 (J1): 1999–2005
  • Division 2 (J2): 2006
  • Division 1 (J1): 2007–2009
  • Division 2 (J2): 2010
  • Division 1 (J1): 2011–2018
  • Division 2 (J2): 2019
  • Division 1 (J1): 2020–

Total (as of 2020): 47 seasons in the top tier and 9 seasons in the second tier.

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012 AFC Champions League Group H   Buriram United 1–0 3–2 2nd
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 5–1 0–2
  Guangzhou Evergrande 0–0 3–1
Round of 16   Ulsan Hyundai
2013 AFC Champions League Group H   Guizhou Renhe 1–1 0–1 1st
  Central Coast Mariners 3–1 0–3
  Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–0 2–6
Round of 16   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Quarter-finals   Al-Shabab 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
Semi-finals   Guangzhou Evergrande 1–4 4–0 1–8
2015 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Chonburi
3–2 (a.e.t.)
Group E   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 0–0 1st
  Becamex Bình Dương 5–1 1–0
  Shandong Luneng 2–1 4–4
Round of 16   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–2 2–3 4–4 (a)
Quarter-finals   Guangzhou Evergrande 1–3 1–1 2–4
2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Muangthong United
Group E   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–2 3–2 3rd
  Tianjin Quanjian 1–1 3–2
  Kitchee 1–0 1–0

Current squadEdit

As of February 9, 2021[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   JPN Yuji Takahashi
4 DF   JPN Taiyo Koga
6 DF   JPN Shunki Takahashi
7 MF   JPN Hidekazu Otani (captain)
8 MF   BRA Richardson
9 FW   BRA Cristiano
10 MF   JPN Ataru Esaka
11 MF   BRA Matheus Sávio
13 DF   JPN Kengo Kitazume
15 DF   JPN Yuta Someya
16 GK   JPN Haruhiko Takimoto
17 GK   KOR Kim Seung-gyu
18 FW   JPN Yusuke Segawa
19 FW   JPN Hiroto Goya
20 DF   JPN Hiromu Mitsumaru
21 GK   JPN Masato Sasaki
22 MF   BRA Dodi
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 DF   JPN Naoki Kawaguchi
25 DF   JPN Takuma Ominami
26 MF   JPN Keiya Shiihashi
27 MF   JPN Masatoshi Mihara
28 MF   JPN Sachiro Toshima
29 MF   BRA Rodrigo Angelotti
31 MF   RUS Ippei Shinozuka
33 MF   JPN Hayato Nakama
35 FW   JPN Mao Hosoya
36 MF   JPN Yuto Yamada
37 MF   JPN Fumiya Unoki
38 DF   JPN Takuma Otake
39 FW   JPN Yuta Kamiya
44 DF   JPN Takumi Kamijima
46 GK   JPN Kenta Matsumoto
50 DF   JPN Tatsuya Yamashita

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   JPN Kazushige Kirihata (On loan at FC Gifu)
GK   JPN Haruki Saruta (On loan at Yokohama FC)
DF   JPN Daichi Tagami (On loan at Albirex Niigata)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   JPN Jiro Kamata (On loan at SC Sagamihara)
DF   JPN Hayate Sugii (On loan at Gainare Tottori)
MF   JPN Daisuke Kikuchi (On loan at Tochigi SC)

Club captainsEdit

Captain Nationality Tenure
Takahiro Shimotaira   Japan –1998
Hong Myung-bo   Korea 1999
Tomokazu Myojin   Japan 2000–2005
Yuta Minami   Japan 2006–2007
Hidekazu Otani   Japan 2008–


Manager Nationality Tenure
Tokue Suzuki   Japan 1965
Masayoshi Miyazaki   Japan 1966
Kotaro Hattori   Japan 1967–1969
Hidetoki Takahashi   Japan 1970–1976
Takato Ebisu   Japan 1977–1978
Mutsuhiko Nomura   Japan 1979–1981
Yoshiki Nakamura   Japan 1982–1984
Yoshikazu Nagaoka   Japan 1985–1989
Hiroyuki Usui   Japan 1990–1992
Yoshitada Yamaguchi   Japan 1993
Zé Sérgio   Brazil 1994–1995
Antoninho   Brazil 1995
Nicanor   Brazil 1996–1997
Akira Nishino   Japan 1998–2001
Steve Perryman   England 2001–2002
Marco Aurelio   Brazil 2002–2003
Tomoyoshi Ikeya   Japan 2002 (caretaker), 2004
Hiroshi Hayano   Japan 2004–2005
Kazuhiko Takemoto   Japan 2005 (caretaker)
Nobuhiro Ishizaki   Japan 2006–2008
Shinichiro Takahashi   Japan 2009
Masami Ihara   Japan 2009 (caretaker)
Nelsinho Baptista   Brazil 2009–2014
Tatsuma Yoshida   Japan 2015
Milton Mendes   Brazil 2016
Takahiro Shimotaira   Japan 2016–2018
Nozomu Kato   Japan 2018
Ken Iwase   Japan 2018
Nelsinho Baptista   Brazil 2019–


  1. ^ The Original Eight of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965 were Mitsubishi, Furukawa, Hitachi, Yanmar, Toyo Industries, Yahata Steel, Toyota Industries and Nagoya Mutual Bank.
  2. ^ Gamba Osaka achieved the same feat three seasons later; won the J2 League in 2013 and the J1 League back-to-back in 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d "Club guide: Kashiwa Reysol". J.League. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Hometown". Kashiwa Reysol. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "1 History". Decade: Kashiwa Reysol official history 1994–2004. Bunkakobo. 2004. ISBN 978-4-434-04119-8.
  4. ^ "Match report: Promotion/Relegation Series". J's Goal. December 10, 2005. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Match report: Kashiwa 3–0 Shonan". J's Goal. December 2, 2006. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (December 4, 2011). "Reysol complete storybook season". The Japan Times.
  7. ^ https://www.reysol.co.jp/team/players/

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