Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japanese: サンフレッチェ広島, romanizedSanfuretche Hiroshima) is a Japanese professional football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Sanfrecce Hiroshima logo.svg
Full nameSanfrecce Hiroshima F.C
Nickname(s)Sanfrecce, Sanfre, Viola
Founded1938; 84 years ago (1938)[1] (as Toyo Industries SC)
GroundEdion Stadium Hiroshima
Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima
ChairmanShingo Senda
ManagerMichael Skibbe
LeagueJ1 League
2021J1 League, 11th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club nameEdit

The club name is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for three, San and the Italian word frecce, which means 'arrows'. This is based on the story of the feudal lord Mōri Motonari who told his three sons that while a single arrow might be easily snapped, three arrows held together would not be broken and urged them to work for the good of the clan and its retainers.[3]

Former namesEdit

  • 1938–70: Toyo Kogyo Shukyu Club (東洋工業蹴球部) {"Shukyu" means "football" in Japanese.}
    • 1943–46: Play was suspended during this period due to the Pacific War.
  • 1971–80: Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club (東洋工業サッカー部)
  • 1981–83: Mazda Sports Club Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club (マツダスポーツクラブ東洋工業サッカー部)
  • 1984–85: Mazda Sports Club Soccer Club (マツダスポーツクラブサッカー部)
  • 1986–92: Mazda Soccer Club (マツダサッカークラブ)


The club's home town is Hiroshima and the side plays at Hiroshima Big Arch and Hiroshima Prefectural Stadium. It holds training sessions at Yoshida Soccer Park in Akitakata, Hiroshima and Hiroshima 1st Ball Park.


As Mazda teamEdit

1965 Inaugural League Champion. Hiroyuki Kuwahara and Yasuyuki Kuwahara are brothers.

The club was a former company team of Toyo Kogyo Soccer Club (東洋工業サッカー部) in 1938 and played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League.

The club was an original founder ("Original Eight"[a]) of the now-disbanded Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965. They dominated the JSL's early years, winning the title 4 times in a row – a feat that was later equaled by Yomiuri SC/Verdy Kawasaki. The name change was made at Mazda SC (マツダSC) in 1981. When JSL disbanded and became the J.League in 1992, it dropped the company name and became "Sanfrecce Hiroshima". Alongside JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Urawa Red Diamonds they co-founded both leagues ("Original Ten"[b]).

During the 1969 season they participated in the Asian Club Cup, forerunner to today's AFC Champions League; at the time, the tournament was done in a single locale (in that year it was Bangkok, Thailand), and they ended up in third place, the first participation of a Japanese club in the continental tournament. This also cost them the league title to Mitsubishi/Urawa, and although they won another title in 1970, since then the club has been out of the running for the title, with exceptional seasons such as 1994 when they won runner-up.

1965 Inaugural League ChampionEdit

The Toyo Industries that became the first JSL champions also completed the first double by taking the Emperor's Cup. They were also the first of three "Invincibles", undefeated champion clubs in Japan (the others were Mitsubishi in 1969 and Yamaha in 1987–88), although only Toyo completed a double.

Matsumoto, Ogi, and Yasuyuki Kuwahara went on to win the 1968 Olympic bronze medal for the national team.


In 2002, Sanfrecce became the first former stage winner (first stage, 1994) to be relegated to the lower division, J2. But it only spent a year there, finishing second the very next season to regain promotion back to J1. The club finished 16th in the 2007 season and were relegated to J.League Division 2 after they were beaten by Kyoto Sanga in the promotion/relegation play-off. In 2008 they nevertheless won the J2 title at the first attempt, having 84 points (a difference of 25 points with the runner-up clubs) with six matches left.

By virtue of earning fourth place in the 2009 season and Gamba Osaka retaining the Emperor's Cup, Sanfrecce qualified for the Asian Champions League, where they were knocked out in the group phase.

On 24 November 2012, Sanfrecce defeated Cerezo Osaka 4–1 to seal their first ever J.League Division 1 title.[4][5]

On 7 December 2013, Sanfrecce defeated Kashima Antlers 2–0, securing their second J.League Division 1 title following a thrilling finish to the season which saw first-place Yokohama F. Marinos losing their final league game, handing Sanfrecce the title. With their second consecutive title win, Sanfrecce became the second club to successfully defend their crown since Kashima Antlers in 2009.

2015 proved to be a great year for Sanfrecce, finishing 1st in the 2nd half of the season, then finishing 1st overall, just 2 points above Urawa Red Diamonds, to qualify and represent Japan in that year's FIFA Club World Cup. They would finish 3rd, after winning, 2-1, against Chinese side Guanzhou Evergrande in the 3rd place match.

In 2018, Sanfrecce seemed like they were gonna win the J1 title, having lead the standings after Round 5, but fell down to 2nd to Kawasaki Frontale, made worse by losing 4 of their last 5 games. 2nd was where they would stay for the rest of the season, giving up the J1 title to defending champion Kawasaki Frontale.

Kit and coloursEdit


The main colour of Sanfrecce Hiroshima is purple.

Kit evolutionEdit

Record as J.League memberEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League
1992 Group stage 2nd round Did not qualify Did not qualify
1993 J1 10 5th 16,644 Group stage Semi-finals
1994 12 2nd 17,191 1st round Quarter-finals
1995 14 10th 11,689 Runners up
1996 16 14th 8,469 Group stage Runners up
1997 17 12th 6,533 Group stage 4th round
1998 18 10th 8,339 Group stage Quarter-finals
1999 16 8th 9,377 2nd round Runners up
2000 16 11th 8,865 2nd round 4th round
2001 16 9th 9,916 Quarter-finals 4th round
2002 16 15th 10,941 Group stage Semi-finals
2003 J2 12 2nd 9,000 4th round
2004 J1 16 12th 14,800 Group stage 4th round
2005 18 7th 12,527 Group stage 5th round
2006 18 10th 11,180 Group stage 5th round
2007 18 16th 11,423 Quarter-finals Runners up
2008 J2 15 1st 10,840 Quarter-finals
2009 J1 18 4th 15,723 Group stage 3rd round
2010 18 7th 14,562 Runners up 3rd round Group stage
2011 18 7th 13,203 1st round 3rd round
2012 18 1st 17,721 Group stage 2nd round 5th place
2013 18 1st 16,209 Quarter-finals Runners up Group stage Not eligible
2014 18 8th 14,997 Final Round of 16 Round of 16
2015 18 1st 16,382 Group stage Quarter-finals 3rd Place
2016 18 6th 15,464 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Group stage Not eligible
2017 18 15th 14,042 Play-off stage Round of 16
2018 18 2nd 14,346 Group stage Round of 16
2019 18 6th 13,886 Quarter-finals 4th round Round of 16
2020 18 8th 4,545 Group stage Did not qualify -
2021 20 11th 5,920 Group stage 2nd round
2022 18 TBA Semi-finals
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 seasons attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

League historyEdit

Total (as of 2016): 45 seasons in the top tier and 7 seasons in the second tier.



Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC & Mazda SC (Amateur era)


Sanfrecce Hiroshima (professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC (amateur era)

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2010 AFC Champions League Group H   Shandong Luneng 0–1 3–2 3rd
  Pohang Steelers 4–3 1–2
  Adelaide United 1–0 2–3
2013 AFC Champions League Group G   Bunyodkor 0–2 0–0 4th
  Beijing Guoan 0–0 1–2
  Pohang Steelers 0–1 1–1
2014 AFC Champions League Group F   Beijing Guoan 1–1 2–2 2nd
  Central Coast Mariners 1–0 1–2
  FC Seoul 2–1 2–2
Round of 16   Western Sydney Wanderes 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
2016 AFC Champions League Group F   Shandong Luneng 1–2 0–1 3rd
  FC Seoul 2–1 1–4
  Buriram United 3–0 2–0
2019 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Chiangrai United 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Group F   Guangzhou Evergrande 1–0 0–2 1st
  Melbourne Victory 2–1 3–1
  Daegu FC 2–0 1–0
Round of 16   Kashima Antlers 3–2 0–1 3–3 (a)

Personnel awardsEdit




Current squadEdit

As of 16 August 2022[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   JPN Takuto Hayashi
2 DF   JPN Yuki Nogami
3 DF   JPN Tsukasa Shiotani
4 DF   JPN Hayato Araki
6 MF   JPN Toshihiro Aoyama
7 MF   JPN Gakuto Notsuda
9 FW   BRA Douglas Vieira
10 MF   JPN Tsukasa Morishima
13 FW    SUI Nassim Ben Khalifa
14 MF   BRA Ezequiel
15 MF   JPN Tomoya Fujii
16 MF   JPN Yuya Asano
17 MF   JPN Taishi Matsumoto
18 MF   JPN Yoshifumi Kashiwa
19 DF   JPN Sho Sasaki (captain)
20 FW   CYP Pieros Sotiriou
21 DF   JPN Jelani Reshaun Sumiyoshi
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   JPN Goro Kawanami
23 FW   JPN Shun Ayukawa
24 MF   JPN Shunki Higashi
25 MF   JPN Yusuke Chajima
27 MF   JPN Takumu Kawamura
28 FW   JPN Ryo Tanada
30 MF   JPN Kosei Shibasaki
31 DF   JPN Shuto Nakano DSP
32 MF   JPN Sota Koshimichi Type 2
33 DF   JPN Yuta Imazu
38 GK   JPN Keisuke Osako
39 MF   JPN Makoto Mitsuta
45 MF   JPN Yuzu Kasagi Type 2
46 MF   JPN Ryota Hatano Type 2
48 GK   JPN Koshin Yamada Type 2
49 GK   JPN Eiko Nagoshi Type 2
DF   JPN Taichi Yamasaki DSP

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
20 FW   JPN Ryo Nagai (at Fagiano Okayama)
37 FW   BRA Júnior Santos (at Botafogo)
44 MF   JPN Taishi Semba (at Fagiano Okayama)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   JPN Osamu Henry Iyoha (at Roasso Kumamoto)
MF   JPN Kodai Dohi (at Mito HollyHock)
MF   JPN Hiroya Matsumoto (at Zweigen Kanazawa)

Reserve squad (U-18s)Edit

As of 7 September 2022 [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
1 GK   JPN Eiko Nagoshi
2 DF   JPN Arashi Daijomen
3 DF   JPN Isshin Kuroki
4 MF   JPN Kanata Nakamitsu
5 DF   JPN Yuta Watanabe
6 MF   JPN Ryota Hatano
7 FW   JPN Haruto Takiguchi
8 MF   JPN Yuma Ino
9 FW   JPN Yuichiro Karashima
10 MF   JPN Yuzu Kasagi
11 MF   JPN Sota Koshimichi
12 MF   JPN Ayuki Masutani
13 FW   JPN Hayato Seno
14 MF   JPN Michika Takashita
15 MF   JPN Zento Torii
16 GK   JPN Koshin Yamada
17 DF   JPN Mikio Yamane
18 MF   JPN Seiya Ishibashi
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   JPN Yuki Kimura
20 FW   JPN Sota Hamada
21 GK   JPN Shunsuke Sawada
22 MF   JPN Shin Takeyama
23 FW   JPN Jo Tsunokake
24 MF   JPN Kazuma Matsumoto
25 MF   JPN Yotaro Nakajima
26 MF   JPN Akashi Inoue
27 MF   JPN Miran Ishihara
28 DF   JPN Yutaro Aoi
29 FW   JPN Hagumu Nakagawa
30 FW   JPN Soma Hiroshige
31 GK   JPN Airu Nakahara
32 DF   JPN Fuga Kotani
33 MF   JPN Hiroto Ukai
34 FW   JPN Aren Inoue
35 MF   JPN Hinata Hashimoto
36 FW   JPN Shota Kofie

Club staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Michael Skibbe
Assistant manager   Shinya Sakoi
First-team coach   Serhat Umar
  Kenji Arima
  Yoshifumi Matsuo
  Masaru Misuno
Goalkeeping coach   Shinkichi Kikuchi
Physical coach   Mineichi Isobe
Medical advisor   Toru Kameo
Chief trainer   Shintaro Sato
Trainer   Hiroyuki Nomura
  Minoru Kimoto
  Tetsuo Tsuruoka
Physiotherapist   Wataru Kuriyama
  Yuma Saito
Interpreter   Ritsuro Nishimura
Competent   Tomohiro Mizuno
  Mitsunaga Hashimoto
Side affairs   Kohei Morita
  Shoki Mukai
Head of Soccer School   Kentaro Sawada


Manager Nationality Tenure Club Assistant coach
Yoshiki Yamazaki   Japan 1938–42, 1947–50 Toyo Kogyo
Minoru Obata   Japan 1951–63
Yukio Shimomura   Japan 1964–71
Kenzo Ohashi   Japan 1972–75
Ikuo Matsumoto   Japan 1976
Aritatsu Ogi   Japan 1977–80
Teruo Nimura   Japan 1981–83 MAZDA Sports   Eckhard Krautzun (August – September 1983)
Kazuo Imanishi   Japan 1984–87   Hans Ooft (1984–87)
  Dido Havenaar (1986–87)
Hans Ooft   Netherlands 1987–88   Dido Havenaar (1987–88)
Kazuo Imanishi   Japan 1988–92   Bill Foulkes (1988–91)
Stuart Baxter   Scotland 1 July 1992 – 31 January 1995 Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Jan Jönsson (1993–94)
Wim Jansen   Netherlands 1 February 1996 – 31 January 1997
Eddie Thomson   Scotland 1 February 1997 – 31 January 2001   Tom Sermanni (1997–98)
Valeri Nepomniachi   Russia 1 February 2001 – 17 December 2001
Gadzhi Gadzhiev   Russia 1 February 2002 – 15 July 2002
Takahiro Kimura   Japan 16 July 2002 – 30 November 2002
Takeshi Ono   Japan 1 December 2002 – 1 April 2006
Kazuyori Mochizuki (interim)   Japan 2 April 2006 – 9 June 2006
Mihailo Petrović   Serbia 10 June 2006 – 31 December 2011   Ranko Popović (2006–07)
Hajime Moriyasu   Japan 1 January 2012 – 4 July 2017
Jan Jönsson   Sweden 10 July 2017 – 7 December 2017
Hiroshi Jofuku   Japan 7 December 2017 – 25 October 2021
Kentaro Sawada   Japan 26 October 2021 – 31 Feb 2022
Michael Skibbe   Germany 1 Feb 2022 –   Shinya Sakoi (2022–)



  1. ^ Sanfrecce Hiroshima Profile at J.League Official Website
  2. ^ "Edion Stadium Hiroshima". J.League. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ Club Profile: Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC Archived 13 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "SOCCER/ Hiroshima capture first J-League title – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun". Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Hiroshima capture first J-League title | Football | Reuters". Retrieved 30 November 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ "トップチーム選手一覧" (in Japanese). Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  7. ^ "ユース選手". Retrieved 7 September 2022.

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