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Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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

Sanfrecce Hiroshima
サンフレッチェ広島
Logo
Full nameSanfrecce Hiroshima F.C.
Nickname(s)Sanfrecce, Sanfre
Founded1938; 80 years ago (1938)[1]
GroundHiroshima Big Arch
Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Capacity36,894[2]
OwnerMazda
ChairmanKaoru Koyano
ManagerHiroshi Jofuku
LeagueJ1 League
2018J1 League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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Club nameEdit

The club name is a portmanteau of the Japanese numeral 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] A similar event occurred in The Secret History of the Mongols; "One day in spring, while she was cooking some dried lamb, she had her five sons Belgünütei, Bügünütei, Buqu Qatagi, Buqatu Salji and Bodončar Mungqaq sit in a row. She gave an arrow-shaft to each of them and said, ‘Break it!’ One by one they immediately broke the single arrowshafts and threw them away. Then she tied five arrowshafts into a bundle and gave it to them saying, ‘Break it!’ The five sons each took the five bound arrow-shafts in turn, but they were unable to break them.[4]

  • 1938–70: Toyo Kogyo Syukyu Club (東洋工業蹴球部) {"Syukyu" 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)
  • 1992–: Sanfrecce Hiroshima (サンフレッチェ広島)

LocationEdit

The team's home town is Hiroshima, 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.

HistoryEdit

As Mazda teamEdit

1965 Inaugural League Champions Team. Hiroyuki Kuwahara and Yasuyuki Kuwahara are brothers.

The team 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. 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.

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 Champions TeamEdit

The Toyo Industries team 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 teams in Japan (the others were Mitsubishi Motors in 1969 and Yamaha Motors 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.

2000sEdit

 
former logo

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 teams) 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.[5][6]

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 team to successfully defend their crown since Kashima in 2009.

RecordEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL FIFA CWC
1992 - - - - Group Stage 2nd Round - -
1993 J1 10 5 16,644 Group Stage Semi-final - -
1994 J1 12 2 17,191 1st Round Quarter-final - -
1995 J1 14 10 11,689 - Final - -
1996 J1 16 14 8,469 Group Stage Final - -
1997 J1 17 12 6,533 Group Stage 4th Round - -
1998 J1 18 10 8,339 Group Stage Quarter-final - -
1999 J1 16 8 9,377 2nd Round Final - -
2000 J1 16 11 8,865 2nd Round 4th Round - -
2001 J1 16 9 9,916 Quarter-final 4th Round - -
2002 J1 16 15 10,941 Group Stage Semi-final - -
2003 J2 12 2 9,000 - 4th Round - -
2004 J1 16 12 14,800 Group Stage 4th Round - -
2005 J1 18 7 12,527 Group Stage 5th Round - -
2006 J1 18 10 11,180 Group Stage 5th Round - -
2007 J1 18 16 11,423 Quarter-final Final - -
2008 J2 15 1 10,840 - Quarter-final - -
2009 J1 18 4 15,723 Group Stage 3rd Round - -
2010 J1 18 7 14,562 Final 3rd Round Group Stage
2011 J1 18 7 13,203 1st Round 3rd Round - -
2012 J1 18 1 17,721 Group stage 2nd Round - 5th Place
2013 J1 18 1 16,209 Quarter-final Final Group Stage
2014 J1 18 8 14,997 Final Round of 16 Round of 16
2015 J1 18 1 16,382 Group Stage Quarter-final - 3rd Place
2016 J1 18 6 15,464 Quarter-final Quarter-final Group Stage -
2017 J1 18 15 14,042 Play-off stage Round of 16 - -
2018 J1 18 2 13,867 Group stage Round of 16 - -
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League historyEdit

  • Division 1 (Japan Soccer League Div. 1): 1965–83
  • Division 2 (Japan Soccer League Div. 2): 1984–85
  • Division 1 (Japan Soccer League Div. 1): 1986–87
  • Division 2 (Japan Soccer League Div. 2): 1988–90
  • Division 1 (Japan Soccer League Div. 1): 1991–92
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 1993–02
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2003
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2004–07
  • Division 2 (J. League Div. 2): 2008
  • Division 1 (J. League Div. 1): 2009–present

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

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC & Mazda SC (Amateur era)

 

InternationalEdit

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC (Amateur era)

Personnel awardsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 14 January 2018[7][8]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Takuto Hayashi
2   DF Yuki Nogami
3   DF Soya Takahashi
4   DF Hiroki Mizumoto
5   DF Kazuhiko Chiba
6   DF Toshihiro Aoyama (captain)
9   FW Masato Kudo (3rd captain)
10   MF Felipe Silva
14   MF Tsukasa Morishima
15   MF Sho Inagaki
16   FW Besart Berisha
18   MF Yoshifumi Kashiwa (vice-captain)
19   DF Sho Sasaki
20   FW Daiki Watari
21   GK Ryotaro Hironaga
No. Position Player
23   MF Kyohei Yoshino
26   MF Ayumu Kawai
27   DF Kazuaki Mawatari
29   MF Takumu Kawamura
30   MF Kosei Shibasaki
32   MF Taishi Matsumoto
33   DF Takuya Wada
34   GK Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
36   MF Hayao Kawabe (4th captain)
38   GK Keisuke Osako
39   FW Patric (on loan from Salgueiro)
41   FW Shunki Higashi
TBA   DF Hayato Araki
TBA   MF Hiroya Matsumoto

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
7   MF Yusuke Chajima (at JEF United Chiba until 31 January 2019)
13   GK Takuya Masuda (at V-Varen Nagasaki until 31 January 2019)
17   MF Gakuto Notsuda (at Vegalta Sendai until 31 January 2019)
22   MF Yusuke Minagawa (at Roasso Kumamoto until 16 July 2018)
No. Position Player
24   MF Yoichi Naganuma (at Gifu)
25   DF Osamu Henry Iyoha (at Gifu until 31 January 2019)
37   MF Kazuya Miyahara (at Nagoya Grampus until 31 January 2019)

ManagersEdit

Manager Nationality Tenure Team Assistant coach
Yoshiki Yamazaki   Japan 1938–42, 1947–50 Toyo Kogyo N/A
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   England July 1992 – December 1994 Sanfrecce Hiroshima   Jan Jönsson (1993–94)
Wim Jansen   Netherlands January 1995 – Dececember 1996 N/A
Eddie Thomson   Scotland January 1997 – December 2000   Tom Sermanni (1997–98)
Valeri Nepomniachi   Russia 1 January 2001 – 31 December 2001 N/A
Gadzhi Gadzhiev   Russia 1 January 2002 – June 2002
Takahiro Kimura   Japan June 2002 – December 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 N/A
Jan Jönsson   Sweden 10 July 2017 – 7 December 2017
Hiroshi Jofuku   Japan 7 December 2017 – present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sanfrecce Hiroshima Profile at J.League Official Website
  2. ^ "Edion Stadium Hiroshima". J.League. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 13 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ The Secret History of the Mongols, Chapter 1 verse 19
  5. ^ "SOCCER/ Hiroshima capture first J-League title – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun". Ajw.asahi.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Hiroshima capture first J-League title | Football | Reuters". Football.uk.reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-11-30.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "サンフレッチェ広島 2018シーズン 選手背番号について" [About Saifurece Hiroshima 2018 season player number] (in Japanese). Sanfrecce Hiroshima. 14 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Sanfrecce Hiroshima (players)". Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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