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
Full nameSanfrecce Hiroshima FC
Nickname(s)Sanfrecce, Sanfre, Viola
Founded1938; 83 years ago (1938)[1] (as Toyo Industries SC)
GroundEdion Stadium Hiroshima
Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima
ChairmanTakuya Yamamoto
ManagerHiroshi Jofuku
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 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)


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.


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 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.

Kit and coloursEdit


The main colour of Sanfrecce Hiroshima is purple.

Kit historyEdit

Record as J.League memberEdit

Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League
1992 Group stage 2nd round
1993 J1 10 5th 16,644 Group stage Semi-finals
1994 12 2nd 17,191 1st round Quarter final
1995 14 10th 11,689 Final
1996 16 14th 8,469 Group stage Final
1997 17 12th 6,533 Group stage 4th round
1998 18 10th 8,339 Group stage Quarter final
1999 16 8th 9,377 2nd round Final
2000 16 11th 8,865 2nd round 4th round
2001 16 9th 9,916 Quarter final 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 final Final
2008 J2 15 1st 10,840 Quarter final
2009 J1 18 4th 15,723 Group stage 3rd round
2010 18 7th 14,562 Final 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 final Final Group stage
2014 18 8th 14,997 Final Round of 16 Round of 16
2015 18 1st 16,382 Group stage Quarter final 3rd Place
2016 18 6th 15,464 Quarter final Quarter final Group stage
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 final 4th round Round of 16
2020 18 8th 4,545 Group stage Did not qualify -
2021 20 11th 5,920 Group stage 2nd round
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance 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 31 August 2021[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
9 FW   BRA Douglas Vieira
10 MF   JPN Tsukasa Morishima
14 MF   BRA Ezequiel
15 MF   JPN Tomoya Fujii
16 MF   JPN Kohei Shimizu
17 MF   JPN Taishi Matsumoto
18 MF   JPN Yoshifumi Kashiwa
19 DF   JPN Sho Sasaki
20 FW   JPN Ryo Nagai
21 DF   JPN Jelani Reshaun Sumiyoshi
22 GK   JPN Goro Kawanami
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   JPN Shun Ayukawa
24 MF   JPN Shunki Higashi
25 MF   JPN Yusuke Chajima
26 MF   JPN Kodai Dohi
27 MF   BRA Rhayner (on loan from Tombense)
29 MF   JPN Yuya Asano
30 MF   JPN Kosei Shibasaki
33 DF   JPN Yuta Imazu
37 FW   BRA Júnior Santos
38 GK   JPN Keisuke Osako
41 MF   JPN Yoichi Naganuma
44 MF   JPN Taishi Semba
46 FW   JPN Ryo Tanada
50 FW   JPN Makoto Mitsuta

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 Takuya Masuda (at Machida Zelvia)
DF   JPN Osamu Henry Iyoha (at Kagoshima United FC)
MF   JPN Takumu Kawamura (at Ehime FC)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JPN Hiroya Matsumoto (at Omiya Ardija)
MF   JPN Gakuto Notsuda (at Ventforet Kofu)


Manager Nationality Tenure Club 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   Scotland 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 – 25 October 2021
Kentaro Sawada   Japan 26 October 2021 – present



  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. ^ "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 14 July 2021.

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