Urawa Red Diamonds

Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ, Urawa Reddo Daiyamonzu), colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ) (1950–present, also Mitsubishi Urawa Football Club (April 1992–January 1996)), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. The club plays in the J1 League, the top tier of football in the country. Its name comes from the former city of Urawa, now part of Saitama.

Urawa Reds
Club crest
Full nameUrawa Red Diamonds
Nickname(s)Reds (レッズ, Rezzu) / Red Devils (赤い悪魔, Akai Akuma)
Founded1950; 71 years ago (1950)
GroundSaitama Stadium 2002
Midori-ku, Saitama
OwnerMitsubishi Heavy Industries
ChairmanKeizo Fuchita
ManagerRicardo Rodríguez
LeagueJ1 League
2020J1 League, 10th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Old crest

The name Red Diamonds alludes to the club's pre-professional era parent company Mitsubishi. The corporation's logo consists of three red diamonds, one of which remains within the current club badge.


Shin-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries established a football club in 1950[1] in Kobe and moved the club to Tokyo in 1958. In 1965 it formed the Japan Soccer League (JSL) along with today's JEF United Chiba, Kashiwa Reysol, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and three other clubs who have since been relegated to regional leagues ("Original Eight"[a]).

Mitsubishi first won the JSL championship in 1969, as a break in Mazda/Sanfrecce's dominance (and also with the fact that Toyo were in Bangkok, Thailand, competing in the Asian Club Cup); their runs up the first division were sporadic but steady until the 1980s when they fell into the Second Division. In 1990 they were promoted as JSL Division 2 champions, and thus were ready when the J-League implementation began in earnest. Urawa Red Diamonds was an original member ("Original Ten"[b]) of the J.League in 1993.

Mitsubishi were the first Japanese club to complete a domestic treble, when in 1978 they won the title, the Emperor's Cup and the Japan Soccer League Cup.

The club has enjoyed mixed fortunes since the J-League advent. The club finished bottom of the league for the first two seasons of the J-League with an average crowd of under 15,000. In 1999 they suffered relegation to the second tier of Japanese football yet again. The club has since improved in form in recent years, starting with a 2003 victory in the Nabisco Cup.

In 2006 Urawa clinched their first professional league title by defeating runners-up Gamba Osaka 3–2 on December 2 before 63,000 supporters. This came after two close calls in the previous two years. In 2005, they finished 2nd, one point behind champions Gamba Osaka. In 2004, they finished 3rd in the first stage and won the second stage. Having qualified for the two-match J.League Championship decider, they lost on penalty kicks to Yokohama F. Marinos.

Urawa were back to back Emperor's Cup winners in 2005 and 2006. Winning the title for the first time since establishment as a professional club, they defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 on January 1, 2006, and retained the title in 2007 with a 1–0 win over Gamba Osaka. This win also completed a league-cup double. In the 2007 tournament they were defeated at the first hurdle by J2 outfit Ehime FC.

In 2007, despite a seemingly unassailable lead of seven points with four games remaining, Urawa picked up only two points from their final four games. This run included losing at home to Kashima Antlers; the club who would leapfrog Urawa on the final day of the season to claim their fifth J.League title. Following their capitulation in the fourth round of the Emperor's Cup to J2 outfit Ehime FC, Urawa had to be content with their 2007 Asian Champions League title. Urawa recorded their first international title after overcoming Iranian club Sepahan F.C. 3–1 on aggregate. The victory made them the first Japanese side to win the title since the competition was reorganised from the Asian Champions Cup in 2003. In the Club World Cup of the same year, Urawa became the first AFC club to finish in third place, beating Tunisian Étoile Sportive du Sahel side on penalty kicks in the third / fourth place play off.

In 2008, Urawa attempted to win their second consecutive Asian Champions League title and progressed to the semi finals where they were defeated by fellow J-League rivals, and eventual Champions League winners, Gamba Osaka 3–1 on aggregate.

On March 8, 2014, a banner which read "JAPANESE ONLY" was hung at one of the entrances to the stands.[2] As punishment for this racist behavior, the March 23 match was played in an empty stadium.[3]

International affiliationEdit

The club is also notable in that former Feyenoord midfielder Shinji Ono began his professional career playing for Urawa. Ono returned for the 2006 season for a second stint with the club. Urawa is affiliated with German club FC Bayern Munich, whose nickname is also "The Reds".[4] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the FC Bayern Munich, announced that "We have been looking for clubs which have potential ability, management stability and cordial confidence. We could fulfill the desire to affiliate with this great club, Urawa Reds."[5] Some other foreign clubs, such as Arsenal F.C., Club Atlético Independiente, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, VfB Stuttgart, Manchester United F.C., Feyenoord, Hamburger SV and Perth Glory FC, visited Japan and played friendly games at the Saitama Stadium.

In August 2004, Urawa appeared in a pre-season four-club friendly tournament, the Vodafone Cup, at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. The Japanese club, missing key players, lost their first game 5–2 against the Argentinian side Boca Juniors. The second fixture against the hosts, Manchester United, was called off due to a massive electric storm. Some 800 Urawa fans had travelled to the game and were later compensated.

The club's supporters also have an unofficial relationship with Shanghai Shenhua. The clubs' supporters will support each other in continental competition. For example, Shenhua fans will support Urawa when Urawa plays in Shanghai against Shanghai SIPG.[6]


International friendly match against Manchester United, July 30, 2005, Saitama Stadium

Since the establishment of J.League in 1992, the club had used tracked Urawa Komaba Stadium as its home stadium. Due to the increasing popularity of the matches, Saitama City, owner of the stadium, expanded the seat capacity some times. The club used Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium until the works were complete. In spite of the poor performance of the club, the stadium was filled with faithful supporters, drawing an average audience of twenty thousand people.

In October 2001, Saitama Prefecture built new football-specific Saitama Stadium in Saitama city. This stadium was used as a venue for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup the club gradually increased home games in Saitama Stadium and in 2003 the stadium was formally designated as the home stadium. In 2008, only two games were held at Komaba Stadium.


Urawa Reds uses Ohara City Field for training. In addition to this facility, the club opened Redsland in 2005, which has three grass fields, one artificial turf field, one baseball field, futsal courts and tennis courts.[7] Redsland is opened to the public and club members can use the facilities at relatively cheap fees.


Saitama derbyEdit

Urawa Red Diamonds has a local derby with Omiya Ardija, from Ōmiya-ku, Saitama city. They first met in the 1987 Emperor's Cup, with Mitsubishi defeating NTT Kanto by 5 to 0 at Nishigaoka National Stadium. The derby first took place in the JSL Second Division in the 1989–90 season, and it wouldn't take place until the 2000 season when Urawa was relegated to the second tier again. In 2003 the formerly separate Omiya and Urawa cities merged to become Saitama city, and since 2005 the derby became a top flight fixture after Omiya was promoted.

Marunouchi GosankeEdit

During the JSL years and into the 1990s, Urawa's main top flight rivals were JEF United Chiba and Kashiwa Reysol, both now based in Chiba Prefecture. 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, although the term is falling out of use as they are now based in different prefectures and rarely play home games in Tokyo stadiums.


Rivals further afield include Kashima Antlers, FC Tokyo, Yokohama Marinos, Kawasaki Frontale, and, even farther away, Gamba Osaka. Old JSL championship rivalries with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Cerezo Osaka and Shonan Bellmare have ebbed down as those clubs had nadirs in the 3 teary.

Women's and amateur teamsEdit

The club also has women's and amateur teams.

Kit and coloursEdit


The main colour of Urawa Red Diamonds is red

Kit evolutionEdit

League & cup recordEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Avg. Attd. Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Super Cup AFC CL Others
1992 Semi-finals Group stage
1993 J1 10 10th 11,459 2nd round Group stage
1994 12 12th 18,475 3rd round Quarter-finals
1995 14 4th 19,560 Quarter-finals
1996 16 6th 24,329 Semi-finals Group stage
1997 17 10th 20,504 4th round Quarter-finals
1998 18 6th 22,706 Quarter-finals Group stage
1999 16 15th 21,206 4h round Quarter-finals
2000 J2 11 2nd 16,923 4h Round 1st round
2001 J1 16 10th 26,720 Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2002 16 11th 26,296 3rd round Runners-up
2003 16 6th 28,855 3rd round Winners
2004 16 2nd 36,660 Semi-finals Runners-up
2005 18 2nd 39,357 Winners Semi-finals
2006 18 1st 45,573 Winners Quarter-finals Winners
2007 18 2nd 46,667 4th round Quarter-finals Runners-up Winners A3 3rd place
FIFA 3rd place
2008 18 7th 47,609 5th round Group stage Semi-finals
2009 18 6th 44,210 2nd round Quarter-finals
2010 18 10th 39,941 Quarter-finals Group stage
2011 18 15th 33,910 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2012 18 3rd 36,634 4th round Group stage
2013 18 6th 37,100 3rd round Runners-up Group stage
2014 18 2nd 35,516 3rd round Quarter-finals
2015 18 3rd 38,745 Runners-up Quarter-finals Runners-up Group stage
2016 18 2nd 36,935 4th round Winners Round of 16
2017 18 7th 33,542 4th round Quarter-finals Runners-up Winners Suruga Winners
FIFA 5th place
2018 18 5th 34,798 Winners Play-off stage
2019 18 14th 34,184 4th round Quarter-finals Runners-up Runners-up
2020 18 10th 7,869 Group stage
2021 20

  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 season attendance reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic


Domestic competitionsEdit

Mitsubishi (Amateur era)

Urawa Red Diamonds (Professional era)



Individual awardsEdit


Current squadEdit

As of 30 August 2021[9]

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 Shusaku Nishikawa
2 DF   JPN Hiroki Sakai
3 MF   JPN Tomoya Ugajin
4 DF   JPN Takuya Iwanami
5 DF   JPN Tomoaki Makino
6 DF   JPN Ryosuke Yamanaka
7 FW   DEN Kasper Junker
8 DF   JPN Daigo Nishi
11 MF   JPN Tatsuya Tanaka
12 GK   JPN Zion Suzuki
15 MF   JPN Takahiro Akimoto
16 FW   JPN Kosuke Kinoshita
17 MF   JPN Atsuki Ito
18 MF   JPN Yoshio Koizumi
19 MF   JPN Daiki Kaneko
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF   AUS Thomas Deng
21 MF   JPN Tomoaki Okubo
22 MF   JPN Yuki Abe
24 MF   JPN Koya Yuruki
25 GK   JPN Hitoshi Shiota
28 DF   DEN Alexander Scholz
29 MF   JPN Kai Shibato
30 FW   JPN Shinzo Koroki
33 FW   JPN Ataru Esaka
35 DF   JPN Yuta Miyamoto
36 DF   JPN Ryuya Fukushima
40 MF   JPN Yuichi Hirano
41 MF   JPN Takahiro Sekine
42 DF   JPN Kota Kudo
43 GK   JPN Atsushi Kawasaki

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 Haruki Fukushima (On loan at Kyoto Sanga)
GK   JPN Ryo Ishii (On loan at Renofa Yamaguchi)
DF   JPN Yudai Fujiwara (On loan at SC Sagamihara)
DF   JPN Daiki Hashioka (On loan at Sint-Truidense VV)
DF   JPN Takuya Ogiwara (On loan at Kyoto Sanga)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   JPN Kei Oshiro (On loan at YSCC Yokohama)
MF   JPN Nobuki Iketaka (On loan at Fukushima United)
MF   JPN Ryotaro Ito (On loan at Mito HollyHock)
MF   JPN Hidetoshi Takeda (On loan at FC Ryukyu)
FW   BRA Fabrício (On loan at Portimonense)

World Cup playersEdit

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Urawa Red Diamonds:

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014

World Cup 2018

Club captainsEdit

Former playersEdit

International capped playersEdit



Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Hiroshi Ninomiya   Japan February 1, 1967 January 31, 1975
Kenzo Yokoyama   Japan February 1, 1975 January 31, 1983
Kuniya Daini   Japan February 1, 1984 une 30, 1989
Kazuo Saito   Japan July 1, 1989 June 30, 1992
Takaji Mori   Japan July 1, 1993 January 31,1994
Kenzo Yokoyama   Japan February 1, 1994 January 31, 1995
Holger Osieck   Germany February 1, 1995 December 31, 1996
Horst Köppel   Germany February 1, 1997 December 31, 1998
Hiromi Hara   Japan February 1, 1998 June 30, 1999
Aad de Mos   Netherlands July 1, 1999 December 3, 1999
Yasushi Yoshida   Japan December 4,1999 January 31, 2000
Kazuo Saito   Japan February 1, 2000 October 2, 2000
Kenzo Yokoyama   Japan October 3, 2000 January 31, 2001
Tita   Brazil February 1, 2001 August 27, 2001
Pita   Brazil August 28, 2001 January 31, 2001
Hans Ooft   Netherlands February 1, 2002 January 31, 2004
Guido Buchwald   Germany February 1, 2004 January 31, 2006
Holger Osieck   Germany February 1, 2007 March 16, 2008
Gert Engels   Germany March 16, 2008 November 27, 2008
Volker Finke   Germany February 1, 2009 January 31, 2011
Željko Petrović   Montenegro February 1, 2011 October 20, 2011
Takafumi Hori (caretaker)   Japan October 20, 2011 January 31, 2012
Mihailo Petrović   Serbia February 1, 2012 July 30, 2017
Takafumi Hori   Japan July 31, 2017 April 2, 2018
Tsuyoshi Otsuki   Japan April 3, 2018 April 24, 2018
Oswaldo de Oliveira   Brazil April 25, 2018 May 28, 2019
Tsuyoshi Otsuki   Japan May 29, 2019 December 22, 2020
Ricardo Rodríguez   Spain December 22, 2020

League historyEdit

Excepting two seasons in which they were in the second tier, Mitsubishi/Urawa has always competed in the top flight, thereby being the club with the most top flight seasons total.

  • Mitsubishi (Amateur era)
    • Division 1 (JSL and JSL Div.1): 1965–66, 1988–89
    • Division 2 (JSL Div.2): 1989–90
    • Division 1 (JSL Div.1): 1990–91, 1991–92
  • Urawa Red Diamonds (Professional era)
  • Top scorer: Masahiro Fukuda with 152 goals



  1. ^ 浦和レッズ年表 Archived 2008-10-25 at the Wayback Machine, Urawa Red Diamonds
  2. ^ ARUDOU, DEBITO. "J.League and media must show red card to racism". Japan Times. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Urawa Reds play to empty stadium after fans banned for racist banner". BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ J-League partner Urawa seal domestic double, FC Bayern
  5. ^ 06.01.18 FCバイエルン・ミュンヘン(ドイツ)とのパートナーシップ締結について Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Urawa Red Diamonds
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ レッズランド | 浦和レッズ Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Urawa Red Diamonds
  8. ^ URAWA REDS LADIES Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Urawa Red Diamonds
  9. ^ "Team Profile". Retrieved 25 June 2021.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by