|Full name||Kashima Antlers F.C.|
|Founded||1947 (Sumitomo Metals FC)|
|Ground||Kashima Soccer Stadium
Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
(capacity: 40,728 )
|League||J. League Division 1|
|Website||Club home page|
Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ Kashima Antorāzu ) are a Japanese professional association football club playing in the J. League Division 1. Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island".
Since the J. League's creation and introduction of professional Japanese football in 1993, Kashima have proved by far Japan's most successful club team, having won the J. League title a record seven times, the J. League Cup a record five times and the Emperor's Cup four times for an unprecedented total of sixteen major domestic titles. Kashima have finished in the top five of the league for over seventy percent of all seasons played to date, recorded an average end of season league placing of third and capturing a major domestic title in over sixty percent of all seasons played to date.
Kashima are also one of only four teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of professional football every year since its inception.
Founded in 1947 as Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. in Osaka. It played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League and moved to Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture in 1975. They were promoted to the JSL's top flight in 1984, but never made much of an impact, going down in 1985/86, returning in 1986/87 and going down again in 1988/89. Its last standing in the JSL was 2nd in the Second Division for 1991/92.
After the formation of the fully professional J. League, Sumitomo, like all other clubs, stripped the corporate brand from the team name and reformed as the Kashima Antlers. Kashima was essentially promoted to the new top flight, as many JSL First Division teams decided to relegate themselves being unprepared for professionalism. (Of the original 10 J. League founding member clubs, Kashima and Shimizu S-Pulse were newly promoted. Ironically, Kashima had defeated a forerunner of Shimizu's, Nippon Light Metal/Hagoromo Club, to earn its JSL Second Division place back in 1974).
Since the J. League's creation and introduction of professional Japanese football in 1993, Kashima have consistently been amongst the strongest teams in the country, holding several distinctions and records. Led by former Brazilian star and Japanese national team coach Zico in the team's formative years, Kashima were the first team to win a J. League stage, claiming the 1st stage of the inaugural season in 1993. This laid a platform for continuous greatness and long after the Kashima icon had departed, in 2000 Kashima became the first and only J. League team to achieve the "treble", by winning all three major titles: J. League, J. League Cup, and Emperor's Cup in the same year.
In recent times, by clinching the 2007 J. League title they became the first and only team in Japan to have won ten domestic titles in the professional era. In 2008 they became the first and only club to successfully defend the J. League title on two separate occasions. In 2009 they became the first and only club to win three consecutive J. League titles. Most recently, with victories in back to back J. League Cups in 2011 and 2012, Kashima extended their unmatched record of major domestic titles in the professional era to sixteen.
To this day, Kashima has maintained strong ties with the football community in Brazil, a fact borne out of Zico's past affiliation with the club. Kashima's Brazilian connection has manifested itself in both the club's player transfer and coaching policy resulting in only two non-Brazilian foreign players and predominantly Brazilian managers signing for Kashima since the inception of the J. League.
|2000||Glory Again - 原点からの挑戦 -|
|2001||- 勝利主義 Antlersism - FOR NEXT 10 YEARS|
|2002||- 進化 Antlersism - STAIRWAY TO THE WORLD|
|2003||OVER'03 - カシマからアジア、そして世界へ -|
|2004||FOOTBALL DREAM 2004 - 奪冠10 -|
|2005||FOOTBALL DREAM 2005 - 反撃宣言 -|
|2006||FOOTBALL DREAM 2006 - 一新制覇 -|
|2007||FOOTBALL DREAM'07 - 魂 Spirits -|
|2008||FOOTBALL DREAM 2008 - DESAFIO 挑戦 -|
|2009||FOOTBALL DREAM 2009 - PROGRESSO 飛躍 -|
|2010||FOOTBALL DREAM 2010 - Evolucao 新化 -|
|2011||FOOTBALL DREAM NEXT|
|2012||SMILE AGAIN with PRIDE|
|2013||RENASCIMENTO - 誇りを胸に -|
Current squad 
2013 Season Transfers 
|Masakatsu Miyamoto||Japan||Jan 1992 – Jun 1994|
|Edu||Brazil||Jun 1994 – Dec 1995|
|João Carlos||Brazil||Jan 1996 – Jul 1998|
|Takashi Sekizuka (interim)||Japan||Jul 1998|
|Zé Mario||Brazil||Aug 1998 – Aug 1999|
|Takashi Sekizuka (interim)||Japan||Aug 1999|
|Zico (interim)||Brazil||Aug 1999 – Dec 1999|
|Toninho Cerezo||Brazil||Jan 2000 – Dec 2005|
|Paulo Autuori||Brazil||Jan 2006 – Dec 2006|
|Oswaldo de Oliveira||Brazil||Jan 2007 – Dec 2011|
|Jorginho||Brazil||Jan 2012 – Dec 2012|
|Toninho Cerezo||Brazil||Jan 2013 –|
Record as J. League member 
|Season||Division||Teams||Position||Average Attendance||J. League Cup||Emperor's Cup||Asia|
|1994||J1||12||3||16,812||1st Round||1st Round||-||-|
|1999||J1||16||9||17,049||Final||4th Round||CWC||3rd Place|
|2009||J1||18||1||21,617||Quarterfinal||Quarterfinal||CL||Round of 16|
|2010||J1||18||4||20,966||Quarterfinal||Winner||CL||Round of 16|
|2011||J1||18||6||16,156||Winner||4th Round||CL||Round of 16|
Sumitomo Soccer Club (Amateur era)
Kashima Antlers (Professional era)
- Xerox Super Cup:
- Winners (5): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010
- (Japanese) Official Website