Kashiwa Reysol

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Full nameHitachi Kashiwa Reysol[1]
Founded1940; 79 years ago (1940) as Hitachi, Ltd. Soccer Club
GroundHitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium
Kashiwa, Chiba
ChairmanShigeyuki Onodera
ManagerTakahiro Shimotaira
LeagueJ2 League
2018J1 League, 17th Decrease (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kashiwa Reysol (柏レイソル, Kashiwa Reisoru) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba. The team currently competes in the J2 League.

Formed in 1940, Reysol were founding members of Japan Soccer League in 1965 and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of Japanese football. They have been Japanese league champions twice, in 1972 and 2011, and have won three Emperor's Cups.

Reysol have a rivalry with neighbours JEF United Chiba and the two sides contest the Chiba derby. The club have been based at Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium since 1985.


Founded in 1940 as Hitachi, Ltd. Soccer Club in Kodaira, Tokyo, the team was a founding member of the Japan Soccer League.[1] It had some success during the mid-1970s, winning several Emperor's Cup and JSL titles and contributing several players to the Japanese national team.

In 1986, the team relocated from Kodaira to Kashiwa, but it took a while to adapt to the new town, as they were relegated to the JSL Division 2 at the season's closing.[2] They made it back to the top flight in 1989, only to drop back in 1990 and return in 1991.[1] As the J. League advent had come too soon for them, Hitachi chose to relegate itself in the last JSL season.

The team joined the Japan Football League in 1992 and added Careca of the Brazil national football team with the aim of winning the JFL champion for promotion to the J1 league in 1993.[1] Kashiwa Reysol struggled; however, with the help of Hisao Ariga, Careca and Ze Sergio Kashiwa Reysol were a great force. The quest was unsuccessful and the team barely managed to come in at the fifth spot. In 1994 the team secured the second spot in the JFL and earned promotion to the top league. From 1995, it was in the J1 and in 1998, the team welcomed the former manager for Japan's Olympic team, Akira Nishino as its manager. In 1999, it won its first title, the Nabisco Cup Championship. The 1999 and 2000 seasons marked a relative highpoint in the club's history.[3]

Over the next two seasons, management changes, in particular the tenure of English coach Steve Perryman, unsettled the team and they lost ground. Things got worse still. Following a 16th place out of 18 finish in the 2005 standings, Kashiwa Reysol lost the promotion/relegation play-offs against the 3rd place J2 team Ventforet Kofu. For the first time, three J1 teams were sent down to J2.[4]

Following relegation the team lost all its former players. It began 2006 with both a new coach, Nobuhiro Ishizaki, and an almost entirely new squad. Kashiwa lead J2 for much of 2006, but a series of poor performances in the later stages saw them slip down the table. It was only in the final game of the season that the team secured automatic promotion to J1 as first-placed runners-up.[5]

In 2009 they were relegated again, but in 2010 they won the J2 title and in 2011, against all predictions, won the J1 title, becoming the first Japanese team to win the second and first tier titles back-to-back.[6] By winning the title in 2011, they also qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.


Historically, Kashiwa's fiercest rivals have been JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Urawa Red Diamonds, both close neighbors. Other close rivals include Kashima Antlers and Omiya Ardija.

Record as J. League member[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J. League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC FIFA CWC
1995 J1 14 12 16,102 2nd Round
1996 J1 16 5 13,033 Semi-finals 4th Round
1997 J1 17 7 8,664 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
1998 J1 18 8 9,932 Group Stage 4th Round
1999 J1 16 3 10,122 Winner Semi-finals
2000 J1 16 3 10,037 2nd Round 4th Round
2001 J1 16 6 12,477 2nd Round 3rd Round
2002 J1 16 12 11,314 Quarter-finals 3rd Round
2003 J1 16 12 10,873 Group Stage 4th Round
2004 J1 16 16 10,513 Group Stage 4th Round
2005 J1 18 16 12,492 Group Stage 5th Round
2006 J2 13 2 8,328 4th Round
2007 J1 18 8 12,967 Group Stage 4th Round
2008 J1 18 11 12,308 Group Stage Final
2009 J1 18 16 11,738 Group Stage 3rd Round
2010 J2 19 1 8,098 4th Round
2011 J1 18 1 11,917 1st Round 4th Round 4th Place
2012 J1 18 6 13,768 Semi-finals Winner Round of 16
2013 J1 18 10 12,553 Winner 4th Round Semi-finals
2014 J1 18 4 10,715 Semi-finals 3rd Round
2015 J1 18 10 10,918 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2016 J1 18 8 10,728 Group Stage Round of 16
2017 J1 18 4 11,820 Group Stage Semi-finals
2018 J1 18 17 11,298 Semi-finals 3rd Round Group Stage
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J. League Data Site


League titles
1972, 2011
1990–91, 2010
Cup titles
1972, 1975, 2012
1976, 1999, 2013
  • All Japan Works Football Championship: 2
1958, 1960
  • All Japan Inter-City Football Championship: 1
International titles

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 January 2019.[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Kazushige Kirihata
2 Japan DF Jiro Kamata
3 Japan DF Daichi Tagami
4 Japan DF Taiyo Koga
5 Japan MF Yūsuke Kobayashi
6 Japan DF Toshiya Takagi
7 Japan MF Hidekazu Otani (captain)
8 Japan MF Kei Koizumi
9 Brazil FW Cristiano
10 Japan MF Ataru Esaka
11 Japan FW Ryohei Yamazaki
13 Japan DF Ryuta Koike
15 Japan DF Yuta Someya
16 Japan GK Haruhiko Takimoto
17 Japan MF Kohei Tezuka
18 Japan MF Yusuke Segawa
No. Position Player
19 Brazil MF Gabriel
20 Japan DF Takumi Kamijima
21 Japan GK Haruki Saruta
22 South Korea DF Park Jeong-su
23 Japan GK Kosuke Nakamura
24 Japan DF Toshiaki Miyamoto
25 Japan MF Riku Tanaka
26 Kenya FW Michael Olunga
29 Japan DF So Nakagawa
30 Japan MF Kazuya Murata
33 Japan DF Shunki Takahashi
34 Japan DF Hayato Sugii
35 Brazil MF Richardson
36 Japan MF Yuto Yamada
38 Japan MF Daisuke Kikuchi

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan DF Takuya Hashiguchi (at Tegevajaro Miyazaki)
Japan DF Tatsuya Masushima (at JEF United Chiba)
Japan MF Junya Ito (at Genk)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Kim Bo-kyung (at Ulsan Hyundai FC)
South Korea MF Yun Suk-Young (at FC Seoul)
Japan MF Hiroto Nakagawa (at Shonan Bellmare)



  1. ^ a b c d "Club guide: Kashiwa Reysol". J. League. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Hometown". Kashiwa Reysol. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "1 History". Decade: Kashiwa Reysol official history 1994–2004. Bunkakobo. 2004. ISBN 978-4-434-04119-8.
  4. ^ "Match report: Promotion/Relegation Series". J's Goal. December 10, 2005. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Match report: Kashiwa 3–0 Shonan". J's Goal. December 2, 2006. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (December 4, 2011). "Reysol complete storybook season". The Japan Times. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ "Clubs & Players". Kashiwa Reysol. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

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