Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima
サンフレッチェ広島
Logo
Full name Sanfrecce Hiroshima F.C.
Nickname(s) Sanfrecce, Sanfre
Founded 1992; 26 years ago (1992)
Ground Hiroshima Big Arch
Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Ground Capacity 36,894[1]
Owner Mazda
Chairman Kaoru Koyano
Manager Hiroshi Jofuku
League J1 League
2017 J1 League, 15th
Website Club website
Current season

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.

Club name[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

  • 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)

Location[edit]

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.

History[edit]

As Mazda team[edit]

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 Team[edit]

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.

2000s[edit]

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.[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 team to successfully defend their crown since Kashima in 2009.

Record[edit]

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 - -
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

League history[edit]

  • 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.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC & Mazda SC (Amateur era)

 

International[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC (Amateur era)

Personnel awards[edit]

Domestic

International

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 January 2018[6][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 Takuto Hayashi
2 Japan DF Yuki Nogami
3 Japan DF Soya Takahashi
4 Japan DF Hiroki Mizumoto
5 Japan DF Kazuhiko Chiba
6 Japan DF Toshihiro Aoyama (captain)
8 Japan MF Kazuyuki Morisaki
9 Japan FW Masato Kudo (3rd captain)
10 Brazil MF Felipe Silva
14 Japan MF Tsukasa Morishima
15 Japan MF Sho Inagaki
16 Kosovo FW Besart Berisha
18 Japan MF Yoshifumi Kashiwa (vice-captain)
19 Japan DF Sho Sasaki
20 Japan FW Daiki Watari
No. Position Player
21 Japan GK Ryotaro Hironaga
23 Japan MF Kyohei Yoshino
26 Japan MF Ayumu Kawai
27 Japan DF Kazuaki Mawatari
28 Japan DF Daiki Niwa
29 Japan MF Takumu Kawamura
30 Japan MF Kosei Shibasaki
31 Thailand FW Teerasil Dangda (on loan from Muangthong United)
32 Japan MF Taishi Matsumoto
33 Japan DF Takuya Wada
34 Japan GK Hirotsugu Nakabayashi
36 Japan MF Hayao Kawabe (4th captain)
38 Japan GK Keisuke Osako
39 Brazil FW Patric (on loan from Salgueiro)

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

Managers[edit]

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 Germany Eckhard Krautzun (August – September 1983)
Kazuo Imanishi  Japan 1984–87 Netherlands Hans Ooft (1984–87)
Netherlands Dido Havenaar (1986–87)
Hans Ooft  Netherlands 1987–88 Netherlands Dido Havenaar (1987–88)
Kazuo Imanishi  Japan 1988–92 England Bill Foulkes (1988–91)
Stuart Baxter  England July 1992 – December 1994 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Sweden Jan Jönsson (1993–94)
Wim Jansen  Netherlands January 1995 – Dececember 1996 N/A
Eddie Thomson  Scotland January 1997 – December 2000 Scotland 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 Serbia 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edion Stadium Hiroshima". J.League. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 13 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The Secret History of the Mongols, Chapter 1 verse 19
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Hiroshima capture first J-League title | Football | Reuters". Football.uk.reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-11-30. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Sanfrecce Hiroshima (players)". Sanfrecce Hiroshima. 

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