Kashima Antlers

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Kashima Antlers
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Full nameKashima Antlers F.C. Co., Ltd.
Founded1947;74 years ago (1947) (as Sumitomo Metal FC)
Ground Kashima Soccer Stadium
Capacity40,728 [1]
Owner Mercari
ChairmanFumiaki Koizumi
Manager Naoki Soma (caretaker)
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 5th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ, Kashima Antorāzu) are a Japanese professional football club based in Kashima, Ibaraki, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.

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Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island". The club has financial backing from Mercari, a Japanese e-commerce company.

Since the J.League's creation and introduction of professional Japanese football in 1993, Kashima have proved by far Japan's most successful football club, having won the J.League title a record eight times, the J.League Cup a record six times and the Emperor's Cup five times for an unprecedented total of nineteen major domestic titles. Kashima became Asian Champions when they won their first AFC Champions League title in 2018. 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 captured a title in over sixty percent of all seasons played to date.

Kashima are also one of only two clubs to have competed in Japan's top flight of professional football every year since its inception (the other being Yokohama F. Marinos).

History

The name ‘Antlers’ is derived from the city of Kashima, which literally translates to ‘Deer Island’. The club crest not only resembles deer antlers but it also reflects the image of rose thorn as it is the official flower of Ibaraki, the home prefecture of the club. Deer are amiable animals and are viewed in some religions as spiritual messengers. In fact, Kashima Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Japan and located in close proximity to the club headquarters, have kept and raised deer for more than 1,300 years as spiritual symbol. Deer are affectionate animals but are also known for their courageous character as they battle each other head to head with lethal antlers.

Leonardo Araujo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996 Leonardo Nascimento de Araujo 2011.jpg
Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996

Founded in 1947 as Sumitomo Metal Industries Factory Football Club in Osaka and moved to Kashima, Ibaraki in 1975. It played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League (JSL). 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 club's name and reformed as the Kashima Antlers. Kashima was essentially promoted to the new top flight, as many JSL First Division clubs decided to relegate themselves being unprepared for professionalism. (Of the original 10 [lower-alpha 1] 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 clubs in the country, holding several distinctions and records. Led by former Brazilian star and Japanese national team coach Zico in the club's formative years, Kashima were the first club 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 J.League club 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 club 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. With victories in back to back J.League Cups in 2011, 2012 and most recently followed by their 2015 victory, Kashima extended their unmatched record of major domestic titles in the professional era to seventeen.

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Outside the Kashima Soccer Stadium

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 three non-Brazilian foreign players and predominantly Brazilian managers signing for Kashima since the inception of the J.League.

The population of Kashima city is a mere 60,000 and for that reason club has also adopted the surrounding cities of Itako, Kamisu, Namegata and Hokota as its official hometowns, all in Ibaraki Prefecture. The combined population of five cities is 280,000. Antlers home games are played at Kashima Soccer Stadium, one of the 2002 FIFA World Cup venues with capacity of 40,000.

In 2016, they became the first Asian club to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final following a 3–0 victory over South American champions Atlético Nacional. [2] In the final, after a 2–2 draw against European champions Real Madrid after 90 minutes, they were beaten 4–2 after extra time. [3]

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Season(s)Main Shirt SponsorCollarbone SponsorAdditional Sponsor(s)Kit Manufacturer
2018 Lixil Mercari Yellow Hat Riso Kagaku Corporation Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Eyeful Home- Nike
2019 Nippon Steel
2020
2021 Merpay Connect

Kit history

Slogans

YearSlogan
1998CHALLENGE
1999NEXT
2000Glory 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
2003OVER'03 – カシマからアジア、そして世界へ 
2004FOOTBALL DREAM 2004 – 奪冠10 
2005FOOTBALL DREAM 2005 – 反撃宣言 
2006FOOTBALL DREAM 2006 – 一新制覇 
2007FOOTBALL DREAM'07 – 魂 Spirits 
2008FOOTBALL DREAM 2008 – DESAFIO 挑戦 
2009FOOTBALL DREAM 2009 – PROGRESSO 飛躍 
2010FOOTBALL DREAM 2010 – Evolução 新化 
2011FOOTBALL DREAM NEXT
2012SMILE AGAIN with PRIDE
2013RENASCIMENTO – 誇りを胸に 
2014SPECTACLE – 戦 
2015RISE TO THE CHALLENGE – 覚悟 
2016FOOTBALL DREAM ともに
2017FOOTBALL DREAM つなぐ
2018FOOTBALL DREAM こえる
2019FOOTBALL DREAM かわる
2020FOOTBALL DREAM みせる [4]

Sponsors

List of Sponsors [5]

Players

Current squad

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Kashima players training at Azadi Stadium
As of February 9, 2021 [6]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Kwoun Sun-tae
4 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Léo Silva
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Sugioka
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryota Nagaki
7 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Juan Alano
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shoma Doi
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Everaldo
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuji Izumi
13 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryotaro Araki
14 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Katsuya Nagato
17 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Arthur Caíke
18 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayase Ueda
19 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Itsuki Someno
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kento Misao (captain)
21 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Diego Pituca
22 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rikuto Hirose
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoki Hayashi
24 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Ogawa
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yasushi Endo
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Naoki Suto
27 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Matsumura
28 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koki Machida
29 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoki Hayakawa
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Oki
32 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keigo Tsunemoto
33 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ikuma Sekigawa
34 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yu Funabashi
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kei Koizumi
38 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiki Yamada
39 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoya Inukai
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryōhei Shirasaki

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Bueno (on loan at Atlético Mineiro)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuki Nara (on loan at Avispa Fukuoka)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Itsuki Oda (on loan at JEF United Chiba)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shogo Sasaki (on loan at Iwate Grulla Morioka)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shintaro Nago (on loan at Shonan Bellmare)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kotaro Arima (on loan at Tochigi SC)
FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Kakita (on loan at Tokushima Vortis)

Technical staff

As of June 2020
PositionName
Technical Director Flag of Brazil.svg Zico
Manager Flag of Japan.svg Naoki Soma
Assistant coach Flag of Brazil.svg Carlos Pacheco
Assistant coach
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Japan.svg Yohei Sato

Managers

ManagerNationalityTenure
Masakatsu Miyamoto Flag of Japan.svg JapanJanuary 1992 – June 1994
Edu Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilJune 1994 – December 1995
João Carlos Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilJanuary 1996 – July 1998
Takashi Sekizuka (interim)Flag of Japan.svg JapanJuly 1998
Zé Mário Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilJuly 1998 – August 1999
Takashi Sekizuka (interim)Flag of Japan.svg JapanAugust 1999
Zico (interim)Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil20 August 1999 – 31 December 1999
Toninho Cerezo Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1 January 2000 – 30 December 2005
Paulo Autuori Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil31 December 2005 – 29 November 2006
Oswaldo de Oliveira Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1 January 2007 – 31 December 2011
Jorginho Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012
Toninho Cerezo Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1 January 2013 – 22 July 2015
Masatada Ishii Flag of Japan.svg Japan23 July 2015 – 31 May 2017
Go Oiwa Flag of Japan.svg Japan31 May 2017 – 1 January 2020
Antônio Carlos Zago Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil2 January 2020 - 3 April 2021
Naoki Soma (interim)Flag of Japan.svg Japan7 Apri 2021 - as of today


Record as J.League member

ChampionsRunners-up Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Avg. Attd. Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Super Cup Asia Others
1992QuarterfinalSemifinal
1993 J1102nd14,016Runners-upGroup Stage
1994 123th16,8121st round1st round
1995 147th19,141Semifinal
1996 161st15,386QuarterfinalGroup Stage
1997 172nd16,985WinnerWinnerWinner
1998 181st15,345SemifinalSemifinalWinner CC Quarterfinal
1999 169th17,0494th roundRunners-upWinner CWC 3rd Place
2000 161st17,507WinnerWinner CC Quarterfinal
2001 161st22,425QuarterfinalSemifinalRunners-up
2002 164th21,590Runners-upWinnerRunners-up CC Quarterfinal
2003 165th21,204SemifinalRunners-up CL Group Stage A3 Winner
2004 166th17,585QuarterfinalQuarterfinal
2005 183rd18,641QuarterfinalGroup Stage
2006 186th15,433SemifinalRunners-up
2007 181st16,239WinnerSemifinal
2008 181st19,7145th roundQuarterfinalRunners-up CL Quarterfinal
2009 181st21,617QuarterfinalQuarterfinalWinner CL Round of 16
2010 184th20,966WinnerQuarterfinalWinner CL Round of 16
2011 186th16,1564th roundWinnerRunners-up CL Round of 16
2012 1811th15,381SemifinalWinner Suruga Winner
2013 185th16,4194th roundQuarterfinal Suruga Winner
2014 183rd17,6652nd roundGroup Stage
2015 185th16,4233rd roundWinner CL Group Stage
2016 181st19,103WinnerGroup Stage Suruga Runners-up
FIFA Runners-up
2017 182nd20,467QuarterfinalQuarterfinalWinner CL Round of 16
2018 183rd20,547SemifinalSemifinal CL Winner FIFA 4th place
2019 183rd20,571Runners-upSemifinal CL Quarterfinal
2020 185th 6,466 -Group Stage CL Playoff

Attendance

Financials

Revenue & Expenditure

Assets & Net Worth

Honours

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Kashima Antlers celebrate after winning the 2018 AFC Champions League.

Sumitomo Metal FC

Kashima Antlers

Domestic

International

Personnel awards

World Cup players

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup, while playing for Kashima Antlers:

Olympic players

The following players have represented their country at the Summer Olympic Games whilst playing for Kashima Antlers:

Former players

International capped players

In the Captain Tsubasa manga series, two characters were players of Kashima Antlers. The Brazilian midfielders Luciano Leo (himself loosely based on Leonardo) and Pepe were colleagues of Flamengo's Carlos Santana and São Paulo FC's Tsubasa Ozora.

Notes

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