Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima
サンフレッチェ広島
SanfrecceHiroshima.png
Full nameSanfrecce Hiroshima FC
Nickname(s)Sanfrecce, Sanfre, Viola
Founded1938;83 years ago (1938) [1] (as Toyo Industries SC)
Ground Edion Stadium Hiroshima
Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima
Capacity36,894 [2]
OwnerEDION
Mazda
ChairmanTakuya Yamamoto
Manager Hiroshi Jofuku
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 8th of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Japanese : サンフレッチェ広島, romanized: Sanfuretche Hiroshima) is a Japanese professional football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country.

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Club name

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. [3]

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. [4]

Location

The club's home town is 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

As Mazda team

1965 Inaugural League Champion. Hiroyuki Kuwahara and Yasuyuki Kuwahara are brothers.

The club 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.

The club was an original founder ("Original Eight" [lower-alpha 1] ) of the now-disbanded Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965. 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 ("Original Ten" [lower-alpha 2] ).

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 Champion

The Toyo Industries 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 clubs in Japan (the others were Mitsubishi in 1969 and Yamaha 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

former logo SanfreeceHiroshima.png
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 clubs) 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. [5] [6]

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 club to successfully defend their crown since Kashima Antlers in 2009.

Kit and colours

Colours

The main colour of Sanfrecce Hiroshima is purple.

Kit history

Record as J.League member

SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC CL FIFA CWC
1992Group stage2nd round
1993 J1105th16,644Group stageSemi-finals
1994 122nd17,1911st roundQuarter-finals
1995 1410th11,689Final
1996 1614th8,469Group stageFinal
1997 1712th6,533Group stage4th round
1998 1810th8,339Group stageQuarter-finals
1999 168th9,3772nd roundFinal
2000 1611th8,8652nd round4th round
2001 169th9,916Quarter-finals4th round
2002 1615th10,941Group stageSemi-finals
2003 J2122nd9,0004th round
2004 J11612th14,800Group stage4th round
2005 187th12,527Group stage5th round
2006 1810th11,180Group stage5th round
2007 1816th11,423Quarter-finalsFinal
2008 J2151st10,840Quarter-finals
2009 J1184th15,723Group stage3rd round
2010 187th14,562Final3rd round Group stage
2011 187th13,2031st round3rd round
2012 181st17,721Group stage2nd round 5th place
2013 181st16,209Quarter-finalsFinal Group stage
2014 188th14,997FinalRound of 16 Round of 16
2015 181st16,382Group stageQuarter-finals 3rd Place
2016 186th15,464Quarter-finalsQuarter-finals Group stage
2017 1815th14,042Play-off stageRound of 16
2018 182nd14,346Group stageRound of 16
2019 186th13,886Quarter-finals4th round Round of 16
2020 188th4,545-DNQ-
Key

League history

Total (as of 2016): 45 seasons in the top tier and 7 seasons in the second tier.

Honours

Domestic

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC & Mazda SC (Amateur era)

 

International

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC (amateur era)

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2010 AFC Champions League Group H Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng 0–13–23rd
Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 4–31–2
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adelaide United 1–02–3
2013 AFC Champions League Group G Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor 0–20–04th
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Guoan 0–01–2
Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 0–11–1
2014 AFC Champions League Group F Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Guoan 1–12–22nd
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Mariners 1–01–2
Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 2–12–2
Round of 16 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Sydney Wanderes 3–10–23–3 (a)
2016 AFC Champions League Group F Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng 1–20–13rd
Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 2–11–4
Flag of Thailand.svg Buriram United 3–02–0
2019 AFC Champions League Play-off round Flag of Thailand.svg Chiangrai United 0–0 ( a.e.t. )
(4–3 p)
Group F Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 1–00–2
1st
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Victory 2–13–1
Flag of South Korea.svg Daegu FC 2–01–0
Round of 16 Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 3–20–13–3 (a)

Personnel awards

Domestic

International

Players

Current squad

As of 13 February 2021 [7]

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 Japan.svg  JPN Takuto Hayashi
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Nogami
3 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Akira Ibayashi
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayato Araki
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Toshihiro Aoyama
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hayao Kawabe
9 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Douglas Vieira
10 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tsukasa Morishima
13 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Masuda
14 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Ezequiel
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoya Fujii
16 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kohei Shimizu
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshifumi Kashiwa
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Sho Sasaki
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Nagai
22 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Goro Kawanami
23 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shun Ayukawa
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shunki Higashi
25 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yusuke Chajima
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kodai Dohi
27 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Rhayner (on loan from Tombense)
29 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuya Asano
30 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kosei Shibasaki
33 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Imazu
37 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Júnior Santos
38 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Keisuke Osako
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoichi Naganuma
46 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Tanada

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 Japan.svg  JPN Osamu Henry Iyoha (at Kagoshima United FC)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takumu Kawamura (at Ehime FC)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroya Matsumoto (at Omiya Ardija)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Gakuto Notsuda (at Ventforet Kofu)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taishi Matsumoto (at Cerezo Osaka)

Managers

ManagerNationalityTenureClubAssistant coach
Yoshiki YamazakiFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1938–42, 1947–50Toyo KogyoN/A
Minoru ObataFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1951–63
Yukio Shimomura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1964–71
Kenzo Ohashi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1972–75
Ikuo Matsumoto Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1976
Aritatsu Ogi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1977–80
Teruo Nimura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1981–83MAZDA Sports Flag of Germany.svg Eckhard Krautzun (August – September 1983)
Kazuo Imanishi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1984–87 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hans Ooft (1984–87)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dido Havenaar (1986–87)
Hans Ooft Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1987–88 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dido Havenaar (1987–88)
Kazuo Imanishi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1988–92 Flag of England.svg Bill Foulkes (1988–91)
Stuart Baxter Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland July 1992 – December 1994Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Sweden.svg Jan Jönsson (1993–94)
Wim Jansen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands January 1995 – Dececember 1996N/A
Eddie Thomson Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland January 1997 – December 2000 Flag of Scotland.svg Tom Sermanni (1997–98)
Valeri Nepomniachi Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1 January 2001 – 31 December 2001N/A
Gadzhi Gadzhiev Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1 January 2002 – June 2002
Takahiro Kimura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan June 2002 – December 2002
Takeshi Ono Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 December 2002 – 1 April 2006
Kazuyori Mochizuki (interim)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2 April 2006 – 9 June 2006
Mihailo Petrović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 10 June 2006 – 31 December 2011 Flag of Serbia.svg Ranko Popović (2006–07)
Hajime Moriyasu Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 January 2012 – 4 July 2017N/A
Jan Jönsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 10 July 2017 – 7 December 2017
Hiroshi Jofuku Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 7 December 2017 – present

Notes

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