Urawa Red Diamonds

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Full nameUrawa Red Diamonds
Nickname(s)Reds (レッズ, Rezzu) / Red Devils (赤い悪魔, Akai Akuma)
Founded1950;71 years ago (1950)
Ground Saitama Stadium 2002
Midori-ku, Saitama
Capacity63,700
Owner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
ChairmanKeizo Fuchita
Manager Ricardo Rodríguez
League J1 League
2020 J1 League, 10th of 18
Website Club website
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Old crest MitsubishiUrawaFC.png
Old crest

Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ, Urawa Reddo Daiyamonzu), colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ) (1950–present, also Mitsubishi Urawa Football Club (April 1992–January 1996)), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. The club plays in the J1 League, the top tier of football in the country. Its name comes from the former city of Urawa, now part of Saitama.

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The name Red Diamonds alludes to the club's pre-professional era parent company Mitsubishi. The corporation's logo consists of three red diamonds, one of which remains within the current club badge.

History

Shin-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries established a football club in 1950 [1] in Kobe and moved the club to Tokyo in 1958. In 1965 it formed the Japan Soccer League (JSL) along with today's JEF United Chiba, Kashiwa Reysol, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and three other clubs who have since been relegated to regional leagues ("Original Eight" [lower-alpha 1] ).

Mitsubishi first won the JSL championship in 1969, as a break in Mazda/Sanfrecce's dominance (and also with the fact that Toyo were in Bangkok, Thailand, competing in the Asian Club Cup); their runs up the first division were sporadic but steady until the 1980s when they fell into the Second Division. In 1990 they were promoted as JSL Division 2 champions, and thus were ready when the J-League implementation began in earnest. Urawa Red Diamonds was an original member ("Original Ten" [lower-alpha 2] ) of the J.League in 1993.

Mitsubishi were the first Japanese club to complete a domestic treble, when in 1978 they won the title, the Emperor's Cup and the Japan Soccer League Cup.

The club has enjoyed mixed fortunes since the J-League advent. The club finished bottom of the league for the first two seasons of the J-League with an average crowd of under 15,000. In 1999 they suffered relegation to the second tier of Japanese football yet again. The club has since improved in form in recent years, starting with a 2003 victory in the Nabisco Cup.

In 2006 Urawa clinched their first professional league title by defeating runners-up Gamba Osaka 3–2 on December 2 before 63,000 supporters. This came after two close calls in the previous two years. In 2005, they finished 2nd, one point behind champions Gamba Osaka. In 2004, they finished 3rd in the first stage and won the second stage. Having qualified for the two-match J.League Championship decider, they lost on penalty kicks to Yokohama F. Marinos.

Urawa were back to back Emperor's Cup winners in 2005 and 2006. Winning the title for the first time since establishment as a professional club, they defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 on January 1, 2006, and retained the title in 2007 with a 1–0 win over Gamba Osaka. This win also completed a league-cup double. In the 2007 tournament they were defeated at the first hurdle by J2 outfit Ehime FC.

In 2007, despite a seemingly unassailable lead of seven points with four games remaining, Urawa picked up only two points from their final four games. This run included losing at home to Kashima Antlers; the club who would leapfrog Urawa on the final day of the season to claim their fifth J.League title. Following their capitulation in the fourth round of the Emperor's Cup to J2 outfit Ehime FC, Urawa had to be content with their 2007 Asian Champions League title. Urawa recorded their first international title after overcoming Iranian club Sepahan F.C. 3–1 on aggregate. The victory made them the first Japanese side to win the title since the competition was reorganised from the Asian Champions Cup in 2003. In the Club World Cup of the same year, Urawa became the first AFC club to finish in third place, beating Tunisian Étoile Sportive du Sahel side on penalty kicks in the third / fourth place play off.

In 2008, Urawa attempted to win their second consecutive Asian Champions League title and progressed to the semi finals where they were defeated by fellow J-League rivals, and eventual Champions League winners, Gamba Osaka 3–1 on aggregate.

On March 8, 2014, a banner which read "JAPANESE ONLY" was hung at one of the entrances to the stands. [2] As punishment for this racist behavior, the March 23 match was played in an empty stadium. [3]

International affiliation

The club is also notable in that former Feyenoord midfielder Shinji Ono began his professional career playing for Urawa. Ono returned for the 2006 season for a second stint with the club. Urawa is affiliated with German club FC Bayern Munich, whose nickname is also "The Reds". [4] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the FC Bayern Munich, announced that "We have been looking for clubs which have potential ability, management stability and cordial confidence. We could fulfill the desire to affiliate with this great club, Urawa Reds." [5] Some other foreign clubs, such as Arsenal F.C., Club Atlético Independiente, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, VfB Stuttgart, Manchester United F.C., Feyenoord, Hamburger SV and Perth Glory FC, visited Japan and played friendly games at the Saitama Stadium.

In August 2004, Urawa appeared in a pre-season four-club friendly tournament, the Vodafone Cup, at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. The Japanese club, missing key players, lost their first game 5–2 against the Argentinian side Boca Juniors. The second fixture against the hosts, Manchester United, was called off due to a massive electric storm. Some 800 Urawa fans had travelled to the game and were later compensated.

The club's supporters also have an unofficial relationship with Shanghai Shenhua. The clubs' supporters will support each other in continental competition. For example, Shenhua fans will support Urawa when Urawa plays in Shanghai against Shanghai SIPG. [6]

Stadium

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International friendly match against Manchester United, July 30, 2005, Saitama Stadium

Since the establishment of J.League in 1992, the club had used tracked Urawa Komaba Stadium as its home stadium. Due to the increasing popularity of the matches, Saitama City, owner of the stadium, expanded the seat capacity some times. The club used Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium until the works were complete. In spite of the poor performance of the club, the stadium was filled with faithful supporters, drawing an average audience of twenty thousand people.

In October 2001, Saitama Prefecture built new football-specific Saitama Stadium in Saitama city. This stadium was used as a venue for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup the club gradually increased home games in Saitama Stadium and in 2003 the stadium was formally designated as the home stadium. In 2008, only two games were held at Komaba Stadium.

Facilities

Urawa Reds uses Ohara City Field for training. In addition to this facility, the club opened Redsland in 2005, which has three grass fields, one artificial turf field, one baseball field, futsal courts and tennis courts. [7] Redsland is opened to the public and club members can use the facilities at relatively cheap fees.

Rivalries

Saitama derby

Urawa Red Diamonds has a local derby with Omiya Ardija, from Ōmiya-ku, Saitama city. They first met in the 1987 Emperor's Cup, with Mitsubishi defeating NTT Kanto by 5 to 0 at Nishigaoka National Stadium. The derby first took place in the JSL Second Division in the 1989–90 season, and it wouldn't take place until the 2000 season when Urawa was relegated to the second tier again. In 2003 the formerly separate Omiya and Urawa cities merged to become Saitama city, and since 2005 the derby became a top flight fixture after Omiya was promoted.

Marunouchi Gosanke

During the JSL years and into the 1990s, Urawa's main top flight rivals were JEF United Chiba and Kashiwa Reysol, both now based in Chiba Prefecture. Because of their former parent companies' headquarters being all based in Marunouchi, Tokyo, the three clubs were known as the Marunouchi Gosanke (丸の内御三家, "Marunouchi Big Three") and fixtures among them were known as the Marunouchi derbies, although the term is falling out of use as they are now based in different prefectures and rarely play home games in Tokyo stadiums.

Others

Rivals further afield include Kashima Antlers, FC Tokyo, Yokohama Marinos, Kawasaki Frontale, and, even farther away, Gamba Osaka. Old JSL championship rivalries with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Cerezo Osaka and Shonan Bellmare have ebbed down as those clubs had nadirs in the 3 teary.

Women's and amateur teams

The club also has women's and amateur teams.

Kit and colours

Colours

The main colour of Urawa Red Diamonds is red

Kit evolution

Record

ChampionsRunners-upThird place Promoted Relegated
SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Avg. Attd. Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Super Cup AFC CL Others
1992Semi-finalsGroup stage
1993 J11010th11,4592nd roundGroup stage
1994 1212th18,4753rd roundQuarter-finals
1995 144th19,560Quarter-finals
1996 166th24,329Semi-finalsGroup stage
1997 1710th20,5044th roundQuarter-finals
1998 186th22,706Quarter-finalsGroup stage
1999 1615th21,2064h RoundQuarter-finals
2000 J2112nd16,9234h Round1st round
2001 J11610th26,720Semi-finalsQuarter-finals
2002 1611th26,2963rd roundRunners-up
2003 166th28,8553rd roundWinners
2004 162nd36,660Semi-finalsRunners-up
2005 182nd39,357WinnersSemi-finals
2006 181st45,573WinnersQuarter-finalsWinners
2007 182nd46,6674th roundQuarter-finalsRunners-upWinners A3 3rd place
FIFA 3rd place
2008 187th47,6095th roundGroup stageSemi-finals
2009 186th44,2102nd roundQuarter-finals
2010 1810th39,941Quarter-finalsGroup stage
2011 1815th33,910Quarter-finalsRunners-up
2012 183rd36,6344th roundGroup stage
2013 186th37,1003rd roundRunners-upGroup stage
2014 182nd35,5163rd roundQuarter-finals
2015 183rd38,745Runners-upQuarter-finalsRunners-upGroup stage
2016 182nd36,9354th roundWinnersRound of 16
2017 187th33,5424th roundQuarter-finalsRunners-upWinners Suruga Winners
FIFA 5th place
2018 185th34,798WinnersPlay-off stage
2019 1814th34,1844th roundQuarter-finalsRunners-upRunners-up
2020 1810th7,869Group stage
Key

Honours

Domestic competitions

Mitsubishi (Amateur era)

Urawa Red Diamonds (Professional era)

Continental

International

Individual awards

Players

Current squad

As of 5 May 2021 [9]

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 Shusaku Nishikawa
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hiroki Sakai
3 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoya Ugajin
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Iwanami
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoaki Makino
6 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryosuke Yamanaka
7 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Kasper Junker
8 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daigo Nishi
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Muto
11 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuya Tanaka
12 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Zion Suzuki
13 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryotaro Ito
14 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kenyu Sugimoto
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takahiro Akimoto
17 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Atsuki Ito
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yoshio Koizumi
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Kaneko
20 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Thomas Deng
21 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tomoaki Okubo
22 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuki Abe
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Koya Yuruki
25 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hitoshi Shiota
29 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kai Shibato
30 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shinzo Koroki
34 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yudai Fujiwara
35 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yuta Miyamoto
36 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryuya Fukushima
37 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hidetoshi Takeda
41 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takahiro Sekine
42 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kota Kudo

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
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Haruki Fukushima (On loan at Kyoto Sanga)
GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ryo Ishii (On loan at Renofa Yamaguchi)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Daiki Hashioka (On loan at Sint-Truidense VV)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Takuya Ogiwara (On loan at Kyoto Sanga)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Maurício Antônio (On loan at Portimonense)
DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Kei Oshiro (On loan at YSCC Yokohama)
MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nobuki Iketaka (On loan at Fukushima United)
FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Fabrício (On loan at Portimonense)

World Cup players

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Urawa Red Diamonds:

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2014

World Cup 2018

Club captains

Former players

International capped players

JFA.
AFC/ CAF/ OFC.
UEFA.
CONMEBOL.

Managers

ManagerNationalityTenure
StartFinish
Hiroshi Ninomiya Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 1967January 31, 1975
Kenzo Yokoyama Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 1975January 31, 1983
Kuniya Daini Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 1984une 30, 1989
Kazuo Saito Flag of Japan.svg JapanJuly 1, 1989June 30, 1992
Takaji Mori Flag of Japan.svg JapanJuly 1, 1993January 31,1994
Kenzo Yokoyama Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 1994January 31, 1995
Holger Osieck Flag of Germany.svg GermanyFebruary 1, 1995December 31, 1996
Horst Köppel Flag of Germany.svg GermanyFebruary 1, 1997December 31, 1998
Hiromi Hara Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 1998June 30, 1999
Aad de Mos Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsJuly 1, 1999December 3, 1999
Yasushi Yoshida Flag of Japan.svg JapanDecember 4,1999January 31, 2000
Kazuo Saito Flag of Japan.svg JapanFebruary 1, 2000October 2, 2000
Kenzo Yokoyama Flag of Japan.svg JapanOctober 3, 2000January 31, 2001
Tita Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilFebruary 1, 2001August 27, 2001
Pita Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilAugust 28, 2001January 31, 2001
Hans Ooft Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsFebruary 1, 2002January 31, 2004
Guido Buchwald Flag of Germany.svg GermanyFebruary 1, 2004January 31, 2006
Holger Osieck Flag of Germany.svg GermanyFebruary 1, 2007March 16, 2008
Gert Engels Flag of Germany.svg GermanyMarch 16, 2008November 27, 2008
Volker Finke Flag of Germany.svg GermanyFebruary 1, 2009January 31, 2011
Željko Petrović Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro February 1, 2011October 20, 2011
Takafumi Hori (caretaker)Flag of Japan.svg JapanOctober 20, 2011January 31, 2012
Mihailo Petrović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia February 1, 2012July 30, 2017
Takafumi Hori Flag of Japan.svg JapanJuly 31, 2017April 2, 2018
Tsuyoshi Otsuki Flag of Japan.svg JapanApril 3, 2018April 24, 2018
Oswaldo de Oliveira Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilApril 25, 2018May 28, 2019
Tsuyoshi Otsuki Flag of Japan.svg JapanMay 29, 2019December 22, 2020
Ricardo Rodríguez Flag of Spain.svg SpainDecember 22, 2020

League history

Excepting two seasons in which they were in the second tier, Mitsubishi/Urawa has always competed in the top flight, thereby being the club with the most top flight seasons total.

Notes

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
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Champions of Asia
2007
Succeeded by
Gamba Osaka
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Preceded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
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Champions of Asia
2017
Succeeded by
Kashima Antlers
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