Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Full name Sanfrecce Hiroshima F.C.
Nickname(s) Sanfrecce, Sanfre
Founded 1992 (1992)
Ground Hiroshima Big Arch
Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima
Ground Capacity 50,000
Owner Mazda
Chairman Kaoru Koyano
Manager Hajime Moriyasu
League J1 League
2016 J1 League, 6th
Website Club home page

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (サンフレッチェ広島 Sanfuretche Hiroshima) is a professional association football club based in Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. The club currently competes in the J1 League.

Club name

The club name is a portmanteau of the Japanese numeral for three, San and an Italian word frecce or 'arrows'. This is based on the story of Mori 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.[1]


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.


As Mazda team

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

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.


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.[2][3]

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.


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 Group Stage -

League history

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



Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC & Mazda SC (Amateur era)



Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Professional era)

Toyo Kogyo SC (Amateur era)

Personnel awards




Current squad

Updated 19 May 2016[4]
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
4 Japan DF Hiroki Mizumoto
5 Japan DF Kazuhiko Chiba
6 Japan MF Toshihiro Aoyama
7 Japan MF Kōji Morisaki
8 Japan MF Kazuyuki Morisaki
9 Nigeria FW Peter Utaka (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
11 Japan FW Hisato Satō
13 Japan GK Takuya Masuda
14 Croatia MF Mihael Mikić
16 Japan MF Kohei Shimizu
18 Japan MF Yoshifumi Kashiwa
19 Japan DF Sho Sasaki
21 Japan GK Ryotaro Hironaga
No. Position Player
22 Japan FW Yusuke Minagawa
23 Japan DF Kyohei Yoshino
24 Japan MF Yoichi Naganuma
25 Japan MF Yusuke Chajima
26 Japan DF Yasumasa Kawasaki
28 Japan MF Takuya Marutani
29 Japan MF Tsukasa Morishima
30 Japan MF Kosei Shibasaki
31 Japan FW Takumi Miyayoshi
33 Japan DF Tsukasa Shiotani
34 Japan DF Soya Takahashi
35 Japan DF Naoki Otani
37 Japan DF Kazuya Miyahara
44 Brazil FW Anderson Lopes (on loan from Tombense)

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Japan MF Gakuto Notsuda (loan to Albirex Niigata)
South Korea MF Kim Byeom-yong (loan to Shimizu S-Pulse)


ManagerNat.TenureTeamAssistant coach
Yoshiki Yamazaki  Japan 1938–42, 1947–50 Toyo Kogyo
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
Germany Eckhard Krautzun (Aug 1983 – Sept 83)
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  Scotland July 1992 – Dec 94 Sanfrecce
Sweden Jan Jönsson (1993–94)
Wim Jansen  Netherlands Jan 1995 – Dec 96
Eddie Thomson  Scotland Jan 1997 – Dec 00 Scotland Tom Sermanni (1997–98)
Valeri Nepomniachi  Russia Jan 1, 2001 – Dec 31, 2001
Gadzhi Gadzhiev  Russia Jan 1, 2002 – June 2002
Takahiro Kimura  Japan June 2002 – Dec 02
Takeshi Ono  Japan Dec 1, 2002 – April 1, 2006
Kazuyori Mochizuki (interim)  Japan April 2, 2006 – June 9, 2006
Mihailo Petrović  Serbia June 10, 2006 – Dec 31, 2011 Serbia Ranko Popović (2006–07)
Hajime Moriyasu  Japan Jan 1, 2012–


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