Kashiwa Reysol

Full name Hitachi Kashiwa Reysol[1]
Nickname(s) Reysol
Founded 1940 (1940)
Ground Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium
Kashiwa, Chiba
Ground Capacity 15,900
Owner Hitachi
Chairman Shigeyuki Onodera
Manager Takahiro Shimotaira
League J1 League
2016 J1 League, 8th
Website Club home page
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Kashiwa Reysol (柏レイソル Kashiwa Reisoru) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba. The team competes in the J. League Division 1 from 2011 season.

Formed in 1940, Reysol were founding members of Japan Soccer League in 1965 and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of Japanese football. They have been Japanese league champions twice, in 1972 and 2011, and have won three Emperor's Cups.

Reysol have a rivalry with neighbours JEF United Chiba and the two sides contest the Chiba derby. The club have been based at Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium since 1985.


Founded in 1940 as Hitachi, Ltd. Soccer Club in Kodaira, Tokyo, the team was a founding member of the Japan Soccer League.[1] It had some success during the mid-1970s, winning several Emperor's Cup and JSL titles and contributing several players to the Japanese national team.

In 1986, the team relocated from Kodaira to Kashiwa, but it took a while to adapt to the new town, as they were relegated to the JSL Division 2 at the season's closing.[2] They made it back to the top flight in 1989, only to drop back in 1990 and return in 1991.[1] As the J. League advent had come too soon for them, Hitachi chose to relegate itself in the last JSL season.

The team joined the Japan Football League in 1992 and added Careca of the Brazil national football team with the aim of winning the JFL champion for promotion to the J1 league in 1993.[1] Kashiwa Reysol struggled; however, with the help of Hisao Ariga, Careca and Ze Sergio Kashiwa Reysol were a great force. The quest was unsuccessful and the team barely managed to come in at the fifth spot. In 1994 the team secured the second spot in the JFL and earned promotion to the top league. From 1995, it was in the J1 and in 1998, the team welcomed the former manager for Japan's Olympic team, Akira Nishino as its manager. In 1999, it won its first title, the Nabisco Cup Championship. The 1999 and 2000 seasons marked a relative highpoint in the club's history.[3]

Over the next two seasons, management changes, in particular the tenure of English coach Steve Perryman, unsettled the team and they lost ground. Things got worse still. Following a 16th place out of 18 finish in the 2005 standings, Kashiwa Reysol lost the promotion/relegation play-offs against the 3rd place J2 team Ventforet Kofu. For the first time, three J1 teams were sent down to J2.[4]

Following relegation the team lost all its former players. It began 2006 with both a new coach, Nobuhiro Ishizaki, and an almost entirely new squad. Kashiwa lead J2 for much of 2006, but a series of poor performances in the later stages saw them slip down the table. It was only in the final game of the season that the team secured automatic promotion to J1 as first-placed runners-up.[5]

In 2009 they were relegated again, but in 2010 they won the J2 title and in 2011, against all predictions, won the J1 title, becoming the first Japanese team to win the second and first tier titles back-to-back.[6] By winning the title in 2011, they also qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.


Historically, Kashiwa's fiercest rivals have been JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Urawa Red Diamonds, both close neighbors. Other close rivals include Kashima Antlers and Omiya Ardija.

Record as J. League member

SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/GJ. League CupEmperor's CupAFCFIFA CWC
1995J1141216,1022nd Round
1996J116513,033Semi-finals4th Round
1998J11889,932Group Stage4th Round
2000J116310,0372nd Round4th Round
2001J116612,4772nd Round3rd Round
2002J1161211,314Quarter-finals3rd Round
2003J1161210,873Group Stage4th Round
2004J1161610,513Group Stage4th Round
2005J1181612,492Group Stage5th Round
2006J21328,3284th Round
2007J118812,967Group Stage4th Round
2008J1181112,308Group StageFinal
2009J1181611,738Group Stage3rd Round
2010J21918,0984th Round
2011J118111,9171st Round4th Round4th Place
2012J118613,768Semi-finalsWinnerRound of 16
2013J1181012,553Winner4th RoundSemi-finals
2014J118410,715Semi-finals3rd Round
2016J118 810,728Group StageRound of 16


League titles
1972, 2011
1990–91, 2010
Cup titles
1972, 1975, 2012
1976, 1999, 2013
1958, 1960
International titles

Current squad

As of January 16, 2016.[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 Kazushige Kirihata
2 Japan DF Jiro Kamata
4 Japan DF Shinnosuke Nakatani
5 Japan DF Tatsuya Masushima
6 Japan DF Ryosuke Yamanaka
7 Japan MF Hidekazu Otani (captain)
8 Japan MF Akimi Barada
9 Japan FW Junya Tanaka (on loan from Sporting CP)
10 Japan FW Yūki Ōtsu
11 Brazil FW Diego Oliveira
14 Japan FW Junya Ito
15 Japan MF Kosuke Taketomi
16 Japan GK Koji Inada
17 Japan MF Hiroki Akino
18 Brazil FW Éderson
19 Japan MF Hiroto Nakagawa
No. Position Player
20 Brazil MF Juliano Mineiro
21 Japan DF Masato Yuzawa
22 Japan DF Naoki Wako
23 Japan GK Kosuke Nakamura
25 Japan MF Yūsuke Kobayashi
26 Japan MF Tetsuro Ota
27 Japan MF Tomoki Imai
28 Japan MF Ryoichi Kurisawa
29 Japan DF Yuta Nakayama
30 Japan MF Kohei Tezuka
31 Japan FW Koki Oshima
32 Japan GK Haruhiko Takimoto
33 Japan MF Kaito Anzai
34 Brazil FW Dudu (on loan from Cruzeiro)
37 Brazil FW Cristiano

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
13 Brazil DF Eduardo (to Kawasaki Frontale)
Japan MF Yu Kimura (to V-Varen Nagasaki)



  1. 1 2 3 4 "Club guide: Kashiwa Reysol". J. League. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  2. "Hometown". Kashiwa Reysol. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. "1 History". Decade: Kashiwa Reysol official history 1994–2004. Bunkakobo. 2004. ISBN 978-4-434-04119-8.
  4. "Match report: Promotion/Relegation Series". J's Goal. December 10, 2005. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  5. "Match report: Kashiwa 3–0 Shonan". J's Goal. December 2, 2006. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  6. Andrew Mckirdy (December 4, 2011). "Reysol complete storybook season". The Japan Times.
  7. "Clubs & Players". J. League. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
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