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Kashiwa Reysol
Kashiwa Reysol logo.svg
Full nameKashiwa Reysol[1]
Nickname(s)Taiyō-Ō (Sun King)
Aurinegro (Gold-and-black)
Short nameREY
Founded1940; 82 years ago (1940) (as Hitachi SC)
StadiumSankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium ("Hitachidai")
Kashiwa, Chiba
ChairmanRyuichiro Takikawa
ManagerNelsinho Baptista
LeagueJ1 League
2021J1 League, 15th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kashiwa Reysol (柏レイソル, Kashiwa Reisoru) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The club plays in the J1 League, which is the top tier of football in the country. Their home stadium is Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium, also known as "Hitachidai". Reysol is a portmanteau of the Spanish words Rey and Sol, meaning "Sun King". The name alludes to their parent company Hitachi, whose name means "rising sun" in Japanese. The club was formed in 1940 and was a founding member ("Original Eight"[a]) of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965. Since the league's inception, they have spent nice in the top tier of Japanese football. They have been Japanese League champions twice in 1972 and 2011, and have won three League Cups in 1976, 1999 and 2013, and three Emperor's Cups in 1972, 1975 and 2012.


Hitachi SC (1939–1992)

The club started in 1939 and was officially formed as the company team, Hitachi, Ltd. Soccer Club in 1940 in Kodaira, Tokyo. The club formed the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965, along with today's Urawa Reds, JEF United Chiba, Cerezo Osaka, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and three other clubs ("Original Eight").[1] They had some successes during the mid-1970s, winning several Emperor's Cups and JSL titles and contributing several players to the Japanese national team.

The club relocated from Kodaira to Kashiwa in 1986, 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 1989/90, but dropped back in 1990/91 and returned again in 1991/92.[1] As the J.League advent had come too soon for them, the club abandoned to be a founding member of the newly formed professional league. The club joined the Japan Football League (called "former JFL") Division 1 in 1992, the second tier of the Japanese football hierarchy following the J.League.

Kashiwa Reysol (1993–)

The club changed its name to Kashiwa Reysol in 1993. Reysol added Careca of the Brazil national football team in the autumn of this year with the aim of winning the JFL champion for promoting to the J1 League.[1] The club struggled, however, with the help of Careca and Brazilian manager Zé Sérgio, they secured the 2nd place in the JFL in 1994 and earned promotion to the top league.

Reysol debuted in the J1 League in 1995. They welcomed Akira Nishino in 1998 who was the former manager of Japan's Olympic team, Hristo Stoichkov of the Bulgaria national football team, and Hong Myung-bo of the Korea national football team. The club won the J.League Cup in 1999, their first title as Kashiwa Reysol.[3]

However, next English manager, Steve Perryman, unsettled the team and the club struggled over the next several seasons. After finishing at the 16th place out of 18 clubs in 2005, the club lost the promotion/relegation play-offs against Ventforet Kofu, the 3rd place of the J2 League, and relegated to the J2 League.[4]

A new manager, Nobuhiro Ishizaki, led an almost entirely new squad in 2006 and the club secured automatic promotion to the J1 League in the last game of the season.[5]

The club was relegated again at the end of 2009. However, once they won the J2 League led by Nelsinho Baptista in 2010 and came back to the top flight, the club won the J1 League in 2011 with some talented footballers such as Hiroki Sakai, Junya Tanaka, Jorge Wagner and Leandro Domingues, and became the first Japanese club to win the second tier and the top tier two seasons in a row.[b][6] The club qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup as the host nation's league champion and became semifinalist after defeating Auckland City and Monterrey.

For the period of 2010 through 2014, Reysol won six different titles for five consecutive seasons; the J2 League in 2010, the J1 League in 2011, the Emperor's Cup and the Super Cup in 2012, the J.League Cup in 2013 and the Suruga Bank Championship in 2014.


Marunouchi Gosanke

Historically, Kashiwa Reysol's fiercest rivals have been JEF United Chiba and Urawa Reds, both close neighbors. The three were co-founders of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965, and spent most seasons in the top tier through the JSL era. 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.

Chiba derby

Reysol and JEF United Chiba first met in 1941 in ancient Kanto regional football league. The two clubs both now based in Chiba Prefecture, and their rivalry is known as the Chiba derby. They annually contest a pre-season friendly match well known as the Chibagin Cup (i.e., Chiba Bank Cup) since 1995.


Reysol also has a rivalry with Kashima Antlers (commonly called Tonegawa clásico), FC Tokyo (commonly called Kanamachi derby) and Omiya Ardija (commonly called Nodasen derby).

Record as J.League member

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup AFC FIFA CWC
1995 J1 14 12th 16,102 2nd round
1996 16 5th 13,033 Semi-final 4th round
1997 17 7th 8,664 Quarter-final Quarter-final
1998 18 8th 9,932 Group stage 4th round
1999 16 3rd 10,122 Winner Semi-final
2000 16 3rd 2nd round 4th round
2001 16 6th 12,477 2nd round 3rd round
2002 16 12th 11,314 Quarter-final 3rd round
2003 16 12th 10,873 Group stage 4th round
2004 16 16th 10,513 Group stage 4th round
2005 18 16th 12,492 Group stage 5th round
2006 J2 13 2nd 8,328 4th round
2007 J1 18 8th 12,967 Group stage 4th round
2008 18 11th 12,308 Group stage Runners-up
2009 18 16th 11,738 Group stage 3rd round
2010 J2 19 1st 8,098 4th round
2011 J1 18 1st 11,917 1st round 4th round 4th place
2012 18 6th 13,768 Semi-final Winner Round of 16
2013 18 10th 12,553 Winner 4th round Semi-final
2014 18 4th 10,715 Semi-final 3rd round
2015 18 10th 10,918 Quarter-final Semi-final Quarter-final
2016 18 8th 10,728 Group stage Round of 16
2017 18 4th 11,820 Group stage Semi-final
2018 18 17th 11,298 Semi-final 3rd round Group stage
2019 J2 22 1st 9,471 Group stage 3rd round
2020 J1 18 7th 3,484 Runners-up Did not qualify
2021 20 15th 4,444 Group stage 3rd round
2022 18 TBA





League history

Total (as of 2020): 47 seasons in the top tier and 9 seasons in the second tier.

Current squad

As of 18 March 2022[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Japan JPN Haruki Saruta
2 DF Japan JPN Hiromu Mitsumaru
3 DF Japan JPN Yuji Takahashi
4 DF Japan JPN Taiyo Koga
5 DF Brazil BRA Emerson Santos
6 MF Japan JPN Keiya Shiihashi
7 MF Japan JPN Hidekazu Otani (captain)
8 MF Japan JPN Keita Nakamura
9 FW Japan JPN Yuki Muto
10 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Sávio
13 DF Japan JPN Kengo Kitazume
14 MF Japan JPN Tomoya Koyamatsu
15 DF Japan JPN Yuta Someya
18 GK South Korea KOR Kim Seung-gyu
19 FW Japan JPN Mao Hosoya
21 GK Japan JPN Masato Sasaki
22 MF Brazil BRA Dodi
23 DF Japan JPN Wataru Iwashita
24 DF Japan JPN Naoki Kawaguchi
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF Japan JPN Takuma Ominami
27 MF Japan JPN Masatoshi Mihara
28 MF Japan JPN Sachiro Toshima
29 MF Brazil BRA Rodrigo Angelotti
30 MF Japan JPN Takuto Kato
32 DF Japan JPN Hayato Tanaka
33 DF Japan JPN Takuma Otake
34 MF Japan JPN Takumi Tsuchiya
35 FW Japan JPN Hidetaka Maie
36 MF Japan JPN Yuto Yamada
37 MF Japan JPN Fumiya Unoki
38 FW Japan JPN Yugo Masukake
39 FW Japan JPN Kaito Mori
40 MF Japan JPN Riku Ochiai DSP
41 GK Australia AUS Taiga Oliver Harper Type 2
44 DF Japan JPN Takumi Kamijima
46 GK Japan JPN Kenta Matsumoto
49 FW Brazil BRA Douglas

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. Nation Player
GK Japan JPN Kazushige Kirihata (On loan at FC Gifu)
GK Japan JPN Haruhiko Takimoto (On loan at Imabari)
MF Russia RUS Ippei Shinozuka (On loan at Albirex Niigata)
FW Brazil BRA Pedro Raul (On loan at Goiás)

Club captains

Captain Nationality Tenure
Takahiro Shimotaira  Japan –1998
Hong Myung-bo  Korea 1999
Tomokazu Myojin  Japan 2000–2005
Yuta Minami  Japan 2006–2007
Hidekazu Otani  Japan 2008–

Coaching Staff

Position Name
Head coach Brazil Nelsinho Baptista
Assistant head coach Japan Masami Ihara
Assistant head coach Japan Yuki Yoshida
First Team coach Japan Naoya Matsubara
First Team coach Japan Ryoichi Kurisawa
Goalkeeping coach Japan Keita Inoue
Fitness coach Japan Naoya Matsubara
Brazil Diogo Linhares
Match analyst Japan Yasushi Okamura

Manager history

Manager Nationality Tenure
Start Finish
Tokue Suzuki  Japan 1965
Masayoshi Miyazaki  Japan 1966
Kotaro Hattori  Japan 1967 1969
Hidetoki Takahashi  Japan 1970 1976
Takato Ebisu  Japan 1977 1978
Mutsuhiko Nomura  Japan 1979 1981
Yoshiki Nakamura  Japan 1982 1984
Yoshikazu Nagaoka  Japan 1985 1989
Hiroyuki Usui  Japan 1990 1992
Yoshitada Yamaguchi  Japan 1993
Zé Sérgio  Brazil 1994 1995
Antoninho  Brazil 1995
Nicanor  Brazil 1996 1997
Akira Nishino  Japan 1998 2001
Steve Perryman  England 2001 2002
Marco Aurelio  Brazil 2002 2003
Tomoyoshi Ikeya (caretaker)  Japan 2002 2004
Hiroshi Hayano  Japan 2004 2005
Kazuhiko Takemoto (caretaker)  Japan 2005
Nobuhiro Ishizaki  Japan 2006 2008
Shinichiro Takahashi  Japan 2009
Masami Ihara (caretaker)  Japan 2009
Nelsinho Baptista  Brazil 2009 2014
Tatsuma Yoshida  Japan 2015
Milton Mendes  Brazil 2016
Takahiro Shimotaira  Japan 2016 2018
Nozomu Kato  Japan 2018
Ken Iwase  Japan 2018
Nelsinho Baptista  Brazil 2019 Current

Kit and colours


Kashiwa Reysol's main colour is yellow, like sunshine that is based on the club's name "Sun King". The uniform is yellow-black (called Aurinegro in Spanish) reminiscent of Peñarol or Borussia Dortmund. Reysol is the only top division club in the country to wear yellow-black.

Kit evolution

Continental record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012 AFC Champions League Group H Thailand Buriram United 1–0 3–2 2nd
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 5–1 0–2
China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–0 3–1
Round of 16 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
2013 AFC Champions League Group H China Guizhou Renhe 1–1 0–1 1st
Australia Central Coast Mariners 3–1 0–3
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–0 2–6
Round of 16 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Quarter-finals Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
Semi-finals China Guangzhou Evergrande 1–4 4–0 1–8
2015 AFC Champions League Play-off round Thailand Chonburi
3–2 (a.e.t.)
Group E South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 0–0 1st
Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 5–1 1–0
China Shandong Luneng 2–1 4–4
Round of 16 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–2 2–3 4–4 (a)
Quarter-finals China Guangzhou Evergrande 1–3 1–1 2–4
2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round Thailand Muangthong United
Group E South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–2 3–2 3rd
China Tianjin Quanjian 1–1 3–2
Hong Kong Kitchee 1–0 1–0


  1. ^ The Original Eight of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in 1965 were Mitsubishi, Furukawa, Hitachi, Yanmar, Toyo Industries, Yahata Steel, Toyota Industries and Nagoya Mutual Bank.
  2. ^ Gamba Osaka achieved the same feat three seasons later; won the J2 League in 2013 and the J1 League back-to-back in 2014.


  1. ^ a b c d "Club guide: Kashiwa Reysol". J.League. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 20 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. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Match report: Kashiwa 3–0 Shonan". J's Goal. December 2, 2006. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Andrew Mckirdy (December 4, 2011). "Reysol complete storybook season". The Japan Times.
  7. ^ "2021年 選手データ" (in Japanese). Kashiwa Reysol. Retrieved 14 July 2021.