Urawa Reds

Founded In
Saitama, Japan

About Urawa Reds

Urawa Red Diamonds, often known as Urawa Reds, was first established in 1950 by Mitsubishi. The team's name makes reference to Mitsubishi's logo, which consists of three red diamonds. They are based in the city of Saitama and are one of the country's most popular teams, regularly attracting the largest attendances in Japan. Over the years, the club have achieved significant success at domestic and international level. Their main rivals are Omiya Ardija. 

For much of Japan's amateur era, Urawa were competing for the main trophies on offer. In total, they won the JSL Division 1 title four times and the Emporer's Cup four times. Other successes included the JSL Cup and the Super Cup. After the establishment of the J-League, the team initially struggled and were relegated from the top division at the conclusion of the 1999 season. They returned at the first attempt.

The club won their first major honour of the professional era in 2003, when they lifted the J-League Cup. In 2005, they added the Emporer's Cup to their trophy haul. The 2006 season brought about huge success for Urawa, as the team claimed a domestic double, winning their first J-League title and retaining their Emporer's Cup in the same year. Later in 2006, they added the Super Cup. Additionally, the club won its first international honour in 2007, as Urawa beat Sepahan to earn the AFC Champions League title. In that season's FIFA Club World Cup, they finished third.

Notable former players include the Japanese international, Shinji Ono, and the Brazilian international, Washington.

Saitama Stadium has served as the club's home since its opening in 2001. The stadium hosted four matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and is one of the country's largest football-specific venues. It is able to hold a maximum of 63,700 supporters, although this capacity is reduced to 62,300 for league games.

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