Kashiwa Reysol

Founded In
Kashiwa (Chiba), Japan

About Kashiwa Reysol

Founded in 1940, Kashiwa Reysol initially served as the company team for the electronics company, Hitachi. During this time, the club operated under the name Hitachi, Ltd. Soccer Club, before adopting its current name after a relocation from Kodaira to Kashiwa. Over the years, the team have enjoyed success in both the amateur and professional eras of Japanese football. Their biggest local rivals are JEF United Ichihara Chiba, with whom they contest the Chiba Derby, while another rivalry exists with Urawa Red Diamonds.

During the country's amateur era, the team enjoyed its greatest success during the 1970s. In 1972, they won both the Japan Soccer League and the Emporer's Cup. A second Emporer's Cup victory followed in 1975, before the club added the JSL Cup to its trophy haul in the 1976 season.

Since turning fully professional, Kashiwa Reysol have continued to enjoy success. The club made its debut in the J-League in 1995 and won its first honour of the professional era in 1999; the J-League Cup. The team suffered relegation at the end of the 2005 season, but returned at the first attempt. In 2009, the club was relegated once again. After gaining promotion in 2010, the club bounced back stronger than ever and claimed the J-League title in 2011. In 2012, Kashiwa lifted the Emporer's Cup and competed in the AFC Champions League.

A number of Japanese internationals have represented the club over the years. However, the former Brazilian international striker, Careca, is perhaps the club's best-known former player. He spent three years with Kashiwa Reysol and helped the side to gain promotion to the top division.

The team play their home matches at Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium. The venue opened its doors for the first time in 1985 and underwent renovations in 1995. It is currently able to hold up to 15,900 spectators.

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