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 are a professional football team playing in the Japanesemarker J. League. Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island".


Since the J-League's creation in 1993, Kashima have proved by far Japan's most successful club team, having won the league title six times, the J. League Cup three times and the Emperor's Cup three times. Indeed, Antlers have finished in the top five of J1 for over 70% of all seasons played to date and since 1993 have an average end of season league placing of 3.3.

By clinching the 2007 J. League title they became the first team in Japan to have won 10 domestic titles, and later the same year they completed their second league and cup double after claiming the Emperor's Cup title. In 2008 they became the first club to successfully defend their league title on two separate occasions.

Antlers are also one of only six teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception.

Overview

Founded in 1947 as Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. in Osaka. It played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League and moved to Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecturemarker in 1975. They were promoted to the JSL's top flight in 1984, but never made much of an impact, going down in 1985/86, returning in 1986/87 and going down again in 1988/89. Its last standing in the JSL was 2nd in the Second Division for 1991/92.

After the formation of the fully professional J. League, Sumitomo, like all other clubs, stripped the corporate brand from the team name and reformed as the Kashima Antlers. Kashima was essentially promoted to the new top flight, as many JSL First Division teams decided to relegate themselves being unprepared for professionalism.

Since the J. League's creation in 1993, Kashima Antlers have consistently been amongst the strongest teams in the country, holding several distinctions and records. Led by former Brazilian star and Japanese national team coach Zico, Kashima were the first team to win a J. League stage, claiming the 1st stage of the inaugural season in 1993, and in 2000 became the first J. League team to achieve the "treble", winning all three major titles: J. League, J. League Cup, and Emperor's Cup. This followed a near miss in 1997 when, after being the first team to win both cup competitions, they finished second in the league. In 2007 Antlers became only the second team to win a second league and cup double, and in doing so took their domestic trophy total to eleven; the highest in Japan during the professional era (but not overall - the record is still held by Tokyo Verdy), and the first team to reach double figures.

To this day, Kashima have maintained strong ties with the football community in Brazil, a fact borne out of Zico's past affiliation with the club. Kashima's Brazilianmarker connection had been manifesting itself in the club's transfer policy: few non-Brazilian foreign player signed for Kashima since the inception of the J. League.

Its hometowns are Kashima, Itakomarker, Hasaki and Kamisu, all in Ibaraki Prefecture. The team plays at Kashima Stadiummarker.

Kashima is no longer primarily sponsored by Sumitomo, currently bearing the logo of Tostem, a glass window maker.

Players

Current squad

As of June 30, 2009

Out on loan

Notable players





Managers

Manager Nat. Tenure
Masakatsu Miyamoto 1993-1994
Edu 1995
João Carlos 1996-1998
Takashi Sekizuka 1998
Zé Mario 1998–1999
Zico 1999
Takashi Sekizuka 1999
Toninho Cerezo 2000-2005
Paulo Autuori 2006
Oswaldo de Oliveira 2007-


Team Record

J-League

Season League Place GP Pts Win Draw Lose Average Crowd
1993 J1 1st stage Champions / 10 18 - 13 - 5 14,016
J1 2nd stage 4 / 10 18 - 10 - 8
J1 Total Runners-up / 10 36 - 23 - 13
1994 J1 1st stage 3 / 12 22 - 16 - 6 16,812
J1 2nd stage 5 / 12 22 - 11 - 11
J1 Total 3 / 12 44 - 27 - 17
1995 J1 1st stage 8 / 14 26 42 14 - 12 19,141
J1 2nd stage 6 / 14 26 43 14 - 12
J1 Total 7 / 14 52 85 28 - 24
1996 J1 Champions / 16 30 66 21 - 9 15,386
1997 J1 1st stage Champions / 17 16 37 13 - 3 16,985
J1 2nd stage 4 / 17 16 31 11 - 5
J1 Total Runners-up / 17 32 68 24 - 8
1998 J1 1st stage 5 / 18 17 32 11 - 6 15,345
J1 2nd stage Champions / 18 17 42 15 - 2
J1 Total Champions / 18 34 74 26 - 8
1999 J1 1st stage 9 / 16 15 18 6 1 8 17,049
J1 2nd stage 6 / 16 15 22 8 0 7
J1 Total 9 / 16 30 40 14 1 15
2000 J1 1st stage 8 / 16 15 22 8 0 7 17,507
J1 2nd stage Champions / 16 15 33 10 4 1
J1 Total Champions / 16 30 55 18 4 8
2001 J1 1st stage 11 / 16 15 18 6 1 8 22,425
J1 2nd stage Champions / 16 15 36 13 0 2
J1 Total Champions / 16 30 54 19 1 10
2002 J1 1st stage 5 / 16 15 27 9 0 6 21,590
J1 2nd stage 3 / 16 15 26 9 0 6
J1 Total 4 / 16 30 53 18 0 12
2003 J1 1st stage 8 / 16 15 23 7 2 6 21,204
J1 2nd stage 4 / 16 15 25 6 7 2
J1 Total 5 / 16 30 48 13 9 8
2004 J1 1st stage 5 / 16 15 24 7 3 5 17,585
J1 2nd stage 4 / 16 15 24 7 3 5
J1 Total 6 / 16 30 48 14 6 10
2005 J1 3 / 18 34 59 16 11 7 18,641
2006 J1 6 / 18 34 58 18 4 12 15,433
2007 J1 Champions / 18 34 72 22 6 6 16,239
2008 J1 Champions / 18 34 63 18 9 7 19,714


Other Domestic Competitions

See other domestic competitions record

Major International Competitions

Season Competition Result Average Crowd
1997-98 Asian Club Championship Quarter-finals ?
1998-99 Asian Cup Winners Cup 3rd ?
1999-00 Asian Club Championship Quarter-finals ?
2001-02 Asian Club Championship Quarter-finals ?
2002-03 AFC Champions League Round 1 ?
2003 A3 Champions Cup Champions -
2008 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals -


Honours



References



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