Club Profile

Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC Co., Ltd.

President and Representaive Director Shingo Senda
Established on 24th April 1992, with capital investment by 59 groups such as Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima City, Mazda Motor Corporation, Deodeo Corporation (currently EDION Corporation), The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc., The Hiroshima Bank, Ltd., and other organizations.

Club Address

2F, Ueda Bldg. 1-4-14, Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City JAPAN 730-0051
TEL 082-259-3220 FAX 082-541-3222

Our Spirit

Through our activities in football, we hope to contribute to the local community by sharing our dreams and inspirations.

Team Goals

  • To improve the competitive level of football in Hiroshima
  • To revive the tradition of “the football capital-Hiroshima”
  • To contribute to the revitalization of the sports culture throughout the Chugoku region
  • To create exchange between regions, and between people, to contribute to the revitalization of the regional community

Origins and Emblem

The hometown of “Sanfrecce Hiroshima” is Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Sanfrecce is a name that was created by combining the Japanese word for three, “san,” with the Italian word “frecce” (arrow), meaning “three arrows.” This team name originates with the historical “three arrows” incident involving a feudal warlord closely connected to Hiroshima, Motonari Mori, and indicates the support obtained through the three unified strengths of Hiroshima citizens, local administration, and business. Also, it refers to the three factors at the core of team sports, “skills, tactics, and stamina” and the three principles that are necessary for each individual player, “spirit, technique, and physical condition.” Moreover, since the 2005 season, there has been a new design for the Sanfrecce Hiroshima club emblem, which represents the “Club Spirit” and “Club Goals” and is also “typically Hiroshima.”

Origins and Emblem

Club Mascots

Nickname: “Sancce” and “Frecce”

The club mascots are Asiatic black bears, which live in the mountainous regions in Chugoku. “Sancce,” a mascot who is friendly towards the supporters, but strong against opponents, was named in a gesture of gratitude towards our supporters, with parts of his name taken from the English “thank you” and the Italian “grazie,” and also a shortened version of the team name Sanfrecce. In 2000, Sancce was joined by his girlfriend, who was named “Frecce” borrowing in part from the English “fresh,” expressing freshness, youthfulness, and purity. Our mascots also support Sanfrecce through their good teamwork.

Sancce

Frecce

History

March 1988 A Professional League Review Committee was established within the Japan Football Association.
March 1990 The conditions for participation in the professional league were determined.
February 1991
October 1991
November 1991
December 1991
10 teams that would participate in the professional league were announced.
A task force was created for the establishment of a professional football team for Hiroshima.
The Japan Professional Football League was established (known as J. League).
The team name “Sanfrecce Hiroshima” was determined.
April 1992 Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC Co., Ltd was established.
Position in the ’92 J. League Nabisco Cup: 9th place
May 1993




December 1993
The first season of the J. League opened.
Suntory Series: 6th place
Nicos Series: 5th place
’93 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Group A: 7th place
73rd Emperor’s Cup Best 4
Received the J. League Special Award for Fair Play.
1994 Suntory Series: Champions
Nicos Series: 4th place
’94 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: First round
J. League Championship: 2nd place
74th Emperor’s Cup Best 8
Received the J. League Special Award for Fair Play.
1995 Suntory Series: 10th place
Nicos Series: 12th place
J-Youth Cup: Champions (Youth Team)
75th Emperor’s Cup 2nd place
1996 1996 J. League Position: 14th place
’96 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Group A: 3rd place
76th Emperor’s Cup: 2nd place
1997 1997 J. League 1st stage: 10th place
1997 J. League 2nd stage: 13th place
’97 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Group D: 3rd place
77th Emperor’s Cup: Best 16
1998 1998 J. League 1st stage: 13th place
1998 J. League 2nd stage: 9th place
’98 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Group A: 4th place
78th Emperor’s Cup: Best 8
1999 1999 J1 League 1st stage: 6th place
1999 J1 League 2nd stage: 8th place
’99 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Second round
79th Emperor’s Cup: 2nd place
2000 2000 J1 League 1st stage: 10th place
2000 J1 League 2nd stage: 11th place
’00 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Second round
80th Emperor’s Cup: Best 16
2001 2001 J1 League 1st stage: 13th place
2001 J1 League 2nd stage: 3rd place
’01 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Third round
81st Emperor’s Cup: Best 16
2002 2002 J1 League 1st stage: 15th place
2002 J1 League 2nd stage: 14th place
’02 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: 14th place
82nd Emperor’s Cup: Best 4
2003 2003 J2 League: 2nd place
83rd Emperor’s Cup: Best 16
2004 2004 J1 League 1st stage: 13th place
2004 J1 League 2nd stage: 11th place
’04 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Eliminated in the preliminary group match
84th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the fourth round
2005 2005 J1 League: 7th place
2005 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Eliminated in the preliminary group match
85th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the fifth round
2006 2006 J1 League: 10th place
2006 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Eliminated in the preliminary group match
86th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the fifth round
2007 2007 J1 League: 16th place
2007 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Final tournament: Best 8
87th Emperor’s Cup: 2nd place
2008 2008 Xerox Super Cup: Champions
2008 J2 League: Champions
88th Emperor’s Cup: Best 8
2009 2009 J1 League: 4th place
2009 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Eliminated in the preliminary group match
89th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the third round
2010 2010 J1 League: 7th place
2010 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: 2nd place
90th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the third round
AFC Champions League: Eliminated in the group stage
2011 2011 J1 League: 7th place
2011 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Eliminated in the 1st game
91th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the third round
2012 2011 J1 League: Champions
2011 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Eliminated in the preliminary group match
92th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the second round
FIFA Club World Cup 2012: 5th place
2013 2013 J1 League: Champions
2013 Xerox Super Cup: Champions
2013 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Final tournament: Best 8
93th Emperor’s Cup: 2nd place
AFC Champions League: Eliminated in the group stage
2014 2014 J1 League: 8th place
2014 Xerox Super Cup: Champions
2014 J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: 2nd place
94th Emperor’s Cup: Eliminated in the fourth round
AFC Champions League: Eliminated in the round of 16
2015 2015 J1 League 1st stage : 3rd place
2015 J1 League 2nd stage : Champions
2015 J1 League Championship : Champions
95th Emperor’s Cup: Best4
FIFA Club World Cup 2015 : 3rd place
2016 2016 J1 League 1st stage : 4th place
2016 J1 League 2nd stage : 10th place
96th Emperor’s Cup: Best8
2016 J.League YBC Levain Cup: Final tournament : Best8
AFC Champions League: Eliminated in the group stage

Players

No Position Name Date of Birth Height Weight
1 GK Takuto Hayashi 09/08/1982 188 85
2 DF Yuki Nogami 20/04/1991 180 72
3 DF Akira Ibayashi 05/09/1990 179 70
5 MF Hiroya Matsumoto 10/08/2000 180 73
6 MF Toshihiro Aoyama 22/02/1986 174 73
7 MF Gakuto Notsuda 06/06/1994 177 72
8 MF Hayao Kawabe 08/09/1995 178 70
9 FW Douglas da Silva Vieira 12/11/1987 189 82
10 MF Tsukasa Morishima 25/04/1997 175 66
13 GK Takuya Masuda 29/06/1989 185 80
14 MF Ezequiel Santos da Silva 09/03/1998 167 65
15 DF Kazuki Kushibiki 12/02/1993 182 82
16 MF Kohei Shimizu 30/04/1989 169 67
17 MF Taishi Matsumoto 22/08/1998 180 70
18 MF Yoshifumi Kashiwa 28/07/1987 168 62
19 DF Sho Sasaki 02/10/1989 176 70
20 FW Ryo Nagai 23/05/1991 180 73
21 GK Ryotaro Hironaga 09/01/1990 186 80
23 DF Hayato Araki 07/08/1996 186 75
24 MF Shunki Higashi 28/07/2000 180 69
25 MF Yusuke Chajima 20/07/1991 166 60
26 MF Kodai Dohi 13/04/2001 180 67
27 FW Shun Ayukawa 15/09/2001 164 61
29 MF Yuya Asano 17/02/1997 173 70
30 MF Kosei Shibasaki 28/08/1984 176 65
38 GK Keisuke Osako 28/07/1999 187 86
39 FW LEANDRO Marcos Peruchena PEREIRA 13/07/1991 190 76
44 MF Rhayner Santos Nascimento 05/09/1990 172 64

Stadium Guide

Address
5-1-1 Otsuka-nishi, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima City JAPAN 731-3167
TEL
082-848-8484

Access

From Astram Line Hondori Station

Hondori Station (Astram Line)
-› about 36 minutes -› “Koiki-koen-mae Station” -› 5 minutes on foot (free shuttle bus available) -› Edion Stadium Hiroshima

Shuttle bus from Yokogawa Station (Time needed: 20 minutes)

JR Yokogawa Station -› Direct shuttle bus(Hiroshima Electric Railway Bus)
-› Parking area on the main stand side

One-way fare: (JR Kabe Line) adults 380 yen, children 190 yen

  • *Operates from four hours before the start of the match, until 10 minutes after kick-off.
  • *Operates continually after the match. (The last bus service is scheduled for one hour after the end of the match.)
From Hiroshima Airport
Hiroshima Airport Limousine Bus(via Nakasuji Station)
-› change for Astram Line
Hiroshima Airport -› about 40 minutes -› get off at Nakasuji Bus Terminal and change for Astram Line Nakasuji Station -› 22 minutes -› Koiki-koen-mae Station

Yoshida Soccer Park

Address
Nishiura 187-1, Yoshida, Akitakata City, Hiroshima Prefecture JAPAN 731-0543
TEL
0826-42-1600

Go to watch Sanfrecce practice!

In October 1998, the largest football park in the Chugoku-Shikoku area was completed in Yoshida, Takata (now Akitakata) in Hiroshima Prefecture, the home of Motonari Mori, who is famous for “the lesson of the three arrows” that is the origin of the name of Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
This facility is a professional standard football park equipped with a natural grass football field and an administration building (clubhouse). Since the 1999 season, Sanfrecce Hiroshima have been conducting most of their training at Yoshida Soccer Park.

Access

By car
Via the Chugoku Expressway:
About 10 minutes from “Takata Interchange”
From Hiroshima City center:
About 60 minutes from Hiroshima City center; take national route 54 heading towards Miyoshi.
By bus
From Hiroshima Bus Center:
Take the Hiroden Bus (for Yoshida) -› about 80 minutes
-› get off at “Yoshida Eigyosho”
-› about 5 minutes by taxi
By train(JR)
From Hiroshima Station:
JR Geibi Line -› about 60 minutes
-› get off at JR “Mukaihara Station” (JR fare: one-way 840 yen)
-› about 20 minutes by taxi