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Shimizu S-Pulse
Shimizu S-Pulse logo.svg
Full name Shimizu S-Pulse
Nickname(s) S-Pa
Founded 1991; 33 years ago (1991)
Ground IAI Stadium Nihondaira
Shimizu, Shizuoka
Ground Capacity 20,339
Chairman Shigeo Hidaritomo
Manager Tadahiro Akiba
League J2 League
2023 4th of 22
Third colours

Shimizu S-Pulse (清水エスパルス, Shimizu Esuparusu) is a Japanese professional football club located in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture. S-Pulse currently competes in the J2 League, Japanese second tier of professional league football. The club was formed in 1991 as a founding member of the J.League ("Original Ten"), which began the following year. The club originally consisted of players drawn exclusively from Shizuoka Prefecture, a unique distinction at the time.

Given the club's youth when compared to many of their J1 peers, S-Pulse have had a relatively large impact on Japanese football. Since the game turned professional in 1992, they are one of the most prolific and consistent performers in cup competitions, having made no less than ten final appearances: five times in the Emperor's Cup and five times in the League Cup. Only Japan's most successful professional team, Kashima Antlers, have made more final appearances. They have won both of these competitions once and have also won the Japanese Super Cup twice and the Asian Cup Winners' Cup once. The club's most recent cup final was in the 2012 J.League Cup which ended in defeat to Kashima.

Despite the club's cup competition prowess, the J.League Division 1 title has so far eluded them. The closest S-Pulse came was in 1999 when, after winning the league's second stage, they lost out on the title in a penalty shootout. When scores remained level after both legs of the title deciding match, Júbilo Iwata, S-Pulse's local rivals, prevailed. Former S-Pulse and national team player Kenta Hasegawa, who made a substitute appearance in the second leg of this title decider, became club manager in 2005. He was the longest serving manager in the club's history, in office until 2010. He resigned at the end of the season after failing to win any competitions and was replaced by Afshin Ghotbi.


Shizuoka as a football prefecture

Headquarters are established in Shizuoka Prefecture called the football kingdom in Japan. As a prefecture, Shizuoka had historically been a strong footballing area of Japan; in particular being noted for its nationally successful high school teams and the numerous national team players which had emerged from the prefecture over the years. The prefectural police force of Shizuoka actually has an anthropomorphic football as a mascot. The west of the prefecture was already home to the company team of Yamaha Motor Corporation who played in the Japan Soccer League and who would later go on to form Júbilo Iwata, but it was believed there was room for another team for the football-hungry population. An earlier attempt had been made in the 1970s with the local club belonging to Nippon Light Metal Corp., which briefly competed in the JSL Division 2 under the name Hagoromo Club. With the advent of the professional league at the start of the 1990s, the concept of creating a team to both sign and represent the local footballing talent was fomented.

Club formation

Shimizu S-Pulse was formed in early 1991 as Shimizu FC from the backing of local businesses and people. This was a beginning which made them unique among the founding clubs of the J.League, with all others ex-company teams turned professional. Two months after formation, the club name was officially changed to Shimizu S-Pulse. S-Pulse is a combination of the S from Shizuoka, Shimizu, Supporter and Soccer, and Pulse from English to mean the spirit of all those who support the team.

On February 4, 1991 S-Pulse were approved by the J.League to compete in the newly formed professional league to start the following year. The club played its first ever game against Gamba Osaka on July 4, 1992, a date which is celebrated as the club's memorial birthday. The match took place at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka. The club's first competitive game was in the 1992 League Cup against Nagoya Grampus on September 5 at the Mizuho Athletic Stadium, and ended in a 3–2 defeat. Their competitive home début was held at Nihondaira Stadium shortly after on September 9 against Yokohama Marinos, which S-Pulse won 2–1. S-Pulse's first league game was played in May 1993 away to Yokohama Flügels at Mitsuzawa Stadium. Flügels won 3–2. The first home league game was a 2–1 victory against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on May 19 of the same year.

Professional football

After being approved for participation in the J.League S-Pulse competed in the inaugural 1992 J.League Cup and made it to their first final. However, the dream start ended with defeat at the hands of Verdy Kawasaki. In 1993, S-Pulse became one of the ten founder members of the new J.League, and finished third after the 1st and 2nd stages were combined. Their second venture into the J.League Cup was another near miss, again losing in the final to Verdy Kawasaki. Finally, in 1996 the team got their hands on the trophy and also gained revenge on Verdy, beating them 5–4 on penalties in the final.

The year 1999 was marked with S-Pulse's first appearance in the Japanese Super Cup, replacing Yokohama Flügels after their merger with Yokohama Marinos. However, S-Pulse lost the match 2–1. After performing well in both league stages, S-Pulse were up against local rivals Júbilo Iwata in the title decider, and after a 3–3 aggregate draw, lost the tie 4–2 on penalties. The new millennium brought better results for S-Pulse. Victory in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 2000 and victory in the final of the Emperor's Cup in 2001 meant that the S-Pulse trophy cabinet was beginning to fill up, and victories in the 2001 and 2002 Japanese Super Cups meant that the club had won four cups in three years.

S-Pulse supporters away at FC Tokyo September 2007
S-Pulse fans make the hundred mile trip to FC Tokyo, September 2007

In 2005, S-Pulse closed the year with a run to the Emperor's Cup final in which they did not concede a single goal. However, this changed in the final against Urawa Red Diamonds, which they lost 2–1. After a near-miss in the league, avoiding a relegation play-off by only goal difference, manager Kenta Hasegawa's work started to pay off the following year. In both 2006 and 2007 S-Pulse performed strongly in the league and finished in 4th place, followed by a fifth place standing in 2008. However, early exits in both cup competitions in 2006 and 2007, means they are currently without a trophy for five years. This is the longest barren spell in their history, although in 2008 they came close, being defeated in the final of the League Cup by Oita Trinita.

In 2011, S-Pulse made the "Signing of the Century" by making a move to complete the signing of Swedish and Arsenal F.C legend Freddie Ljungberg. It is considered by many Japanese to be one of the greatest signings in league history. Many also believed that the signing would boost football in baseball-fanatic Japan, however Ljungberg departed, and subsequently retired, after 5+12 months with the club. Later managements would turn out to be a catalyst for S-Pulse's luck to run out in the next seasons.

S-Pulse would play four more seasons in J1, until their first-tier stay was broken in the 2015 season. The club was in good standing early in the first stage until they collapsed later, falling into the bottom three. Home fans were disappointed at the way their club was playing. S-Pulse failed to improve in the second stage, being at the relegation positions. After 23 seasons in the top flight, they were relegated to J2 (and the second tier) for the first time in their history after a 1–0 home loss to Vegalta Sendai on October 17, 2015.

S-Pulse bounced back to top flight football immediately, securing promotion to the J1 League on the final matchweek of the 2016 J2 League.

After six years at J1 League, in which they spent five of the six years on the lower half of the table, S-Pulse returned to J2 League after being confirmed relegation from the J1 on the last matchweek, having finished in 17th place, just above their rivals Júbilo Iwata.


In common with other J.League teams, S-Pulse have a colourful and noisy collection of supporters who follow the team around the country. A supporter band is present at games home and away to help galvanise support and raise the decibel levels. The band models itself to a large degree after its Brazilian counterparts, and Latin rhythms and samba sounds predominate. For home games, S-Pulse's more vocal supporters gather in the second tier of The Kop; the stand behind the west goal at Nihondaira Stadium. Also in this area can be found S-Pulse's various organised supporter groups. These groups include fan clubs dedicated to specific players and are often identifiable by unique uniforms. These fan clubs work to organise events which include mass choreographed displays and the supporter band. Also housed in The Kop are S-Pulse's band of ultras, who each game take over a central area behind the goal which has been dubbed The Dragon Zone. Often physical, it is not uncommon for the area to descend into a mosh pit after important goals, and signs posted around the stand inform and caution general supporters of the area's lively nature. The club's official fan club has several branches around the country, and S-Pulse supporters are officially listed as the team's twelfth player.


Although Suzuyo & Co., Ltd. [ja], which is a local major logistics company, had become a parent company just at the present, since the Shimizu S-Pulse was born as a citizen club from the start, vulnerable time suited it in the past in terms of a fund. As well as originally gathering its playing staff almost exclusively from Shizuoka prefecture, local corporation S-Lap Communications ran and financed the club. This was a company funded in part from Shimizu citizens, but in main by Shizuoka Television. After the J.League bubble burst in the late 1990s, Shizuoka Television withdrew backing, and in 1998 only a drastic restructuring kept the club afloat. Ownership of S-Pulse was reorganized between local companies under the leadership of Shimizu-based Suzuyo. It is now run under the company title of S-Pulse, Inc.

In culture

Despite their relatively short history, S-Pulse have had some impact on popular culture beyond football. Current manager and former player of some eight years and over 200 appearances, Kenta Hasegawa, makes occasional appearances in popular manga and anime series Chibi Maruko-chan. In the show a boy with his name and referred to as Kenta-kun is sometimes seen. He loves football and is a classmate of title character Chibi Maruko. The author of the manga, Momoko Sakura, created this character after Hasegawa. Sakura and Hasegawa attended the same primary school during the same period. Unique S-Pulse related Chibi Maruko goods are also produced. In another example, two fictional characters from the popular Captain Tsubasa manga, who, on becoming professional footballers, join S-Pulse.


Main articles: Nihondaira Sports Stadium, Shizuoka "Ecopa" Stadium, Kusanagi Athletic Stadium

Nihondaira Stadium Shimizu Looking Towards Mt. Fuji
Mount Fuji as seen from Nihondaira Stadium

S-Pulse's main home arena is the Nihondaira Sports Stadium located in Shimizu, with a capacity of 20,248. However, over their history home games have been staged at a number of grounds. The first decade of S-Pulse's existence sometimes saw 'home' games played outside of Shizuoka prefecture, including at the National Stadium in Tokyo. The most frequently used other venue was Kusanagi Athletic Stadium. Utilised almost equally with Nihondaira over S-Pulse's earliest years, this included six home games in 1993. Kusanagi was called home while Nihondairs was enlarged in 1994, and again while the pitch relaid in 2003. With a fully functioning Nihondaira, Kusanagi was used less commonly, with the most recent first team match being held there in 2003.

The most common reason for moving games is the restrictively low capacity of Nihondaira. This has often led the club to stage fixtures against neighbouring Júbilo Iwata and other high-profile clashes, at Shizuoka "Ecopa" Stadium. This stadium was built in 2001 for the following year's World Cup and has a capacity of 51,349. Despite still being in Shizuoka Prefecture, Ecopa is over an hour's travel from Shimizu, deep within the Jubilo catchment area. For such a fiercely contested derby, much of the home advantage is lost; a factor which contributed in part to the staging of the 2007 derby at Nihondaira despite demand for tickets far outstripping supply. The decision paid off with a home victory. 2007 saw all home games staged at Nihondaira for the first time since 1999. This was repeated in 2008, although between 2009 and 2015 Ecopa was used for at least one home league game. S-Pulse have chosen not to use Ecopa since 2015, playing all home league games at Nihondaira.

Shimizu S-Pulse IAI Stadium NIhondaira Kop
The home end before a game in 2013

Naming rights

In October 2008 it was announced that naming rights would be sold for Nihondaira Stadium. In late November 2008 a deal was announced which would rename the stadium Outsourcing Stadium Nihondaira. The contract will run for four years starting from the 2009 season, and would be worth 90 000 000 per year.

A new 5-year deal sponsorship deal with IAI Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial robots, took effect on 1 March 2013. The stadium was renamed IAI Stadium Nihondaira, shortened by the club and supporters to I Sta. This sponsorship deal was extended a further five years in 2018.


After filling Nihondaira on average over 81% for league games in 2008, in November of the same year the club expressed its desire for the ground, which is owned by Shizuoka City, to have its capacity expanded.

In 2020 the club restated their hope to build a new, larger home. In recent years various locations have been cited as a potential location for a new stadium, including next to Higashi-Shizuoka Station, and next to Shimizu Station.

Training ground

Located near the famous Miho no Matsubara are S-Pulse's main training facilities. Named Miho Ground, training session are sometimes open to the public for autograph hunters. The Miho Ground has also housed the club offices since the club's foundation.


S-Pulse share Shizuoka Prefecture with fierce local rivals, Júbilo Iwata. The rivalry dates back to the formation of the J.League when the newly formed S-Pulse were chosen ahead of Júbilo to take part in the first J.League season. Jubilo, who had existed as Yamaha FC in the Japan Soccer League since 1980, had to earn promotion via the 1992 season of the new Japan Football League. This has remained a bone of contention between long standing fans.

With Shizuoka long recognised as the homeland of football in Japan, the two teams have a history of fighting over the best players produced by the region's high schools and universities. Good examples being Naohiro Takahara and Takahiro Yamanishi, who, after graduating from Shimizu Higashi High School, went on to sign for the Júbilo team which won three J.League championships between 1997 and 2002.

Alongside off-field factors, S-Pulse and Júbilo are locked in a perpetual struggle for supremacy on the field. During the J.League's infancy, it was S-Pulse who experienced the greater success and support, but they found themselves in Iwata's shadow for long periods either side of the turn of the century. Recently, S-Pulse have once again emerged as the area's premier club, finishing above Júbilo in the league every season since 2006, and often enjoying further cup runs. 2008 was also the first year since 1995 that S-Pulse succeeded in drawing more supporters through the gates than their rivals.

Also based in Shizuoka are Fujieda MYFC, Azul Claro Numazu and Honda FC. Among those 3 clubs, only Fujieda that currently play at the same level as S-Pulse in J2 League, limiting any potential rivalry development with Azul Claro, who play in J3 League and Honda FC, which compete in Japan Football League, a level below J.League, to one-off cup pairings. Despite always performing well, Honda FC have resisted professionalisation and so are unable to join the J.League. The forerunners to Avispa Fukuoka and Sagan Tosu were originally also based in Shizuoka Prefecture, but had to move to Kyushu because of the dominance and fan saturation of S-Pulse and Iwata.

Colours, crest and mascot

Colour, sponsors and manufacturers

Shimizu all shirts
Shimizu S-Pulse shirts.
First-choice goalkeeper colours

Since the team's inception, the same colour combination for home shirts have been used each year. The colour scheme of orange shirts, shorts and socks was selected to reflect the famous local product of Shizuoka Prefecture; the mikan. The current bright orange hue, named S-Pulse Orange by the club, is the result of a gentle evolution from a more yellow/orange shade during the team's early years. At the advent of the J.League, S-Pulse were the only top division club in the country to wear orange, a distinction which is now shared with other top flight mainstays, such as Albirex Niigata and Omiya Ardija. There is currently no third kit. Goalkeeping colours have changed more over the seasons, with the current first choice kit all black, and all green being the second choice.

Kit manufacturers have been exclusively Puma since 1997, and prior to this was shared with Mizuno. Shirt sponsors have been fairly consistent over the team's sixteen-year history (see table below). The team's current main shirt sponsor is the local Suzuyo Group, with additional sponsorship panels on the lower neck and arms from confectionery company Glico, and Japan Airlines, respectively.

Season(s) Main Shirt Sponsor Additional Sponsor(s) Kit Manufacturer
1992–1996 JAL Glico Honen Mizuno/Puma
1997–2001 Puma
2002–2003 Ajinomoto
2003–2005 Suzuyo
2005–2006 Star The 3rd Planet
2006–2007 Suzuyo JAL
2007–2008 CRS
2008– San-Ai

Kit evolution

Home kit - 1st
Germany Puma (1992–present), Japan Mizuno (1993–1996)
1993 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2001
2002 - 2004
2005 - 2006
2023 -
Away kit - 2nd
1994 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2001
2002 - 2004
2005 - 2006
2023 -
Third kit - Other
1992 - 1996
Cup 1st
1992 - 1996
Cup 2nd
Super De S Series
Super De S Series
120th anniversary of the opening of Shimizu port
2022 3rd
30th Anniversary
2023 3rd


From the club's formation up to 1996, the club used an earlier version of the team crest. while different, the previous design featured the same central lettering as the present badge. Unveiled for the 1997 season, the current team crest was designed around a globe to reflect the club's ambitions as a world class professional team. The head of the badge takes the iconic shape of Mount Fuji's perfect cone to symbolise the team's representation of Shizuoka; the home of Mount Fuji. The choice of blue to accompany the team's orange evokes Shimizu's history as an industrial port town and its proximity to the sea of Suruga Bay. The team crest differs from the team logo which is often used to represent the club. The logo uses the central lettering from the crest, an example of which being the club's shop sign.

Palchan family
Club mascot Palchan and co performing at the 2007 All Star game.


Named Palchan and sporting big, winglike ears, S-Pulse's mascot supports the team and entertains fans by performing choreographed, and often acrobatic, dance routines during the buildup to home games. He often performs with the help of his two younger siblings. Designed by professional cartoonist Guy Gilchrist, Palchan's name is taken from the English pal and the pul of S-Pulse. The suffix chan is an affectionate title commonly used in Japan. Sporting team number zero, Palchan goods are a consistent best seller with various merchandise available. S-Pulse also have a cheer leading team named Orange Wave. The team perform routines prior to kick off and half time as well as making various appearances at S-Pulse themed events in and around Shizuoka.


S-Pulse Dream Plaza April 13th 2008
S-Pulse Dream plaza is on the site of a former Shimizukō Line station.

In and around the team's native Shizuoka City there are eight official club shops. Six of these are known as S-Pulse Dream House and serve as both club merchandise stores and match ticket offices. These can be found in Shizuoka, Shimizu, Fujieda, Suntō and Parche shopping centre, part of Shizuoka Station. The Shimizu Dream House also includes a projection screen and viewing area for the broadcasting of away games. The sixth, and newest, Dream House opened in March 2008 in Fuji City. There are two further S-Pulse shops, with one located in Yaizu, and one in S-Pulse Dream Plaza.

S-Pulse Dream Plaza is a shopping and entertainment complex in Shimizu, housing various attractions including restaurants, a ferris wheel, cinema and a football museum. From the nearby Shimizu Port, the S-Pulse Dream Ferry service runs daily to Izu. The team also lends its name to a series of futsal courts named, perhaps predictably, S-Pulse Dream Fields. These facilities are located in Fujieda, Fuji, Sunto and in Shimizu.

Dream Plaza can be found in a redeveloped part of Shimizu Port near the appropriately named S-Pulse Street. This is a road running into the city from the port area of Shimizu and is lined with various statues, monuments and art works related to and inspired by the city's strong association with football. This includes foot and hand prints cast into metal of former notable players, and several S-Pulse-related statues. S-Pulse Street is also home to the Shimizu Branch of the S-Pulse Dream House.

The S-Pulse brand also extends into motorcycle racing, with the S-Pulse Dream Racing Team bearing the football team's name, logo and mascot. The team competes in the All Japan Road Race ST600 class.

League and cup record

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated
Season Div. Teams Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup Asia
1992 Runners-up Quarter final
1993 J1 10 3rd 18,462 Runners-up Semi-finals
1994 12 4th 19,726 1st round 1st round
1995 14 9th 19,747 1st round
1996 16 10th 12,962 Winner Quarter-finals
1997 17 5th 9,888 Group stage Quarter-finals
1998 18 3rd 12,298 Semi-final Runners-up
1999 16 2nd 12,883 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2000 16 8th 12,422 Quarter-finals Runners-up CWC Winner
2001 16 4th 15,973 2nd round Winner CWC 3rd place
2002 16 8th 14,963 Semi-finals Quarter-finals CWC Quarter-finals
2003 16 11th 16,284 Semi-finals Semi-finals CL Group stage
2004 16 14th 13,568 Quarter-finals 4th round - -
2005 18 15th 12,752 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2006 18 4th 14,302 Group stage Quarter-finals
2007 18 4th 15,952 Group stage Quarter-finals
2008 18 5th 16,599 Runners-up Quarter-finals
2009 18 7th 17,935 Semi-finals Semi-finals
2010 18 6th 18,001 Semi-finals Runners-up
2011 18 10th 15,801 Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2012 18 9th 15,121 Runners-up 4th round
2013 18 9th 14,137 Group stage 4th round
2014 18 15th 14,210 Group stage Semi-finals
2015 18 17th 14,083 Group stage 2nd round
2016 J2 22 2nd 11,274 Not eligible Round of 16
2017 J1 18 14th 15,116 Group stage Round of 16
2018 18 8th 14,671 Group stage 3rd round
2019 18 12th 15,043 Group stage Semi-finals
2020 18 16th 5,235 Group stage Did not qualify
2021 20 14th 7,454 Play-off stage 4th Round
2022 18 17th 15,256 Group stage 3rd round
2023 J2 22 4th 14,393 Group stage 2nd round
2024 J1 20 TBA 2nd Round TBA
*Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average home league attendance
  • 2020 & 2021 season's attendances reduced by COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Source: J.League Data Site

League history

  • Division 1 (J1 League) : 1993–2015
  • Division 2 (J2 League) : 2016
  • Division 1 (J1 League) : 2017–2022
  • Division 2 (J2 League) : 2023–present


S-Pulse Dream House Shizuoka
Shizuoka branch of the S-Pulse Dream House chain
Shimizu S-Pulse honours
Honour No. Years
J.League Cup 1 1996
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1 1999–2000
Emperor's Cup 1 2001
Japanese Super Cup 2 2001, 2002


Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Yuya Oki
3 Japan DF Yuji Takahashi
4 Japan DF Sodai Hasukawa
5 Japan DF Kengo Kitazume
10 Brazil FW Carlinhos Júnior
11 Brazil FW Lucas Braga (on loan from Santos)
13 Japan MF Kota Miyamoto
14 Japan DF Reon Yamahara
16 Japan MF Kenta Nishizawa
17 Japan FW Riyo Kawamoto
18 Japan FW Takumi Kato
19 Japan MF Kai Matsuzaki
20 Japan GK Ryoya Abe
21 Japan MF Shinya Yajima
22 Japan DF Takumu Kenmotsu
23 Japan FW Koya Kitagawa
25 Japan MF Hikaru Naruoka
27 Japan FW Riku Gunji
No. Position Player
28 Japan DF Yutaka Yoshida
30 Japan FW Kanta Chiba
31 Japan GK Togo Umeda
32 Japan DF Sen Takagi
33 Japan MF Takashi Inui
37 Japan FW Yosuke Morishige
39 Japan MF Nagi Kawatani
41 Japan MF Ryohei Shirasaki
43 Japan FW Aoi Ando
44 Japan MF Motoki Nishihara Type 2
45 Japan MF Ryunosuke Yada Type 2
46 Japan MF Sean Kotake Type 2
51 Japan GK Yui Inokoshi
57 Japan GK Shūichi Gonda
66 United States DF Jelani Reshaun Sumiyoshi (on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
70 Japan MF Teruki Hara
71 Japan MF Ryotaro Nakamura (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
99 Brazil FW Douglas Tanque

Out on loan

No. Position Player
83 Japan DF Shuta Kikuchi (at Montedio Yamagata)
Japan GK Kengo Nagai (at Yokohama FC)
Japan DF Taketo Ochiai (at Okinawa SV)
No. Position Player
Japan MF Yasufumi Nishimura (at AC Nagano Parceiro)
South Korea FW Oh Se-hun (at Machida Zelvia)
Japan FW Sena Saito (at Thespa Gunma)

Noted players

Players who have been named Player of the Year or Young Player of the Year in the J.League:


World Cup players

World Cup 1994

World Cup 1998

World Cup 2002

World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010

Club officials

For the 2024 season.

Role Name
Manager Japan Tadahiro Akiba
Assistant manager Japan Mitsumasa Yoda
First-team coach Japan Daisuke Ichikawa
Japan Ichizo Nakata
Goalkeeper coach Japan Masaaki Furukawa
Conditioning coach Japan Ryo Nitta
Analyst Japan Tomofumi Kuriyama
Chief doctor Japan Mitsuhito Doi
Chief trainer Japan Takayuki Nakayama
Physiologist Brazil Felipe Olive
Physiotherapist Japan Keisuke Ishihara
Trainer Japan Ryuichiro Maezawa
Japan Tomotaka Kato
Athletic trainer Japan Ryohei Shimura
(English / Portuguese)
Japan Daigo Terasaki
Japan Kota Kurosu
Interpreter (Korean) South Korea Kang In-yeop
Interpreter (Portuguese) Brazil Luiz Uehara
Chief secretary Japan Satoru Matsunaga
Secretary Japan Takahiro Nishiyama
Japan Kazuma Ishihara


Manager Nationality Tenure
Émerson Leão  Brazil Jan 1, 1992 – Dec 31, 1994
Rivellino  Brazil Jan 1, 1994 – Dec 31, 1994
Masakatsu Miyamoto  Japan 1995–96
Osvaldo Ardiles  Argentina Jan 1, 1996 – Dec 31, 1998
Steve Perryman  England 1999–2000
Zdravko Zemunović  Yugoslavia Dec 15, 2000 – Dec 31, 2002
Takeshi Oki  Japan 2002–03
Koji Gyotoku  Japan 2003
Antoninho  Brazil 2003–04
Nobuhiro Ishizaki  Japan June 26, 2004;– Nov 28, 2004
Kenta Hasegawa  Japan Jan 1, 2005 – Dec 31, 2010
Afshin Ghotbi  Iran
 United States
Feb 1, 2011 – July 30, 2014
Katsumi Oenoki  Japan July 30, 2014 – Aug 1,2015
Kazuaki Tasaka  Japan Aug 1,2015 – Dec 31, 2015
Shinji Kobayashi  Japan Jan 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2017
Jan Jönsson  Sweden Jan 1, 2018 – June 11, 2019
Yoshiyuki Shinoda  Japan May 14, 2019 – December 13, 2019
Peter Cklamovski  Australia December 14, 2019 – November 2020
Miguel Ángel Lotina  Spain February 1, 2021 – November 3rd 2021
Hiroaki Hiraoka  Japan November 4, 2021 – May 30, 2022
Yoshiyuki Shinoda (caretaker)  Japan May 31, 2022 – June 6, 2022
Zé Ricardo  Brazil June 7, 2022 – April 3, 2023
Tadahiro Akiba  Japan April 3, 2023 –

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