Kashima Antlers

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996
Outside the Kashima Soccer Stadium
Kashima players training at Azadi Stadium
Kashima Antlers celebrate after winning the 2018 AFC Champions League.

The Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ) are a football club in Kashima, Ibaraki, currently playing in the J1 League, top tier of Japanese professional football leagues.

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Japanese professional football club based in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area.


Yokohama F. Marinos is the longest serving team in the top flight of Japanese football, having played at the top level since 1982, also making them, along with Kashima Antlers, one of only two teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception.

Shimizu S-Pulse

Professional Japanese football club.

S-Pulse fans make the hundred mile trip to FC Tokyo, September 2007
Mount Fuji as seen from Nihondaira Stadium
The home end before a game in 2013
Shimizu S-Pulse shirts.
Club mascot Palchan and co performing at the 2007 All Star game.
S-Pulse Dream plaza is on the site of a former Shimizukō Line station.
Shizuoka branch of the S-Pulse Dream House chain

Only Japan's most successful professional team, Kashima Antlers, have made more final appearances.

J1 League

Top level of the Japan Professional Football League (日本プロサッカーリーグ) system.

In order to fix this one-year lag issue, the 2007 Emperor's Cup winner, Kashima Antlers' turn was waived.

Emperor's Cup

For the trophy awarded to winners of sumo tournaments, see Glossary of sumo terms.

This logo was used until 2017. However, it was used for TV broadcasting until 2021.
The Emperor's cup award stand
The crowd during the 2006 Emperor's Cup Final between Urawa Red Diamonds and Gamba Osaka

On 1 January 2020, first time finalist Vissel Kobe beat Kashima Antlers in the 2019 Emperor's Cup Final at the recently built new National Stadium to win the first title in their 54-year club history.

Zico (footballer)

Brazilian football coach and former player who played as an attacking midfielder.

During his team's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Oman
A teenage Zico in 1971
Zico while playing in Flamengo in 1981
Zico in 2009 as manager of PFC CSKA Moscow

Zico works as technical director at Kashima Antlers.

Japan Soccer League

The top flight association football league in Japan between 1965 and 1992, and was the precursor to the current professional league, the J.League.

Sumitomo Metal Industries (1973–1992) – Kashima Antlers

2018 AFC Champions League

The 37th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation , and the 16th under the current AFC Champions League title.

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

Kashima Antlers won the title for the first time, defeating Persepolis in the final, and qualified as the AFC representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

J.League Cup

Japanese football (soccer) competition organized by J.League.

The 2008 Final

All the sixteen J1 teams took part. Kashima Antlers and Shimizu S-Pulse were exempted from the group stage because they participated in the AFC Champions League. The remaining fourteen teams were divided into four groups, two groups containing four teams and the other two groups containing three. The top team of the each group and the second placed teams of the groups containing four teams as well as Kashima and Shimizu were qualified for the knock-out stage. The ties were played over two matches (home and away) except the final where the winners were decided by a single game.

Kashima, Ibaraki

City located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

Kashima Shrine
Port of Kashima with Kamisu in the foreground
Kashima Soccer Stadium
The Torii Gate at the entrance of Kashima Shrine
Monument for Kashima Antlers near Kashima Shrine

Kashima is the home of the J. League's Kashima Antlers.

2009 J.League Division 1

45th season of the top-flight club football in Japan and the 17th season since the establishment of J1 League.

Kashima Antlers became the first Japanese club win J.League Championship in three straight seasons.