are a Japanese
professional association football
club playing in the J. League Division 1
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 seven 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 3rd.
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 five teams
to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception.
Founded in 1947 as Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.
. It played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League
and moved to Kashima
, Ibaraki Prefecture
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... Read More