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are a Japanese professional association football club playing in the J. League Division 1. Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, Ibaraki, 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 Japanese football champions, the J. League Cup four times and the Emperor's Cup four times. 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 Division 1 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 (association football) after claiming the 2007 Emperor's Cup title. In 2008 J. League Division 1 they became the first club to successfully defend their league title on two separate occasions. In 2009 J. League Division 1 they became the first club to win three consecutive league titles. Most recently, with victory in the 2011 J. League Cup, Kashima became the first club to win 15 domestic titles.

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


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

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. (Of the original 10 J. League founding member clubs, Kashima and Shimizu S-Pulse were newly promoted. Ironically, Kashima had defeated a forerunner of Shimizu's, Nippon Light Metal/Hagoromo Club, to earn its JSL Second Division place back in Japan Soccer League 1974).

Since the J. League's creation in J. League 1993, Kashima Antlers have consistently been amongst the strongest teams in the country, holding several distinctions and records. Led by former Brazil national football team star and Japan national football 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 J. League 2000 became the first J. League team to achieve the "Treble (association football)", winning all three major titles: 2000 J. League, 2000 J. League Cup, and 2000 Emperor's Cup. This followed a near miss in J. League 1997 when, after being the first team to win both cup competitions, they finished second in the league. In J. League 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 in Brazil, a fact borne out of Zico's past affiliation with the club. Kashima's Brazilian 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, Itako, Ibaraki, Hasaki, Ibaraki and Kamisu, Ibaraki, all in Ibaraki Prefecture. The team plays at Kashima Soccer Stadium.

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


As of 17 July 2011

Out on loan

2012 Season Transfers


Record as J. League member


Sumitomo Metals (Amateur era)
- All Japan Senior Football Championship
- - Winners (1): 1973
- Japan Soccer League List of winners of J. League Division 2 and predecessors
- - Champions (2): 1984 Japan Soccer League Second Division, 1986–87 Japan Soccer League Second Stage
- JSL Cup
- - Runners-Up (1): 1987 JSL Cup

Kashima Antlers (Professional era)
- J. League Division 1:
- - Champions (7): 1996 J. League, 1998 J. League, 2000 J. League, 2001 J. League, 2007 J. League, 2008 J. League, 2009 J. League
- - Runners-Up (2): 1993 J. League, 1997 J. League
- Emperor's Cup:
- - Winners (4): 1997 Emperor's Cup, 2000 Emperor's Cup, 2007 Emperor's Cup, 2010 Emperor's Cup
- - Runners-Up (2): 1993 Emperor's Cup, 2002 Emperor's Cup
- J. League Cup:
- - Winners (4): 1997 J. League Cup, 2000 J. League Cup, 2002 J. League Cup, 2011 J. League Cup
- - Runners-Up (3): 1999 J. League Cup, 2003 J. League Cup, 2006 J. League Cup
- Xerox Super Cup:
- - Winners (5): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010
- - Runners-Up (4): 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011
- A3 Champions Cup:
- - Winners (1): 2003

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