Kashima Antlers FC is a Japanese football club based in the city of Kashima. They currently feature in the J-League and are also the reigning champions of Japan. Kashima are the most successful club in J League history.
Kashima Antlers was founded in 1947 as Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd in Osaka. The club played in the semi-professional Japan Soccer League in the initial stages and moved to Kashima in 1975. They played their first ever season in the Japan top flight in 1984 but dropped down in the 1985-1986 season.
But since the formation of the J League in 1993, Kashima have emerged as the leading club in Japan. They won the first stage of the inaugural season of the J League in 1993 under coach Zico and in 2002 became the first Japanese side to do the mythical trbel winning the J League, the J League Cup and the Emperor’s Cup.
In 2007 Kashima became the first team in Japan to win 11 domestic titles and are one of just six teams to have maintained their top flight status since the inception of the J League in 1993.
Kashima Antlers have strong ties with Brazilian football and have never signed a non-Brazilian foreign player.
Kashima Antlers play their home matches at the Kashima Stadium that can hold 39,026 spectators. They bear the nickname Antlers and are currently coached by Oswaldo de Oliveira. Kashima’s chairman is Hiroshi Ushjima.
Some of the club’s achievements include:-5 J-League Championships-3 J-League Cup-1 All Japan Vase-3 Emperor’s Cup