ClubWorldCup : Who are Kashima Antlers?
Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means “deer island”.
Since the J. League’s creation and introduction of professional Japanese football in 1993, Kashima have proved by far Japan’s most successful club team, having won the J. League title a record eight times, the J. League Cupa record six times and the Emperor’s Cup four times for an unprecedented total of eighteen major domestic titles.
Kashima have finished in the top five of the league for over seventy percent of all seasons played to date, recorded an average end of season league placing of third and captured a major domestic title in over sixty percent of all seasons played to date.
Kashima are the current J. League Champions are also one of only two teams to have competed in Japan’s top flight of professional football every year since its inception.
They became the first and only team in Japan to have won ten domestic titles in the professional era by clinching the J.League title in 2007.
They became the first and only club to successfully defend the J. League title on two separate occasions in 2008.
In 2009 they became the first and only club to win three consecutive J. League titles.
With victories in back to back J. League Cups in 2011, 2012 and most recently followed by their 2015 victory, Kashima extended their unmatched record of major domestic titles in the professional era to seventeen
Kashima’s Brazilian connection has manifested itself in both the club’s player transfer and coaching policy resulting in only three non-Brazilian foreign players and predominantly Brazilian managers signing for Kashima since the inception of the J. League
They current squad has two Brazilians and one South Korean player, the rest are Japanese citizens