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URAWA RED DIAMONDS (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ, _Urawa Reddo Daiyamonzu_), colloquially URAWA REDS, are a professional association football club playing in Japan
Japan
's football league, J1 League . The club has been able to boast the highest average gates for fourteen of the J-League's twenty season history. This includes 2016 's highest average of almost 37,000. After the club began hosting games at the new Saitama Stadium in 2001 , they could accommodate a sharp increase in crowd numbers, a boom which peaked in 2008 with an average of over 47,000. In 2014, the club was forced to play the March 23rd match in front of an empty stadium due to a controversial banner that was hung during the previous home fixture.

The name Red Diamonds alludes to the club's pre-professional era parent company Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
. The corporation's famous logo consists of three red diamonds, one of which remains within the current club badge. Its hometown is the city of Saitama in Saitama Prefecture , but its name comes from the former city of Urawa , which is now a part of Saitama City.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 International affiliation * 3 Stadium * 4 Facilities * 5 Rivalries * 6 Women\'s and Amateur Teams * 7 Record

* 8 Honors

* 8.1 Domestic Competitions * 8.2 Continental * 8.3 International * 8.4 Individual Awards

* 9 Players

* 9.1 Current squad * 9.2 Out on loan * 9.3 World Cup Players

* 10 Former players

* 10.1 International capped players

* 11 Managers * 12 League history * 13 References * 14 External links

HISTORY

Shin- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
established a football club in 1950 in Kobe and moved the club to Tokyo
Tokyo
in 1958. In 1965 it formed the Japan
Japan
Soccer League along with today's Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
, JEF United Ichihara Chiba , Kashiwa Reysol , Cerezo Osaka and three other clubs who have since been relegated to regional leagues.

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
first won the JSL championship in 1969, as a break in Mazda/Sanfrecce's dominance (and also with the fact that Toyo were in Bangkok
Bangkok
, Thailand
Thailand
, competing in the Asian Club Cup ); their runs up the first division were sporadic but steady until the 1980s when they fell into the Second Division. In 1990 they were promoted as JSL 2 champions, and thus were ready when the J-League implementation began in earnest.

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
were the first Japanese club to complete a domestic treble , when in 1978 they won the title, the Emperor\'s Cup and the Japan Soccer League Cup .

The club has enjoyed mixed fortunes since the J-League advent. The club finished bottom of the league for the first two seasons of the J-League with an average crowd of under 15,000. In 1999 they suffered relegation to the second tier of Japanese football yet again. The team has since improved in form in recent years, starting with a 2003 victory in the Nabisco Cup .

In 2006 Urawa clinched their first professional league title by defeating runners-up Gamba Osaka 3–2 on December 2 before 63,000 supporters. This came after two close calls in the previous two years. In 2005 , they finished 2nd, one point behind champions Gamba Osaka . In 2004 , they finished 3rd in the First Stage and won the Second Stage. Having qualified for the two-match J. League Championship decider, they lost on penalty kicks to Yokohama F. Marinos .

Urawa were back to back Emperor\'s Cup winners in 2005 and 2006. Winning the title for the first time since establishment as a professional team, they defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 on January 1, 2006, and retained the title in 2007 with a 1–0 win over Gamba Osaka. This win also completed a league-cup double . In the 2007 tournament they were defeated at the first hurdle by J2 outfit Ehime F.C. .

In 2007, despite a seemingly unassailable lead of seven points with four games remaining, Urawa picked up only two points from their final four games. This run included losing at home to Kashima Antlers; the team who would leapfrog Urawa on the final day of the season to claim their fifth J. League title. Following their capitulation in the fourth round of the Emperor's Cup to J2 outfit Ehime F.C. , Urawa had to be content with their 2007 Asian Champions League title. Urawa recorded their first international title after overcoming Iranian team Sepahan F.C.
Sepahan F.C.
3–1 on aggregate. The victory made them the first Japanese side to win the title since the competition was reorganised from the Asian Champions Cup in 2003. In the Club World Cup of the same year, Urawa became the first AFC team to finish in third place, beating Tunisian Étoile Sportive du Sahel side on penalty kicks in the third / fourth place play off.

In 2008, Urawa attempted to win their second consecutive Asian Champions League title and progressed to the semi finals where they were defeated by fellow J-League rivals, and eventual Champions League winners, Gamba Osaka 3–1 on aggregate.

On March 8, 2014, a banner which read "JAPANESE ONLY" was hung at one of the entrances to the stands. As punishment for this racist behavior, the March 23rd match was played in an empty stadium .

INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATION

The club is also notable in that former Feyenoord
Feyenoord
midfielder Shinji Ono began his professional career playing for Urawa. Ono returned for the 2006 season for a second stint with the club. Urawa is affiliated with German club FC Bayern Munich , whose nickname is also "The Reds". Karl-Heinz Rummenigge , the chairman of the FC Bayern Munich, announced that "We have been looking for clubs which have potential ability, management stability and cordial confidence. We could fulfill the desire to affiliate with this great club, Urawa Reds." Some other foreign clubs, such as Club Atlético Independiente , Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , VfB Stuttgart
VfB Stuttgart
, Manchester United F.C. , Feyenoord
Feyenoord
, Hamburger SV and Perth Glory FC , visited Japan
Japan
and played friendly games at the Saitama Stadium.

In August 2004 , Urawa appeared in a pre-season four-team friendly tournament, the Vodafone Cup, at Old Trafford , the home of Manchester United . The Japanese club, missing key players, lost their first game 5–2 against the Argentinian side Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors
. The second fixture against the hosts, Manchester United, was called off due to a massive electric storm. Some 800 Urawa fans had travelled to the game and were later compensated.

STADIUM

International friendly match against Manchester United, July 30, 2005, Saitama Stadium

Since the establishment of J. League in 1992, the team had used tracked Urawa Komaba Stadium as its home stadium. Due to the increasing popularity of the matches, Saitama City, owner of the stadium, expanded the seat capacity some times. The team used Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium until the works were complete. In spite of the poor performance of the team, the stadium was filled with faithful supporters, drawing an average audience of twenty thousand people.

In October 2001, Saitama Prefecture built new football-specific Saitama Stadium in Saitama city. This stadium was used as a venue for the 2002 FIFA World Cup . After the World Cup the club gradually increased home games in Saitama Stadium and in 2003 the stadium was formally designated as the home stadium. In 2008, only two games were held at Komaba Stadium.

FACILITIES

Urawa Reds has used Ohara City Field for its training. In addition to this facility, the club opened the Redsland in 2005, which have three grass fields, one artificial turf field, one baseball field, futsal fields and tennis courts . The Redsland is opened to the public and club members can use the facilities at relatively cheap fees.

RIVALRIES

Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds
has a local derby with Omiya Ardija , from Omiya-ku, Saitama city. They first met in the 1987 Emperor\'s Cup , with Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
defeating NTT Kanto by 5 to 0 at Nishigaoka National Stadium . The derby first took place in the JSL Second Division in the 1989–90 season , and it wouldn't take place until the 2000 season when Urawa was relegated to the second tier again. In 2003 the formerly separate Omiya and Urawa cities merged to become Saitama city , and since 2005 the derby became a top flight fixture after Omiya was promoted.

During the JSL years and into the 1990s, Urawa's main top flight rivals were JEF United Ichihara Chiba and Kashiwa Reysol , both now based in Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture
. Because of their former parent companies' headquarters being all based in Marunouchi
Marunouchi
, Tokyo
Tokyo
, the three clubs were known as 丸の内御三家 _ Marunouchi
Marunouchi
Gosanke_ (" Marunouchi
Marunouchi
Big Three") and fixtures between them were known as _ Marunouchi
Marunouchi
derbies_, although the term is falling out of use as they are now based in different prefectures and rarely play home games in Tokyo
Tokyo
stadiums.

Rivals further afield include Kashima Antlers , F.C. Tokyo
Tokyo
, Yokohama Marinos , Kawasaki Frontale , and, even farther away, Gamba Osaka . Old JSL championship rivalries with Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
, Cerezo Osaka and Shonan Bellmare have ebbed down as those clubs had nadirs in the second tier.

WOMEN\'S AND AMATEUR TEAMS

The club also has women\'s and amateur teams.

* Women's: Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies in L. League Division 1 * Amateur: Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds
Amateur in Saitama Prefecture League Div. 1

RECORD

SEASON DIV. TMS. POS. ATTENDANCE/G J. LEAGUE CUP EMPEROR\\'S CUP AFC FIFA CWC

1992 – – – – Group Stage Semi-final – – –

1993 J1 10 10 11,459 Group Stage 2nd Round – – –

1994 J1 12 12 18,475 Quarter-final 3rd Round – – –

1995 J1 14 4 19,560 – Quarter-final – – –

1996 J1 16 6 24,329 Group Stage Semi-final – – –

1997 J1 17 10 20,504 Quarter-final 4th Round – – –

1998 J1 18 6 22,706 Group Stage Quarter-final – – –

1999 J1 16 15 21,206 Quarter-final 4h Round – – –

2000 J2 11 2 16,923 1st Round 4h Round – – –

2001 J1 16 10 26,720 Quarter-final Semi-final – – –

2002 J1 16 11 26,296 Runners-up 3rd Round – – –

2003 J1 16 6 28,855 Winner 3rd Round – – –

2004 J1 16 2 36,660 Runners-up Semi-final – – –

2005 J1 18 2 39,357 Semi-final Winner – – –

2006 J1 18 1 45,573 Quarter-final Winner – – –

2007 J1 18 2 46,667 Quarter-final 4th Round CL Winner 3rd Place

2008 J1 18 7 47,609 Group Stage 5th Round CL Semi-final –

2009 J1 18 6 44,210 Quarter-final 2nd Round – – –

2010 J1 18 10 39,941 Group Stage Quarter-final – – –

2011 J1 18 15 33,910 Runners-up Quarter-final – – –

2012 J1 18 3 36,634 Group Stage 4th Round – – –

2013 J1 18 6 37,100 Runners-up 3rd Round CL Group Stage –

2014 J1 18 2 35,516 Quarter-final 3rd Round – – –

2015 J1 18 3 38,745 Quarter-final Runners-up CL Group Stage –

2016 J1 18 2 36,935 Winner Round of 16 CL Round of 16 –

Key

* Tms. = Number of teams * Pos. = Position in league * Attendance/G = Average league attendance

HONORS

DOMESTIC COMPETITIONS

MITSUBISHI (Amateur era)

* JAPAN SOCCER LEAGUE DIVISION 1

* CHAMPIONS: (4) 1969, 1973, 1978, 1982

* JAPAN SOCCER LEAGUE DIVISION 2

* CHAMPIONS: (1) 1989/90

* EMPEROR\\'S CUP

* WINNERS: (4) 1971, 1973, 1978, 1980

* JSL CUP

* WINNERS: (2) 1978, 1981

* SUPER CUP

* WINNERS: (3) 1979, 1980, 1983

URAWA RED DIAMONDS (Professional era)

* J1 LEAGUE

* CHAMPIONS: (1) 2006 * 1ST STAGE CHAMPIONS: (1) 2015 * 2ND STAGE CHAMPIONS: (2) 2004 , 2016 * RUNNERS-UP: (5) 2004 , 2005 , 2007 , 2014 , 2016

* J.LEAGUE DIVISION 2

* RUNNERS-UP: (1) 2000

* EMPEROR\\'S CUP

* WINNERS: (2) 2005 , 2006 * RUNNERS-UP: (1) 2015

* J.LEAGUE CUP

* WINNERS: (2) 2003 , 2016 * RUNNERS-UP: (4) 2002 , 2004 , 2011 , 2013

* SUPER CUP

* WINNERS: (1) 2006 * RUNNERS-UP: (3) 2007, 2015 , 2017

CONTINENTAL

* AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

* WINNERS: (1) 2007

INTERNATIONAL

* FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

* THIRD PLACE: (1) 2007

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

See _ Individual Award Winners (Urawa Red Diamonds) _

PLAYERS

CURRENT SQUAD

_As of 11 January 2017._ Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules
FIFA eligibility rules
. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

NO.

POSITION PLAYER

1 _ GK Shusaku Nishikawa

3

MF Tomoya Ugajin

4

DF Daisuke Nasu

5

DF Tomoaki Makino

6

DF Wataru Endo

7

MF Tsukasa Umesaki

8

FW Rafael Silva

9

FW Yuki Muto

10

MF Yosuke Kashiwagi

13

FW Toshiyuki Takagi

14

MF Tadaaki Hirakawa

15

MF Kazuki Nagasawa

16

MF Takuya Aoki

17

DF Yu Tamura

NO.

POSITION PLAYER

18

MF Yoshiaki Komai

19

FW Ado Onaiwu

20

FW Tadanari Lee

21

FW Zlatan Ljubijankić

22

MF Yuki Abe (captain )_

23

GK Nao Iwadate

24

MF Takahiro Sekine

25

GK Tetsuya Enomoto

26

MF Ryotaro Ito

28

GK Haruki Fukushima

30

FW Shinzo Koroki

38

MF Daisuke Kikuchi

39

MF Shinya Yajima

46

DF Ryota Moriwaki

OUT ON LOAN

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules . Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

NO.

POSITION PLAYER

_ DF Takuya Okamoto (at Shonan Bellmare )_

_ MF Naoki Yamada (at Shonan Bellmare )_

NO.

POSITION PLAYER

_ MF Shota Saito (at Mito HollyHock )_

_ FW Naoki Ishihara (at Vegalta Sendai )_

WORLD CUP PLAYERS

The following players have represented their country at the World Cup whilst playing for Urawa Red Diamonds:

WORLD CUP 1998

* Masayuki Okano * Shinji Ono

WORLD CUP 2006

* Alex * Shinji Ono * Keisuke Tsuboi

WORLD CUP 2010

* Yuki Abe

WORLD CUP 2014

* Shusaku Nishikawa

FORMER PLAYERS

See also: Category: Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds
players and Category:J.League players

INTERNATIONAL CAPPED PLAYERS

JFA .

* Masayuki Okano * Shinji Ono * Keisuke Tsuboi * Alex * Masahiro Fukuda * Yuichiro Nagai * Nobuhisa Yamada * Marcus Tulio Tanaka * Tatsuya Tanaka * Hajime Hosogai * Shinji Jojo * Yuichiro Nagai * Genki Haraguchi

AFC / CAF / OFC .

* Matthew Spiranovic * Ned Zelić * Emerson * Cho Kwi-jea * Gwak Kyung-keun * Wilfried Sanou * Faisal Mohammed

UEFA
UEFA
.

* Michael Baur * Tomislav Marić * Brian Steen Nielsen * Basile Boli * Uwe Bein * Guido Buchwald * Uwe Rahn * Michael Rummenigge * Giuseppe Zappella * Željko Petrović * Alfred Nijhuis * Andrzej Kubica * Yuriy Nikiforov * Ranko Despotović * Ľubomír Luhový * Miroslav Mentel * Txiki Begiristain * Alpay Özalan

CONMEBOL .

* Osvaldo Escudero * Victor Ferreyra * Marcelo Morales * Marcelo Trivisonno * Adiel * Adriano * Donizete Oliveira * Edmilson * Edmundo * Harison * Márcio Richardes * Mazola * Nenê * Robson Ponte * Popo * Santos * Toninho * Tuto * Washington * Fernando Picun

MANAGERS

MANAGER NAT. TENURE

Hiroshi Ninomiya Japan
Japan
1967–75

Takaji Mori Japan
Japan
1993

Kenzo Yokoyama Japan
Japan
1994

Holger Osieck Germany
Germany
Jan 1, 1995 – Dec 31, 1996

Ove Flindt Bjerg Denmark
Denmark
Jan 1, 1996 – Dec 31, 1996

Horst Köppel Germany
Germany
Feb 1, 1997 – Dec 31, 1997

Hiromi Hara Japan
Japan
1998–99

Aad de Mos Netherlands
Netherlands
July 1, 1999 – Dec 3, 1999

Yasushi Yoshida Japan
Japan
1999

Kazuo Saito Japan
Japan
2000

Kenzo Yokoyama Japan
Japan
2000

Tita Brazil
Brazil
Jan 1, 2001 – June 30, 2001

Pita Brazil
Brazil
July 1, 2001 – Dec 31, 2001

Hans Ooft Netherlands
Netherlands
2002 – Dec 31, 2003

Guido Buchwald Germany
Germany
Jan 1, 2004 – Dec 31, 2006

Holger Osieck Germany
Germany
Jan 1, 2007 – March 16, 2008

Gert Engels Germany
Germany
March 16, 2008 – Nov 27, 2008

Volker Finke Germany
Germany
Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2010

Željko Petrović Montenegro
Montenegro
Jan 1, 2011 – Oct 20, 2011

Takafumi Hori (caretaker) Japan
Japan
Oct 20, 2011 – Dec 31, 2011

Mihailo Petrović Serbia
Serbia
Jan 1, 2012– July 30,2017

LEAGUE HISTORY

Excepting two seasons in which they were in the second tier, Mitsubishi/Urawa has always competed in the top flight, thereby being the club with the most top flight seasons total.

* MITSUBISHI (Amateur era)

* Division 1 (JSL and JSL Div.1) : 1965–66, 1988–89 * Division 2 (JSL Div.2) : 1989–90 * Division 1 (JSL Div.1) : 1990–91, 1991–92

* URAWA RED DIAMONDS (Professional era)

* Division 1 (J. League) : 1993–99 * Division 2 (J. League Div.2) : 2000 * Division 1 (J. League Div.1) : 2001–

* Top Scorer: Masahiro Fukuda with 152 goals

REFERENCES

* ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/asia/japan/saitama-stadium-2002/ * ^ 浦和レッズ年表, Urawa Red Diamonds * ^ ARUDOU, DEBITO. "J. League and media must show red card to racism". _ Japan
Japan
Times_. Retrieved 12 March 2016. * ^ "Urawa Reds play to empty stadium after fans banned for racist banner". _BBC_. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 March 2016. * ^ J-League partner Ur