SHIMIZU S-PULSE

CLUB HISTORY

History of SHIMIZU S-PULSE since 1991

Shimizu S-Pulse was born in 1991 and is located almost exactly in-between Tokyo and Nagoya in its hometown Shizuoka City (at the time of establishment Shimizu City) in the Tokai region. Unlike other clubs the team had no previous foundations and started from zero. The club is passionately supported by the people of Shizuoka prefecture which is historically famous for its enthusiasm for and admiration of football. S-Pulse are one of the clubs to have never been relegated from the top flight since the start of the J.League in 1993. The ‘S’ in S-Pulse represents the first letter of the words ‘soccer’, ‘Shimizu’, and ‘Shizuoka’. In English ‘Pulse’ refers to the heartbeat. It is meant to express that feeling of excitement in the hearts of the football-loving people in the prefecture and city. The club’s home stadium is the football-specific IAI Stadium Nihondaira. It is compact and the distance to the pitch is very small, creating a fine ambience, while being located on the hilly land just a short dash away from the Suruga Sea and the world heritage site Mount Fuji.

When the club was founded in 1991 they called themselves Shimizu FC S-Pulse but in 1996 they converted to the current name of Shimizu S-Pulse. At the same time as the club was established a trio of local players known as “Shimizu’s Talented Three” ? Kenta Hasegawa, Katsumi Oenoki, and Takumi Horiike ? returned to Shizuoka Prefecture from other clubs to represent the team. In the League Cup competition that took place the year before the J.League was established they quickly showed their ability, finishing as runners-up. In that same competition in 1996 Shimizu prevented Verdy Kawasaki (now Tokyo Verdy) from winning a fourth straight cup to claim their own first title (they have also finished runners-up in the League Cup four times). In the league during the two-stage system they won the 2nd stage championship in 1999, and that season they had six players in the best eleven, including Masaaki Sawanobori, while Alex (Alessandro Santos) won the Player of the Year award. The team has a noticeable strength in cup competitions and won its first Emperor’s Cup in 2001 and has finished runners-up in the tournament four times. In the 1999/2000 season they also beat Al Zawra in the Asian Cup Winners Cup to claim their first international title.

Recently Shinji Ono, born in Shizuoka Prefecture, represented the club. Japan national team striker Shinji Okazaki also developed at S-Pulse. Several players have also appeared for Japan at the World Cup or Olympics, including the aforementioned Alex and Okazaki, as well as Ryuzo Morioka, Kazuyuki Toda, Daisuke Ichikawa and many more. Teruyoshi Ito was selected for the Japan squad at the 1998 World Cup, and also scored the winner against Brazil at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 in what became known as the “miracle of Miami”. As with other clubs there are often Brazilian players at S-Pulse, but the likes of Italian national team striker Daniele Massaro, South Korean international forward Ahn Jung-hwan, Norway national team striker Frode Johnsen, Sweden star Freddie Ljungberg, and Australia national teamer Alex Brosque have all performed well for the club. On the other hand several famous players have also coached the team. Brazilians Leon and Riberinho worked together (the former in charge between 1992-94 and the latter joining for the 1994 season), Aregentine Osvaldo Ardiles held the reins between 1996-98, and Englishman Steve Perryman was in the dugout between 1998-2000.

1992 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Runners-up
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Jun.01: Emerson LEAO became new team manager.
  • Jul.04: First match for S-Pulse was held at Nagai stadium/Osaka (against Gamba Osaka). This day becomes the memorable day as birth of S-Pulse.

1993 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League SUNTORY Series: 4th
    10wins,8losses 28goals scored,25goals against
  • J. League NICOS Series: Runners-up
    14wins,4losses 26goals scored,9goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 3rd
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Runners-up
  • Emperor's Cup: Semi-final
  • Highlights
  • May 15: First season of J. League kicked off.
  • Dec.18: Masaaki SAWANOBORI was named the Best New Player of the first season.

1994 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League SUNTORY Series: Runners-up
    16wins,6losses 41goals scored,25goals against
  • J. League NICOS Series: 6th
    11wins,11losses 28goals scored,31goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 4th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: 2nd Round
  • Emperor's Cup: 1st Round
  • Highlights
  • Jun.30: Emerson LEAO resigned from team manager.
  • Aug.01: RIVELINO became new team manager.
  • Dec.08: RIVELINO resigned from team manager.

1995 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League SUNTORY Series: 12th
    30points:10wins,16losses 35goals scored,63goals against
  • J. League NICOS Series: 4th
    45points:15wins,11losses 42goals scored,34goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 9th
  • Emperor's Cup: 1st Round
  • Highlights
  • Jan.12: Masakatsu MIYAMOTO became new team manager
  • Jul.19: Total number of attendance at the Nihondaira Sports Stadium exceeded 1million.
  • Dec.20: Masakatsu MIYAMOTO resigned from team manager.

1996 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Season Overall: 10th
    37points:12wins,18losses 50goals scored,60goals against
    * Single Season-long League
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Winner
  • Emperor's Cup : Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Jan.25: Osvald Cesar ARDILES became new team manager, Stephen John PERRYMAN became new coach.
  • Sep.25: S-Pulse won J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup.Toshihide SAITO received New Hero Award.
  • Nov.21: Toshihide SAITO was named the Best New Player of the Year.

1997 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League 1st Stage: 7th
    25points:9wins,7losses 25goals scored,24goals against
  • J. League 2nd Stage: 6th
    29points:10wins,6losses 27goals scored,16goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 5th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Preliminary Round
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Jan.25: Toshihide SAITO was named Japan Professional Sports Rookie of the Year Award.
  • May.10: Total number of attendance at home league games exceeded 1.5 million.

1998 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League 1st Stage: Runners-up
    39points:13wins,4losses 32goals scored,14goals against
  • J. League 2nd Stage: 5th
    31points:12wins,5losses 39goals scored,21goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 3rd
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Runners-up
  • Highlights
  • Feb.01: The new Management Corporation "S-Pulse Co., Ltd." was established.
  • Jun. 02: Toshihide SAITO and Teruyoshi ITO were named in Japan National Team for 1998 FIFA World Cup.
  • Aug.21: S-Pulse were selected as AFC Team of the Month.
  • Nov.14: Osvald Cesar ARDILES resigned from team manager.
  • Dec.01: Stephen John PERRYMAN became new team manager.
  • Jan.01: S-Pulse finished in 2nd at the Emperor's Cup.

1999 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1 1st Stage: 3rd
    30points:10wins,1draws,4losses 28goals scored,23goals against
  • J. League Division 1 2nd Stage: Winner
    35points:12wins,0draws,3losses 28goals scored,13goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: Runners-up
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Quarter-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Nov.23: S-Pulse won J. League Division 1 2nd Stage.
  • Dec.13: 1999 J. League Awards were announced. PERRYMAN was named the Coach of the Year, ALEX was awarded the Player of the Year.
    Masanori SANADA, Ryuzo MORIOKA, Toshihide SAITO, ALEX, Teruyoshi ITO and Masaaki SAWANOBORI were selected for the Best Eleven.
  • Dec.27: "S-Pulse Honor Awards" were established. The first honorees are Stephen John PERRYMAN, Kenta HASEGAWA, and Takumi HORIIKE.

2000 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1 1st Stage: 3rd
    28points:10wins,0draws,5losses 21goals scored,17goals against
  • J. League Division 1 2nd Stage:13th
    14points:5wins,2draws,8losses 13goals scored,19goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 8th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Quarter-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Runners-up
  • Asian Cup Winners' Cup: Winner
  • Highlights
  • Apr.15: S-Pulse defeated Al-Zawra (Iraq) in the final at the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and won the first international title.
  • Sep.23: Stephen John PERRYMAN announced his intention to resign from team manager at the end of the season.
  • Dec.15: ZEMUNOVIC Zdravko became new team manager. Carlos Alberto Souza Dos SANTOS received S-Pulse Honor Award.
  • Jan.01: S-Pulse finished in 2nd at the Emperor's Cup.

2001 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1 1st Stage: 4th
    26points:10wins,0draws,5losses 28goals scored,18goals against
  • J. League Division 1 2nd Stage: 4th
    23points:9wins,0draws,6losses 34goals scored,27goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 4th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: 2nd round
  • Emperor's Cup: Winner
  • Xerox Super Cup: Winner
  • Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 3rd
  • Highlights
  • Nov.12: ALEX received his Japanese citizenship. His Japanese name is Alessandro SANTOS.
  • Jan.01: S-Pulse won the Emperor's Cup. A big celebration was held at S-Pulse Dream Plaza.

2002 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1 1st Stage: 7th
    24points:8wins,3draws,4losses 17goals scored,19goals against
  • J. League Division 1 2nd Stage: 12th
    17points:6wins,0draws,9losses 16goals scored,24goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 8th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Xerox Super Cup: Winner
  • Asian Cup Winners' Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Jan.15: S-Pulse were selected as "The Shizuoka Shimbun and Shizuoka Broadcasting System Sports Awards".
  • May 17: Ryuzo MORIOKA, Alessandro SANTOS, Kazuyuki TODA and Daisuke ICHIKAWA were named in Japan National Team for 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • Dec.22: Katsumi OENOKI received S-Pulse Honor Award.
  • Dec.25: ZEMUNOVIC Zdravko resigned from team manager.

2003 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1 1st Stage: 11th
    18points:5wins,3draws,7losses 20goals scored,18goals against
  • J. League Division 1 2nd Stage: 10th
    21points:6wins,3draws,6losses 19goals scored,26goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 11th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Semi-final
  • AFC Champions League: Group stage
  • Highlights
  • Jan.17: Takeshi OKI became new team manager.
  • Nov.29: Takeshi OKI resigned from team manager. Koji GYOTOKU became new team manager.

2004 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1 1st Stage: 11th
    16points:3wins,7draws,5losses 20goals scored,27goals against
  • J. League Division 1 2nd Stage: 14th
    13points:4wins,1draws,10losses 17goals scored,26goals against
  • J. League Season Overall: 14th
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Quarter-final
  • Emperor's Cup: 4th round
  • Highlights
  • Jun.26: Benedicto ANTONIO Angeli resigned from team manager. Nobuhiro ISHIZAKI became new team manager.
  • Nov.28: Nobuhiro ISHIZAKI resigned from team manager.

2005 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 15th
    39points:9wins,12draws,13losses 40goals scored,49goals against
    * J. League changes to Single Season-long League.
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Quarter-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Runners-up
  • Highlights
  • Jan.14: Kenta HASEGAWA became new team manager.
  • Mar.05: Masanori SANADA received S-Pulse Honor Award.
  • Jan.01: S-Pulse finished in 2nd at the Emperor's Cup.

2006 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 4th
    60points:18wins,6draws,10losses 60goals scored,41goals against
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Mar.11: Masaaki SAWANOBORI received S-Pulse Honor Award.
  • May.11: CHO Jae Jin was named in South Korean National Team for 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • Dec.18: 2006 J. League Awards were announced. Jungo FUJIMOTO was named the Best New Player of the Year.
  • Dec.20: Jungo FUJIMOTO was named Japan Professional Sports Rookie of the Year Award.

2007 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 4th
    61points:18wins,7draws,9losses 53goals scored,36goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Preliminary Round
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • February: The Nihondaira Sports Stadium installed a large-screen display "ASTROVISION".
  • Nov.11: Teruyoshi ITO became the first player in the J. League first division history to record 400 appearances for S-Pulse.
  • Dec.17: 2007 J. League Awards were announced. Teruyoshi ITO was named the Fair Play Award (Individual).

2008 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 5th
    55points:16wins,7draws,11losses 50goals scored,42goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Runners-up
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • February: S-PULSE announced the Carbon Offset scheme and started eco challenges.
  • Jul.14: Takuya HONDA, Kaito YAMAMOTO and Shinji OKAZAKI were named in U-23 Japan National Team for 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
  • Dec.22: 2008 J. League Awards were announced. S-PULSE was named the Fair Play Award, and Nihondaira Sports Stadium won the prize of J. League Best Pitch.

2009 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 7th
    51points:13wins,12draws,9losses 44goals scored,41goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Semi-final
  • Highlights
  • Jan.16: S-PULSE, OUTSOURCING Inc. and the City of SHIZUOKA signed a deal for the naming rights for the Nihondaira Sports Stadium, now renamed OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira.
  • March: S-PULSE established welfare fund “GOALS for ALL".
  • Jun.27: Teruyoshi ITO became the first player in the J. League first division history to record 450 appearances for S-Pulse.
  • Dec.7: 2009 J. League Awards were announced. Shinji OKAZAKI was selected for the Best Eleven and as among 3 finalists for Rookie of the Year. OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award as well.

2010 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 6th
    54points:15wins,9draws,10losses 60goals scored,49goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-final
  • Emperor's Cup: Runners-up
  • Highlights
  • May.10: Shinji OKAZAKI was named in Japan National Team for 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Nov.1: Kenta HASEGAWA made an announcement that he will step down as team manager at the end of the season
  • Dec.6: 2010 J. League Awards were announced. Jungo FUJIMOTO was selected for the Best Eleven. OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award as well.
  • Dec.10: Club made an announcement that Afshin GHOTBI will become the new team manager for the coming season.
  • Dec.25: Teruyoshi ITO and Daisuke ICHIKAWA received S-Pulse Honor Award.

2011 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 10th
    45points:11wins,12draws,11losses 42goals scored,51goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: 2nd Round
  • Emperor's Cup: Quarter-final
  • Highlights
  • Apr.13: S-Pulse held charity game with AFC AJAX(Netherland)
  • May.22: Shinji TSUJIO scored 15,000th goal for J. league (vs Omiya)
  • Sep.8: Former-Swedish international Fredrik LJUNGBERG joins
  • Nov.20: Total number of attendance at home league games exceeded 5 million.
  • Dec.5: J. League Awards were announced. Kosuke OTA was named the Fair Play Award (Individual).OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award as well.

2012 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 9th
    49points:14wins,7draws,13losses 39goals scored,40goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Runners-up
  • Emperor's Cup: 4th round
  • Highlights
  • Jul.2: Taisuke MURAMATSU was named in U-23 Japan National Team for 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • Jul.14: 1,000th J.League goal for S-Pulse was scored (vs Kashiwa).
  • Aug.11: A new mascot character "PICAL-chan" made her debut.
  • Nov.2: Hideki ISHIGE received New Hero Award of J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup.
  • Dec.3: J. League Awards were announced. Genki OMAE was named the valuable player.OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award as well.

2013 Season

  • Official Results
  • J. League Division 1: 9th
    50points:15wins,5draws,14losses 48goals scored,57goals against
  • J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Preliminary Round
  • Emperor's Cup: 4th round
  • Highlights
  • Feb.8: S-PULSE, International Alliance for Interoperability Japan Association signed a deal for the naming rights for the Nihondaira Sports Stadium, now renamed IAI Stadium Nihondaira.
  • Jun.26: Mt. Fuji and Mihonomatsubara were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Jul.24: Takuya HONDA rejoined from Kashima Antlers.
  • Aug.13: Genki OMAE rejoined from Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan.
  • Dec.10: J. League Awards were announced. IAI Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award.
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