logo:Shimizu S-PULSE

ENGLISH HISTORY

Club History

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

1992

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

1993

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

1992

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

1995

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

1996

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

1997

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

1998

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

1999

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

2000

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

2001

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

2002

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

2003

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

2004

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

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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.

2014

2014

Official Results

J. League Division 1 15th 36points:10wins,6draws,18losses 42goals scored,60goals against
J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Preliminary Round
Emperor's Cup Semi-final

Highlights

Mar.1 S-Pulse reached 350 wins in J.League.
Jul.29 Afshin GHOTBI resigned from team manager. Katsumi OENOKI became new team manager.
Aug.9 S-Pulse became the second team to Collect 200 wins at home.
Dec.9 J. League Awards were announced. Yasuhiro HIRAOKA was named the Fair Play Award (Individual). IAI Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award.

2015

2015

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 1st Stage 18th 13points:3wins,4draws,10losses 22goals scored,32goals against
MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 2nd Stage 17th 12points:2wins,6draws,9losses 15goals scored,33goals against
MEIJI YASUDA J1 League Season Overall 17th
J. League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Preliminary Round
Emperor's Cup 2nd round

Highlights

Aug.1 Katsumi OENOKI resigned from team manager. Kazuaki TASAKA became new team manager.
Oct.17 S-Pulse lost to Vegalta Sendai,and was relegated to J2 for the first time in the club history.
Dec.8 J. League Awards were announced. The club achieved the honor of Best Youth Academy. IAI Stadium Nihondaira won the prize of J. League Best Pitch Award.

2016

2016

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J2 League 2nd 84points:25wins,9draws,8losses 85goals scored,37goals against
Emperor's Cup 4th round

Highlights

Apr.29 Marked the first home-game victory of the season against Zweigen Kanazawa.
May.28 S-Pulse overwhelmed Thespakusatsu Gunma 8-0 to set a record of largest margin of victory in J2 league history, while equaling the league records of goal scored in one game.
Nov.20 Secured second place in J2 league after the win over Tokushima Vortis, clinching promotion back to the top flight.
Dec.20 J. League Awards were announced.Ryohei SHIRASAKI received the honor of the Best Goal of the Season (J2 league). Tese CHONG was named the league's top scorer and the Fair Play Award(individual).

2017

2017

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 14th 34points:8wins,10draws,16losses 36goals scored,54goals against
YBC Levain Cup Preliminary Round
Emperor's Cup 4th round

Highlights

Apr.21 Shota KANEKO netted goal in the match against Kawasaki Frontal to become the 20000th memorial goal of the J1 league.
Jun.25 S-pulse won 1-0 the game against Ventforet Kofu with Hitoshi FUTAMI's goal. The victory at IAI Stadium was the first win in 757 days in the J1 League.
Jul.8 S-pulse won 2-0 against Gamba Osaka at the club's 25th anniversary match, adding grace to the memorial match.
Dec.2 S-pulse won 3-1 against Vissel Kobe to insure their stay in the J1 league in 2018 season.

2018

2018

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 8th 34points:14wins,7draws,13losses 56goals scored,48goals against
YBC Levain Cup Preliminary Round
Emperor's Cup 3rd round

Highlights

Aug.19 Hideki Ishige became the player who recorded 100 appearances in Urawa Red's match in the J1 League.
Oct.7 S-Pulse got a histrical victory with Jubilo Iwata at the Shizuoka Derby by 5-1.
Oct.12 Koya Kitagawa made a debut for Japan National team in the KIRIN CHARENGE CUP/Panama match.
Nov.23 Kazumasa Kume executive vice-president & general maneger who contributed for Japanese soccer passed away.
Dec.1 S-Pulse finished 8th in the J1 League. 3 players got double-digit goals for the first time in a 20 years.

2019

2019

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 12th 39points:11wins,6draws,17losses 45goals scored,69goals against
YBC Levain Cup Preliminary Round
Emperor's Cup Semi-final

Highlights

Apr.14 Marked the first victory of the season against Jubilo Iwata at the Shizuoka Derby.
May.12 Yohei NISHIBE recorded 400 appearances and Yosuke KAWAI recorded 150 appearances in the J1 league.
Jan Anders JONSSON resigned from team manager. Yoshiyuki SHINODA became new team manager.
Jul.31 Koya Kitagawa traded to SK Rapid Wien.
Dec.7 S-pulse won against Sagan Tosu with Douglas's goal to insure their stay in the J1 league in 2020 season.

2020

2020

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 16th 28points:7wins,7draws,20losses 48goals scored,70goals against
YBC Levain Cup Preliminary Round
Emperor's Cup

Highlights

Mar.25 Due to the spread of the coronavirus, it was decided to postpone all official games of the J League.
Aug.8 Ryo TAKEUCHI recorded 150 appearances in the J1 league.
Sep.9 S-Pulse reached 350 wins in J.League, the sixth in J-League history
Nov.1 Peter Cklamovski resigned from team manager. Hiroaki HIRAOKA became new team manager.

2021

2021

Official Results

MEIJI YASUDA J1 League 14th 42points:10wins,12draws,16losses 37goals scored,54goals against
YBC Levain Cup Play-Off Stage
Emperor's Cup Round of 16

Highlights

Feb.27 MEIJI YASUDA J1 League kicked off. S-Pulse came from behind to defeat Kashima Antlers to claim their first win at Kashima Soccer Stadium in 9 years.
Mar.22 J. Elite League started. S-Pulse defeated Mito HollyHock 1-0 in the season opener.
May.19 S-Pulse lost to Yokohama F. Marinos in the final group stage match of YBC Levain Cup but managed to advance through the group stage for the first time since 2012.
Jun.28 Akira IBAYASHI joined S-Pulse on a permanent transfer deal during the summer transfer window. RONALDO, Benjamin KOLOLLI, Daiki MATSUOKA, and Noriaki FUJIMOTO also joined the club later on.
Nov.3 The use of musical instruments was permitted at IAI Stadium Nihondaira.
Nov.4 Hiroaki HIRAOKA became new team manager after Miguel Angel LOTINA resigned from the position.
Dec.4 S-Pulse avoid relegation thanks to the game winner scored by Kenta NISHIZAWA in the final fixture of the season against Cerezo Osaka.