J League: Why does Kashiwa Reysol fall to J2 so many times? Reasons why you can’t win in J1

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Kashiwa Reysol is known as a J1 club, but they have actually been demoted to J2 several times in the past. However, every time they fall to J2, they wreak havoc on J2 and return to J1 with overwhelming strength, repeating the cycle. Why did such a team fall to J2 in the first place? This is what I am writing about in this article.


Kashiwa Reysol

Kashiwa Reysol is a professional soccer club based in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Kashiwa Reysol’s club color is yellow, and the yellow color is reflected in their uniforms. The name Reysol is a combination of the Spanish words “king” and “sun”, meaning “king of the sun”. Kashiwa Reysol has a history of being relegated to J2, but they also have a history of winning J1, so they are well known as a team with inconsistent results.

Hitachi, Ltd.

Kashiwa Reysol has a very strong relationship with Hitachi. Kashiwa Reysol was founded around 1965 as the former Hitachi Soccer Club. In 1990, the company became Hitachi Sports Co., Ltd., and at the same time announced its intention to participate in the J League. Furthermore, in 1994, the team ranked second in the JFL, which led to the decision to join the J League.

home stadium

Home stadium is Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium. It’s about a 15-minute walk from Minamikashiwa Station, but the distance from the pitch to the audience seats is very short, so it’s very popular among fans who actually watch the games. This stadium is reminiscent of the Premier League, and the voices of the players can be heard all the way to the audience seats. However, the capacity is around 15,000 people, which is not enough.

Winning experience in J1 and J2

Kashiwa Reysol has won championships in J1 and J2. Especially in J2, he always shows overwhelming strength and completely ravages J2. Moreover, most of the J2 clubs are afraid of Kashiwa because they have excellent foreign players at that time. Why did it fall to J2 in the first place? Kashiwa is a team that people often say this about.

Kashiwa Reysol relegation history

Kashiwa Reysol is a team that has been relegated to J2 even though they have won the J1 championship. However, Kashiwa always demonstrated overwhelming strength in J2, but when did Kashiwa fall to J2?


Kashiwa dropped to J2 in 2005. In fact, they were in a slump in 2004 as well, participating in a replacement game, so most supporters knew that there was a possibility they would be relegated that year. This year, they ranked 16th and will have to compete again. Kashiwa lost to Kofu and was placed in J2. I couldn’t shake the impression that coach Hayano’s poor management was holding the team back. However, the following year, in the 2006 season, they finished in second place, scoring 84 points, becoming the team with the most points in J2, and with overwhelming strength decided to return to J1.


Kashiwa will fall to J2 again in the 2009 season. This year, Kashiwa struggled as one of their key players got injured soon after the season started. Moreover, the manager was fired, the team continued to wander, and the team was demoted. However, in the following year’s J2, they lost only two league games and won J1 with overwhelming strength. They won the J2 title, went undefeated in the first 19 games, and became a force to be reckoned with among J2 level clubs.


In 2018, Kashiwa was relegated once again. This was the third year under Shimohira’s leadership, but the front office’s decision to dismiss him as manager resulted in hastening the team’s demotion. The record of his successor as manager, Kato, was dismal, and supporters called him “Kato despair.” In 2019, they were scheduled to compete in J2, but Olunga, who joined the team, played a big role, and the J2 club fell apart. They won the J2 championship and were promoted to J1 with only the final round remaining, and in the final round against Kyoto they won a record 13-1, setting a J League record.

Why does Kashiwa Reysol fall to J2 so many times?

Why does Kashiwa Reysol fall to J2 so many times? Overall, however, the following factors have a major influence:

front error

Looking at past cases of demoted teams, we can see that decisions made by the front office have resulted in worse outcomes. In 2018, they couldn’t stand manager Shimodaira anymore and fired him, and for some reason his successor, manager Kato, was patient instead of letting him go despite his dismal performance. There are quite a few supporters who are distrustful of the inconsistent actions of the front desk.

Release of key players

Despite achieving good results in the previous year, there is a tendency to let go of core players. For example, Kashiwa has Olunga transferred to the Middle East in 2021. However, there are no promising players to replace them, and the following season and 2023 season are sluggish. When a team is released, they need a player to replace them, but they tend to have trouble securing such players.

Team performance is unstable

Kashiwa Reysol’s team performance is unstable. It is common for a team to rank high in the J1 League one year but be relegated to J2 the following year. Perhaps because there is a tendency for there to be a lot of turnover in the fighting force, the results are not very stable. There is no sense of security as the force changes like a roller coaster.

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