Urawa Red Diamonds (浦和レッドダイヤモンズ, Urawa Reddo Daiyamonzu), colloquially Urawa Reds (浦和レッズ) (1950–present, also Mitsubishi Urawa Football Club (April 1992–January 1996)), are a professional football club in the city of Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. The club plays in the J1 League, the top tier of football in the country.
Urawa Red Diamonds Youth Development System
Urawa Reds Soccer School
In order to develop professional players, we will give guidance not only to play soccer but also to pay attention to the personality and personality of each player.
In this soccer school, we will collaborate with the Urawa Reds top team and the academy to focus on further improving children’s soccer skills and basic athletic ability, and to develop an attitude of challenging toward dreams and goals.
What is the MSCS method?
A method developed mainly by Urawa Reds trainers, which connects the four acronyms Mobility, Stability, Coordination, and Strength. Introduced by the top team from 2011. Training mainly using tubes, balance balls, and boss balls with their own weight. The purpose is to use its own weight to increase the muscles that can be used by the body, widen the range of motion, prevent disability and trauma, and improve performance.
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The Shin-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries football team was founded in 1950 in Kobe. In 1958, the club relocated to Tokyo. In 1965, it was a founding member of the Japan Soccer League (JSL), which also included the clubs that are now known as JEF United Chiba, Kashiwa Reysol, Cerezo Osaka, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima, as well as three more teams that have since been demoted to lower levels of competition (“Original Eight”).
The first time that Mitsubishi won the JSL championship was in 1969, which was a break in Mazda/dominance Sanfrecce’s (and also coincided with the fact that Toyo were in Bangkok, 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. They were ready for the J-adoption League’s in 1990 when it began in earnest because they had been promoted the previous year as JSL Division 2 champions. In 1993, the J.League welcomed its “Original Ten” first members, one of which being the Urawa Red Diamonds.
When Mitsubishi won the championship, the Emperor’s Cup, and the Japan Soccer League Cup in the same year, 1978, they became the first Japanese team to ever accomplish the feat of completing a domestic triple. Since the beginning of the J-League, the club’s fortunes have been all over the place. With an average attendance of less than 15,000 fans per game throughout its first two seasons in the J-League, the team finished dead last in the league each time.
In 1999, they were demoted to the lower division of Japanese football for the second time in their history. Since then, the club has been performing significantly better in recent years, beginning with a triumph in the Nabisco Cup in the year 2003. In 2006, Urawa won their first professional league title by claiming a victory over Gamba Osaka, the team that finished in second place, 3–2 on December 2 in front of a crowd of 63,000 supporters.
This happened after there were two near misses in the preceding two years. They came in second place in 2005, only one point behind the winners from Gamba Osaka. In 2004, they had a third-place finish in the first stage but took first place in the second stage. They had made it to the J.League Championship decider, which included of two matches, however they were defeated by Yokohama F. Marinos on penalty kicks. Urawa won the Emperor’s Cup in both 2005 and 2006, giving them back-to-back titles.
They defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 on January 1, 2006, to claim their first championship since becoming a professional club, and they successfully defended their championship by defeating Gamba Osaka 1-0 in 2007. This victory allowed them to keep their championship for another year. This victory also sealed the deal on a league and cup double.
In the tournament that took place in 2007, they were eliminated in the first round by the J2 team Ehime FC. In 2007, Urawa was able to pick up only two points from their final four games, despite having what appeared to be an insurmountable advantage of seven points with only four games left to play. This run featured a loss at home to Kashima Antlers, the team that would eventually overtake Urawa on the final day of the season to earn their fifth J.League championship.
Urawa was forced to settle for winning the Asian Champions League in 2007 as they were eliminated from the Emperor’s Cup by a team from J2 in the fourth round. Ehime FC was the team who eliminated them. Urawa won their first ever international championship after sweeping the match against the Iranian club Sepahan F.C., winning the aggregate match 3–1. As a result of their victory, they became the first Japanese team since the tournament was renamed from the Asian Champions Cup in 2003 to become the champion of the championship. Urawa became the first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) club to finish in third place at the Club World Cup in the same year.
They did this by defeating Étoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia on penalty kicks in the match that decided third and fourth place. In 2008, Urawa made an effort to win their second consecutive Asian Champions League title. They advanced all the way to the semi finals, but were ultimately eliminated by fellow J.League rivals Gamba Osaka, who went on to win the Champions League. The aggregate score of the match was 3–1 against Urawa.
On March 8, 2014, a banner that read “JAPANESE ONLY” was erected at one of the entrances to the stands. This banner was only visible to people speaking Japanese. This racist behavior resulted in the match on March 23 being played in front of an empty stadium as a form of punishment.
Urawa Red Diamonds Stadium
The team made its home matches at the track-and-field Urawa Komaba Stadium ever since the J.League was founded in 1992. As a result of an increase in attendance at the matches, the owner of the stadium, Saitama City, has increased the number of available seats on multiple occasions. Before the renovations were finished, the team played its home games at Miya Park Soccer Stadium.
The stadium was packed with devoted fans despite the team’s terrible performance, which resulted in an average crowd of twenty thousand individuals being present. New Saitama Stadium, designed specifically for football, was opened in Saitama city by Saitama Prefecture in October of 2001. During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this stadium hosted some of the competitions.
After the World Cup, the club began playing an increasing number of their home games at Saitama Stadium, and in 2003, the stadium was given the official title of “home stadium.” In 2008, the venue of Komaba Stadium only hosted a total of two games.