Kyoto Sanga FC

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Kyoto Sanga FC
京都サンガF.C.
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Full nameKyoto Sanga FC
Nickname(s)Sanga
Founded1922; 99 years ago (1922),
as Kyoto Shiko Club (京都紫光クラブ)
GroundSanga Stadium by Kyocera
Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Capacity21,600
ChairmanMasaaki Ito
ManagerNoritada Saneyoshi
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Kyoto Purple Sanga Co.,Ltd.
TypePublic
IndustrySports
FoundedJanuary 13, 1994 (1994-01-13) in Kyoto, Japan[1]
Key people
Hiroshi Imai (Chairman)
Kazuo Inamori (Honorary President)[1]
ProductsFootball club
RevenueIncrease ¥ 2140 million (2014)[1]
OwnersKyocera (55.4%)[2]
Nintendo (16.6%)[2]

Kyoto Sanga FC (京都サンガF.C.) is a Japanese professional football club based in Kyoto. "Sanga" comes from the Sanskrit sangha, a term meaning "group" or "club" and often used to denote the Buddhist priesthood, associating the club with Kyoto's many Buddhist temples.[3][failed verification] The club was formerly known as Kyoto Purple Sanga with "purple", the colour of the team uniforms, an imperial colour reflecting Kyoto's status as Japan's ancient imperial capital city. It was decided however that, from 2007, the team will simply been known as "Kyoto Sanga". They are the oldest club competing in the J.League.

History[edit source | edit]

The club was started as Kyoto Shiko Club, one of the few proper Japanese football clubs in the sense of being strictly dedicated to football and not being part of a company. Like Ventforet Kofu, however, it could not rise to a Japan Soccer League First Division dominated by company teams; in 1993, after the J.League was created, Kyoto Shiko Club, aided by funds from local new sponsors Kyocera and Nintendo, professionalized (though some players broke away and formed their own clubs, see below) and joined the former Japan Football League under the new name Kyoto Purple Sanga. First joining the J.League in 1996, Kyoto Sanga hold the dubious distinction of being the League's most relegated side, having been demoted on three separate occasions. Relegation to J2 occurred at the end of the 2000, 2003 and 2006 seasons; more than any other team.[3] The 2003 relegation happened despite having many national team players on its roster. Stars like Park Ji-sung and Daisuke Matsui have since left for greener pastures. In December 2007 the club gained J1 status for the fourth time in their history via the promotion/relegation playoff.[4] A 0-2 home defeat to Urawa Reds on 14 November 2010 confirmed Sanga's relegation back to J2, bringing an end to their three-season spell in the top flight.[5]

Players[edit source | edit]

Current squad[edit source | edit]

As of 28 June 2020.[6]

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Club captains[edit source | edit]

  • Naohiko Minobe 1994
  • Sugiyama Makoto 1995
  • Satoshi Mochizuki 1996
  • Ramos Luwei 1997
  • Okuma Yuji 1997 Moriyasu 1998
  • Kurosaki 1999
  • Chiura Miura 2000
  • Naoto Otake 2001
  • Yuji Noguchi 2002
  • Kiyotaka Ishimaru 2003-2004
  • Daisuke Nakapas 2005-2006
  • Daisuke Saito 2007
  • Hayato Sato 2008-2009
  • Atsushi Yanagisawa 2010
  • Diego 2011
  • Nakayama Hiroki 2012
  • Atsushi Ando 2013
  • Yamase Koji 2014
  • Satoshi Yamaguchi 2015
  • Takanori Sugano 2016-2017
  • Yuta Someya 2018
  • Miyayoshi Takumi 2019
  • Atsushi Ando 2020-

Managers[edit source | edit]

Record as J.League member[edit source | edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G J.League Cup Emperor's Cup
1996 J1 16 16 9,404 Group Stage Quarter-final
1997 J1 17 14 7,881 Group Stage 4th round
1998 J1 18 13 8,015 Group Stage 3rd round
1999 J1 16 12 8,859 2nd round 4th round
2000 J1 16 15 7,253 Semi-final 3rd round
2001 J2 12 1 3,808 1st round 4th round
2002 J1 16 5 10,352 Group Stage Winner
2003 J1 16 16 10,850 Group Stage 3rd round
2004 J2 12 5 7,807 - 4th round
2005 J2 12 1 7,857 - 4th round
2006 J1 18 18 9,781 Group Stage 4th round
2007 J2 13 3 6,629 - 3rd round
2008 J1 18 14 13,687 Group Stage 5th round
2009 J1 18 12 11,126 Group Stage 3rd round
2010 J1 18 17 10,510 Group Stage 3rd round
2011 J2 20 7 6,294 - Runners-up
2012 J2 22 3 7,273 - 3rd round
2013 J2 22 3 7,891 - 3rd round
2014 J2 22 9 7,520 - 3rd round
2015 J2 22 17 7,491 - 3rd round
2016 J2 22 5 6,524 - 2nd round
2017 J2 22 12 6,748 - 2nd round
2018 J2 22 19 5,663 - 3rd round
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site

Honours[edit source | edit]

Asian clubs ranking[edit source | edit]

As of 18 September 2018[7]
Current Rank Country Team
260 Template:Country data IDN Deltras
261 Japan Kyoto Sanga
262 India Chennai City
263 India Mumbai City
264 Hong Kong Kitchee

Related clubs[edit source | edit]

Kyoto Sanga is considered the main continuation of the Kyoto Shiko Club that competed in the Japan Soccer League Second Division. "Shiko" (紫光) means "brilliant purple" and is the color that Shiko/Sanga have always worn.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Club profile". Kyoto Sanga. Retrieved January 24, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sasaki, Norihiko. "Thoroughly analyzed the financial results of J-League". Shūkan Tōyō keizai. Toyo Keizai. 6058: 148–151.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daniel Sloan (November 5, 2011). Playing to Wiin: Nintendo and the Video Game Industrys Greatest Comeback. John Wiley & Sons. p. 126. ISBN 047082512X.
  4. "Kyoto Sanga earns promotion to J.League's first division". Japan Times. December 9, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Shonan, Kyoto dropped to J-League's second division". Japan Times. November 25, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. http://www.sanga-fc.jp/team/
  7. "AFC Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". Missing or empty |url= (help)

External links[edit source | edit]

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