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.[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.
|Full name||Kyoto Sanga FC|
as Kyoto Shiko Club (京都紫光クラブ)
|Ground||Sanga Stadium by Kyocera|
Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
|2021||J2 League, 2nd of 22 (promoted)|
|Founded||January 13, 1994Kyoto, Japanin|
|Hiroshi Imai (Chairman)|
Kazuo Inamori (Honorary President)
|Revenue||¥ 2140 million (2014)|
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. 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. 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.
Record as J.League memberEdit
|1997||17||14th||7,881||Group stage||4th round|
|1998||18||13th||8,015||Group stage||3rd round|
|1999||16||12th||8,859||2nd round||4th round|
|2001||J2||12||1st||3,808||1st round||4th round|
|2003||16||16th||10,850||Group stage||3rd round|
|2006||J1||18||18th||9,781||Group stage||4th round|
|2008||J1||18||14th||13,687||Group stage||5th round|
|2009||18||12th||11,126||Group stage||3rd round|
|2010||18||17th||10,510||Group stage||3rd round|
|2020 †||22||8th||2,924||Did not qualify|
As of 13 January 2022.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Naohiko Minobe 1994
- Makoto Sugiyama 1995
- Satoru Mochizuki 1996
- Ruy Ramos 1997
- Yuji Okuma 1997
- Hajime Moriyasu 1998
- Hisashi Kurosaki 1999
- Kazuyoshi Miura 2000
- Naoto Otake 2001
- Hiroshi Noguchi 2002
- Kiyotaka Ishimaru 2003–2004
- Daisuke Nakaharai 2005-2006
- Daisuke Saito 2007
- Yuto Sato 2008-2009
- Atsushi Yanagisawa 2010
- Diego 2011
- Hiroki Nakayama 2012
- Jun Ando 2013
- Koji Yamase 2014
- Satoshi Yamaguchi 2015
- Takanori Sugeno 2016–2017
- Yuta Someya 2018
- Takumi Miyayoshi 2019
- Jun Ando 2020
- Temma Matsuda 2021–
- Takeshi Takama 1993
- Seishiro Shimatani 1994
- George Yonashiro 1994
- José Oscar Bernardi 1995–1996
- George Yonashiro 1996
- Pedro Rocha 1997
- Marius Johan Ooft 1998
- Hidehiko Shimizu 1998–1999
- Bunji Kimura 1999
- Shu Kamo 1999–2000
- Gert Engels 2000–2003
- Bunji Kimura 2003
- Pim Verbeek 2003
- Bunji Kimura 2003
- Akihiro Nishimura 2004
- Koichi Hashiratani 2004–2006
- Naohiko Minobe 2006–2007
- Hisashi Kato 2007–2010
- Yutaka Akita 2010
- Takeshi Oki 2011–2013
- Valdeir Vieira 2014
- Hitoshi Morishita (caretaker) 2014
- Ryoichi Kawakatsu 2014
- Masahiro Wada 2015
- Kiyotaka Ishimaru 2015–2016
- Takanori Nunobe 2017–2018
- Boško Gjurovski 2018
- Ichizo Nakata 2019
- Noritada Saneyoshi 2020
- Cho Kwi-jae 2021-
Asian clubs rankingEdit
- As of 18 September 2018
- Amitie S.C. (Kansai Soccer League Division 1) – broke away from the original Kyoto Shiko Club upon professionalization; amateur club
- Kyoto Shiko Club (Kansai Soccer League Division 2) – broke away from Kyoto BAMB 1993 (now Kyoto Amitie) in 1998; amateur club
- Shiko Club women's (Kansai Women's Soccer League) – linked with today's Kyoto Shiko Club
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.
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