Zweigen Kanazawa (ツエーゲン金沢 Tsuēgen Kanazawa) is a Japanese football club based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. They play in the J2 League.

Zweigen Kanazawa
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Full nameZweigen Kanazawa
Founded1956 (as Kanazawa Soccer Club)
2006 (as Zweigen Kanazawa)
GroundIshikawa Kanazawa Stadium
(Seibu Ryokuchi Kōen)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa
ChairmanHiroshi Yonezawa
ManagerMasaaki Yanagishita
LeagueJ2 League
2019J2 League, 11th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


The club was formed in 1956 under the simple name Kanazawa Soccer Club and adopted its current identity in 2006. The Hokushinetsu region, long sleepy in football terms and whose potential only arose with Albirex Niigata leading the way, provided few opportunities for Kanazawa to rise in Japan's football ranks until the late 2000s. On 19 December 2009 they were promoted to the JFL after beating FC Kariya at the promotion/relegation playoff with 2–1 aggregate score,[1] following a third-place finish in the 2009 All Japan Regional Football Promotion League Series.

On December 15, 2010, a new management company called Zweigen, Inc. was established in order to apply to the J-League associate membership.

On January 7, 2011 the team applied for J-League associate membership.[2]

On 16 November 2014, Zweigen became the inaugural J3 League champions, and having gained a licence to compete in J. League Division 2 will participate in Japanese club football's second tier for the 2015 season.

Name and symbolismEdit

The name "Zweigen" is a portmanteau of the German zwei, for the number 2, and gen, to advance. In Kanazawa dialect, the phrase tsuyoi noda! (We're strong!) became tsuee gen! by double entendre. In German, the word Zweigen means branches (dative—nominative: Zweige), and owing to this, a fleur-de-lis is a key part of the club's crest.

Current squadEdit

As of 8 July 2019.[3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Masaaki Goto (on loan from Shonan Bellmare)
2   DF Norimichi Yamamoto
3   DF Yuji Sakuda
4   DF Ryoga Ishio
5   DF Allan
6   MF Hisashi Ohashi
7   MF Shohei Kiyohara
8   MF Keita Fujimura
9   FW Ren Komatsu (on loan from Matsumoto Yamaga FC)
10   FW Yuki Kakita (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
11   MF Kyohei Sugiura
13   FW Ryuhei Oishi
14   FW Masahiro Kaneko
17   MF Taiki Kato
18   FW Ryo Kubota
No. Position Player
21   GK Yoshiaki Arai (on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse)
22   FW Giovanni Clunie (on loan from C.S. Cartaginés)
23   GK Yuto Shirai
24   DF Takumi Hasegawa (on loan from Albirex Niigata)
25   DF Masaya Kojima (on loan from Vegalta Sendai)
27   DF Tomonobu Hiroi (captain)
31   GK Itsuki Ueda (Type 2 player)
32   MF Raisei Shimazu
33   MF Takahide Umebachi
34   MF Hayate Okizaki (Type 2 player)
35   DF Yuta Koshimoto (Type 2 player)
45   DF Keigo Numata
  FW Towa Yamane (on loan from Cerezo Osaka)

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  DF Kodai Enomoto (at Vonds Ichihara)
  FW Ryoya Taniguchi (at Japan Soccer College)



Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2010 JFL 18 9 1,548 2nd Round
2011 JFL 18 7 2,504 2nd Round
2012 JFL 17 14 2,313 1st Round
2013 JFL 18 7 2,063 3rd Round
2014 J3 12 1 3,440 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 12 4,910 2nd Round
2016 J2 22 21 4,179 2nd Round
2017 J2 22 17 4,397 3rd Round
2018 J2 22 13 4,528 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 24, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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