INAC Kobe Leonessa

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INAC Kobe Leonessa
INAC神戸レオネッサ
Full name International Athletic Club Kobe Leonessa
Nickname(s) INAC
Founded 2001
Ground NOEVIR STADIUM KOBE
Ground Capacity 30,132
Manager Koji Maeda
League Nadeshiko.League Div.1 / Div.1
2014 6th
Website Club home page

INAC Kobe Leonessa is a Japanese football club from Kobe, founded in 2001.[1] INAC stands for International Athletic Club while Leonessa means Lioness in Italian.

In 2006 INAC Leonessa was promoted to the Nadeshiko.League, where it has played since. The 2008 season marked a great leap for the team as it was the runner-up both in the Nadeshiko.League and the All Japan Women's Football Championship. 2010 saw INAC lift its first title as they beat Urawa Red Diamonds in the final of the All Japan Women's Football Championship through a penalty shootout, and in 2011, coinciding with the club's 10th anniversary, the team won the double Nadeshiko.League - All Japan Women's Football Championship.[2]

Leonessa's 2011 squad included seven champions of the 2011 World Cup: Ayumi Kaihori, Yukari Kinga, Nahomi Kawasumi, Shinobu Ohno, Homare Sawa, Megumi Takase and Asuna Tanaka.

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 Feb. 2015[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 Japan GK Ayumi Kaihori
2 Japan DF Yukari Kinga
3 Japan MF Aya Sameshima
4 Japan MF Asuna Tanaka
5 Japan DF Junko Kai
6 Japan MF Chiaki Minamiyama
7 Japan MF Emi Nakajima
8 Japan MF Homare Sawa
9 Japan FW Nahomi Kawasumi
10 Japan FW Shinobu Ohno (c)
11 Japan FW Megumi Takase
13 Japan MF Ayu Nakada
14 Japan FW Mai Kyōkawa
15 Japan DF Natsumi Saito
No. Position Player
16 South Korea FW Jang Selgi
17 Japan DF Shiori Miyake
18 Japan MF Hina Sugita
19 Japan FW Ayaka Michigami
20 Japan MF Kanako Ito
21 Japan DF Miyabi Moriya
22 Japan MF Miki Ito
23 Japan FW Rina Hirano
24 Japan DF Misaki Takemura
25 Japan MF Ayaka Noguchi
26 Japan DF Miki Hirata
27 Japan FW Rika Masuya
28 Japan GK Anna Shibusawa

Honours[edit]

Domestic Competitions[edit]

International Competitions[edit]

Results[edit]

Season Domestic League National Cup League Cup League Note
League Level Place Tms.
2002
Kansai Div.3
4
1st
DNQ
-
2003
Kansai Div.2
3
1st
8
DNQ
-
2004
Kansai Div.1
1st
8
2nd Stage
-
Promoted for L.League
2005
L2
2
1st
7
Quarter-finals
-
Promoted for Div.1
2006
Nadeshiko
Div.1
1
5th
8
Quarter-finals
-
1st Stage : 8th
2007
4th
8
Semi-finals
Semi-finals
2008
2nd
8
Runners-up
-
2009
4th
8
Semi-finals
-
2010
Nadeshiko
4th
10
Champion
Semifinals
2011
1st
9
Champion
-
2012
1st
10
Champion
Runners-up
2013
1st
10
Champion
Winner
2014
6th
10
Quarter-finals
-
1st Stage : 5th
2015
Nadeshiko Div.1
10
-

Transition of team name[edit]

  • INAC Leonessa : 2001 - 2008
  • INAC Kobe Leonessa : 2009 – Present

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