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
2013 1st
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 18 Jun 2014 (reference) 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
3 Japan DF Shiori Miyake
4 Australia DF Clare Polkinghorne (on loan from Brisbane Roar)
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 (on loan to Seattle Reign FC)
11 Japan FW Megumi Takase (c)
13 Japan MF Ayu Nakada
14 Japan FW Mai Kyōkawa
15 Japan DF Midori Isokane
No. Position Player
16 Japan MF Maho Yamada
17 United States FW Beverly Goebel-Yanez (on loan to Seattle Reign FC)
18 Japan GK Rei Takenaka
19 Japan FW Ayaka Michigami
20 Japan MF Yōko Tanaka
21 Japan DF Ayaka Watanabe
22 Japan MF Miki Ito
23 Japan MF Rina Hirano
24 Japan MF Haruka Imai
25 Japan MF Ayaka Noguchi
26 Japan DF Miki Hirata
27 Japan FW Rika Masuya

Honours[edit]

Domestic Competitions[edit]

International Competitions[edit]

Results[edit]

Season Domestic League National Cup League Cup
League Level Place Tms.
2002
Kansai Div.3
4
1st
-
-
2003
Kansai Div.2
3
1st
8
-
-
2004
Kansai Div.1
3
1st
8
2nd Stage
-
2005
Nadeshiko Div.2
2
1st
7
Quarterfinals
-
2006
Nadeshiko
Div.1
1
5th
8
Quarterfinals
-
2007
4th
8
Semifinals
Semifinals
2008
2nd
8
Runners-up
-
2009
4th
8
Semifinals
-
2010
Nadeshiko
1
4th
10
Champion
Semifinals
2011
1st
9
Champion
-
2012
1st
10
Champion
Runners-up
2013
1st
10
Champion
Winner
2014
10
-

Transition of team name[edit]

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

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