Kyoto Sanga F.C.

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Kyoto Sanga F.C.
Full name Kyoto Sanga F.C.
Nickname(s) Sanga
Founded 1922; 92 years ago (1922),
as Kyoto Shiko Club (京都紫郊クラブ)
Ground Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Ground Capacity 20,588
Chairman Hiroshi Imai
Manager Ryoichi Kawakatsu
League J. League Division 2
2013 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Kyoto Sanga F.C. (京都サンガF.C. Kyōto Sanga Efushī?) is a Japanese professional football (soccer) club based in Kyoto. The word "Sanga" is a Sanskrit term meaning "group" or "club", often used to denote Buddhist congregations. This reflects Kyoto's tradition of Buddhist temples (see sangha). 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.


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 play off. 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.

Old Logo


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 August, 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Japan DF Ryusuke Sakai
3 Japan DF Yusuke Higa (on loan from Yokohama F.M)
4 Japan DF Takashi Uchino
5 Brazil MF Jairo
6 South Korea DF Hwang Te-Song
7 Japan MF Yoshiaki Komai
8 Japan MF Shigeru Yokotani
9 Japan FW Kazushi Mitsuhira
10 Japan MF Kohei Kudo
11 Brazil FW Douglas (on loan from Tokushima Vortis)
14 Japan MF Koji Yamase
15 Japan MF Hiroki Nakayama
16 Japan DF Takayuki Fukumura
17 Japan FW Koki Arita (on loan from Vissel Kobe)
18 Japan FW Masatoshi Ishida
No. Position Player
19 Japan MF Daiki Tamori
20 Serbia DF Miloš Bajalica
21 South Korea GK Oh Seung-Hoon
22 Japan MF Go Iwase
23 Japan FW Ryosuke Tamura
24 Philippines DF Yuji Takahashi
25 Japan MF Yuta Ito
26 Japan DF Shogo Shimohata
28 Japan FW Kazuki Mine
29 Japan GK Daichi Sugimoto
30 Japan DF Yōsuke Ishibitsu
31 Japan FW Masashi Oguro (on loan from Hangzhou Greentown)
33 Japan GK Genki Yamada
38 Japan MF Hideo Tanaka (on loan from Vissel Kobe)

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Japan DF Ippei Kokuryo (at Sagawa Printing Kyoto)
Japan DF Ryusei Saito (at Sagawa Printing Kyoto)
Japan MF Riki Harakawa (at Ehime FC)
Japan FW Takumi Miyayoshi (at Kataller Toyama)

International players[edit]

World Cup Players[edit]


Manager Nat. Tenure
Takeshi Takama  Japan 1993
Seishiro Shimatani  Japan 1994
George Yonashiro  Japan 1994
José Oscar Bernardi  Brazil 1995–1996
George Yonashiro  Japan 1996
Pedro Rocha  Uruguay 1997
Marius Johan Ooft  Netherlands 1998
Hidehiko Shimizu  Japan 1998–1999
Bunji Kimura  Japan 1999
Shu Kamo  Japan 1999–2000
Gert Engels  Germany 2000–2003
Bunji Kimura  Japan 2003
Pim Verbeek  Netherlands 2003
Bunji Kimura  Japan 2003
Akihiro Nishimura  Japan 2004
Koichi Hashiratani  Japan 2004–2006
Naohiko Minobe  Japan 2006–2007
Hisashi Kato  Japan 2007–2010
Yutaka Akita  Japan 2010
Takeshi Oki  Japan 2011–2013
Valdeir Vieira  Brazil 2014–18 June 2014
Hitoshi Morishita (caretaker)  Japan 19–28 June 2014
Ryoichi Kawakatsu  Japan 29 June 2014–

Record as J. League member[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 - Final
2012 J2 22 3 7,273 - 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 3 7,891 - 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance


All Japan Senior Football Championship (as Kyoto Shiko)
Emperor's Cup
J. League Division 2
2001, 2005

Related clubs[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.

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