|Full name||Ishikawa Football Club Zweigen Kanazawa|
|Ground||Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium
(Seibu Ryokuchi Kōen)
|League||Japan Football League|
Ishikawa Football Club Zweigen Kanazawa (石川フットボールクラブ・ツエーゲン金沢 Ishikawa Futtobōru Kurabu Tsuēgen Kanazawa) is a Japanese football club based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. They play in Japan Football League.
The club was formed in 1956 under the simple name Kanazawa Soccer Club and adopted its current identity in 2004. 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, 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.
Name and symbolism
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! (Be Strong!) became tsuee gen! by double entendre. In German, the word zweigen actually means branches, and owing to this, a fleur-de-lis is a key part of the club's crest.
As of 18 January 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Tms. = Number of teams
- Pos. = Position in league
- Attendance/G = Average league attendance
- (Japanese) Official Website
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