INAC Kobe Leonessa

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INAC Kobe Leonessa
INAC神戸レオネッサ
Full nameInternational Athletic Club Kobe Leonessa
Nickname(s)INAC
Founded2001
GroundNoevir Stadium Kobe
Capacity30,132
ManagerShun Suzuki
LeagueNadeshiko Div.1
20162nd
WebsiteClub website

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 15 April 2018[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 Rei Takenaka
2 Japan DF Miyabi Moriya
3 Japan MF Aya Sameshima
5 Japan DF Shiori Miyake
6 Japan MF Miki Ito
7 Japan MF Emi Nakajima (captain)
8 Japan MF Hina Sugita
9 Japan FW Rika Masuya
10 Japan FW Mana Iwabuchi
11 Japan FW Megumi Takase
13 Japan MF Ayu Nakada
14 Japan FW Mai Kyōkawa
No. Position Player
15 Japan DF Hisui Haza
16 Japan FW Ayaka Michigami
17 South Korea MF Lee Min-a
18 Japan MF Maki Hiratsuka
19 Japan DF Riko Ushijima
20 Japan MF Yui Fukuta
21 Japan GK Hannah Stambaugh
22 Japan FW Namie Shimabukuro
23 South Korea MF Choi Ye-seul
25 Japan DF Mei Sugita
31 Japan GK Miho Fukumoto

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
Semi-finals
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
3rd
10
Champion
-
1st Stage : 2nd
2016
2nd
10
Champion
Group Stage
2017
2nd
10
3rd Stage
Semi-finals

Transition of team name[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ CLUB DATA
  2. ^ "INAC Kobe Leonessa capture third straight Nadeshiko League championship". Goal.com. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  3. ^ "Players & Staff". INAC Kobe Leonessa. Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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