Kyoto Sanga FC

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Kyoto Sanga F.C.
Full name Kyoto Sanga F.C.
Nickname(s) Sanga
Founded 1922; 95 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
Manager Takanori Nunobe
League J2 League
2016 5th
Website Club website
Current season
Kyoto Purple Sanga Co.,Ltd.
Industry Sports
Founded January 13, 1994 (1994-01-13) in Kyoto, Japan[1]
Key people
Hiroshi Imai (Chairman)
Kazuo Inamori (Honorary President)[1]
Products Football club
Revenue Increase ¥ 2140 million (2014)[1]
Owners Kyocera (55.4%)[2]
Nintendo (16.6%)[2]

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.[3] 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.


Old logo

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.[3] 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 playoff.[4] 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.[5]

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 - Runners-up
2012 J2 22 3 7,273 - 3rd Round
2013 J2 22 3 7,891 - 3rd Round
2014 J2 22 9 7,520 - 3rd Round
2015 J2 22 17 7,491 - 3rd Round
2016 J2 22 5 6,524 - 2nd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance
  • Source: J.League Data Site



Current squad[edit]

As of 11 February 2017.[6]

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 Takanori Sugeno
2 Japan DF Masato Yuzawa
3 Japan DF Yuji Takahashi
4 Japan DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka
5 Japan MF Kyohei Yoshino
6 Japan DF Yuki Honda
7 Japan MF Ryosuke Tamura
8 South Korea MF Ha Sung-min
9 Belgium FW Kevin Oris
10 Japan FW Sergio Escudero
13 Japan FW Yuto Iwasaki
14 Japan MF Keiya Sento
15 Japan DF Yuta Someya
16 South Korea FW Lee Yong-Jae
No. Position Player
17 Japan DF Yusuke Muta
18 Japan MF Reo Mochizuki
19 Japan FW Yohei Ono
20 Japan MF Shun Ito
21 Japan GK Keisuke Shimizu
22 Japan MF Tomoya Komatsu
23 Japan MF Takuya Shimamura
24 Japan DF Kyohei Uchida
25 Japan DF Shogo Asada
26 Japan DF Shogo Shimohata
29 Japan GK Tatsunari Nagai
30 Japan DF Yōsuke Ishibitsu
31 Japan FW Masashi Oguro

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 GK Genki Yamada (at Renofa Yamaguchi FC)
Japan DF Ryusei Saito (at Mito HollyHock)
Japan DF Go Iwase (at FC Gifu)
Japan DF Yuki Onishi (at Nara Club)
Japan MF Yushi Nagashima (at FC Gifu)
Japan MF Kota Ogino (at Kamatamare Sanuki)
Japan FW Masatoshi Ishida (at Thespakusatsu Gunma)
Japan FW Daiki Numa (at Gainare Tottori)


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.


  1. ^ a b c "Club profile". Kyoto Sanga. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sasaki, Norihiko. "Thoroughly analyzed the financial results of J-League". Shūkan Tōyō keizai. Toyo Keizai. 6058: 148–151. 
  3. ^ a b Daniel Sloan (November 5, 2011). Playing to Wiin: Nintendo and the Video Game Industrys Greatest Comeback. John Wiley & Sons. p. 126. ISBN 047082512X. 
  4. ^ "Kyoto Sanga earns promotion to J.League's first division". Japan Times. December 9, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Shonan, Kyoto dropped to J-League's second division". Japan Times. November 25, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
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