Zweigen Kanazawa

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Zweigen Kanazawa
Zweigen Kanazawa logo.gif
Full nameZweigen Kanazawa
Founded1956 (as Kanazawa Soccer Club)
2006 (as Zweigen Kanazawa)
GroundIshikawa Kanazawa Stadium
(Seibu Ryokuchi Kōen)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa
ChairmanHiroshi Yonezawa
ManagerMasaaki Yanagishita
LeagueJ2 League
2018J2 League, 13th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Zweigen Kanazawa (ツエーゲン金沢 Tsuēgen Kanazawa) is a Japanese football club based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. They play in the J2 League.


The club was formed in 1956 under the simple name Kanazawa Soccer Club and adopted its current identity in 2006. 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,[1] 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.[2]

On 16 November 2014, Zweigen became the inaugural J3 League champions, and having gained a licence to compete in J. League Division 2 will participate in Japanese club football's second tier for the 2015 season.

Name and symbolism[edit]

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! (We're strong!) became tsuee gen! by double entendre. In German, the word Zweigen means branches (dative—nominative: Zweige), and owing to this, a fleur-de-lis is a key part of the club's crest.

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 December 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 Naoki Harada
2 Japan DF Norimichi Yamamoto
3 Japan DF Yuji Sakuda
4 Japan DF Tatsushi Koyanagi
5 Brazil DF Allan
6 Japan MF Hisashi Ohashi
7 Japan MF Shohei Kiyohara
9 Japan FW Koichi Sato
10 Japan MF Kiwara Miyazaki
11 Japan MF Kyohei Sugiura
13 Japan DF Ryoma Ishida
14 Japan FW Masahiro Kaneko
16 Japan DF Shunya Mori
17 Japan MF Taiki Kato
19 Japan FW Yuki Kakita (on loan from Kashima Antlers)
No. Position Player
22 Japan GK Ken Tajiri
23 Japan GK Yuto Shirai
25 Japan FW Ryoya Taniguchi
26 Japan MF Keita Fujimura
27 Japan DF Tomonobu Hiroi (captain)
32 Japan MF Raisei Shimadu
33 Japan MF Takahide Umebachi
39 Japan DF Honoya Shoji
45 Japan DF Keigo Numata
TBA Costa Rica FW Giovanni Clunie (on loan from C.S. Cartaginés)
TBA Japan GK Masaaki Goto (on loan from Shonan Bellmare)
TBA Japan DF Ryoga Ishio
TBA Japan FW Ryo Kubota
TBA Japan FW Ryuhei Oishi


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Emperor's Cup
2010 JFL 18 9 1,548 2nd Round
2011 JFL 18 7 2,504 2nd Round
2012 JFL 17 14 2,313 1st Round
2013 JFL 18 7 2,063 3rd Round
2014 J3 12 1 3,440 2nd Round
2015 J2 22 12 4,910 2nd Round
2016 J2 22 21 4,179 2nd Round
2017 J2 22 17 4,397 3rd Round
2018 J2 22 13 4,528 3rd Round
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 24, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
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