INAC Kobe Leonessa

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INAC Kobe Leonessa
INAC神戸レオネッサ
INAC Kobe Leonessa logo.png
Full nameInternational Athletic Club Kobe Leonessa
Founded2001;20 years ago (2001)
Ground Noevir Stadium Kobe
Capacity30,132
Manager Gert Engels
League WE League
2020 Nadeshiko Div.1, 2nd of 10
(runners-up)
Website Club website

INAC Kobe is a Japanese football club from Kobe, founded in 2001. [1] INAC stands for International Athletic Club while Leonessa means Lioness in Italian.

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In 2006 INAC Leonessa was promoted to the Nadeshiko.League, where it has played since 2020. In 2021 they are playing in WE League. 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.

History

Colours and badge

Stadium

Supporters

Squad

Current squad

As of 23 January 2021 [3]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Rei Takenaka
2 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Miyabi Moriya
4 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riko Ushijima
5 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Shiori Miyake
6 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Miki Ito
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Emi Nakajima (captain)
8 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hina Sugita
9 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Minami Tanaka
11 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Megumi Takase
13 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayu Nakada
14 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mai Kyōkawa
15 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Moeno Sakaguchi
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Ayaka Michigami
18 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Maria Kikuci
19 DF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Riko Ushijima
20 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nagae Ibuki
21 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Hannah Stambaugh
22 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Namie Shimabukuro
23 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Nagisa Yoshida
24 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Fukina Mizuno
26 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Suzu Amano
27 FW Flag of South Korea.svg  KOR Hwang Ah-hyeon
28 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Mei Yasaka
31 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Yumi Tajiri

Honours

Domestic competitions

International competitions

Records

SeasonDomestic LeagueNational CupLeague CupLeague Note
LeagueLevelPlaceTms.
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
2018
2019
2020
2021
WE League

Transition of team name

See also

Notes

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References

  1. CLUB DATA
  2. "INAC Kobe Leonessa capture third straight Nadeshiko League championship". Goal.com. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  3. "登録選手 INAC神戸 レオネッサ" (in Japanese). inac-kobe.com. Retrieved 6 May 2021.