|Full name||MIO Biwako Shiga|
|Ground|| Konan Stadium |
|League||Japan Football League|
MIO Biwako Shiga (MIO びわこ滋賀, Mīo Biwako Shiga) is a Japanese football club based in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, although they also play matches in Ōtsu and Konan.
They were promoted to Japan Football League for the first time at the end of 2007, and played their first season in 2008 where they finished 14th. "Biwako" is a reference to Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan.
The club was formed in 2005 from the former Sagawa Express SC Kyoto. They were first called FC Mi-O Biwako Kusatsu and in 2007, upon promotion to the JFL they renamed themselves simply MIO Biwako Kusatsu.
In 2007 they took third place in the regional playoffs and were promoted to the JFL for the 2008 season.
In 2012 they renamed themselves MIO Biwako Shiga, in order to extend their fanbase to all of Shiga Prefecture, particularly the area around southern Lake Biwa where they have mostly played matches.
As of 19 July 2021.Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|2006|| Kansai Soccer League|
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu. Shiga Prefecture has a population of 1,412,916 and has a geographic area of 4,017 km2 (1,551 sq mi). Shiga Prefecture borders Fukui Prefecture to the north, Gifu Prefecture to the northeast, Mie Prefecture to the southeast, and Kyoto Prefecture to the west.
Kusatsu is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on October 15, 1954. As of 2016, the city has an estimated population of 139,832 and a population density of 2,100 persons per km². The total area is 67.82 km².
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