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INAC Kobe Leonessa

INAC Kobe Leonessa
INAC神戸レオネッサ
Full name International Athletic Club Kobe Leonessa
Nickname(s) INAC
Founded 2001
Ground NOEVIR STADIUM KOBE
Ground Capacity 30,132
Manager Koji Maeda
League Nadeshiko.League Div.1
2014 6th
Website Club home page

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

Current squad

As of 18 Jun 2014 (reference)

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Ayumi Kaihori
3 DF Shiori Miyake
4 DF Chelsea Stewart (on loan from Boston Breakers)
5 DF Junko Kai
6 MF Chiaki Minamiyama
7 MF Emi Nakajima
8 MF Homare Sawa
9 FW Nahomi Kawasumi (on loan to Seattle Reign FC)
11 FW Megumi Takase (c)
13 MF Ayu Nakada
14 FW Mai Kyōkawa
15 DF Midori Isokane
No. Position Player
16 MF Maho Yamada
17 FW Beverly Goebel-Yanez (on loan to Seattle Reign FC)
18 GK Rei Takenaka
19 FW Ayaka Michigami
20 MF Yōko Tanaka
21 DF Ayaka Watanabe
22 MF Miki Ito
23 MF Rina Hirano
24 MF Haruka Imai
25 MF Ayaka Noguchi
26 DF Miki Hirata
27 FW Rika Masuya

Honours

Domestic Competitions

International Competitions

Results

Season Domestic League National Cup League Cup League Note
League Level Place Tms.
2002
Kansai Div.3
4
1st
-
-
Promoted for Div.2
2003
Kansai Div.2
3
1st
8
-
-
Promoted for Div.1
2004
Kansai Div.1
1st
8
2nd Stage
-
Promoted for Nadeshiko Div.2
2005
Nadeshiko Div.2
2
1st
7
Quarterfinals
-
Promoted for Div.1
2006
Nadeshiko
Div.1
1
5th
8
Quarterfinals
-
1st Stage : 8th
2007
4th
8
Semifinals
Semifinals
2008
2nd
8
Runners-up
-
2009
4th
8
Semifinals
-
2010
Nadeshiko
4th
10
Champion
Semifinals
2011
1st
9
Champion
-
2012
1st
10
Champion
Runners-up
2013
1st
10
Champion
Winner
2014
6th
10
-
1st Stage : 5th

Transition of team name

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

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "INAC Kobe Leonessa capture third straight Nadeshiko League championship". Goal.com. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 

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