Zweigen Kanazawa

Zweigen Kanazawa
Full name Zweigen Kanazawa
Nickname(s) Zweigen
Founded 2006
Ground Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium
(Seibu Ryokuchi Kōen)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Ground Capacity 20,261
Chairman Hiroshi Yonezawa
Manager Hitoshi Morishita
League J2 League
2016 21st
Website Club home page

Zweigen Kanazawa (ツエーゲン金沢 Tsuēgen Kanazawa) is a Japanese football club based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. They play in J. League Division 2.


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

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 actually means branches (dative—nominative: Zweige), and owing to this, a fleur-de-lis is a key part of the club's crest.

Current squad

As of 14 February 2016.[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 Shinya Awatari
3 Japan DF Yuji Sakuda
4 Japan DF Tatsushi Koyanagi
5 Japan DF Kosuke Ota
6 Japan MF Akira Ando
7 Japan MF Masataka Kani
8 Japan MF Kenta Yamafuji
9 North Korea FW An Byong-jun
10 Japan MF Andrew Kumagai
11 Japan MF Hiroyuki Furuta
13 Japan FW Shoma Mizunaga
14 Japan FW Masahiro Kaneko
15 Japan DF Shinji Tsujio
16 Brazil DF Mendes
17 Brazil FW Romarinho
No. Position Player
18 Japan DF Koji Noda
19 Japan MF Shungo Tamashiro
20 Japan DF Keisuke Minegishi
21 Japan GK Motofumi Ohashi
22 Japan DF Yasuhito Tomita
23 Japan DF Kazuaki Mawatari
24 Japan MF Yuhei Otsuki
25 Japan MF Yusuke Hoshino
27 Japan DF Tomonobu Hirai
28 South Korea DF Kim Young-heon
29 South Korea MF Kim Tae-sung
30 Japan FW Masato Yamazaki
31 Japan GK Yoshinobu Harada
39 Brazil FW David


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


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

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