Kyoto is home to Kyoto Sanga F.C. of the J-League and Kyoto Hannaryz of the B-League.
Kyoto Sanga F.C
Stadium/Arena Sanga Stadium by KYOCERA
Kyoto Sanga F.C. competes in the J-League, J2 division.
Kyoto Sanga FC joined the J-League in 1996 and experienced the disappointment of being relegated to J2 in 2001, but in the following year, 2002, the team finished 5th, their best result of the year, and won the Emperor's Cup, their first big title. Since then, the team has bounced back and forth between J2 and J1, and hasn't played on the J1 stage since 2011.
The new home stadium was completed in 2020. It is a very beautiful football stadium with the team color purple.
Team: Kyoto Sanga F.C.
City: Kyoto City, Kyoto
Team Name Origin:
Sangha is a Buddhist term associated with the ancient capital of Kyoto, and means " Comrade" in Sanskrit (an ancient Indian Aryan language).
Year of Joined the J League: 1996
Titles: Emperor's Cup(1)
Highest Ranking: 5th (2002)
The player signed with overseas clubs: Daisuke Matsui, PARK Ji Sung
Stadium/Arena Hannaryz Arena
Kyoto Hannaryz are a team in the B1 of the B League (Japan Professional Basketball League).
As of 2021, they have never won a B.LEAGUE title.
In the 2017-2018 season, they finished second in the West and advanced to the playoffs (B.LEAGUE Championship).
However, they lost to Alvark Tokyo in the first round for the second time in a row and were eliminated.
Kyoto Hannaryz' average attendance per game for the 2018-2019 season is 1,890, which ranks 18th in the league (18 teams).
Team: Kyoto Hannaryz
Team Name Origin: The word "han-nari" is a dialect word used mainly in the Kinki region of Japan, expressing an elegant, bright, and glamorous atmosphere, and was named after the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto.
Arena: Hannaryz Arena
Year founded: 2009
Retired numbers: None