Kyoto Sanga F.C. is a Japanese professional soccer club based in Kyoto that competes in the J.League division 2.
The club, founded on 30 november 1921, started as Kyoto Shiko Club but it could not rise to a Japan Soccer League First Division dominated by company teams.
In 1993, after the J. League was created, Kyoto Shiko Club, aided by funds from local new sponsors Kyocera and Nintendo, professionalized and joined the former Japan Football League under the new name Kyoto Purple Sanga. The word "Sanga" is a Sanskrit term meaning "group" or "club", often used to denote Buddhist congregations. From 2007 it was decided that the team will simply been known as "Kyoto Sanga". They are the oldest club competing in the J. League.
Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
The club was formerly known as Kyoto Purple Sanga, team uniforms are completely purple, an imperial colour reflecting Kyoto's status as Japan's ancient imperial capital city. Away kit is white.
All Japan Senior Football Championship: 1988 (as Kyoto Shiko)
Emperor's Cup: 2002
J. League Division 2: 2001, 2005
Official website: http://www.sanga-fc.jp/