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Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (ガッタス ブリリャンチス H.P.) is the former Hello! Project futsal team. It was created as a part of a "celebrity futsal" initiative after the World Cup 2002, and officially founded in October 2003.

The name is originally from Portuguese and can be literally translated as "Shining Pussycats". Pussycat being Brazilian slang for a pretty girl and shining in this context means someone talented or exceptional (much like the word tensai in Japanese).

Members[]

Supervisors and coaches[]

  • Supervisor
    • Kitazawa Tsuyoshi (Former player of J. League team, Tokyo Verdy 1969, and ambassador of Japan Football Association)
  • Coach
    • Sagane Kiyoshi (Affiliated with "Predator Urayasu Futsal Club")
    • Fujii Kenta (Affiliated with "Predator Urayasu Futsal Club")
    • Reinaldo (Former player of J. League team, Shonan Bellmare)
    • Saitou Ryouko (Affiliated with "Parareds Futsal Setagaya")
  • Goal keeper coach
    • Furosho Toru (Affiliated with "Goodwill Cascavel")
  • Trainer
    • Itami Emi (Former player of a L. League team)

Players at time of indefinite hiatus[]

# Name Affiliation Position Year Joined Notes
1. Tsuji Nozomi M-line club
(Maternity leave)
Goalkeeper 2003
6. Fujimoto Miki Pivot 2004 Sub-Captain
7. Korenaga Miki Winger
9. Ishikawa Rika M-line club 2003
10. Yoshizawa Hitomi Captain
17. Yajima Maimi ℃-ute 2007
18. Ono Risa Field player 2012
20. Furukawa Konatsu Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari)
21. Sato Ayano
24. Saho Akari
26. Okai Chisato ℃-ute Winger 2007
28. Sengoku Minami Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari) Reserve player
31. Mori Saki Field player 2012
32. Nagai Saki Winger 2007 Reserve player
33. Sugawara Kanae Pivot
34. Yaguchi Megumi Goalkeeper 2009

Former players[]

# Name Affiliation Position Year Joined Year Left Notes
2. Ogawa Makoto Morning Musume Pivot 2003 2004
3. Shibata Ayumi Melon Kinenbi Winger 2010 Captain (2006)
4. Miuna Country Musume Defender 2007
5. Otani Masae Melon Kinenbi Winger 2004 2004
7. Matsuura Aya Soloist 2003
8. Asami Country Musume 2007
11. Satoda Mai Defender 2012
12. Konno Asami Goalkeeper 2011
13. Saito Hitomi Melon Kinenbi Winger 2006
14. Goto Maki Soloist Defender 2005
15. Kawashima Miyuki Hello Pro Egg Winger 2004
14. Hagiwara Mai ℃-ute 2007 2009 Reserve player
15. Arihara Kanna
16. Shimizu Saki Berryz Koubou 2012
18. Umeda Erika ℃-ute Goalkeeper 2008
19. Sudo Maasa Berryz Koubou 2009
20. Tokunaga Chinami Winger
21. Natsuyaki Miyabi 2008
22. Nakajima Saki ℃-ute 2012
23. Noto Arisa Up-Front Egg Reserve player
24. Suzuki Airi ℃-ute 2009
25. Muto Mika Hello Pro Egg 2008
27. Mano Erina Reserve player
29. Sawada Yuri Goalkeeper 2009
30 Fukaya Ai 2012
31 Fujisaki Hiromi Winger

History[]

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., November 2012

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., January 2012

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., August 2007

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., November 2006

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., March 2006

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., December 2005

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., early 2005

Gatas Brilhantes H.P., November 2004

2003[]

On September 9, Hello! Project announced the formation of a temporary futsal team with founding members Iida KaoriTakahashi Ai, and Konno Asami from Morning MusumeAsamiSatoda Mai, and Miuna from Country MusumeSaito HitomiMurata MegumiOtani Masae, and Shibata Ayumi from Melon Kinenbi; and soloists Goto Maki and Matsuura Aya

On October 29, the founding members of Hello! Project's first official futsal team were selected to be Ishikawa RikaYoshizawa HitomiTsuji Nozomi, Konno Asami, and Ogawa Makoto from Morning Musume; Asami, Satoda Mai, and Miuna from Country Musume; Saito Hitomi and Shibata Ayumi from Melon Kinenbi; and soloists Goto Maki and Matsuura Aya. They applied for registration with Japan's Soccer Association, and received their futsal player registration cards on November 7. 

On November 16, the "Hello! Project SPORTS FESTIVAL 2003" was held at Osaka Dome. The new futsal team played their first match there, but lost 0-7. Their second match was held at Tokyo Dome on November 22, but they lost 2-9. 

2004[]

On January 20, the futsal team was named "Gatas Brilhantes H.P." At this time, Kitazawa Tsuyoshi was appointed as the team's coach, and Yoshizawa Hitomi was appointed as the team's captain. 

In February, Morning Musume's Fujimoto Miki and Melon Kinenbi's Otani Masae joined as new members. 

On March 27, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. lost both of their matches at the 4th Tokyo Women's Futsal Tournament. On the same day, Ogawa Makoto, Matsuura Aya, and Otani Masae left the team. 

On August 10, after the conclusion of the Hello Pro Egg Audition 2004, four of the members of the newly formed Hello Pro Egg were designated as futsal trainees, and they trained with the goal of becoming players for Gatas Brilhantes H.P. 

On August 14 and 15, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the Odaiba Cup, where they achieved their first victory. From this tournament, Hello Pro Egg futsal trainees Korenaga Miki and Kawashima Miyuki were promoted as full fledged players on the team. 

On October 18, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. achieved their second victory at the EXPO Cup held in Aichi. That same month, a Gatas Youth Team was formed with members of Hello! Project Kids as well as futsal trainees Tanaka Anri and Muto Mika

2005[]

On March 24, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the Fuji TV 739 Cup, where they earned second place.

On April 7, Fujimoto Miki was appointed as sub-captain. 

On May 23, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the 2nd Fuji TV 739 Cup, where they won first place.

In July, their "Gatas Cafe" was opened for the summer. The cafe would open each summer afterwards until the team disbanded. That same year, the team also participated in the first and second Skylark Cup, and the Odaiba Bouken Ou Skylark Tournament. 

On September 14, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. released a DVD of the team's history. On the same day, Goto Maki and Kawashima Miyuki left the team.

On December 15, they participated in the Sphere League 1st Stage, where they were defeated in the semi-finals. 

2006[]

On February 23, they participated in the Sphere League 2nd Stage and won. 

On March 19, the Hello! Project SPORTS FESTIVAL 2006 was held at Saitama Super Arena. Gatas Brilhantes H.P. lost their match there, and afterwards, Saito Hitomi left the team. 

On April 6, they participated in the Sphere League 3rd Stage, but were defeated in the semi-finals again. Shortly afterwards on April 11, the members of Gatas Brilhantes H.P. took the Futsal Level 4 referee training course by the Japan Soccer Association. Later that year on May 18, all members of the team obtained their Futsal Level 4 referee certifications. 

On April 16, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, Fujimoto Miki, and Satoda Mai became spokeswomen for Adidas, and a day later, they attended the press conference held in honor of the publication of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Official Guidebook. Around this time, the Gatas Youth Team was reformed as Little Gatas.

On May 11, they participated in the Sphere League 4th Stage and were defeated in the finals. 

On July 6, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. won their qualifying match for the 1st Good Will Cup, but were defeated in the first round during the tournament held on July 13. Afterwards, on July 23, Konno Asami graduated from Hello! Project. 

In August, many of the members became too occupied with Ribbon no Kishi The Musical to participate in the Odaiba Bouken Ou Skylark Tournament with the rest of Gatas Brilhantes H.P., and so Shibata Ayumi was named temporary captain of the team and several members of Little Gatas and foreign exchange student Shim Min were brought in to form a new team to support Gatas Brilhantes H.P. in their absence. This new team was called Mix Gatas, and they dissolved after the conclusion of the tournament.

On October 17, they participated in the Sphere League 5th Stage, but were defeated in the semi-finals once again. 

On November 30, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the Sphere League Final Stage, but were defeated in the final. They ranked second in annual points for the Sphere League overall. 

On December 15, they appeared at the Sphere League Awards 2006 on Fuji TV. Yoshizawa Hitomi was chosen as VIP, Korenaga Miki was revealed as the top scorer, Country Musume's Asami was chosen for the Best Performance Award and the Achievement Award, and Country Musume's Miuna was chosen for the Achievement Award as well. 

2007[]

On January 26, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in a practice match with Carezza where the lost 0-3. Afterwards, Country Musume's Asami and Miuna left the team. 

On April 23, Little Gatas members Umeda ErikaShimizu SakiYajima MaimiTokunaga Chinami, Sudo MaasaNatsuyaki MiyabiNakajima SakiSuzuki Airi, and Muto Mika were absorbed into Gatas Brilhantes H.P. as new members. 

On May 12, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the Skylark Group League Gust Stage, where Okai Chisato from Little Gatas was promoted as a new member of the team. 

On June 18, Konno Asami returned to Hello! Project as a member of Gatas Brilhantes H.P., and Hello Pro Egg members Noto ArisaSengoku MinamiSawada Yuri and Mano Erina joined the team as reserve players. The five of them were also announced to be the first members of the girl group Ongaku Gatas. The remaining members were announced on July 12 alongside the release date and title of their debut single.

In August, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the Odaiba Bouken Ou Skylark Tournament. 

On August 31, Fujisaki HiromiNagai SakiSugawara Kanae, and Fukaya Ai were announced as winners of the new member audition, and officially joined the team. 

On September 12, Ongaku Gatas officially debuted with their first single.

On December 27, Hagiwara Mai and Arihara Kanna from Little Gatas were announced as new reserve players. 

2008-2011[]

From January to April, 2008, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in various Skylark Group League Cup matches.  On April 30, 2008, Muto Mika left the team. 

On August 1, 2008, Umeda Erika, Natsuyaki Miyabi, and Mano Erina also left Gatas Brilhantes H.P. That same month, the team participated in the 1st and 2nd round of the Gatas Cup, as well as The Bouken Ou 2008 Ladies Futsal Tournament. 

On January 22, 2009, Tokunaga Chinami, Sudo Maasa, Suzuki Airi, Hagiwara Mai, and Arihara Kanna left the team. 

On March 31, 2009, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. graduated from Hello! Project alongside the Elder Club

On May 28, 2009, Yaguchi Megumi joined as a new member of the team. 

On August 30, 2009, Sawada Yuri left the team. 

On December 26, 2009, they participated in the 2nd SURUGA Bank CUP Futsal Festa and finished in last place. 

On April 28, 2010, Shibata Ayumi was announced to be leaving the team during a practice match. 

On November 7, 2010, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the 3rd SURUGA Bank CUP Futsal Festa. 

On March 31, 2011, Konno Asami left the team. 

In October 2011, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in The 1st Marine Cup in Okinawa.

2012-2013[]

On January 1, 2012, the official Gatas Brilhantes H.P. website was renewed, and the team became more active after several years of sparse activity. On the same day, it was revealed that Shimizu Saki, Nakajima Saki, Okai Chisato, Noto Arisa, Fujisaki Hiromi, and Fukaya Ai had left Gatas Brilhantes H.P., and Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari) members Furukawa Konatsu, Sato Ayano, Saho Akari, and Mori Saki had joined the team as new members. During this time, Tsuji Nozomi and Fujimoto Miki were on maternity leave, and were not able to participate in activities. 

On March 31, 2012, Satoda Mai left Gatas Brilhantes H.P.

On April 18, 2012, Okai Chisato returned to the team.

On July 5, 2012, Ono Risa was announced as a new member of the team. Two days later, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. participated in the 2012 Tokyo Women's Entrance League. 

On September 9, 2012, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. celebrated their ninth anniversary, and initiated their Gatas 10th Anniversary Project.

On May 3, 2013, they participated in the 2013 Tokyo Women's Entrance League, 

2015-2016[]

On February 9, 2015, it was announced that the team would hold their last fan event on March 7, 2015, and their final game on March 15, 2015, after which they went on indefinite hiatus.[1][2]

In 2016, Korenaga Miki founded a successor team to Gatas Brilhantes called Orange Bonds G.B.[3]

Works[]

Magazines[]

  • [2004.07.30] Sals
  • [2004.12.25] Sals2 (With DVD)
  • [2005.07.21] Sals3 (With DVD)
  • [2005.12.15] Sals4 (With Booklet)
  • [2006.08.11] Sals5 (With DVD)
  • [2008.01.26] Sals2008

Books[]

  • [2005.11.22] Spirit of Gatas (スピリッツ・オブ・ガッタス)
  • [2006.11.20] Pocket Gatas (ポケットGatas)
  • [2007.01.29] Miuna Note (みうなノート)
  • [2007.03.20] Pocket Gatas: The Dramatic Games Selection 2003-2007 (ポケットGatas The Dramatic Games Selection 2003-2007)
  • [2007.04.27] Spirit of Gatas 2007 (スピリッツ・オブ・ガッタス2007)

DVDs[]

  • [2005.09.14] Gatas Brilhantes H.P. Official DVD Vol.1 Banzai! Futsal (万才!フットサル)
  • [2006.05.24] Sphere League Official Futsal Basics Training DVD (スフィアリーグ公式フットサル基礎トレーニングDVD)
  • [2007.06.27] Banzai! Futsal 2 (万才!フットサル2) (cancelled)

Trivia[]

See Also[]

References[]

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