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).
Supervisors and coaches
- Kitazawa Tsuyoshi (Former player of J. League team, Tokyo Verdy 1969, and ambassador of Japan Football Association)
- 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")
- Itami Emi (Former player of a L. League team)
Players at time of indefinite hiatus
|1.||Tsuji Nozomi||M-line club
|9.||Ishikawa Rika||M-line club||2003|
|18.||Ono Risa||Field player||2012|
|20.||Furukawa Konatsu||Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari)|
|28.||Sengoku Minami||Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari)||Reserve player|
|31.||Mori Saki||Field player||2012|
|32.||Nagai Saki||Winger||2007||Reserve player|
|#||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)|
|5.||Otani Masae||Melon Kinenbi||Winger||2004||2004|
|13.||Saito Hitomi||Melon Kinenbi||Winger||2006|
|15.||Kawashima Miyuki||Hello Pro Egg||Winger||2004|
|14.||Hagiwara Mai||℃-ute||2007||2009||Reserve player|
|16.||Shimizu Saki||Berryz Koubou||2012|
|19.||Sudo Maasa||Berryz Koubou||2009|
|23.||Noto Arisa||Up-Front Egg||Reserve player|
|25.||Muto Mika||Hello Pro Egg||2008|
|27.||Mano Erina||Reserve player|
On September 9, Hello! Project announced the formation of a temporary futsal team with founding members Iida Kaori, Takahashi Ai, and Konno Asami from Morning Musume; Asami, Satoda Mai, and Miuna from Country Musume; Saito Hitomi, Murata Megumi, Otani 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 Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji 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.
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.
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.
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 December 15, they participated in the Sphere League 1st Stage, where they were defeated in the semi-finals.
On February 23, they participated in the Sphere League 2nd Stage and won.
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.
On April 23, Little Gatas members Umeda Erika, Shimizu Saki, Yajima Maimi, Tokunaga Chinami, Sudo Maasa, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki 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 Arisa, Sengoku Minami, Sawada 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 September 12, Ongaku Gatas officially debuted with their first single.
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 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.
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,
- [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
- [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)
- [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)
- Iida Kaori, Takahashi Ai, and Murata Megumi were the only members of the temporary futsal team formed on September 9, 2003 to never eventually join Gatas Brilhantes H.P.
- Tsugunaga Momoko, Kumai Yurina, and Sugaya Risako were listed as members of the team from 2007 until 2008, but were never given official numbers, and never played in any matches.
- Ishimura Maiha, Murakami Megumi, and Tanaka Anri are the only members of Little Gatas to never eventually join Gatas Brilhantes H.P.
- Shim Min is the only member of Mix Gatas to never eventually join Gatas Brilhantes H.P.
- Muto Mika is the only member of Gatas Brilhantes H.P. to be a member of all of its sub-units: Little Gatas, Mix Gatas, and Ongaku Gatas.