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Akira Kaji
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Personal information
Full name Akira Kaji
Date of birth January 13, 1980 (1980-01-13) (age 30)
Place of birth    Minamiawaji, Hyogo, Japan
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current club Gamba Osaka
Number 21
Youth career
1995-1997 Takigawa Daini H.S.
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998-1999
2000-2001
2002-2005
2006-
Cerezo Osaka
Oita Trinita (loan)
FC Tokyo
Gamba Osaka
024 00(0)
075 00(3)
089 00(1)
103 00(2)   
National team2
1998-1999
2003-2008
Japan U-20
Japan
008 00(1)
064 00(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 14 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 14 January 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Akira Kaji (加地 亮 Kaji Akira ?) (born January 13, 1980 in Minamiawaji, Hyogo) is a Japanese professional soccer player. He is a specialist on the right-hand side of the pitch playing as a full back or a wide midfielder. He currently plays for J. League side Gamba Osaka.[1]

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Playing career

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Club

After graduating from Takigawa Daini High School, Kaji joined Cerezo Osaka in 1998. He made his first league appearance on July 25, 1998 against Avispa Fukuoka. At the club, he found it difficult to break into the first team and was loaned out to J. League Division 2 side Oita Trinita at the start of the 2000 season.

After spending 2 years at Oita, Kaji came back to Division 1 in 2002 to play for F.C. Tokyo. The manager Hiromi Hara made him a regular and assigned a more attacking role. His club won the 2004 J. League Cup by beating Urawa Red Diamonds in the final which ended 0-0 after the extra time. The penalty shoot-out was required and his successful conversion as the last penalty taker for Tokyo finally broke the deadlock.

He was transferred to Gamba Osaka at the beginning of the 2006 season and scored in the beginning league match against Urawa Reds. He was selected as a member of the 2006 J-League Team of the Year.

International

He was a member of the Japan team for the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship finals where the team finished runners-up.

He gained his first cap for Japan when national coach Zico played him on October 8, 2003 in a friendly against Tunisia. He was rated highly by Zico who made him the first-choice right full-back. He was a member of the Japan team who won the 2004 Asian Cup in China.[2] In a 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup against Brazil, his goal was disallowed by a controversial offside decision.[3] His first goal for the country finally came on August 17, 2005 in a World Cup qualifier against Iran.[4]

He made the final squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals. In a preparation match against Germany just before the tournament, he injured his ankle when tackled by Bastian Schweinsteiger.[5] Zico considered his replacement but decided to keep him. He missed Japan's first game in the tournament against Australia with Yūichi Komano filling in for his place, but he returned to the team and played in the rest of the competition.

After the 2006 World Cup, Zico was replaced by Ivica Osim who also regularly picks him for the national team. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and played all the Japan games in the tournament.

On May 20, 2008 he announced retirement from international football.

Club career stats

Last update: 14 January 2010

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1998 Cerezo Osaka J. League 15 0 1 0 1 1 - 17 1
1999 J. League Division 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 - 9 0
2000 Oita Trinita J. League Division 2 34 3 2 0 1 0 - 37 3
2001 41 0 2 0 4 0 - 47 0
2002 F.C. Tokyo J. League Division 1 20 1 1 0 6 0 - 27 1
2003 22 0 2 0 6 0 - 30 0
2004 22 0 3 0 1 0 - 26 0
2005 25 0 2 0 0 0 - 27 0
2006 Gamba Osaka 29 1 5 1 0 0 5 0 39 2
2007 28 1 4 1 6 0 - 38 2
2008 26 0 5 0 4 0 8 0 43 0
2009 20 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 26 1
2010
Career Total 291 6 32 3 29 1 14 0 366 10

National team

National Team Career Statistics

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship Senior 0 3 0 2nd place
 Japan 2003 Confederations Cup Senior 0 Group Stage
 Japan 2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 0 Champions
 Japan 2005 Confederations Cup Senior 0 Group Stage
 Japan East Asian Cup 2005 Senior 0 2nd place
 Japan 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 1 Qualified
 Japan 2006 FIFA World Cup Senior 3 0 0 Group Stage

Goals for Senior National Team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 17, 2005 Yokohama, Japan  Iran 2-1 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. October 17, 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4-1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations

Personal Honors

Team Honors

Club
National Team

References


Simple English

Akira Kaji
Personal information
Full name Akira Kaji
Date of birth 13 January 1980 (1980-01-13) (age 31)
Place of birth    Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Gamba Osaka
Number 21
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-2001
2000-2001
2002-2005
2006-
Cerezo Osaka
Oita Trinita (loan)
Tokyo
Gamba Osaka
National team
2003-2008 Japan

Akira Kaji (born 13 January 1980) is a Japanese football player. He plays for Gamba Osaka.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AsiaTotal
1998Cerezo OsakaJ. League 11501011-171
1999900000-90
2000Oita TrinitaJ. League 23432010-373
20014102040-470
2002TokyoJ. League 12011060-271
20032202060-300
20042203010-260
20052502000-270
2006Gamba OsakaJ. League 1291510050392
20072814160-382
2008260504080430
2009200510010261
2010
CountryJapan 291632329114036610
Total 291632329114036610

International career statistics

[1]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
200310
2004200
2005141
2006140
2007111
200840
Total642

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