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Koki Mizuno
Mizuno with Celtic in August 2009.
Personal information
Full name Koki Mizuno
Date of birth 6 September 1985 (1985-09-06) (age 24)
Place of birth    Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right Midfielder
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 29
Youth career
2002–2004 Shimizu High School
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
JEF United
086 0(13)
010 00(1)   
National team2
2007 Japan 004 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23:38, 31 August 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 31 August 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Koki Mizuno (水野 晃樹 Mizuno Kōki ?, born 6 September 1985 in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka) is a Japanese footballer. He is a midfielder and currently plays for Scottish Premier League side Celtic.

He is also the cousin of fellow Japanese international Keita Suzuki.





After graduating from Shimizu Commercial High School, Mizuno joined J. League side JEF United Ichihara Chiba in 2004. He was the MVP of the 2006 J. League Cup competition.

In early January 2008, speculation arose in the Scottish press that Celtic would move for Mizuno. This was later confirmed by Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell who explained that the club planned on signing Mizuno, if he was granted a work permit.[1 ]

After initially being denied a permit, Celtic manager Gordon Strachan took part in an appeal hearing in which he described his other Japanese import Shunsuke Nakamura as a "flawless performer" and "The best player I have ever worked with, and that includes (Kenny) Dalglish and (Gary) McAllister", and claimed that Mizuno was a young player of immense talent and potential. The appeal was successful [2] and Celtic completed the signing of Koki Mizuno on 29 January 2008. On 18 July 2008, Mizuno made his debut in a 2–0 pre-season friendly win over Southampton. On 8 November that year he made his league debut for Celtic in the 2-0 victory over Motherwell, replacing Scott McDonald in the 88th minute and, on 21 December 2008 he made his first start in a game against Falkirk He went on to score his first goal for Celtic in the 90th minute of the match, assisted by a pass from Shunsuke Nakamura. This was the first time two Japanese players had combined to score a goal outside of Japanese Football.[3]

The next week he made his second first team start against Rangers. Celtic won the match 1-0.

Club Team Career Statistics

Last update: 31 August 2009

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
2004 JEF United J. League Division 1 7 1 1 0 0 0 - 8 1
2005 25 3 2 1 5 0 - 32 4
2006 25 0 1 0 5 2 - 31 2
2007 29 9 0 0 5 0 - 34 9
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2007-08 Celtic Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0
2008-09 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
2009-10 1 0 1 0 2 0
Career Total 97 14 16 2 4 1 0 0 117 17


Mizuno was a member of the Japan team for 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship where he scored a goal against Benin. His first cap as a full international came when he substituted Naohiro Takahara on 24 March 2007 in a friendly against Peru. He was a member of the Japan team for 2007 AFC Asian Cup and played 2 games as a substitute.



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Koki Mizuno
Personal information
Full name Koki Mizuno
Date of birth 6 September 1985 (1985-09-06) (age 25)
Place of birth    Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 29
Senior clubs
Years Club
JEF United Ichihara / JEF United Ichihara Chiba
National team
2007 Japan

Koki Mizuno (born 6 September 1985) is a Japanese football player. He plays for Celtic.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
2004JEF United IchiharaJ. League 171100081
2005JEF United Ichihara ChibaJ. League 12532150324
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League CupTotal
2007/08CelticPremier League00000000
CountryJapan 86134115210516
Scotland 1010000101
Total 96144115211517

International career statistics


Japan national team



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