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Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi in national team of Japan.JPG
Personal information
Full name Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
Date of birth August 15, 1975 (1975-08-15) (age 34)
Place of birth    Fuji, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Júbilo Iwata
Number 1
Youth career
1991–1994 Shimizu Commercial High School
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1994–2001
2001–2003
2003–2005
2005–
Yokohama F. Marinos
Portsmouth
FC Nordsjælland
Júbilo Iwata
193 00(0)
012 00(0)
008 00(0)
154 00(0)   
National team2
1995–1996
1997–2008
Japan U-23
Japan
010 00(0)
116 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23 December 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 23 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (川口 能活 Kawaguchi Yoshikatsu ?, born August 15, 1975 in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan), sometimes referred to as Yoshi Kawaguchi, is a Japanese footballer. He is a goalkeeper and a member of the Japanese national football team.

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Biography

Kawaguchi studied at Shimizu Commercial High School and was a member of the football team there. After finishing high school, he joined the professional football team Yokohama Marinos (now known as Yokohama F. Marinos). He was called up to the Japanese national team and played in the Atlanta Olympic games. He kept a clean sheet against Brazil in the first game. He played in Japan's first ever World Cup game in 1998 in a 1-0 defeat to Argentina.

Following impressive performances for both club and country, he moved to English club Portsmouth, signing for a club record £1.8m. However, he struggled to adapt to life in the English Football League, and struggled with the physical side of the First Division, notably in a 3-1 away defeat to Grimsby Town. Kawaguchi lost his place to veteran Dave Beasant after being held responsible for Portsmouth's 4-1 home defeat to underdogs Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. Despite his poor performances for Pompey he remained something of a cult hero with the fans, on account of his cheerful demeanour, and his insistence that he would work hard to regain his place. After a season of playing reserve team football, he made his final appearance for Portsmouth in the final game of the 2002/3 Football League First Division championship winning season, coming on at half time to a standing ovation in the 5-0 win against Bradford City. Despite this brief reappearance, he realised that his future lay elsewhere, and moved on to Nordsjælland of the Danish league. Prior to the 2005 Japanese football season, Kawaguchi returned to his home country when he signed with then-perennial title-contenders Júbilo Iwata.[1]

Kawaguchi is a renowned penalty stopper, making two saves in the shootout against Jordan in the 2004 Asian Cup quarter final and also saving from Croatia's Darijo Srna in the 2006 World Cup. During the 2007 Asian Cup he was instrumental in Japan's quarter-final win against Australia making two saves from Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill in the penalty shootout, thus making him the Man of the Match.

In August 2006, it was revealed that he would wear the captain's armband, as new Japan manager Ivica Osim believed that former captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto was not getting enough playing time at his domestic club, Gamba Osaka, who has since moved to FC Red Bull Salzburg. Kawaguchi has earned more than 100 caps for Japan but an injury has since sidelined him from action.[2] Seigo Narazaki has since been playing as first-choice keeper for Japan.

In recent developments, a broken leg sustained in a J-League clash against Kyoto Sanga now appears to have sidelined him for the rest of the season, meaning that in all likelihood Japan's most capped goalkeeper will miss out on what would have been his fourth World Cup.[1]

Honors

Personal:

  • J.League
  • AFC
    • AFC the Best Player of the month: June 2001
    • Asian Cup the Best 11: 2004
  • FIFA Condederation Cup
    • The Best 11: 2001

With the Japanese national football team:

  • FIFA World Cup
    • Match Appearance: 1998, 2006
    • Finals Roster: 2002
  • AFC Asian Cup
    • Appearance: 2000, 2004, 2007
    • Winner: 2000, 2004
    • 4th Place: 2007

With the Yokohama Marinos and Yokohama F. Marinos :

Career statistics

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
1994 Yokohama Marinos J. League Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
1995 41 0 2 0 - - 43 0
1996 15 0 0 0 13 0
1997 22 0 2 0 0 0 - 24 0
1998 34 0 1 0 0 0 - 35 0
1999 Yokohama F. Marinos J. League Division 1 28 0 2 0 6 0 - 36 0
2000 28 0 3 0 5 0 - 36 0
2001 25 0 - 7 0 - 32 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Portsmouth First Division 11 0
2002-03 1 0
2003-04 Premier League 0 0 - - - 0 0
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003-04 FC Nordsjælland Superliga 8 0
2004-05 0 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2005 Júbilo Iwata J. League Division 1 29 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 34 0
2006 34 0 1 0 3 0 - 38 0
2007 32 0 1 0 3 0 - 36 0
2008 33 0 0 0 1 0 - 34 0
2009 26 0 0 0 4 0 - 30 0
Total Japan 347 0 15 0 43 0
England 12 0
Denmark 8 0
Career Total 367 0

National team

See also

References

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Simple English

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
File:Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi in national team of
Personal information
Full name Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
Date of birth 15 August 1975 (1975-08-15) (age 35)
Place of birth    Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Júbilo Iwata
Number 1
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-2001
2001-2003
2003-2004
2005-
Yokohama Marinos / Yokohama F. Marinos
Portsmouth
Nordsjælland
Júbilo Iwata
National team
1997-2008 Japan

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (born 15 August 1975) is a Japanese football player. He plays for Júbilo Iwata.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AsiaTotal
1994Yokohama MarinosJ. League 1000000-00
199541020--430
199615000130-280
19972202000-240
19983401000-350
1999Yokohama F. MarinosJ. League 12802060-360
20002803050-360
20012500070-320
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02PortsmouthFirst Division1101000-120
2002/03100000-10
2003/04Premier League000000-00
DenmarkLeague Danish Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2003/04NordsjællandSuperliga80100010100
2004/050000000000
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AsiaTotal
2005Júbilo IwataJ. League 1290301010340
20063401030-380
20073201030-360
20083300010-340
20092600040-300
2010
CountryJapan 3470150430104060
England 1201000-130
Denmark 80100010100
Total 3670170430204290

International career statistics

[1]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1997210
199890
199930
200080
200190
200220
200320
2004110
2005140
2006190
2007120
200860
Total1160

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