Tsuyoshi Kitazawa

Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
Personal information
Full name Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
Date of birth (1968-08-10) August 10, 1968
Place of birth Machida, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Honda 51 (14)
1991–2002 Tokyo Verdy 265 (41)
Total 316 (55)
National team
1991–1999 Japan 58 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tsuyoshi Kitazawa (北澤 豪 Kitazawa Tsuyoshi, born August 10, 1968) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He was a midfielder known for his tireless work load and was capped 58 times for Japan national team. He is currently working on television as a football commentator.

Playing career


When he was a junior high student, he played for Yomiuri Junior Youth. After being rejected by the club to advance to club's Youth team, he entered Shutoku High School and played for the school club. After graduating, he joined Japan Soccer League side Honda in 1987. He was the top scorer of the league in the 1990–1991 season.

He moved to Yomiuri (later Verdy Kawasaki, now Tokyo Verdy) in 1991. Kitazawa, together with his teammates Kazuyoshi Miura, Ruy Ramos, Nobuhiro Takeda, Tetsuji Hashiratani and Bismarck made the early 90's the golden era of Verdy who won the J1 League Championship (1993 and 1994) and J.League Cup (1992, 1993, and 1994). He finished his playing career as a Verdy player in 2002.

National team

Kitazawa represented Japan in the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship finals hosted by the Netherlands.

He was capped 58 times and scored 3 goals for the Japanese national team between 1991 and 1999.[1] He made his international debut on 2 June 1991 in a friendly against Thailand in Tendō, Yamagata under national coach Kenzo Yokoyama. He was a member of the Japan team for the 1992 AFC Asian Cup that Japan won. He scored his first international goal on 6 November 1992 in the semifinal against China at Hiroshima Stadium.

He took part in Japan's unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He was a member of the Asian final qualification stage that was held centrally in Qatar and played two games. He was on the bench when the Iraqi's injury-time equaliser dashed Japan's qualification hope in the last qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now remember as the Agony of Doha.

Kitazawa was short-listed for the 1998 World Cup finals, but national coach Takeshi Okada dropped him along with Kazuyoshi Miura and Daisuke Ichikawa at the final training camp in Nyon, Switzerland.

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1987/88HondaJSL Division 10000
1991/92YomiuriJSL Division 12025041293
1992Verdy KawasakiJ1 League-22111133
2001Tokyo VerdyJ1 League2300000230
Country Japan 33657289411040576
Total 33657289411040576

National team statistics

Japan national team

Honors and awards

Team honors


  1. Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Japan – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
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