Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi with Júbilo Iwata in 2010
Personal information
Full name Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi[1]
Date of birth (1975-08-15) 15 August 1975
Place of birth Fuji, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1][2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
SC Sagamihara
Number 23
Youth career
1991–1994 Shimizu Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2001 Yokohama Marinos 139 (0)
2001–2003 Portsmouth 12 (0)
2003–2005 Nordsjælland 8 (0)
2005–2013 Júbilo Iwata 228 (0)
2014–2015 Gifu 43 (0)
2016– SC Sagamihara 0 (0)
National team
1995–1996 Japan U-23 10 (0)
1997–2010[2] Japan 116 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:48, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (川口 能活 Kawaguchi Yoshikatsu, born 15 August 1975), sometimes referred to as Yoshi Kawaguchi, is a Japanese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He is a former captain of the Japan national team. Currently, he plays with SC Sagamihara in J3 League.[3]


Born in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, 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. In 2001, Kawaguchi was Japan's first choice goalkeeper as the team finished runner-up in the Confederations Cup.

Following impressive performances for both club and country, he moved to English club Portsmouth,[4] signing for a club record £1.8m.[5] 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 2002–03 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.[6]

Kawaguchi is a noted 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. Kawaguchi is his country's most-capped goalkeeper and overall third most-capped player with 116 caps for Japan, six behind second-placed Masami Ihara with 122 caps, but an injury had since sidelined him from action.[7] Long-time rival Seigo Narazaki had since been playing as first-choice keeper for Japan.

A broken leg sustained in a J-League clash against Kyoto Sanga appeared to have sidelined him for the rest of the season thus ruling him out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, after making a full and quick recovery Japanese head coach Takeshi Okada decided to include him in the final squad announced on 10 May 2010. Kawaguchi was one of two Japanese players (the other being Seigo Narazaki) to be named for their national team's 4th consecutive FIFA World Cup. Despite his period of inactivity and having fallen to third in the pecking order, Okada selected him in the hope that his leadership and experience would aid the team's progress. Kawaguchi was appointed captain of the national team during team training on 21 May 2010.[8]

Kawaguchi has not yet been picked to play for the national team under coach Alberto Zaccheroni, and with youngster Eiji Kawashima impressing in Japan's 2011 Asian Cup success, it looks as though the Yokohama-born custodian's international career may be over.



With the Japanese national football team:

With the Yokohama Marinos and Yokohama F. Marinos :

With the Portsmouth :

Career statistics

Updated to 23 February 2016.[9]

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 League Cup Asia Total
1994Yokohama MarinosJ. League000000-00
1999Yokohama F. MarinosJ1 League2802060-360
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001-02PortsmouthFirst Division110100000120
2003-04Premier League00---00
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003-04FC NordsjællandSuperliga80001010100
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005Júbilo IwataJ1 League290301010340
2014FC GifuJ2 League37000--370
2016SC SagamiharaJ3 League--
Total Japan 4640190510105350
England 120100000130
Denmark 80001010100
Career total 4840200520205580


Japan national team

National team

See also


  1. 1 2 "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. 1 2 "KAWAGUCHI Yoshikatsu". Japan National Football Team Database.
  3. "川口 能活:SC相模原:Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  4. "Football focus: Tall order for Kawaguchi as Portsmouth seek eastern promise". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. "Kawaguchi receiving home interest". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. "Stats Centre: Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  7. Mamrud, Roberto. "Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi - Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  8. Captain Kawaguchi
  9. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 257 out of 289)
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
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