Ko Ishikawa

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Ko Ishikawa
Personal information
Full name Ko Ishikawa
Date of birth (1970-03-10) March 10, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1983-1988 Tahuichi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989-1992 Honda 50 (0)
1992-1997 Verdy Kawasaki 134 (2)
1998-2002 Nagoya Grampus Eight 115 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ko Ishikawa (born March 10, 1970 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia) is a former Japanese-Bolivian football defender (Right back).

Career[edit]

Ko Ishikawa established himself as one of the most unflappable defenders in the league as a wing back at Verdy Kawasaki in the early 1990s, and he maintained that reputation for almost ten years. Though his speed on the overlap began to fade as he got older, Ishikawa was a key contributor on offense as well, with a very accurate cross. Born in Bolivia to a Japanese foreign affairs official, he began playing football at a young age for the renowned and prestigious Tahuichi Academy. Considering his good form, Ishikawa was selected to play for Bolivia in the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in China and the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship held in Canada.[1] In his younger years, when he had the speed to outrun defenders down the right wing, he could be truly dangerous on both ends, but his specialty was always on defense. He developed good instincts and positioning during a short stint in Brazil, before the J.League was created, and returned to Japan to join Verdy Kawasaki in 1992 as one of the new league's young stars. He was a member of two championship teams with Verdy, and helped Grampus to an Emperor's Cup crown.[2] Even though he maintained a steady performance down through the years, he was never considered for the Japan national team.

Club statistics[edit]

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
1989/90 Honda JSL Division 1 14 0 0 0 14 0
1990/91 17 0 4 0 21 0
1991/92 19 0 4 0 23 0
1992 Verdy Kawasaki J. League 1 - 5 0 8 0 13 0
1993 22 1 2 0 7 0 31 1
1994 40 1 2 0 3 0 45 1
1995 27 0 1 0 - 28 0
1996 19 0 1 0 16 0 36 0
1997 26 0 2 0 6 0 34 0
1998 Nagoya Grampus Eight J. League 1 33 0 4 0 1 0 38 0
1999 29 0 3 0 6 0 38 1
2000 27 1 2 0 6 0 31 1
2001 15 0 0 0 4 0 19 0
2002 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Country Japan 289 4 22 0 65 0 376 4
Total 289 4 22 0 65 0 376 4

Club titles[edit]

Season Club Title
1993 Japan Verdy Kawasaki J. League
1994 Japan Verdy Kawasaki J. League

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jo IsijikaguaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Ko Ishikawa Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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