Mana Iwabuchi

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Mana Iwabuchi
Personal information
Full name Mana Iwabuchi
Date of birth (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Height 155 cm (5 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hoffenheim
Number 13
Youth career
2005-2007 NTV Menina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007-2012 NTV Beleza 64 (30)
2013-2014 Hoffenheim 9 (4)
2014- Bayern Munich
National team
2007 Japan U-16 4 (1)
2008 Japan U-17 3 (2)
2009 Japan U-19 4 (4)
2010 Japan U-20 3 (2)
2010- Japan 22 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 March 2014

Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈 Iwabuchi Mana?, also いわぶち まな; born March 18, 1993) is a female football player from Japan. She currently plays for NTV Beleza and its youth team, NTV Menina, and the Japan women's national football team.

Career[edit]

Iwabuchi started playing soccer at Sekimae S.C. in her second year of elementary school. She was encouraged by her brother Ryota, who played soccer on the FC Tokyo junior youth team and currently plays for the Meiji University soccer club. She joined NTV Menina in 2005, and has been a member of NTV Beleza since 2007.[2]

Iwabuchi began her international career in 2008 when she was selected onto Japan's Under-17 national football team at the age of 15, and participated in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. The team was defeated in the quarterfinals but she was awarded the tournament's MVP (adidas Golden Ball).[3] A French team coach hailed her as a "future star of women's football."[4] Iwabuchi was also awarded the Asian Young Footballer of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation in 2008. She joined the Japan national team for the East Asian Football Championship, held in early 2010, and debuted in the game against PRC national team. She scored her first goal against the Chinese Taipei national team in the same competition.

On 28 November 2012, It was announced that Iwabuchi would be transferred to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 May 2013
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NTV Menina 2006 - 3 0 - 3 0
2007 - 3 4 - 3 4
Total - 6 4 - 6 4
NTV Beleza 2007 1 0 - 5 3 6 3
2008 7 3 4 2 - 11 5
2009 17 5 3 3 - 20 8
2010 18 8 1 0 5 2 24 10
2011 13 9 3 1 - 16 10
2012 8 5 0 0 8 5
Total 64 30 11 6 10 5 85 41
Hoffenheim 2012–13 9 4 0 0 - 9 4
2013–14 -
Total 9 4 0 0 - 9 4
Career Total 73 34 17 10 10 5 100 49

International[edit]

As of 7 March 2014

Honors and awards[edit]

Teams[edit]

Japan women's national football team
Champion (1): 2011
Champion (1): 2010
Champion (1): 2009
NTV Beleza
Champions (3): 2007, 2008, 2010
Champions (2): 2008, 2009
Champions (3): 2007, 2010, 2012

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ The L. League has a system where youth team players can join the top team without removing registration on the youth team). Iwabuchi is still the member of NTV Menina (as of March 2010), though she no longer plays for it.
  3. ^ Perfect tens strike gold, FIFA.com
  4. ^ Japan's Mana from heaven, FIFA.com
  5. ^ 日テレ・ベレーザ岩渕真奈選手移籍のお知らせ Retrieved 28 November 2012.

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