Nobuyuki Kojima

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Nobuyuki Kojima
Personal information
Full name Nobuyuki Kojima
Date of birth (1966-01-17) January 17, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Maebashi, Japan
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1987 Doshisha University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1998 Fujita / Bellmare Hiratsuka 186 (0)
1999–2001 Avispa Fukuoka 68 (0)
2002–2005 Thespa Kusatsu 67 (0)
Total 321 (0)
National team
1995–1996 Japan 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nobuyuki Kojima (小島 伸幸, born January 17, 1966 in Maebashi, Gunma) is a retired Japanese football goalkeeper. He played for several J-League clubs, including Bellmare Hiratsuka, Avispa Fukuoka and Thespa Kusatsu. He played for the Japan national football team (4 matches) and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Career[edit]

He started playing football when he was in the 5th grade and was converted to a goalkeeper at high school. After graduating from Doshisha University in 1988, Kojima joined Fujita Industries F.C. (current Shonan Bellmare) playing in the Japan Soccer League division 1. He became a regular starting member of the team in 1994. He had been playing for the club as an employee of Fujita Industries but turned professional in January 1995.

His international debut came on June 6, 1995 against Brazil in the Umbro Cup. He was in the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup as the third GK but did not play any game in the tournament.

At the end of 1998, Bellmare released their main players including Kojima as well as Wagner Lopes, Hong Myung-Bo, Kazuaki Tasaka and Yoshihiro Natsuka due to their financial problems. Kojima moved to Avispa Fukuoka. He further moved to Thespa Kusatsu in 2002 that played in the Gunma Prefectural League division 2. As a player - assistant coach, he was instrumental in the team's promotion to the Japan Football League, then J. League division 2. His last competitive game was against Consadole Sapporo on December 3, 2005 and he announced his retirement from the game in January 2006.

He is currently an advisor for Kusatsu. He also serves as a pundit for NHK. (as of February 2010)

National team[edit]

Club career 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
1988/89 Fujita Industries JSL Division 1 5 0 5 0
1989/90 7 0 0 0 7 0
1990/91 JSL Division 2 2 0 1 0 3 0
1991/92 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 Football League 0 0 - 0 0
1993 0 0 0 0
1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka J. League 1 41 0 5 0 1 0 47 0
1995 47 0 2 0 - 49 0
1996 29 0 3 0 15 0 47 0
1997 21 0 3 0 0 0 24 0
1998 34 0 34 0
1999 Avispa Fukuoka J. League 1 29 0 2 0 3 0 34 0
2000 30 0 1 0 2 0 33 0
2001 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
2002 Thespa Kusatsu Prefectural Leagues 6 0 3 0 - 9 0
2003 Regional Leagues 12 0 2 0 - 14 0
2004 Football League 26 0 5 0 - 31 0
2005 J. League 2 23 0 1 0 - 24 0
Country Japan 320 0 27 0 23 0 370 0
Total 320 0 27 0 23 0 370 0

International career statistics[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 3 0
1996 1 0
Total 4 0

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