Atsushi Yanagisawa

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Atsushi Yanagisawa
Personal information
Full name Atsushi Yanagisawa
Date of birth (1977-05-27) May 27, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Imizu, Toyama, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Kashima Antlers 178 (71)
2003–2004 Sampdoria 15 (0)
2004–2006 Messina Peloro 29 (0)
2006–2007 Kashima Antlers 42 (9)
2008–2010 Kyoto Sanga FC 85 (21)
2011–2014 Vegalta Sendai 66 (7)
Total 415 (108)
National team
1997 Japan U-20 5 (4)
2000 Japan U-23 4 (1)
1998–2006 Japan 58 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Atsushi Yanagisawa (Japanese: 柳沢 敦?, Hepburn: Yanagisawa Atsushi, born May 27, 1977) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japanese national team. He played as a striker. He is best known for playing the majority of his career at Kashima Antlers, in addition to his spells with Italian side Sampdoria and Messina Peloro.

Yanagisawa earned 58 caps for the Japan national team, and represented them at two World Cups, the 2000 Olympics and the 2000 Asian Cup.[1]

Yanagisawa was widely berated in Japan for wasting Japan's best opportunity in a match with Croatia in the World Cup first round in 2006,[2] with his post-game explanation – "The ball came at me so quickly" (急にボールが来たので?, Kyū ni bōru ga kita no de) – earning its own abbreviation, "QBK," used as a byword for a lame excuse.[citation needed]

He married Yukari Obata, a Japanese fashion model, in December 2003.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

[4][5]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Total
1996 Kashima Antlers J1 League 8 5 1 0 6 1 15 6
1997 25 8 5 2 9 2 39 12
1998 32 22 1 0 5 0 38 22
1999 26 9 2 0 3 1 31 10
2000 26 6 3 1 3 0 32 7
2001 26 12 1 1 5 2 32 15
2002 27 7 5 1 3 0 35 8
2003 8 2 - - 8 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
2003-04 Sampdoria Serie A 15 0 3 0 - 18 0
2004-05 Messina Peloro Serie A 22 0 4 1 - 26 1
2005-06 7 0 0 0 - 7 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Total
2006 Kashima Antlers J1 League 23 4 2 1 3 1 28 6
2007 19 5 5 2 6 2 30 9
2008 Kyoto Sanga FC 32 14 2 0 6 1 40 15
2009 22 4 2 1 5 1 29 6
2010 31 3 2 0 5 3 38 6
2011 Vegalta Sendai 17 1 0 0 1 0 18 1
2012 16 2 2 0 4 0 22 2
2013 20 3 1 0 0 0 21 3
2014 13 1 1 1 0 0 14 2
Total Japan 371 108 35 10 64 14 470 132
Italy 44 0 7 1 - 51 1
Career total 415 108 36 11 64 14 521 133

National team statistics[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atsushi YanagisawaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Japan, Croatia match ends in goalless draw". dna. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Model Yukari Obata gives birth". Sankei Sports. Tokyograph. May 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ Vegalta Sendai on December 4, 2014 (Japanese)
  5. ^ J.League Data Site (Japanese)

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