Atsushi Yanagisawa

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Atsushi Yanagisawa
柳沢 敦
Personal information
Full name Atsushi Yanagisawa
Date of birth (1977-05-27) May 27, 1977 (age 41)
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 (柳沢 敦, Yanagisawa Atsushi, born May 27, 1977) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

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]

Club career[edit]

Yanagisawa was born in Imizu on May 27, 1977. After graduating from high school, he joined Kashima Antlers in 1996. He debuted in May 1996. In 1997, he became a regular player and was elected Rookie of the Year awards. In 1990s, the club won the champions at 1996, 1998 J1 League, 1997 J.League Cup and 1997 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, the club won 3rd place at 1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. In 2000, the club won all three major title in Japan; J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. In 2001, the club won J1 League for 2 years in a row and he was elected Japanese Footballer of the Year awards. In 2002, the club won J.League Cup.

In June 2003, Yanagisawa moved to Italian Serie A club Sampdoria. He moved to Messina Peloro in 2004. However he resigned in February 2006.

In March 2006, Yanagisawa returned to Kashima Antlers. In 2007, the club won J1 League and Emperor's Cup. However his opportunity to play decreased behind young player Yuzo Tashiro and Shinzo Koroki. He moved to Kyoto Sanga FC in 2008. He scored 14 goals which is top score in Japanese player in the league. However he could not scored many goals from 2009. He moved to Vegalta Sendai in 2011. In March 2011, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami occurred in wide area including Sendai. Although he did not play many matches, the club won the 4th place in 2011 and 2nd place in 2012. He retired end of 2014 season.

National team career[edit]

In June 1997, Yanagisawa was elected Japan U-20 national team for 1997 World Youth Championship. At this competition, he wore the number 10 shirt for Japan and played all 5 matches and scored 4 goals.

On February 15, 1998, Yanagisawa debuted for Japan national team against Australia. From 1999, he was elected Japan well by manager Philippe Troussier.

In September 2000, he also was elected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics. He played in all 4 matches and scored a goal against United States in Quarterfinal.

In October, he also played at 2000 Asian Cup and Japan won the champions. In 2002, he was elected Japan for 2002 World Cup. He played as forward with club team mate Takayuki Suzuki in 3 games. He also played at 2005 Confederations Cup and 2006 World Cup. He played 58 games and scored 17 goals for Japan until 2006.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

[3][4]

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 0 0 0 0 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]

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Honors and awards[edit]

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