|Full name||Fuka Nagano|
|Date of birth||9 March 1999|
|Place of birth||Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|2018||Hyundai Steel Red Angels||21||(1)|
|2019–2020||Chifure AS Elfen Saitama||34||(1)|
|2022||North Carolina Courage||11||(2)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:18, 12 March 2023 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 04:08, 23 February 2023 (UTC)
Fuka Nagano (長野 風花, Nagano Fūka, born 9 March 1999) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Women's Super League club Liverpool and the Japan women's national team.
Nagano begun her senior career with Urawa Reds in 2014. She joined WK league club Hyundai Steel Red Angels in 2018. She then returned to Japan and play for Division 2 side Chifure AS Elfen Saitama before joining Mynavi Sendai for the inaugural WE League season. In 2022, she went overseas to join NWSL club North Carolina Courage during the midseason. At the end of the season, she left the club to join Liverpool in the Women's Super League.
Nagano had represented Japan at every youth level and had won both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with her country. In 2017, she was named Asian Young Footballer of the Year at the AFC Annual Awards. In 2018, she made her senior international debut for Japan in a friendly match. She has since represented Japan in the AFC Women's Asian Cup and the EAFF E-1 Football Championship.
In 2014, Nagano played for Urawa Reds in Japan's top-division Nadeshiko League and helped the team win a league championship.
Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
On 18 March 2018, Nagano signed a one-year contract with Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels. On 23 April, she made her debut in a 0–0 draw with Gyeongju KHNP. On 1 June, she scored her first goal in a 7–1 home victory against Changnyeong.
Chifure AS Elfen Saitama
In January 2019, Nagano left South Korea and returned to her native Japan to play for Division 2 club Chifure AS Elfen Saitama. She stated that her motivation to join was because of her great respect for the coach of the team, Hiroshi Yoshida.
In January 2021, Nagano joined Mynavi Sendai.
North Carolina Courage
In July 2022, Nagano confirmed she would be joining the North Carolina Courage of the NWSL. She scored her first goal for the Courage on 20 August in a 4-0 victory over Chicago Red Stars.
In January 2023, Nagano joined Liverpool FC. She was due to complete her debut on 22 January 2023 in a league match against Chelsea before the match was abandoned after 6 minutes of play.She made her official competitive debut in a 1-0 loss against West Ham United in the FA WSL Cup quarterfinals on 25 January 2023.
In 2016, Nagano competed at the All Japan Youth (U-15) Women's Championship. She was part of the under-16 team that won the 2013 AFC U-16 Women's Championship in China and of the under-17 team that won the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica. She captained Japan to the final of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan, where they were defeated by North Korea on penalty kicks, and won the Golden Ball award as the tournament's top scorer.
In June 2018, Nagano was called up to the senior team for the first time for a friendly match against New Zealand.
In August 2018, Nagano was part of Japan's victorious team in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France, turning in a player of the match performance in the semi-final, and scoring a goal in the final in a 3-1 win over Spain.
On 11 November 2018, Nagano debuted for senior team against Norway.
In 2022, now a regular in the Japan national team, she was part of the team that won the EAFF E-1 Football Championship in Japan.
- As of match played 12 March 2023
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Total|
|Urawa Reds||2014||Nadeshiko League||3||0||0||0||—||3||0|
|Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels||2018||WK League||21||1||—||—||21||1|
|Chifure AS Elfen Saitama||2019||Nadeshiko League Division 2||16||1||4||0||8||0||28||1|
|2020||Nadeshiko League Division 2||18||0||2||1||—||20||1|
|MyNavi Sendai||2021-22||WE League||20||0||1||0||—||21||0|
|North Carolina Courage||2022||NWSL||11||2||—||—||11||2|
- ^ Includes the Empress's Cup, Women's FA Cup
- ^ Includes the Nadeshiko League Cup, FA Women's League Cup
- As of match played 22 February 2023
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Nagano goal.
|1.||19 July 2022||Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan||South Korea||2–1||2–1||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
- Urawa Red Diamonds
- Nadeshiko League: 2014
- Empress's Cup runner-up: 2014
- Nadeshiko League Cup runner-up: 2017
Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
- FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
- Asian Young Footballer of the Year: 2016
- ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's WC France 2018 – List of Players: Japan" (PDF). FIFA. 24 August 2018. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
- ^ a b "長野風花 移籍のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- ^ a b "マイナビ仙台レディース 長野風花選手 完全移籍加入のお知らせ".
- ^ a b "Courage Sign Japanese Midfielder Fuka Nagano".
- ^ a b "Liverpool FC Women complete signing of Fuka Nagano". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 14 January 2023.
- ^ "Fuka Nagano receives AFC Youth Player of the Year award | AFC". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "Summary – Nadeshiko League 1 – Japan – Results, fixtures, tables and news – Women Soccerway". us.women.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "［なでしこリーグ］浦和レッズレディース、引き分けも優勝をほぼ手中に収める｜みんな＠サッカー". minasaka.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "アジア年間最優秀ユース選手に輝いた長野風花選手。未来へ羽ばたく次世代のヒロインが世界の舞台を経験して感じたこととは？ | ジュニアサッカーを応援しよう！". jr-soccer.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "Match Report: Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels 0–0 Gyeongju KHNP" (in Korean). WK League. 23 April 2018. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- ^ "Match Report: Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels 7–1 Changnyeong" (in Korean). WK League. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- ^ "North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars - 21 August 2022 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
- ^ "Chelsea game with Liverpool off after six minutes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
- ^ "Brynjarsdottir strike sends West Ham into last four". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
- ^ "MINAMI Moeka ＆ NAGANO Fuka: Hope they can take on challenges while enjoying – the 21st All Japan Youth (U-15) Women's Championship". Japan Football Association. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- ^ "Japan squad for Women's U-17 World Cup announced". Japan Football Association. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- ^ "Fuka Nagano, la veterana que busca el bicampeonato con Japón" (in Spanish). Telemundo Deportes. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- ^ "Nagano wants revenge as Japan and their captain pursue history together". Association Internationale de le Presse Sportive. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "Emotional Nagano talks pain, prizes and penalties". FIFA.com. FIFA. 22 October 2016. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "Nagano and Navarro Jordan 2016's golden girls | New Zealand Football". www.nzfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "Nagano: "Jamás soñé con el Balón de Oro"". FIFA.com (in European Spanish). FIFA. 22 October 2016. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- ^ "Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) squad, schedule - New Zealand tour (6/4-11)". Japan Football Association. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- ^ Japan Football Association (in Japanese)
- ^ "Japan secure men's and women's double at 2022 EAFF E-1 finals". 29 July 2022.
- ^ https://www.jfa.jp/eng/nadeshikojapan/member/nagano_fuka.html
- ^ "Fuka Nagano player profile". FIFA. Archived from the original on 12 October 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- ^ "AFC Youth Player of the Year (Women) 2016: Fuka Nagano". Asian Football Confederation. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- Fuka Nagano on Twitter
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- Fuka Nagano – FIFA competition record (archived)
- Fuka Nagano at Soccerway
- Japan Football Association
- Fuka Nagano at Urawa Red Diamonds
- Fuka Nagano at Mynavi Sendai Ladies
- Fuka Nagano at Liverpool FC Women
- 1999 births
- Living people
- University of Tsukuba alumni
- Association football people from Tokyo
- Japanese women's footballers
- Women's association football midfielders
- Japan women's international footballers
- Nadeshiko League players
- Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies players
- Chifure AS Elfen Saitama players
- Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies players
- Asian Young Footballer of the Year winners
- Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels WFC players
- North Carolina Courage players
- Liverpool F.C. Women players
- WK League players
- Japanese expatriate footballers
- Expatriate women's footballers in South Korea
- Japanese expatriate sportspeople in South Korea
- WE League players
- National Women's Soccer League players
- Japanese expatriate sportspeople in England