Kazuya Maekawa

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Kazuya Maekawa
前川 和也
Personal information
Full name Kazuya Maekawa
Date of birth (1968-03-22) March 22, 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Hirado, Nagasaki, Japan
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1983–1985 Hirado High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2000–2001 Oita Trinita 75 (0)
National team
1992–1996 Japan 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kazuya Maekawa (前川 和也, Maekawa Kazuya, born March 22, 1968) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. His son Daiya Maekawa is also footballer.

Club career[edit]

Maekawa was educated at and played for Hirado High School. After graduating in 1986, he joined Japan Soccer League side Mazda. When Japan's first-ever professional league J1 League started in 1993, Mazda was transformed to Sanfrecce Hiroshima for whom he continued to play. In April 1990, he went had a trial at Manchester United. He had been the first-choice GK for the club since 1989 although he was prone to injuries. He decided to have operation on his shoulder in 1998 and his place was filled in by Takashi Shimoda who kept the place after Maekawa came back. Maekawa was transferred to J2 League side Oita Trinita in 2000 before retiring from the game after the 2001 season.

National team career[edit]

Maekawa was capped 17 times for the Japanese national team from 1992 to 1996.[1] His first cap came on June 7, 1992 in a friendly against Wales in Ehime Matsuyama Athletic Stadium. He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 Asian Cup. He played 2 games after first-choice keeper Shigetatsu Matsunaga was shown a red card in the semi-final against China.

Coaching career[edit]

After finishing his playing career, he remained at Oita Trinita and worked in the areas of marketing, operations and developments until 2005. He is now a coach at Sanfrecce Tsuneishi Soccer School, one of the affiliated soccer schools of Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Club 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
1986/87 Mazda JSL Division 1 0 0 0 0
1987/88 0 0 0 0
1988/89 JSL Division 2
1989/90 30 0 2 0 32 0
1990/91 30 0 3 0 33 0
1991/92 JSL Division 1 20 0 2 0 22 0
1992 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J1 League 0 0 1 0 1 0
1993 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1994 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
1995 37 0 0 0 37 0
1996 25 0 5 0 14 0 44 0
1997 24 0 0 0 6 0 30 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
2000 Oita Trinita J2 League 37 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
2001 38 0 2 0 2 0 42 0
Total 283 0 12 0 32 0 327 0

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 3 0
1993 2 0
1994 2 0
1995 5 0
1996 5 0
Total 17 0

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

Japan

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