Ando with Duisburg in 2011
|Full name||Kozue Ando|
|Date of birth||July 9, 1982|
|Place of birth||Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|1998–2000||Utsunomiya Women's High School|
|2001||University of Tsukuba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2018|
Ando was born in Utsunomiya on July 9, 1982. In 2002, when she was a University of Tsukuba student, she left university club and joined Saitama Reinas FC (later Urawa Reds). In 2002 season, she scored 10 goals and she was selected Young Player Awards. She became top scorer and she was selected MVP awards in 2004 and 2009. She was also selected Best Eleven 6 times. From 2010, she played for German Bundesliga club Duisburg, Frankfurt and Essen. At Frankfurt, she won UEFA Women's Champions League in 2014–15 season. In June 2017, she returned to Japan and joined Urawa Reds.
National team career
In June 1999, when Ando was 16 years old, she was selected Japan national team for 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. At this competition, on June 26, she debuted against Norway. She played World Cup 4 times and Summer Olympics 3 times. She was a member of Japan, defeated the United States in a penalty shootout in the finals to win the 2011 World Cup. She was also part of the Japanese team which won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2nd position at 2015 World Cup. At 2015 World Cup, first match against Switzerland, she got penalty kick, but she fractured her left ankle at the moment. This match became her last match at Japan national team. She played 126 games and scored 19 goals for Japan until 2015.
- As of 12 May 2013
1Includes UEFA Champions League.
National team statistics
|Japan national team|
- Urawa Reds Ladies
- FCR 2001 Duisburg
- MVP: 2004, 2009
- Top Scorers: 2004, 2009
- Best Eleven (6): 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Best Young Player: 2002