Mizuho Sakaguchi

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Mizuho Sakaguchi
阪口 夢穂
Mizuho Sakaguchi in 2011.JPG
Sakaguchi playing in the 2011 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mizuho Sakaguchi
Date of birth (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nippon TV Beleza
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Speranza FC Takatsuki 21 (7)
2006–2008 Tasaki Perule FC 56 (15)
2009 FC Indiana 2 (1)
2010–2011 Albirex Niigata 28 (10)
2012– Nippon TV Beleza 114 (41)
Total 221 (74)
National team
2006– Japan 116 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 31, 2017

Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂, Sakaguchi Mizuho, born October 15, 1987) is a Japanese football player. She plays for Nippon TV Beleza. She also plays for the Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Sakaguchi was born in Sakai on October 15, 1987. In 2003, at the age of 15, she debuted in the L.League at Speranza FC Takatsuki. After graduating from high school, she joined Tasaki Perule FC in 2006. She was elected Best Eleven in 2007. However, the club was disbanded in 2008 due to financial strain. She went to the United States and joined USL W-League club FC Indiana in 2009. In 2010, she returned to Japan and joined Albirex Niigata. She was elected Best Eleven in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Nippon TV Beleza. She was elected MVP awards for 3 years in a row (2015-2017). She was also elected Best Eleven for 5 years in a row (2013-2017).

National team career[edit]

In July 2006, Sakaguchi was elected to be on the Japan national team for 2006 Asian Cup. At this competition, on July 19, she debuted and scored 2 goals against Vietnam.[1] She played in the 2011 World Cup which Japan won the championship, and 2015 World Cup which won 2nd position.[2] She was also part of the silver medal winning 2012 Summer Olympic team.[3] From June 2016, she was given the number 10 shirt for Japan by new manager Asako Takakura. She played 116 games and scored 28 goals for Japan.

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Speranza FC Takatsuki 2003 9 1 0 0 - 9 1
2004 12 6 0 0 - 12 6
Total 21 7 0 0 - 21 7
Tasaki Perule FC 2006 16 4 4 1 - 20 5
2007 20 7 4 0 0 0 24 7
2008 20 4 3 0 - 23 4
Total 56 15 11 1 0 0 67 16
FC Indiana 2009 12 0 - - 12 0
Total 12 0 - - 12 0
Albirex Niigata 2010 12 4 3 0 4 3 19 7
2011 16 6 4 1 - 20 7
Total 28 10 7 1 4 3 39 14
Nippon TV Beleza 2012
Total
Career total 107 32 18 2 4 3 129 37

National team statistics[edit]

[1][4]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 7 10
2007 5 3
2008 17 1
2009 0 0
2010 4 1
2011 14 1
2012 14 1
2013 7 1
2014 17 8
2015 12 2
2016 6 0
2017 13 0
Total 116 28

Honors[edit]

Teams
Champion: 2011
Runner-up: 2015
Gold Medal: 2010
Silver Medal 2006
Champion: 2008
Champion: 2007
Individual
Best Eleven: 2007, 2011, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Mizuho Sakaguchi FIFA
  3. ^ "Mizuho Sakaguchi Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  4. ^ List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)

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