Nahomi Kawasumi

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Nahomi Kawasumi
Nahomi Kawasumi in 2011.JPG
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Yamato, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Reign FC
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2003 Yamato Sylphide
2004–2007 Nippon Sport Science University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– INAC Kobe Leonessa 112 (53)
2014– Seattle Reign FC (loan) 20 (9)
National team
2008– Japan 77 (19)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:31, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Nahomi Kawasumi (川澄 奈穂美 Kawasumi Nahomi?, born 23 September 1985) is a Japanese footballer who won gold at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and silver at the 2012 London Olympics. She is currently playing as a winger for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League on loan from L. League club INAC Kobe Leonessa. During the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, she scored two goals—including a lob at 35 yards away against Sweden during the semifinals—helping Japan eventually win the tournament.

Early life[edit]

Kawasumi was raised in Kanagawa Prefecture about 40 minutes south of Tokyo where she began playing soccer as a youth following the lead of her older sister.[2] She played for the Rinkan Lemons while in elementary school along with future Japanese national team defender Megumi Kamionobe.[2] Kawasumi and Kamionobe scored approximately 70% of the team's goals.[2] Kawasumi attended Nippon Sport Science University.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

INAC Kobe Leonessa, 2008–present[edit]

Kawasumi signed with INAC Kobe Leonessa in 2008.[3] In 2011, she was named the league's most valuable player after captaining INAC to its first league championship title.[3] The team finished the 2011 season with a 12-3-0 record and 39 points.[4]

During the 2013 season, Kawasumi was named the league's most valuable player for a second time. Her twelve goals were second only to her teammate Beverly Goebel.[5] She was also named to the league's Best Eleven team for the fourth year in a row.[6] INAC finished first in the league with a 16-0-2 record securing their third championship in three consecutive years.[7] Their 48 points were 10 more than second place team NTV Beleza.

During the 2013 International Women's Club Championship, Kawasumi scored INAC's second goal during their 3-0 semi-final win against Chilean team, Colo-Colo Femenino.[8] INAC Kobe won the tournament with a 4-2 win over Chelsea L.F.C. in the final.[9][10]

Seattle Reign FC, 2014[edit]

In February 2014, Kawasumi signed with Seattle Reign FC for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season.[11] After scoring two goals including the game-winning goal against the Boston Breakers to lift Seattle to a 3-2 win on 6 July 2014, Kawasumi was named NWSL Player of the Week.[12] A few weeks later during a match against the 2013 champions Portland Thorns FC, Kawasumi scored two goals and served an assist to help the Reign win 5-0.[13] She was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week for the second time during week 16 of the season.[14][15]

International[edit]

Kawasumi (right) during the 2012 Summer Olympics gold medal match against the United States.

Kawasumi began playing for the Japan women's national soccer team, also known as Nadeshiko Japan, in 2008. She scored her first international goal against Finland at the 2011 Algarve Cup.[16]

2011 Women's World Cup[edit]

During the semi-final match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup against Sweden, Kawasumi scored two goals helping Japan win 3-1 and advance to the final against the United States.[17][18][19] Kawasumi was in the starting line-up for the first time during the game and scored the equalizer in the 18th minute and the game-winning goal in the 64th.[20] Japan eventually defeated the United States in penalty kicks to clinch the gold medal.[21][22][23]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Kawasumi was named to Japan's roster for the 2012 London Olympics and scored her first goal of the tournament during the team' first group stage match against Canada. Japan defeated Canada 2–1.[24] Japan finished second in their group after tying both Sweden women's national football team and South Africa 0-0.[24] After defeating Brazil 2–0 in the quarter-finals, Japan faced France in the semi-finals and won 2–1 advancing to the final.[25] The team was defeated 2–1 by the United States in the final earning Japan a silver medal at the tournament.[26] Kawasumi finished the tournament having played in every match for Japan and scoring one goal.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 August 2014
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
INAC Kobe Leonessa 2008 21 3 4 2 - 25 5
2009 21 10 3 0 - 24 10
2010 18 8 4 2 5 2 27 12
2011 16 12 4 2 - 20 14
2012 18 8 4 1 5 2 27 11
2013 18 12 4 2 10 5 32 19
Total 112 53 23 9 20 9 155 71
Seattle Reign FC 2014 18 9 - - - - 18 9
Total 18 9 - - - - 18 9
Career total 130 62 23 9 20 9 173 80

International[edit]

As of 5 July 2015

Honors[edit]

Japan national team
Champion: 2011
Runner-Up: 2015
Silver Medal: 2012
Gold Medal: 2010
Bronze Medal: 2005
INAC Kobe Leonessa
Champion: 2011, 2012, 2013
Champion: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Nadeshiko.League Cup (1)
Champion: 2013
Champion: 2013
Individual
MVP: 2011, 2013
Top Scorers (1): 2011
Best XI: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Player of the Week: Week 13, Week 16 (2014 season)
Best XI: 2014

Personal life[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Kawasumi has appeared in commercials for CalorieMate,[28] Toyota,[29] and skin care line Acnelogy.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Shimizu, Toshiyuki (14 July 2012). "Friendly rivalry kept Kawasumi working hard". Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Yoshida, Junya (1 December 2011). "Kawasumi’s fairy-tale season continues". The Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "INAC Kobe seals 1st Nadeshiko League title". The Asahi Shimbun. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Mayers, Joshua (10 February 2014). "Reign FC signs Japanese midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi on loan for 2014 season". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Reign signs Japanese league MVP Kawasumi". Soccer America. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Griffiths, Lowri (15 October 2013). "INAC Kobe Secure 2013 L-League Championship". Pitchside Report. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Kassouf, Jeff. "Chelsea, INAC Kobe advance to Mobcast Cup final". The Equalizer. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (8 December 2013). "INAC Kobe Leonessa win 2013 Mobcast Cup". The Equalizer. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Bond, Steve (8 December 2013). "Chelsea Ladies lose to Inac Kobe Leonessa despite defiant late rally". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Reign Announce Addition of Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi". Sounder at Heart. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "NAHOMI KAWASUMI VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK". National Women's Soccer League. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Scoby, Ashley (27 July 2014). "With Nahomi Kawasumi leading the way, Seattle Reign blows away Portland 5-0". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Collins, Antonietta. "NWSL Player Of The Week: Naho Kawasumi". ESPN. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "NAHOMI KAWASUMI VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK". National Women's Soccer League. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan finish third in Algarve Cup". Japan Football Association. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Kawasumi double puts Japan in Women's World Cup final". The Independent. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "JAPAN RIDES TWO GOALS FROM KAWASUMI TO WORLD CUP FINAL". TSN. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  19. ^ Gerstner, Joanne C. "FOR JAPAN, AN EMOTIONAL VICTORY OVER SWEDEN". ESPN. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "I put pressure on myself, says goal hero Kawasumi". Japan Football Association. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Parker, Graham (9 August 2012). "Olympic women's soccer 2012 – USA 2-1 Japan - as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Gregory, Sean (17 July 2011). "Japan Beats U.S. in Thrilling Women’s World Cup Final". Time Magazine. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Gottlieb, Benjamin (17 July 2011). "Women's soccer a "beautiful flower" for post-disaster Japan". CNN. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "London 2012 Women's Football". Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Japan beats France to reach final". ESPN. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Gold Medal Game". The New York Times. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "Nahomi Kawasumi". FIFA. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "30s Naomi Kawasumi CM Calorie Mate". CalorieMate. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "INAC Kobe - Toyota Vitz Commercial". Toyota. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "Nahomi Kawasumi commercials". Acnelogy. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 

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