Nozomi Kimura

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Nozomi Kimura
Personal information
Full name Nozomi Seijiro Kimura Heredia
Date of birth (1997-01-23) 23 January 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 27
Youth career
Santiago Morning
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Santiago Morning 78 (3)
2017O'Higgins (loan) 11 (0)
2019– Cobreloa 13 (0)
National team
2017– Chile U-20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2019

Nozomi Seijiro Kimura Heredia (Japanese: 木村 のぞみ Kimura Nozomi, born 23 January 1997) is a Chilean Japanese[1] footballer who currently plays for Cobreloa as centre back.

Club career[edit]

In 2014, aged 17, he was promoted to Santiago Morning’s first-adult team. Since that year he has played as starter during three years at the Primera B (second-tier).[2]

International career[edit]

In 2017, he was called up to under-20 national team by coach Héctor Robles to face the South American Youth Championship at Ecuador.[1] He made his debut one day after his 20th birthday, on 24 January, against Paraguay.

Personal life[edit]

His paternal great grandfather Seijiro was the first of his family in came from Japan, arriving the first time to Talcahuano and then definitely settling at Santiago where was born Nozomi’s grandfather José Guillermo and his father José Luis.[2][3]

On November 2016, Kimura starred in Somos Chile (We are Chile), a web series created by the ANFP which reflects the process of multiculturalism that Chile has been going through that decade, in hopes to combat forms of discrimination such as racism and xenophobia.[4] In the series, Kimura revealed that he was sometimes bullied by his teammates due to his asian origins.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Un chileno-japonés es la gran sorpresa de la nómina sub 20 de la selección chilena" [A Chilean-Japanese is the great surprise in the Chile U20 nominee]. Radio Agricultura. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kimura, el chileno-japonés que lucha por un lugar en la Sub 20" [Kimura, the Chilean-Japanese which fight for a place in the U20 team]. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ "[VIDEO] Nozomi Kimura: El "Samurai" que espera brillar con la selección chilena Sub 20" [[VIDEO] Nozomi Kimura: The "Samurai" which hopes to shine with the Chilean Under 20 team]. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ "#SomosChile, la web series de la ANFP para luchar contra la discriminación" [#SomosChile, the ANFP web series to fight against discrimination.]. ANFP (in Spanish). 11 November 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ "CAP 2 #SomosChile: Nozomi Kimura" (video). Facebook (in Spanish). Santiago: Selección Chilena. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2017. I don't know if I actually felt discriminated, but yes; in some hard jokes or nicknames... there was a little... as you say, they discriminate you sometimes because of the name, the skin color or where I come from.

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