|Date of birth||
April 12, 1967|
|Place of birth||
Tono, Iwate, Japan|
1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
→Kawasaki Frontale (loan)||
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Shinkichi Kikuchi (菊池 新吉 Kikuchi Shinkichi, born April 12, 1967) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. His younger brother Toshimi is also a former footballer.
Kikuchi was born in Tono on April 12, 1967. After graduating from high school, he joined Japan Soccer League club Yomiuri (later Verdy Kawasaki, Tokyo Verdy) in 1986. The club won league champions 3 times, JSL Cup 1 time and Emperor's Cup 2 times. In Asia, the club also won 1987 Asian Club Championship. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and founded new league J1 League. The club won the league champions in 1993 and 1994. The club also won 1992, 1993, 1994 J.League Cup and 1996 Emperor's Cup. He was a central player in golden era in both clubs history. In 1999, he lost opportunity to play behind Kenji Honnami. In 2000, Kikuchi moved to Kawasaki Frontale on loan. In 2001, he returned to Tokyo Verdy and retired with his rival Honnami end of the season.
National team career
On September 27, 1994, Kikuchi debuted for Japan national team against Australia. In October, he played all matches at 1994 Asian Games. He was also elected Japan for 1995 King Fahd Cup. But he did not play in the match, as he was the team's reserve goalkeeper behind Shigetatsu Matsunaga. He played 7 games for Japan until 1995.
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