Tsuyoshi Kitazawa

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Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
北澤 豪
Kitazawa Tsuyoshi from "Goal! Goal! Goal! -The Best of Football Films-" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 (45618869921).jpg
Personal information
Full name Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
Date of birth (1968-08-10) August 10, 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Machida, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Honda 51 (14)
1991–2002 Tokyo Verdy 265 (41)
Total 316 (55)
National team
1989 Japan Futsal
1991–1999 Japan 58 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tsuyoshi Kitazawa (北澤 豪, Kitazawa Tsuyoshi, born August 10, 1968) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He is currently working on television as a football commentator.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

When Kitazawa was a junior high student, he played for Yomiuri Junior Youth. After being rejected by the club to advance to the club's Youth team, he entered Shutoku High School and played for the school club. After graduating, he joined Japan Soccer League side Honda in 1987. He was the top scorer of the league in the 1990–91 season.

He moved to Yomiuri (later Verdy Kawasaki, now Tokyo Verdy) in 1991. Kitazawa, together with his teammates Kazuyoshi Miura, Ruy Ramos, Nobuhiro Takeda, Tetsuji Hashiratani and Bismarck made in the early 1990's the golden era of Verdy who won the J1 League championship (1993 and 1994) and J.League Cup (1992, 1993, and 1994). He finished his playing career as a Verdy player in 2002.

National team[edit]

Kitazawa was capped 58 times and scored 3 goals for the Japanese national team between 1991 and 1999.[1] He made his international debut on 2 June 1991 in a friendly against Thailand in Yamagata Park Stadium, under national coach Kenzo Yokoyama. He was a member of the Japan team for the 1992 Asian Cup that Japan won. He scored his first international goal on 6 November 1992 in the semifinal against China at Hiroshima Stadium.

He took part in Japan's unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. He was a member of the Asian final qualification stage that was held centrally in Qatar and played two games. He was on the bench when the Iraqi's injury-time equaliser dashed Japan's qualification hope in the last qualifier, in the match that the Japanese fans now remember as the Agony of Doha.

Kitazawa was short-listed for the 1998 World Cup, but national coach Takeshi Okada dropped him along with Kazuyoshi Miura and Daisuke Ichikawa at the final training camp in Nyon, Switzerland.

Futsal[edit]

Kitazawa represented Japan national futsal team in the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship finals hosted by the Netherlands.[2]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1987/88 Honda JSL Division 1 0 0 0 0
1988/89 7 0 7 0
1989/90 22 4 0 0 22 4
1990/91 22 10 1 0 23 10
1991/92 Yomiuri JSL Division 1 20 2 5 0 4 1 29 3
1992 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League - 2 2 11 1 13 3
1993 35 6 3 2 1 1 39 9
1994 40 9 2 1 3 1 45 11
1995 40 11 3 0 - 43 11
1996 28 4 5 2 15 5 48 11
1997 29 1 2 0 0 0 31 1
1998 34 5 3 0 0 0 37 5
1999 28 4 3 2 3 1 34 7
2000 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2001 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2002 4 1 0 0 2 0 6 1
Country Japan 336 57 28 9 41 10 405 76
Total 336 57 28 9 41 10 405 76

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 2 0
1992 11 1
1993 4 0
1994 7 1
1995 14 1
1996 5 0
1997 11 0
1998 3 0
1999 1 0
Total 58 3

Honours[edit]

Japan national team

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "KITAZAWA Tsuyoshi - Japan National Football Team Database". Japan National Football Team Database. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Tsuyoshi KITAZAWA". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2018.

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