Yukari Kinga

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Yukari Kinga
近賀 ゆかり
Yukari Kinga in 2011.JPG
Kinga playing for Japan in 2011
Personal information
Full name Yukari Kinga
Date of birth (1984-05-02) May 2, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Nippon TV Beleza 146 (30)
2011–2013 INAC Kobe Leonessa 42 (3)
2014 Arsenal 12 (0)
2015–2016 INAC Kobe Leonessa 36 (3)
2016–2017 Canberra United 13 (3)
2017– Melbourne City 14 (2)
Total 263 (41)
National team
2002 Japan U-20 4 (0)
2005–2016 Japan 100 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 21, 2018

Yukari Kinga (近賀 ゆかり, Kinga Yukari, born May 2, 1984) is a Japanese football player. She is currently playing as a defender for Australian club Melbourne City. She played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

In Japan until 2013[edit]

Kinga was born in Yokohama on May 2, 1984. After graduating from high school, she joined Nippon TV Beleza in 2003. She was playing as attacking midfielder and right-winger. In 2003 season, she was elected Best Young Player awards. From 2007, she was converted to right-sideback. The club won L.League championship 5 times. In 2011, she moved to INAC Kobe Leonessa with international player Homare Sawa, Shinobu Ohno and Chiaki Minamiyama for due to financial strain at the club. At INAC Kobe Leonessa, the club won L.League championship for 3 years in a row (2011-2013). She was elected Best Eleven for 6 years in a row (2007-2012).

From 2014[edit]

In January 2014, INAC's general manager revealed that Kinga had agreed to join English FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies[1] and in February she officially signed the contract.[2] At Arsenal Kinga helped propel the club to reach the final of the 2014 FA Women's Cup which they won in a 2–0 margin over Everton.[3]

She re-signed with INAC Kobe in early 2015.[4] In 2016, she began playing in the Australian W-League for Canberra United.[5] In October 2017, Kinga joined defending champions Melbourne City.[6]

National team career[edit]

In August 2002, Kinga was elected Japan U-20 national team for 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.[7] On March 29, 2005, she debuted for Japan national team against Australia.[8] She was playing as attacking midfielder and right-winger. From 2007, she was converted to right-sideback by manager Hiroshi Ohashi and she became regular player. Japan won the championship in 2011 World Cup, 2nd position in 2015 World Cup and silver medal in 2012 Summer Olympics. She played 100 games and scored 5 goals for Japan until 2016.

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nippon TV Beleza 2003 20 6 4 4 - 24 10
2004 14 7 4 1 - 18 8
2005 18 6 5 2 - 23 8
2006 14 2 3 3 - 17 5
2007 21 3 4 0 2 1 27 4
2008 20 0 4 1 - 24 1
2009 21 3 4 0 - 25 3
2010 18 3 1 0 6 1 25 4
Total 146 30 29 11 8 2 183 43
INAC Kobe Leonessa 2011 16 1 4 0 - 20 1
2012 18 2 3 0 5 0 24 2
2013 8 0 4 2 5 0 17 2
Total 42 3 11 2 10 0 61 5
Career total 188 33 40 13 18 2 244 48

National team statistics[edit]

[8][9]

Honors[edit]

International career[edit]

Japan

Club[edit]

Nippon TV Beleza[12][13]
INAC Kobe[12][13]
Nippon TV Beleza[12][13]
INAC Kobe[12][13]
Nippon TV Beleza[13]
INAC Kobe[13]
Arsenal[3]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team". The Japan Times. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Club signs Yukari Kinga and Shinobu Ohno". arsenal.com. Arsenal L.F.C. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Women's FA Cup final: Arsenal beat Everton to retain trophy". BBC.com.
  4. ^ "Kinga and Ohno return to INAC Kobe". shekicks.net. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ Dutton, Chris (5 October 2016). "Canberra United Japan soccer great Yukari Kinga to boost W-League title hopes". The Canberra Times.
  6. ^ Davutovic, David (25 October 2017). "Melbourne City caps off W-League signing spree with international duo Alanna Kennedy and Yukari Kinga". Herald Sun.
  7. ^ FIFA
  8. ^ a b Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
  9. ^ List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)
  10. ^ a b "Y. KINGA". Soccerway.com.
  11. ^ "Yukari Kinga". Eurosport.com.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Canberra United Japan soccer great Yukari Kinga to boost W-League title hopes". Canberra Times.com.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Canberra United secure Japanese international". W-League.com.au.

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