Eiji Kawashima

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Eiji Kawashima
Eiji Kawashima 2018.jpg
Kawashima at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Eiji Kawashima
Date of birth (1983-03-20) March 20, 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Strasbourg Alsace
Youth career
1998–2000 Urawa Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Omiya Ardija 41 (0)
2004–2006 Nagoya Grampus Eight 17 (0)
2007–2010 Kawasaki Frontale 113 (0)
2010–2012 Lierse 53 (0)
2012–2015 Standard Liège 68 (0)
2015–2016 Dundee United 16 (0)
2016–2018 Metz 34 (0)
2018– Strasbourg Alsace 1 (0)
National team
2003 Japan U-20 5 (0)
2008–2019 Japan 91 (0)
Honours
Kawasaki Frontale
Runner-up J1 League 2008
Runner-up J1 League 2009
Runner-up J.League Cup 2007
Runner-up J.League Cup 2009
Representing  Japan
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 2011 Qatar
AFC U-20 Asian Cup
Silver medal – second place 2002 Qatar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2019/20 season

Eiji Kawashima (川島 永嗣, Kawashima Eiji, born March 20, 1983) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Kawashima was born in Saitama on March 20, 1983. After graduating from Urawa Higashi High School, he joined his local club Omiya Ardija in J2 League in 2001. He played many matches from 2003. In 2004, he moved to J1 League club Nagoya Grampus Eight. However he could not play many matches behind Seigo Narazaki who playing for the Japan national team. In 2007, he moved to Kawasaki Frontale. He became a first choice goalkeeper from first season. Kawasaki also won the 2nd place in the 2008 and 2009 J1 League. In summer 2010, he moved to Belgian Pro League club Lierse and played in 2 seasons. In 2012, he moved to Standard Liège. Although he played as first choice goalkeeper until 2014, he lost his position in 2015 and he left the club end of 2014/15 season. After half year blank, he signed with Scottish Premiership club Dundee United. However the club was relegated to Scottish Championship end of the 2015/16 season. In 2016, he moved to French Ligue 1 club Metz. In 2018, he moved to Strasbourg Alsace.

In 2003, Kawasahima was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2003 World Youth Championship and played all 5 matches. In February 2008, he was selected the Japan national team for 2008 East Asian Football Championship. At this tournament, he debuted against North Korea on February 17. However he could not play many matches behind Seigo Narazaki. In 2010, he was selected the Japan for 2010 World Cup. In May, he became a first choice goalkeeper instead Narazaki just before the 2010 World Cup. Kawashima played all 4 matches at the 2010 World Cup and Japan qualified to the knockout stage. After the 2010 World Cup, Narazaki retired from national team and Kawashima became a egular goalkeeper under new manager Alberto Zaccheroni. In 2011, he played at 2011 Asian Cup and won the champions. He also played at 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup. Although he lost his position behind Shusaku Nishikawa from 2015, Kawashima played many matches again from 2017. In 2018, he was selected the Japan for 2018 World Cup. He played all 4 matches and Japan qualified to the knockout stage. He also played at 2019 Copa América. He played 91 games for Japan until 2019.

Kawashima helped develop a program to improve the foreign language skills of Japanese athletes and coaches who play and coach internationally. He is fluent in English and Italian. He works to improve speaking and listening skills in Dutch, French and Portuguese skills.[1]

Statistics[change | change source]

[2][3]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2001 Omiya Ardija J2 League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2002 8 0 4 0 - - 12 0
2003 33 0 0 0 - - 33 0
2004 Nagoya Grampus Eight J1 League 4 0 0 0 8 0 - 12 0
2005 3 0 1 0 6 0 - 10 0
2006 10 0 0 0 4 0 - 14 0
2007 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 34 0 4 0 3 0 7 0 48 0
2008 34 0 1 0 1 0 - 36 0
2009 34 0 1 0 3 0 9 0 47 0
2010 11 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 17 0
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2010/11 Lierse Pro League 23 0 2 0 - - 25 0
2011/12 30 0 6 0 - - 36 0
2012/13 Standard Liège Pro League 30 0 0 0 - - 30 0
2013/14 27 0 1 0 - 9 0 37 0
2014/15 11 0 1 0 - 7 0 19 0
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2015/16 Dundee United Premiership 16 0 3 0 0 0 - 19 0
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2016/17 Metz Ligue 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 - 6 0
2017/18 29 0 1 0 0 0 - 30 0
2018/19 Strasbourg Alsace Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
2019/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2020/21
Country Japan 171 0 11 0 25 0 22 0 229 0
Belgium 141 0 10 0 - 16 0 167 0
Scotland 16 0 3 0 0 0 - 19 0
France 35 0 2 0 0 0 - 37 0
Total 363 0 26 0 25 0 22 0 436 0

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2008 1 0
2009 7 0
2010 8 0
2011 12 0
2012 11 0
2013 14 0
2014 11 0
2015 7 0
2016 1 0
2017 9 0
2018 7 0
2019 3 0
Total 91 0

References[change | change source]

  1. Nagatsuka, Kaz. "Language skills key for Kawashima," Japan Times June 17, 2012; excerpt, "Kawashima noted how vital it is to be able to communicate with teammates and coaches in their native languages... 'and that leads to maximizing your performance'"; retrieved 2012-8-29 (archived)
  2. Eiji Kawashima at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Eiji Kawashima at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  4. Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)

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