Kazushi Kimura

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Kazushi Kimura
Personal information
Full name Kazushi Kimura
Date of birth (1958-07-19) July 19, 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1976 Hiroshima Technical High School
1977–1980 Meiji University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1994 Yokohama Marinos 233 (51)
Total 233 (51)
National team
1979–1986 Japan 54 (26)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Yokohama F. Marinos
Honours
Yokohama Marinos
Winner Japan Soccer League 1988/89
Winner Japan Soccer League 1989/90
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1983
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1984
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1990/91
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1991/92
Winner JSL Cup 1988
Winner JSL Cup 1989
Winner JSL Cup 1990
Runner-up JSL Cup 1983
Runner-up JSL Cup 1985
Runner-up JSL Cup 1986
Winner Emperor's Cup 1983
Winner Emperor's Cup 1985
Winner Emperor's Cup 1988
Winner Emperor's Cup 1989
Winner Emperor's Cup 1991
Winner Emperor's Cup 1992
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1990
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kazushi Kimura (木村 和司, Kimura Kazushi, born July 19, 1958) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Kimura was born in Hiroshima on July 19, 1958. After graduating from Meiji University, he joined Nissan Motors (later Yokohama Marinos) in 1981. From 1982, he wore the number 10 shirt. He was selected "Japanese Footballer of the Year" awards in 1983 and 1984. The club also won 1983 and 1985 Emperor's Cup. From 1988 to 1990, the club won all three major title in Japan; Japan Soccer League, JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup for 2 years in a row. He was also selected "Japanese Footballer of the Year" awards again 1989. In 1990s, the club won 1990 JSL Cup, 1991 and 1992 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, the club won 1991–92 and 1992–93 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. He was a central player in golden era in club history. He retired in 1994. He played 251 games and scored 51 goals in the league. He was selected "Japanese Footballer of the Year awards" 3 times and Best Eleven 5 times.

On May 31, 1979, when Kimura was a Meiji University student, he debuted for the Japan national team against Indonesia. He played at 1980 Summer Olympics qualification and 1982 World Cup qualification. From 1982, he played in all matches of Japan national team included 1982, 1986 Asian Games, 1984 Summer Olympics qualification and 1986 World Cup qualification. In 1985, he scored goals in six consecutive games. This is a record of continuous score in Japan national team. He played 54 games and scored 26 goals for Japan until 1986.

Kimura became a manager for Yokohama F. Marinos in 2010. In 2011, although the club compete for the champions till half way, the club stalled in the late stages and finished at the 5th place. He was sacked end of 2011 season.

In 2020, Kimura was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1981 Nissan Motors JSL Division 2 18 6 2 0 2 2 22 8
1982 JSL Division 1 18 0 2 2 0 0 20 2
1983 18 5 5 2 4 6 27 13
1984 17 8 4 2 0 0 21 10
1985/86 21 6 4 3 4 3 29 12
1986/87 20 2 4 1 5 1 29 4
1987/88 14 1 3 1 1 0 18 2
1988/89 22 8 5 1 5 4 32 13
1989/90 22 8 5 0 4 1 31 5
1990/91 10 3 4 2 4 2 18 7
1991/92 22 3 5 1 3 1 30 5
1992 Yokohama Marinos J1 League - 5 3 9 0 14 3
1993 21 1 1 0 2 0 24 1
1994 10 0 4 1 3 0 17 1
Country Japan 251 51 53 22 46 20 350 93
Total 251 51 53 22 46 20 350 93

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1979 3 0
1980 9 4
1981 1 0
1982 8 1
1983 10 8
1984 7 4
1985 10 7
1986 6 2
Total 54 26

References[change | change source]

  1. Kazushi Kimura at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Kazushi Kimura at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Japan National Football Team Database

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