Ando at the 2011 World Cup
|Full name||Kozue Ando|
|Date of birth||July 9, 1982|
|Place of birth||Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|1998–2000||Utsunomiya Women's High School|
|2001||University of Tsukuba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season|
Biography[change | change source]
Ando was born in Utsunomiya on 9 July 1982. In 2002, when she was a University of Tsukuba student, she left university club and joined Saitama Reinas FC (later Urawa Reds). In 2002 season, she scored 10 goals and she was selected Young Player awards. She became top scorer and she was selected MVP awards in 2004 and 2009. She was also selected Best Eleven 6 times. From 2010, she played for German Bundesliga club Duisburg, Frankfurt and Essen. At Frankfurt, she won UEFA Champions League in 2014–15 season. In June 2017, she returned to Japan and joined Urawa Reds.
In June 1999, when Ando was 16 years old, she was selected for the Japan national team for the 1999 World Cup. At this competition, on 26 June, she debuted against Norway. She played in the World Cup four times and in the Summer Olympics three times. She was a member of the team that defeated the United States in a penalty shootout in the final to win the 2011 World Cup; Ando started the final. She was also part of the Japanese team which won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and second place at the 2015 World Cup. At the 2015 World Cup, in the first match against Switzerland, she got a penalty kick, but she fractured her left ankle at that moment. This match was her last as part of the Japan national team. She played 126 games and scored 19 goals for Japan by 2015.
Statistics[change | change source]
|Japan national team|