Mana Iwabuchi

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Mana Iwabuchi
Mana Iwabuchi FIFA Women's World Cup Canada June 12th, 2015.jpg
Iwabuchi at the 2015 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mana Iwabuchi
Date of birth (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1+12 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa WFC
Youth career
2005–2007 Nippon TV Beleza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Nippon TV Beleza 64 (30)
2012–2014 Hoffenheim 30 (10)
2014–2017 Bayern Munich 24 (5)
2017–2020 INAC Kobe Leonessa 47 (11)
2021– Aston Villa WFC
National team
2008 Japan U-17 3 (2)
2010 Japan U-20 3 (2)
2010– Japan 72 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 31, 2020

Mana Iwabuchi (岩渕 真奈, Iwabuchi Mana, born March 18, 1993) is a Japanese football player. She plays for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Iwabuchi began her international career in 2008 when she was selected onto the Japan U-17 national team at the age of 15, and participated in the 2008 U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. The team was defeated in the quarterfinals but she was awarded the tournament's MVP (adidas Golden Ball).[1] A French team coach hailed her as a "future star of women's football."[2] Iwabuchi was also awarded the "Asian Young Footballer of the Year" by the Asian Football Confederation in 2008. She joined the Japan national team for the EAFF Championship, held in early 2010, and debuted in the game against China. She scored her first goal against the Chinese Taipei in the same competition. In 2011, she played at the 2011 World Cup and Japan won the championship. She played as a substitute in the final against United States.[3] She also played 2012 Summer Olympics and 2015 World Cup. Japan won the 2nd place at both tournaments.[4] In 2018, at 2018 Asian Cup, she played full-time in all matches and scored 2 goals. Japan won the championship and she was selected MVP awards.[5]

Statistics[change | change source]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nippon TV Beleza 2007 1 0 - 5 3 6 3
2008 7 3 4 2 - 11 5
2009 17 5 3 3 - 20 8
2010 18 8 1 0 5 2 24 10
2011 13 9 3 1 - 16 10
Career Total 56 25 17 10 10 5 83 40

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Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 3 2
2011 8 0
2012 4 0
2013 5 0
2014 5 1
2015 5 1
2016 7 4
2017 6 3
2018 18 9
2019 8 7
2020 3 2
Total 72 29

References[change | change source]

  1. Perfect tens strike gold, FIFA.com
  2. Japan's Mana from heaven, FIFA.com
  3. "USA v Japan - as it happened". Guardian. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  4. FIFA
  5. AFC
  6. List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)

Other websites[change | change source]