|Full name||Mana Iwabuchi|
|Date of birth||March 18, 1993|
|Place of birth||Musashino, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1+1⁄2 in)|
|Aston Villa WFC|
|2005–2007||Nippon TV Beleza|
|2007–2012||Nippon TV Beleza||64||(30)|
|2017–2020||INAC Kobe Leonessa||47||(11)|
|2021–||Aston Villa WFC|
* 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
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). A French team coach hailed her as a "future star of women's football." 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. She also played 2012 Summer Olympics and 2015 World Cup. Japan won the 2nd place at both tournaments. 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.
Statistics[change | change source]
|Nippon TV Beleza||2007||1||0||-||5||3||6||3|
|Japan national team|
References[change | change source]
- Perfect tens strike gold Archived 2013-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, FIFA.com
- Japan's Mana from heaven Archived 2013-06-13 at the Wayback Machine, FIFA.com
- "USA v Japan - as it happened". Guardian. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "FIFA". Archived from the original on 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
- List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)