Mizuho Sakaguchi

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Mizuho Sakaguchi
Mizuho Sakaguchi in 2011.JPG
Sakaguchi playing in the 2011 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mizuho Sakaguchi
Date of birth (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Omiya Ardija Ventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Speranza FC Takatsuki 21 (7)
2006–2008 Tasaki Perule FC 56 (15)
2009 FC Indiana 2 (1)
2010–2011 Albirex Niigata 28 (10)
2012–2020 Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza 125 (42)
2021– Omiya Ardija Ventus
National team
2006–2018 Japan 124 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2020 season

Mizuho Sakaguchi (阪口 夢穂, Sakaguchi Mizuho, born October 15, 1987) is a Japanese football player. She played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Sakaguchi was born in Sakai on October 15, 1987. In 2003, at the age of 15, she debuted in the Nadeshiko League at Speranza FC Takatsuki. After graduating from high school, she joined Tasaki Perule FC in 2006. She was selected Best Eleven in 2007. However, the club was disbanded in 2008 due to financial strain. She went to the United States and joined USL W-League club FC Indiana in 2009. In 2010, she returned to Japan and joined Albirex Niigata. She was selected Best Eleven in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Nippon TV Beleza (later Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza). She was selected MVP awards for 3 years in a row (2015-2017). However she hurt her knee in April 2018[1] and she lost her regular position. In 2021, she moved to Omiya Ardija Ventus with teammate Saori Ariyoshi.[2]

In July 2006, Sakaguchi was selected to be on the the Japan national team for the 2006 Asian Cup. At this competition, on July 19, she debuted and scored 2 goals against Vietnam. She played in the 2011 World Cup where Japan won the championship; Sakaguchi scored one of the penalties in the shootout against United States in the final. She also played in the 2015 World Cup where Japan came second. She was also part of the silver medal-winning 2012 Summer Olympic team. From June 2016, she was given the number 10 shirt for Japan by new manager Asako Takakura. She played at 2018 Asian Cup and won the champions. She played 124 games and scored 29 goals for Japan until 2018. She was also selected Japan for 2019 World Cup. However she could not play in the match.

Statistics[change | change source]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Speranza FC Takatsuki 2003 9 1 0 0 - 9 1
2004 12 6 0 0 - 12 6
Total 21 7 0 0 - 21 7
Tasaki Perule FC[3] 2006 16 4 4 1 - 20 5
2007 20 7 4 0 0 0 24 7
2008 20 4 3 0 - 23 4
Total 56 15 11 1 0 0 67 16
FC Indiana 2009 2 0 - - 2 0
Total 2 0 - - 2 0
Albirex Niigata[3] 2010 12 4 3 0 4 3 19 7
2011 16 6 4 1 - 20 7
Total 28 10 7 1 4 3 39 14
Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza[3] 2012
Total
Career total 107 32 18 2 4 3 129 37

[4][5]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 7 10
2007 5 3
2008 17 1
2009 0 0
2010 4 1
2011 14 1
2012 14 1
2013 7 1
2014 17 8
2015 12 2
2016 6 0
2017 13 0
2018 8 1
Total 124 29

References[change | change source]

  1. Nippon TV Beleza(in Japanese)
  2. Omiya Ardija(in Japanese)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 WorldFootball.net, Mizuho Sakaguchi; retrieved 2012-8-7.
  4. Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
  5. List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)

Other websites[change | change source]