Mu Kanazaki

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Mu Kanazaki
Mu Kanazaki FCN 2013.jpg
Kanazaki playing for Nürnberg in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mu Kanazaki
Date of birth (1989-02-16) February 16, 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Tsu, Mie, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Nagoya Grampus
Youth career
2004–2006 Takigawa Daini High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Oita Trinita 82 (7)
2010–2012 Nagoya Grampus 69 (9)
2013 Nürnberg 4 (0)
2013–2016 Portimonense 49 (16)
2015Kashima Antlers (loan) 27 (9)
2016–2018 Kashima Antlers 75 (29)
2018–2020 Sagan Tosu 46 (10)
2020– Nagoya Grampus 25 (6)
National team
2009–2017 Japan 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season

Mu Kanazaki (金崎 夢生, Kanazaki Mu, born February 16, 1989) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Kanazaki was born in Tsu on February 16, 1989. After graduating from Takigawa Daini High School, he joined J1 League club Oita Trinita in 2007. He played many matches as offensive midfielder from first season. Oita won the champions in the 2008 J.League Cup with young players, Shusaku Nishikawa, Masato Morishige and Hiroshi Kiyotake. Kanazaki was also selected "New Hero award". However Oita was relegated to J2 League end of 2009 season and Oita released their main players including Kanazaki due to their financial problems. Kanazaki moved to Nagoya Grampus in 2010. Nagoya won the champions in 2010 season and the 2nd place in 2011 season. In January 2013, he moved to German Bundesliga club Nürnberg. In summer 2013, he moved to Portuguese Segunda Liga club Portimonense. In February 2015, he moved to J1 club Kashima Antlers on loan. He played many matches as forward. Although he returned to Portimonense in January 2016, he moved to Kashima after a month. Kashima won the J1 champions in 2016 and the 2nd place in 2017. In July 2018, he moved to Sagan Tosu. In March 2020, he re-joined Nagoya Grampus.

In January 2009, Kanazaki was selected the Japan national team for 2011 Asian Cup qualification. At this qualification, he debuted against Yemen on January 20. He played 11 games and scored 2 goals for Japan until 2017.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2007 Oita Trinita J1 League 18 2 1 0 4 1 - 23 3
2008 34 4 0 0 9 0 - 43 4
2009 30 1 2 3 3 1 - 35 5
2010 Nagoya Grampus J1 League 25 4 2 0 3 0 - 30 4
2011 12 0 4 0 2 1 4 3 22 4
2012 32 5 4 1 1 0 7 1 44 7
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2012/13 Nürnberg Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 - - 4 0
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup EuropeTotal
2013/14 Portimonense Segunda Liga 30 7 1 0 - - 31 7
2014/15 17 9 3 1 - - 20 10
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2015 Kashima Antlers J1 League 27 9 0 0 5 5 4 1 36 15
PortugalLeague Cup of Portugal Portuguese League Cup EuropeTotal
2015/16 Portimonense Segunda Liga 2 0 2 0 - - 4 0
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2016 Kashima Antlers J1 League 30 10 2 0 0 0 - 32 10
2017 30 12 1 2 2 0 5 4 38 18
2018 15 7 1 0 0 0 6 3 22 10
2018 Sagan Tosu J1 League 15 3 0 0 0 0 - 15 3
2019 31 7 2 1 4 0 - 37 8
2020 0 0 - 1 0 - 1 0
2020 Nagoya Grampus J1 League 25 6 - 1 0 - 26 6
2021
Country Japan 324 70 19 7 35 8 26 12 404 97
Germany 4 0 0 0 - - 4 0
Portugal 49 16 6 1 - - 55 17
Total 377 86 25 8 35 8 26 12 463 114

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2009 1 0
2010 4 0
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 1 1
2016 4 1
2017 1 0
Total 11 2

References[change | change source]

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

Other websites[change | change source]