Naoko Kawakami

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Naoko Kawakami
Personal information
Full name Naoko Kawakami
Date of birth (1977-11-16) November 16, 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Akashi, Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1+12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–2004 Tasaki Perule FC 176+ (22+)
2005–2006 Nippon TV Beleza 38 (2)
Total 214+ (24+)
National team
2001–2005 Japan 48 (0)
Honours
Tasaki Perule FC
Winner Nadeshiko League 2003
Runner-up Nadeshiko League 2001
Runner-up Nadeshiko League 2002
Winner Empress's Cup 1999
Winner Empress's Cup 2002
Winner Empress's Cup 2003
Runner-up Empress's Cup 2000
Runner-up Empress's Cup 2001
Nippon TV Beleza
Winner Nadeshiko League 2005
Winner Nadeshiko League 2006
Winner Empress's Cup 2005
Representing  Japan
AFC Women's Asian Cup
Silver medal – second place 2001 Chinese Taipei
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Busan Team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Naoko Kawakami (川上 直子, Kawakami Naoko, born November 16, 1977) is a former Japanese football player. She played for the Japan national team.

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Kawakami was born in Akashi on November 16, 1977. In 1990, she was 13 years old, she joined for Tasaki-Shinju Kobe (later Tasaki Perule FC). She previously played midfielder. However, when she entered the Japan national team, she became a right back. After success at this position, she remained a defender when she transferred to Nippon TV Beleza. She had a lot of success with her two clubs, winning one Nadeshiko League title with her first club in 2003 and three Empress's Cups, and two other titles with her second one. She was also selected Best Eleven 5 times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005).

On March 16, 2001, Kawakami debuted for the Japan national team against Chinese Taipei. She played at 2001, 2003 AFC Championship and 2002 Asian Games. She was also a member of Japan for 2003 World Cup and the 2004 Olympic Games. She played 48 games for Japan until 2005.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 10 0
2002 10 0
2003 14 0
2004 10 0
2005 4 0
Total 48 0

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