|Full name||Naoko Kawakami|
|Date of birth||November 16, 1977|
|Place of birth||Akashi, Hyogo, Japan|
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1+1⁄2 in)|
|1990–2004||Tasaki Perule FC||176+||(22+)|
|2005–2006||Nippon TV Beleza||38||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Biography[change | change source]
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]
|Japan national team|
References[change | change source]
- Japan Football Association(in Japanese)