Kumagai at the 2011 World Cup
|Full name||Saki Kumagai|
|Date of birth||October 17, 1990|
|Place of birth||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|2006–2008||Tokiwagi Gakuen High School|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2019/20 season|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 31, 2020
Biography[change | change source]
Kumagai was born in Sapporo on October 17, 1990. After graduating from Tokiwagi Gakuen High School, she joined for Urawa Reds in 2009. The club won Nadeshiko League championship in 2009 season. In July 2011, she moved to German Bundesliga club Frankfurt. After she played 2 season, she moved to French Division 1 Feminine club Olympique Lyonnais in June 2013. Kumagai scored the decisive penalty for Lyon in the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, following a player-of-the-match performance.
On March 7, 2008, when Kumagai was 17 years old, she debuted for the Japan national team against Canada. In August, Kumagai was selected for the Japan U-20 national team at the 2008 U-20 World Cup. In 2010, she played for the U-20 team as captain during the 2010 U-20 World Cup. In 2011, she was part of Japan's World Cup-winning team, scoring the winning penalty in the final against the United States. She was also in the squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. Japan came second at both competitions. In January 2017, she was named Japan's captain by manager Asako Takakura. In 2018, Japan won the 2018 Asian Cup. She has played more than 100 games for Japan. On November 10, 2019, Kumagai scored her first ever goal in a friendly match for Japan in a 2–0 win against South Africa.
Statistics[change | change source]
|Japan national team|