Yahiro Kazama

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Yahiro Kazama
Personal information
Full name Yahiro Kazama
Date of birth (1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1977–1979 Shimizu Commercial High School
1980–1983 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Bayer Leverkusen
1985–1988 Remscheid
1988–1989 Eintracht Braunschweig 15 (0)
1989–1995 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 166 (13)
1996–1997 Remscheid
National team
1979 Japan U-20 3 (0)
1980–1983 Japan 19 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2016 Kawasaki Frontale
2017–2019 Nagoya Grampus
Honours
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Runner-up J1 League 1994
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1995
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yahiro Kazama (風間 八宏, Kazama Yahiro, born October 16, 1961) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team. His son Koki Kazama and Koya Kazama are also footballer.

Biography[change | change source]

Kazama was born in Shizuoka on October 16, 1961. After graduating from University of Tsukuba, he moved to Germany in 1984. He played for several clubs, Bayer Leverkusen Remscheid and Eintracht Braunschweig. In 1989, he returned to Japan and joined Japan Soccer League Division 2 club Mazda (later Sanfrecce Hiroshima). The club was promoted to Division 1 in 1991. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and founded new league J1 League. J1 League first season in 1993, he played opening match and scored a goal. This is the first goal by Japanese player in J1 League. He left Sanfrecce Hiroshima end of 1995 season and moved to Germany club Remscheid again. He retired in 1997.

In August 1979, when Kazama was a Shimizu Commercial High School student, he was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 1979 World Youth Championship and he played 3 games. In December 1980, when he was a University of Tsukuba student, he was selected the Japan national team for 1982 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, on December 22, he debuted against Singapore. He also played at 1982 Asian Games and 1984 Summer Olympics qualification. He played 19 games for Japan until 1983. After he moved to Germany in 1984, he was not selected Japan.

After the retirement, Kazama managed Toin University of Yokohama (1998–2003) and University of Tsukuba (2008–2012). In April 2012, he signed with J1 League club Kawasaki Frontale as Naoki Soma successor. The club won the 3rd place in 2013 and 2016. In 2017, he moved to J2 League club Nagoya Grampus which was relegated to J2 from 2017. The club won the 3rd place in 2017 and was promoted to J1. He was sacked in September 2019.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1989/90 Mazda JSL Division 2 27 3 1 0 28 3
1990/91 21 4 3 0 24 4
1991/92 JSL Division 1 15 0 4 0 19 0
1992 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J1 League - 2 0 6 0 8 0
1993 35 6 4 0 0 0 39 6
1994 43 0 3 0 1 0 47 0
1995 25 0 1 0 - 26 0
Country Japan 166 13 10 0 15 0 191 10
Total 166 13 10 0 15 0 191 10

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1980 4 0
1981 8 0
1982 4 0
1983 3 0
Total 19 0

References[change | change source]

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

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