Yukari Kinga

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Yukari Kinga
Yukari Kinga in 2011.JPG
Kinga playing for Japan in 2011
Personal information
Full name Yukari Kinga
Date of birth (1984-05-02) May 2, 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Youth career
2000–2002 Shonan Gakuin High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Nippon TV Beleza 146 (30)
2011–2013 INAC Kobe Leonessa 42 (3)
2014 Arsenal 12 (0)
2015–2016 INAC Kobe Leonessa 36 (3)
2016–2017 Canberra United 13 (3)
2017–2019 Melbourne City 31 (6)
2019 Orca Kamogawa FC 18 (2)
2019–2020 Melbourne City 12 (1)
2020 Orca Kamogawa FC 17 (2)
2021– Sanfrecce Hiroshima
National team
2002 Japan U-20 4 (0)
2005–2016 Japan 100 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2020 season

Yukari Kinga (近賀 ゆかり, Kinga Yukari, born May 2, 1984) is a Japanese football player. She played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Kinga was born in Yokohama on May 2, 1984. After graduating from Shonan Gakuin High School, she joined Nippon TV Beleza in 2003. She was playing as attacking midfielder and right-winger. In 2003 season, she was selected Best Young Player awards. From 2007, she was converted to right-sideback. The club won Nadeshiko League championship 5 times. In 2011, she moved to INAC Kobe Leonessa with international player Homare Sawa, Shinobu Ohno and Chiaki Minamiyama for due to financial strain at the club. At INAC Kobe Leonessa, the club won Nadeshiko League championship for 3 years in a row (2011–2013). She was selected Best Eleven for 6 years in a row (2007–2012). In 2014, she moved to Arsenal. She re-signed with INAC Kobe Leonessa in early 2015. From 2016, she played for Canberra United, Melbourne City and Orca Kamogawa FC. In 2021, she signed with new club, Sanfrecce Hiroshima.[1]

In August 2002, Kinga was selected by the the Japan U-20 national team for the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. On March 29, 2005, she debuted for the the Japan national team against Australia. She was playing as attacking midfielder and right-winger. From 2007, she was converted to right-back by manager Hiroshi Ohashi and she became a regular player. Japan won the 2011 World Cup in which Kinga played in the final, came second in the 2015 World Cup and gained a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She played 100 games and scored 5 goals for Japan until 2016.

Statistics[change | change source]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nippon TV Beleza 2003 20 6 4 4 - 24 10
2004 14 7 4 1 - 18 8
2005 18 6 5 2 - 23 8
2006 14 2 3 3 - 17 5
2007 21 3 4 0 2 1 27 4
2008 20 0 4 1 - 24 1
2009 21 3 4 0 - 25 3
2010 18 3 1 0 6 1 25 4
Total 146 30 29 11 8 2 183 43
INAC Kobe Leonessa 2011 16 1 4 0 - 20 1
Total 16 1 4 0 - 20 1
Career total 162 31 33 11 8 2 203 44

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Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 1 0
2006 2 0
2007 16 0
2008 18 1
2009 3 1
2010 15 2
2011 17 0
2012 15 1
2013 1 0
2014 4 0
2015 5 0
2016 3 0
Total 100 5

References[change | change source]

  1. Sanfrecce Hiroshima(in Japanese)
  2. Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
  3. List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)

Other websites[change | change source]