Yuzo Kurihara

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Yuzo Kurihara
Personal information
Full name Yuzo Kurihara
Date of birth (1983-09-18) September 18, 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1999–2001 Yokohama F. Marinos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2019 Yokohama F. Marinos 316 (16)
Total 316 (16)
National team
2003 Japan U-20 2 (0)
2006–2013 Japan 20 (3)
Honours
Yokohama F. Marinos
Winner J1 League 2003
Winner J1 League 2004
Runner-up J1 League 2002
Runner-up J1 League 2013
Runner-up J.League Cup 2018
Winner Emperor's Cup 2013
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 2017
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yuzo Kurihara (栗原 勇蔵, Kurihara Yuzo, born September 18, 1983) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Kurihara was born in Yokohama on September 18, 1983. He joined J1 League club Yokohama F. Marinos from their youth team in 2002. Although he debuted as center back in 2003, he could not play many matches behind Japan national team player Naoki Matsuda and Yuji Nakazawa. In 2006, he became a regular player as stopper of three backs defense with Matsuda and Nakazawa. From 2007, he played many matches as center back with Nakazawa of four backs defense. After that, he played many matches as center back for a long time of four backs or three backs defense. In 2013, Marinos won the 2nd place in J1 League and the champions in Emperor's Cup. However his opportunity to play decreased from 2015. He retired from football at the end of the 2019 season.

In November 2003, Kurihara was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2003 World Youth Championship. He played in 2 matches. On August 9, 2006, he debuted for the Japan national team under new manager Ivica Osim against Trinidad and Tobago which is Japan's first match after the 2006 World Cup. However he could not play at all in the match after the debut. In April 2010, he played for Japan under manager Takeshi Okada against Serbia for the first time in 4 years. Although he was not select Japan for 2010 World Cup, he played several matches as center back every year under Alberto Zaccheroni after 2010 World Cup. In 2013, he was selected for 2013 Confederations Cup and 2013 East Asian Cup. At East Asian Cup, he played all 3 matches and Japan won the champions. This tournament is his last game for Japan. He played 20 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 2013.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2002 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2003 7 0 0 0 2 0 - 9 0
2004 8 0 2 0 7 0 4 2 21 2
2005 13 1 1 0 2 1 4 0 20 2
2006 30 1 3 0 8 0 - 41 1
2007 25 1 1 0 8 0 - 34 0
2008 24 0 4 1 5 1 - 33 2
2009 26 3 2 0 10 0 - 38 3
2010 28 2 0 0 6 0 - 34 2
2011 30 3 3 0 2 1 - 35 4
2012 31 0 3 0 3 0 - 37 0
2013 31 2 6 1 6 0 - 43 3
2014 29 3 2 0 1 0 4 0 36 3
2015 11 0 0 0 2 0 - 13 0
2016 12 1 2 0 9 0 - 23 1
2017 8 0 2 0 6 0 - 16 0
2018 3 0 1 0 4 0 - 8 0
2019 0 0 1 0 4 0 - 5 0
Country Japan 316 16 33 2 85 3 12 2 446 23
Total 316 16 33 2 85 3 12 2 446 23

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2006 1 0
2007 0 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 4 0
2011 3 0
2012 5 2
2013 7 1
Total 20 3

References[change | change source]

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

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