Aya Sameshima

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Aya Sameshima
鮫島 彩
Aya Sameshima in 2011.JPG
Sameshima playing for Japan against Sweden in the 2011 World Cup semi finals
Personal information
Full name Aya Sameshima
Date of birth (1987-06-16) June 16, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
INAC Kobe Leonessa
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 TEPCO Mareeze 98 (18)
2011 Boston Breakers 5 (0)
2011–2012 Montpellier 18 (0)
2012–2014 Vegalta Sendai 21 (3)
2015– INAC Kobe Leonessa 55 (1)
Total 197 (22)
National team
2008– Japan 103 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 11, 2018

Aya Sameshima (鮫島 彩, Sameshima Aya, born June 16, 1987) is a Japanese football player. She plays for INAC Kobe Leonessa. She also played for Japan national team.

Club career

Sameshima was born in Utsunomiya on June 16, 1987. She played youth football for Kawachi SC Juvenile between 1995 and 2002 and Tokiwagi Gakuen High School from 2003 until 2005. In 2006, she joined TEPCO Mareeze, the club owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company.[1] During her time at Mareeze she lived in the J-Village Sports complex in Hirono near Fukushima, and like other players, she worked at the TEPCO-run Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to earn a living whilst playing for the club.[1]

Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster, during which the team were in a training camp in the south of the country, the club pulled out of the L.League for the remainder of the season.[1] Sameshima then began training with the Boston Breakers in March 2011, before signing for the club permanently,[2] the first former Mareeze player to sign for another club.[3] She made her debut for the Breakers against Sky Blue on 12 June as a second-half substitute for Alex Scott,[4] becoming the first Japanese international to play for the club.[5]

On 19 September 2011, Sameshima joined French club Montpellier, joining compatriot Rumi Utsugi at the club.[6] She returned to Japan to play for Vegalta Sendai in 2012, before joining Houston Dash in January 2014.[7] However, due to injuries she failed to contract, and rejoined Vegalta Sendai in July 2014. She subsequently signed for INAC Kobe Leonessa for the 2015 season.

National team career

After playing for the Japanese team at the AFC U-19 Championship in 2006,[8] Sameshima made her full international debut on March 10, 2008, against Russia, and played in the 2008 Asian Cup that year, scoring the first goal in an 11–0 win over Chinese Taipei.[9] In 2010, she played in the 2010 Asian Games, winning a gold medal as Japan won the tournament. In 2011, she was part of the Japan squad for the 2011 World Cup, playing in every match for the World Cup Champion Japanese team.[10] She was part of the Japanese team that won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[11] She also played in the 2015 World Cup and Japan won 2nd place.[9] In 2018, she played at 2018 Asian Cup and won the championship. She played 103 games and scored 5 goals for Japan.

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
TEPCO Mareeze 2006 17 1 2 0 - 19 1
2007 21 8 3 0 4 3 28 11
2008 21 5 3 0 - 24 5
2009 21 1 3 1 - 24 2
2010 18 3 2 0 5 3 25 6
Total 98 18 13 1 9 6 120 25
Boston Breakers 2011 5 0 - - 5 0
Montpellier 2011–12 18 0 5 0 - 23 0
Vegalta Sendai 2012 6 3 2 1 - 8 4
2013 9 0 0 0 2 2 11 2
2014 6 0 - 3 1 9 1
Total 21 3 2 1 5 3 28 7
INAC Kobe Leonessa 2015
Career total 142 21 20 2 14 9 176 32

National team statistics

[12][13]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 1
2009 3 0
2010 15 1
2011 18 0
2012 14 0
2013 3 0
2014 2 1
2015 12 1
2016 3 0
2017 13 0
2018 18 1
Total 103 5

National team goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 2008 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Chinese Taipei 0–1 0–11 2008 AFC Women's Asian Cup
2 20 May 2010 Chengdu, China  Myanmar
4–0
8–0 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup
3 28 October 2014 BC Place, Vancouver  Canada
2–3
2–3 Friendly
4 12 June 2015 BC Place, Vancouver  Cameroon
1–0
2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Honors

References

  1. ^ a b c Nadeshiko Japan resumes play in U.S. friendlies Archived 6 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ESPN, 15 May 2011
  2. ^ Japan: Roster Archived 21 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Our Game
  3. ^ SOCCER/ Sameshima plays for fans, friends in disaster areas Asahi, 17 July 2011
  4. ^ Breakers Draw With Sky Blue FC, Extend Unbeaten Streak to Two Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Women's Professional Soccer, 12 June 2011
  5. ^ Breakers Add Japanese International Aya Sameshima To Roster[permanent dead link] Women's Professional Soccer, 13 June 2011
  6. ^ Signature d'Aya Sameshima Archived 26 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Montpellier HSC, 22 September 2011
  7. ^ Houston Dash sign Japanese international Aya Sameshima Archived 28 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Houston Dynamo
  8. ^ News > April 2006 Bhangra Boys
  9. ^ a b FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ - Aya-SAMESHIMA - Matches Played - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  10. ^ Aya Sameshima Soccerway
  11. ^ "Aya Sameshima Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  12. ^ Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
  13. ^ List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)

External links

  • Aya SameshimaFIFA competition record (archive)
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