Masaaki Sawanobori

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Masaaki Sawanobori
澤登 正朗
Personal information
Full name Masaaki Sawanobori
Date of birth (1970-01-12) January 12, 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1991 Tokai University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2005 Shimizu S-Pulse 381 (85)
Total 381 (85)
National team
1993–2000 Japan 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Masaaki Sawanobori (澤登 正朗, Sawanobori Masaaki, born January 12, 1970) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Club career

Sawanobori was born in Fujinomiya on January 12, 1970. After graduating from Tokai University, he joined new club Shimizu S-Pulse based in his local Shizuoka Prefecture in 1992. He played as regular player from first season. He was elected J.League Rookie of the Year in 1993. In 1996, the club won J.League Cup. In 1999, the club won the 2nd place in J1 League and he was elected Japanese Footballer of the Year awards. In Asia, the club also won 1999–2000 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. In 2001, the club won Emperor's Cup. He retired in 2005. He played 381 games and scored 85 goals in the league. Sawanobori was immensely popular at S-Pulse, and having spent his entire career at the club he was affectionately known as Mr S-Pulse.

National team career

In April 1993, Sawanobori was elected Japan national team for 1994 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, on April 8, he debuted against Thailand. In 1994, he also played at 1994 Asian Games. In September 1999, he played for Japan for the first time in 5 years. In 2000, he played at 2000 Asian Cup qualification. This qualification was his last game for Japan. He played 16 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 2000.[1]

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1992 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League - 3 0 10 1 - 13 1
1993 35 7 4 2 1 0 - 40 9
1994 41 7 1 0 1 0 - 43 7
1995 40 13 1 0 - - 41 13
1996 29 9 3 0 16 3 - 48 12
1997 31 11 3 1 6 0 - 40 12
1998 32 10 5 3 4 2 - 41 15
1999 28 9 3 0 4 1 - 35 10
2000 27 3 5 0 4 1 - 36 4
2001 26 9 5 2 2 1 - 33 12
2002 29 3 3 2 7 3 0 0 39 8
2003 14 2 4 0 2 0 1 1 21 3
2004 24 1 1 0 5 0 - 30 1
2005 25 1 1 0 5 0 - 31 1
Country Japan 381 85 41 10 57 11 1 1 480 107
Total 381 85 41 10 57 11 1 1 480 107

National team statistics

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 5 1
1994 6 1
1995 0 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 1 0
2000 4 1
Total 16 3

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 7, 1993 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 1–1 Draw 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. October 9, 1994 Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan  Myanmar 5–0 Won 1994 Asian Games
3. February 16, 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification

Personal honors

Team honors

Shimizu S-Pulse

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database

External links

  • Masaaki Sawanobori at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Japan National Football Team Database
  • Masaaki Sawanobori at J.League (in Japanese)
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