Akinori Nishizawa

Akinori Nishizawa (西澤 明訓, Nishizawa Akinori, born 18 June 1976) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Akinori Nishizawa
西澤 明訓
Personal information
Full name Akinori Nishizawa
Date of birth (1976-06-18) 18 June 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1992–1994 Shimizu Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Cerezo Osaka 124 (43)
1995–1996Volendam (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2001 Espanyol 6 (0)
2001 Cerezo Osaka 0 (0)
2001–2002 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2002–2006 Cerezo Osaka 148 (41)
2007–2008 Shimizu S-Pulse 43 (5)
2009 Cerezo Osaka 18 (1)
Total 339 (90)
National team
1997–2002 Japan 29 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Nishizawa was born in Shizuoka on 18 June 1976. After graduating from Shimizu Higashi High School, he joined Cerezo Osaka in 1995. He moved to Spanish club Espanyol in December 2000. In July 2001, he moved to English club Bolton Wanderers. During his brief spell playing Bolton Wanderers, he is best remembered for scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Walsall in the League Cup.[1] In 2002, he returned to Cerezo Osaka was relegated to J2 League from 2002. The club won the 2nd place in 2002 and was promoted to J1 League. In 2006, the club was relegated to J2 League. He moved to his local club Shimizu S-Pulse in 2007. He returned to Cerezo Osaka in 2009 and he retired end of 2009 season.

National team careerEdit

On 21 May 1997, he debuted for Japan national team against South Korea. Although he played 4 games and scored 2 goals at 1998 World Cup qualification in 1997, he was not selected Japan for 1998 World Cup. In 2000, he played for Japan for the first time in 3 years. At 2000 Asian Cup in October, he played all 6 games and scored 5 goals. Japan won the champions. At 2001 Confederations Cup, he also played 4 games and scored 1 goals. Japan won the 2nd place. He was selected Japan for 2002 World Cup and played 1 game. This match was his last game for Japan. He played 29 games and scored 10 goals for Japan until 2002.[2]

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1995 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Total
1995/96 Volendam Eredivisie 0 0 - 0 0
Total 0 0 - 0 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1996 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 14 3 2 0 11 5 27 8
1997 19 7 2 1 2 2 23 10
1998 32 7 1 0 4 1 37 8
1999 30 11 2 4 3 2 35 17
2000 29 15 - 3 2 32 17
Total 124 43 7 5 23 12 154 60
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Total
2000/01 Espanyol La Liga 6 0 2 0 - 8 0
Total 6 0 2 0 - 8 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2001 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2001/02 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
Total 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2002 Cerezo Osaka J2 League 34 8 1 0 - 35 8
2003 J1 League 24 7 5 1 4 1 33 9
2004 29 8 1 0 5 1 35 9
2005 28 10 2 0 8 4 38 14
2006 33 8 1 0 6 4 40 12
Total 148 41 10 1 23 10 181 52
2007 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 22 0 3 2 6 1 31 3
2008 21 5 0 0 8 2 29 7
Total 43 5 3 2 14 3 60 10
2009 Cerezo Osaka J2 League 18 1 0 0 - 18 1
Total 18 1 0 0 - 18 1
Career Total 339 90 22 8 63 26 424 124

National team statisticsEdit

[2]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1997 5 2
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 11 6
2001 8 1
2002 5 1
Total 29 10

National teamEdit

Appearances in major competitionsEdit

Year Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
2000 2000 Asian Cup Senior 4 2 5 Champions
2001 2001 Confederations Cup Senior 4 0 1 2nd place
2002 2002 FIFA World Cup Senior 2 1 0 Round of 16

International GoalEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1997
2. 1997
3. 5 June 2000 Casablanca, Morocco   France 2–2 Draw Friendly
4. 17 October 2000 Sidon, Lebanon   Uzbekistan 8–1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
5. 17 October 2000 Sidon, Lebanon   Uzbekistan 8–1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
6. 17 October 2000 Sidon, Lebanon   Uzbekistan 8–1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
7. 20 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon   Qatar 1–1 Draw 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
8. 26 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon   China PR 3–2 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Semifinal
9. 22 June 2006 Niigata, Japan   Canada 3–0 Won 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group Stage
10. 29 April 2002 Tokyo, Japan   Slovakia 1–0 Won Kirin Cup 2002

Honours and awardsEdit

Individual honoursEdit

Team honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bolton 4–3 Walsall (aet)". BBC. 11 September 2001. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Japan National Football Team Database". Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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