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Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

  • Position: Goal Keeper
  • Squad number: 23
  • Date of birth: 15 August, 1975 (34 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (180cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Saves
0 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
0 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
0 As substitute
19 Total Japan
32 Most saves by Nestor Fernando Muslera
4 Total Japan
Goals Assists
0 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
0 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
0|0 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
0|0 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
55|89 Total Japan
7|0 Total Japan
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Japan games played

  1. Japan 1-0 Cameroon
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Netherlands 1-0 Japan
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Denmark 1-3 Japan
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report

Player profile

A surprise inclusion in the squad, Kawaguchi himself said he was stunned to be called up after a long spell out with a serious leg break. He began the World Cup qualifying campaign as first-choice keeper, but was dropped following defeat by Bahrain in March 2008.

The former national team captain will be travelling to his fourth World Cup after keeping goal in France in 1998 and in his homeland in 2002, where he was his country’s best player.

The 34-year-old is Japan's second most-capped player ever with 117 appearances, behind Masami Ihara's 123, and has been included by Okada for his experience and leadership qualities.

He has not played competitively since breaking his leg in a J-League game for Jubilo Iwata in September, and only returned to action in a training match in late April.

The former Portsmouth keeper began his career with Yokohama F-Marinos in 1995, moving to Pompey under Graham Rix in October 2001. However, after just 11 league starts in two seasons he was sold to Danish club FC Nordsjaelland in 2003 before returning to his homeland with Jubilo in 2005.

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