We Are Gifu

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Goalkeepers

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

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Yoshi is an icon of Japanese football. He has appeared at 4 World Cups, and amassed 116 caps for his country. His shot-stopping is still at a high level and he commands respect from teammates & opponents alike.

Kawaguchi facts:

  • DOB – August 15, 1975
  • Age – 39
  • Hometown – Fuji, Shizuoka
  • Height – 180cm
  • Weight – 77kg
  • Squad number – 1
  • Pro debut – April 26th, 1995 , Yokohama F.Marinos v Kashiwa
  • Previous clubs – Yokohama F.Marinos, Portsmouth (Eng), Nordsjælland (Denmark), Jubilo Iwata

Gakuji Ota

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Gifu’s young goalkeeper was thrust into action a few times last year and, in the main, handled himself well. He has excellent distribution skills and is not afraid to come for crosses. Learning under a legend like Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi can only be good for him.

Ota facts:

  • DOB – December 26, 1990
  • Age – 24
  • Hometown – Kuwana, Mie prefecture
  • Height – 190cm
  • Weight – 82kg
  • Squad Number – 21
  • Previous clubs – Osaka Gakuin University

Satoshi Tokizawa

Tokizawa arrived in the winter from play-off winners Montedio Yamagata. He will provide veteran competition for Kawaguchi as well as pushing Ota for number 2 duties.

Tokizawa facts: 

  • DOB – July 31, 1985
  • Age – 29
  • Hometown – Fujioka, Gunma prefecture
  • Height – 186cm
  • Weight – 81kg
  • Squad number – 22
  • Previous clubs – Tokyo Verdy, Thespa Kusatsu, FC Tokyo, Montedio Yamagata
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