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Kumagai playing for Lyon in 2019.
|Full name||Saki Kumagai|
|Date of birth||(1990-10-17) 17 October 1990|
|Place of birth||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Defender, Midfielder|
|2006–2008||Tokiwagi Gakuen High School|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 March 2020
Saki Kumagai (熊谷 紗希, Kumagai Saki, born 17 October 1990) is a Japanese footballer who plays for French club Olympique Lyonnais and the Japan national team. She plays primarily as a defensive midfielder but has also been deployed as a central defender.
Kumagai is one of the most successful East Asian footballers, of any gender, at club and international level. As of 2020, she has won one World Cup, seven French domestic titles, five European Cups and one Asian Games gold medal.
Kumagai was born in Sapporo on 17 October 1990. After graduating from high school, she joined for Urawa Reds in 2009. The club won L.League championship in 2009 season. In July 2011, she moved to German Bundesliga club Frankfurt. After she played 2 season, she moved to French Division 1 Feminine club Olympique Lyonnais in June 2013. Kumagai scored the decisive penalty for Lyon in the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, following a player-of-the-match performance.
National team career
On 7 March 2008, when Kumagai was 17 years old, she debuted for the Japan national team against Canada. In August, Kumagai was selected for the Japan U-20 national team at the 2008 U-20 World Cup. In 2010, she played for the U-20 team as captain during the 2010 U-20 World Cup. In 2011, she was part of Japan's World Cup-winning team, scoring the winning penalty in the final against the United States. She was also in the squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. Japan came second at both competitions. In January 2017, she was named Japan's captain by manager Asako Takakura. In 2018, Japan won the 2018 Asian Cup. She has played more than 100 games for Japan. On 10 November 2019, Kumagai scored her first ever goal in a friendly match for Japan in a 2–0 win against South Africa.
|Season||Club||League||Cup||Continental||Japan national team||Total|
|2009||Urawa Reds||Nadeshiko League||21||2||4||1||-||-||2||0||27||3|
|2010||Urawa Reds||Nadeshiko League||18||6||4+2||2+0||-||-||15||0||39||8|
|2011||Urawa Reds||Nadeshiko League||5||0||0||0||-||-||16||0||21||0|
|2013–14||Olympique Lyonnais||Division 1||19||3||5||3||WCL||4||1||5||0||33||7|
|2014–15||Olympique Lyonnais||Division 1||22||2||6||0||WCL||4||0||11||0||43||2|
|2015–16||Olympique Lyonnais||Division 1||20||5||5||1||WCL||9||1||7||0||41||7|
|2016–17||Olympique Lyonnais||Division 1||19||6||2||2||WCL||9||3||9||0||39||11|
|2017–18||Olympique Lyonnais||Division 1||21||5||4||0||WCL||7||1||10||0||42||6|
|2018–19||Olympique Lyonnais||Division 1||20||2||5||0||WCL||9||0||8||0||42||2|
National team statistics
|Japan national team|
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1.||10 November 2019||Kitakyushu Stadium, Kitakyushu, Japan||South Africa||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
- Nadeshiko League: 2009
- Division 1 Féminine: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
- Coupe de France: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20
- UEFA Women's Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
- Champion: 2018
- Silver Medal: 2012
- Gold Medal: 2010
- Champion: 2010
- Champion: 2009
- Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
- "Japan and Lyon champion Kumagai dreams of Ballon d'Or". South China Morning Post. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- "Lyon claim third title in shoot-out drama". UEFA. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
- Japan Football Association(in Japanese)
- "USA v Japan - as it happened". Guardian. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
- "Japan vs. South Africa 2–0". soccerway. 10 November 2019.
- List of match in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 at Japan Football Association (in Japanese)
- Yannick, Nkouaga (2 December 2019). "Saki Kumagai named Asian Player of the Year". FootballNews24. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
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