Eiji Kawashima (, Kawashima Eiji, born 20 March 1983) is a Japanese professional football goalkeeper who competes for both the Japan national team and Ligue 1 club Strasbourg.
Prior to joining Lierse S.K. in Belgium in 2010, he played for Omiya Ardija, Nagoya Grampus Eight, and Kawasaki Frontale in Japan. From 2012 to 2015, he then played for Standard Liège, a different Belgian club, and from 2015 to 2016, he did so for Dundee United in Scotland. At 2010, 2014, and 2018 World Cups, he represented Japan and received almost 90 caps.
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Eiji Kawashima Early Life
Since he idolised Sergio Goycochea and watched a video of his performance, which moved him, Kawashima, who was born in Yono, Saitama, Japan, started playing football and transitioned to the goalie position. He later enrolled at Urawa Higashi High School and Yononishi Junior High School.
There is an elder brother and sister for Kawashima.
After completing his high school education at Urawa Higashi, Kawashima began his professional career at Omiya Ardija in the J2 League. He made his Omiya Ardija debut on April 6, 2002. Throughout his three-year stint, he continued to play for the team, making 41 appearances. Kawashima had a tryout with Serie A team Parma while playing for Omiya Ardija.
Kawashima joined Nagoya Grampus Eight in the J1 League of Japan in 2004. He was the club’s backup goalkeeper for three seasons, competing against seasoned veteran Seigo Narazaki. Occasionally, Kawashima was given an opportunity to play for the first team because Narazaki was injured. Kawashima, though, had injury concerns of his own after suffering a hand injury at the conclusion of the season and missing several weeks of action.
Kawashima had been signed by Kawasaki Frontale for a transfer price of 150 million yen, it was revealed on December 29, 2006. The transfer was at the time the most expensive for a J.League player. In the season’s first game, a 1-0 victory over Kashima Antlers, Kawashima made his Kawasaki Frontale debut as a starter and recorded a shutout.
He then defeated Arema 3-1 to make his AFC Champions League debut. He quickly won admiration for his performances after becoming the starter in goal. Kawasaki Frontale won their group that year and went on to become the first Japanese team to earn a spot in the 2007 AFC Champions League.
Kawashima finished his transition to Europe after taking part in the 2010 World Cup by signing up with Lierse S.K. in the Belgian Pro League. He entered into a two-year contract with the club, with the possibility of an extension. “After seeing the World Cup, I decided that the only way I can grow better is by putting myself in a more competitive atmosphere,” Kawashima said of the decision.
In order to recruit Kawashima, the Scottish Premiership team Dundee United submitted a UK work visa application in November 2015. On December 29, once the work permit had been obtained, the signature was officially verified. Manager Mixu Paatelainen called Kawashima’s signing a “great coup” at the time.
On January 2, 2016, he made his club debut against Dundee, a rival city team, losing 2-1. When Kawashima was at fault for giving up easy goals, his play was criticized. Nevertheless, he was successful in keeping three clean sheets, one each against Ross County, St. Johnstone, and Hamilton Academical. However, the team was demoted after dropping 2-1 to Dundee once more on May 2, 2016.
Kawashima joined Metz of Ligue 1 on August 2. Kawashima did not make the starting lineup for the first two months of the season, instead making appearances on the substitute bench and backing up Thomas Didillon for most of the year.
On January 8, 2017, RC Lens was eliminated from the Coupe de France, and he played the entire 90 minutes against them. On April 18, 2017, he made his league debut for FC Metz in a 3-2 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. He was instrumental in a 1-1 draw against Toulouse on May 15, 2017, saving a penalty and making several noteworthy saves.
Free agency Kawashima signed a one-season deal with Ligue 1 team RC Strasbourg in August 2018.
Eiji Kawashima Awards
- AFC Asian Cup: 2011
- J.League Best Eleven: 2009
- J.League Individual Fair-Play Award: 2009
Eiji Kawashima Net Worth
The range of Eiji Kawashima’s net worth or income is thought to be between $4.5 Million. However, his major occupation as a soccer player has brought him a significant amount of wealth.
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Eiji Kawashima FIFA 22 Stats
In FIFA 22, Eiji Kawashima has an overall rating of 72 and his potential is also 72.
He is currently 40 years old (as of 2023).
He is 185 cm tall.
He plays as a goalkeeper.
After his transfer to RC Strasbourg Alsace, his net worth is $4.5 Million (as of 2023).