Eiji Kawashima Player Profile


  • Full Name: Eiji Kawashima
  • Born: March 20th, 1983 (Yono, Saitama, Japan)
  • Height: 6' 1
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Signed: December 29th, 2015
  • First Manager: Mixu Paatelainen
  • Career Totals: 19 appearances
  • Also Played For: FC Metz, Lierse S.K., Standard Liege


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
2015-16 19 19 0 1 0 16 0 3 0
Totals: 19 (0) 0 16 (0) 0 3 (0) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
May 10th, 2016 10/05/16 Premiership vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 3
May 6th, 2016 06/05/16 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (A) 3 - 2
May 2nd, 2016 02/05/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2
Apr 24th, 2016 24/04/16 Premiership vs. Hamilton (H) 1 - 3
Apr 16th, 2016 16/04/16 Semi Final vs. Hibernian (N) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 None

 List of Goals Scored
None

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 10th, 2016 10/05/16 Premiership vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 3
May 6th, 2016 06/05/16 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (A) 3 - 2
May 2nd, 2016 02/05/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2
Apr 24th, 2016 24/04/16 Premiership vs. Hamilton (H) 1 - 3
Apr 16th, 2016 16/04/16 Semi Final vs. Hibernian (N) 0 - 0
Apr 9th, 2016 09/04/16 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (H) 0 - 2
Apr 5th, 2016 05/04/16 Premiership vs. Partick Th (A) 0 - 1
Apr 2nd, 2016 02/04/16 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 0
Mar 20th, 2016 20/03/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 2
Mar 2nd, 2016 02/03/16 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 1
Feb 27th, 2016 27/02/16 Premiership vs. Ross County (A) 3 - 0
Feb 20th, 2016 20/02/16 Premiership vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 1
Feb 16th, 2016 16/02/16 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 3
Feb 13th, 2016 13/02/16 Premiership vs. Hamilton (A) 0 - 0
Feb 6th, 2016 06/02/16 5th Round vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 0
Jan 23rd, 2016 23/01/16 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (H) 5 - 1
Jan 15th, 2016 15/01/16 Premiership vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 4
Jan 9th, 2016 09/01/16 4th Round vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 0
Jan 2nd, 2016 02/01/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2


Competition History


Comp
LGE 16 0 1 0
SC 3 0 0 0
Totals: 19 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Born in Yono, Saitama, Eiji signed his first professional deal for Omiya Ardija in 2001. After three years and over 40 appearances, he earned a move to Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan’s J. League. Eiji found it difficult to break into the team and it wasn’t until late 2005 before he managed to get a run of first team games.

After a couple of years at Nagoya Grampus, Eiji broke the J. League transfer record when he moved to Kawasaki Frontale for 150 million yen in 2007. The big ‘keeper went on to play 113 games for the club and his form earned him his international debut for Japan in 2008.

In 2010, Eiji was selected to travel to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Initially thought to be a back up in the Japan squad, he put in some great performances in friendlies leading up to the tournament and subsequently earned his place in the team for all of their competitive matches. Eiji went on to play over 70 matches for Japan.

Following his exposure at the World Cup, Eiji earned a move to Europe in the summer of 2010, joining Lierse S.K. in the Belgian Pro League. He was appointed club captain in October 2011 and further good form earned him another transfer to Standard Liege in July 2012. Eiji remained at Liege until his 3-year contract expired in 2015.

United first highlighted their interest in the ‘keeper at the beginning of November 2015 following the appointment of Mixu Paatelainen as Head Coach. However, the club had to wait patiently on a decision from the Home Office on Eiji being granted a work permit. Once the application was finally approved, the ‘keeper signed for United until the end of season 2015/16. He became the fourth major signing brought in by Mixu Paatelainen.

Last updated on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 by B Orr.

Squad Numbers


1

Season:
2015-16





Debut

January 2nd, 2016
Dundee 2 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premiership)


International Career (Japan)


Caps: 72

Goals: 0

International Debut: February 17th, 2008 v. North Korea


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Eiji was born on this date in Yono, Saitama, Japan.


  • International Debut


    Eiji earned his first International cap for Japan, playing against North Korea.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee 2 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premiership)

    In the 6th minute Gavin Gunning was short with his pass back allowing Kane Hemmings to run in on goal. In his first piece of action for his new club Kawashima was sharp off his line to win the challen


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 3 Partick Th
    League (Premiership)

    Frederic Frans opened the scoring in the sixth minute, crashing a header into the United net as he rose unchallenged to meet Penrice’s driven corner from the right. Simon Murray was, as usual,


  • Left the Club