Yasushi Kawakami

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Yasushi Kawakami
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Full name Yasushi Kawakami
Date of birth (1963-05-08) May 8, 1963 (age 61)
Place of birth Okinawa, Japan
Playing position Midfielder, Forward

Yasushi Kawakami (born May 8, 1963) is a former Japanese football player and manager.


Kawakami was born in Okinawa, Japan. When he was 5 years old, his family immigrated to Argentina in 1968.[1] He signed with Banfield in 1982. He became the first Japanese footballer to play in Argentine league.[2] He played 8 matches and scored one goal in Argntine second division.

In 1987, he returned to Japan and signed with All Nippon Airways in Japan Soccer League. From 1989, he played for Chuo Bohan and Shimizu S-Pulse. He retired from playing career in 1992.

After the retirement, he started coaching career in Argentina. He served as the assistant coach for Argentina women's national team from 1996 to 2006.[3] He helped the national team qualify for their first FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup|2003 with manager Carlos Borrello.[4] In 2008, he became a manager for Argentina U-20 women's national team and managed the team in 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[3]


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