1 – Ryuichi Kamiyama   Leave a comment

Name : Ryuichi Kamiyama 神山 竜

Position : Goalkeeper

DOB : 10 Nov 1984

Height: 1.88m

Weight: 93kg

Nickname : Goalie

Kamiyama has played his whole career at Avispa Fukuoka, starting the season as first choice goalkeeper since 2007.
Unfortunately he has lost his place as starter in most seasons from then after some fairly terrible mistakes.

He is certainly big and wide enough to be a goalkeeper and looks like quite an imposing player compared to some of the other players on the pitch.  He needs to work on his consistency as a goalkeeper will get his reputation from 1 bad mistake even if he makes 40 great saves.

Because of his size he is a good shot stopper in 1-on-1 situations, but doesn’t seem to come out for many crosses or dominate his box.  I’m always a bit nervous he is going to make a horrific mistake, but his defence seem to have faith in him.
His kicking isn’t great.

As standard for goalkeepers he appears to be quite eccentric, and regularly tells the team to calm down.

Popular with the fans and has a chant sung when he pulls off a save or the opposition have a corner.

Has lost a significant amount of weight since the arrival of Pusnik and has benefitted from a gameplan which asks him to release the ball quickly and short rather than kicking.

Posted May 8, 2010 by avispafukuoka

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