YUKI OGIMI

Posted on: Thu 14 Nov 2013

Birthplace: Kanagawa
Date of birth: 15/07/1987
Nationality: Japanese
Position: Forward
Squad number: 7
Previous clubs: NTV Beleza, FFC Turbine Potsdam

Chelsea Ladies signed World Cup-winner Yuki Ogimi from FFC Turbine Potsdam in July 2013.

The 26-year-old, became the first Japanese player in the FA Women's Super League.

The striker was part of the Japan team that won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 with a penalty shoot-out victory over the USA, which she followed up a year later with an Olympic silver medal. Despite netting in the final against USA, Ogimi's Japan side were defeated 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Since making her debut at international level in 2004, Ogimi has over 100 caps and scored 47 goals, and was a member of the squad which won the East Asian Football Championship in 2008. She also represented her country at the World Cup in 2007 and the 2008 Olympic Games.

At club level, Ogimi began her career with NTV Beleza in her homeland, winning three league championships and four Empress's Cups in eight years, during which time she scored 69 goals in 110 games.

In 2010, the 5ft 6in striker joined FFC Turbine Potsdam, where she finished as the Bundesliga's top scorer earlier this year and lifted two league titles. She was also twice a UEFA Women's Champions League finalist, defeating Olympique Lyonnais in 2010 before losing to the same opponents a year later.

At the end of her first season in a Chelsea shirt, Ogimi received a nomination for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award, and will participate with the Blues in her homeland this December, after we were invited into the second annual International Women's Club Championship.