Kashima stopper Hitoshi Sogahata announces his retirement

Sat 26 December 2020 | 9:20

Kashima Antlers and former Japan international goalkeeper hung up his boots on Thursday and ended his career with 533 games in the J. League.

The 41-year-old


came out of


’s youth program and has played for the same club since 1998 and won a host of titles with Kashima, including seven J1 titles, four Emperor’s Cups, five League Cups, and one Asian Champions League title.

“I was born and raised in Kashima and started as one of their supporters,”

he said.

“I’ve never thought I’d be able to play on for this long. Everything here is something I treasure.”

Sogahata capped four times for Japan national team and he also played as an overage player in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

source: SportMob

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