Daigo Kobayashi

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Daigo Kobayashi
Daigo Kobayashi 04.JPG
Daigo Kobayashi with Stabæk in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-02-19) 19 February 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 16
Youth career
1998–2000 Shimizu Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Tokyo Verdy 104 (4)
2006–2009 Omiya Ardija 90 (14)
2009 Stabæk (loan) 29 (8)
2010 Iraklis 14 (0)
2011–2012 Shimizu S-Pulse 29 (0)
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 30 (2)
2014– New England Revolution 17 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Japan U20
2006 Japan 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Daigo Kobayashi (born 19 February 1983) is a Japanese football player, who plays for New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

He started up his professional career at Tokyo Verdy where he won the Emperor's Cup in 2004 and the Super Cup in 2005.[1] In the same year they were relegated from the J-League, which marked his end in Tokyo. He signed for Omiya Ardija at the start of the 2006 season and quickly became their star player.[2] After the 2006 FIFA World Cup he played his first and only international match.

The club's successes were limited and after the 2008 season, he was offered the chance to go on trial at Norwegian club Stabæk. His trial was a success, and in February 2009 he was loaned out to the Norwegian champions.[3] He was given the number 10 shirt, which had recently been worn by Veigar Páll Gunnarsson.[4]

On 8 March, he made his official debut for Stabæk in the 2009 Super Cup where the league champions won 3–1 against cup champions Vålerenga, with Kobayashi playing an important part, getting on the score-sheet with a free kick and showing trickery with the ball. Stabæk decided to not to buy him at the end of the season.

On 27 January 2010, Kobayashi signed on a free transfer to the Greek team Iraklis for 18 months.[5] Kobayashi only appeared in 15 matches for Iraklis. At the end of the 2010–11 season he returned to Japan, signing a deal with Shimizu S-Pulse.

During January 2013 he went on trial with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the MLS.[6] He impressed during his trial stint and signed with the club for the 2013 season. The club declined to offer him a contract for the 2014 season and his rights were traded to New England Revolution before the start of the season.[7]

National team[edit]

He represented Japan U20 at the FIFA World Youth Championship in 2003, where they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by eventual champions Brazil. He did not start their first group game, a loss against Colombia, but he started the next two which they won to secure a top spot, including a win against England. He further played in the round of 16 win against South Korea, but had to be replaced early in the quarter finals.[8] He also represented Japan U20 at the AFC Youth Championship in 2002, where they came second, after losing 1–0 in against South Korea in the final.

He made his first cap for Japan in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago on 9 August 2006, coming on as a 56th minute substitute for Koji Yamase[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 February 2013 [10][11][12][13]

Club performance League Cup Other tournament Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2002 21 1 1 0 6 0 28 1
2003 19 0 2 0 5 0 26 0
2004 27 0 5 0 7 4 39 4
2005 32 3 1 1 5 1 38 5
2006 Omiya Ardija 33 9 2 0 5 1 40 10
2007 24 2 1 0 3 1 28 3
2008 33 3 1 0 6 1 40 4
Norway League Norwegian Cup Super Cup Europe Total
2009 Stabæk Tippeligaen 29 8 4 3 1 1 6 1 40 13
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Iraklis Super League 8 0 0 0 8 0
2010–11 6 0 1 0 7 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2011 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2012 17 0 1 0 7 2 25 2
Canada League Canadian Championship League Cup North America Total
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps MLS 30 2 2 1 32 3
Total Japan 223 18 14 1 45 10 0 0 282 29
Norway 29 8 4 3 1 1 6 1 40 13
Greece 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Canada 30 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 32 3
Career total 296 28 21 5 46 11 6 1 369 45

International[edit]

[11]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daigo's Diary". goo blog. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Mike Furtho on Daigo Kobayashi". JapaneseSoccer.net. 
  3. ^ "Here is Stabæk's new number 10" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 11 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Meet our new player at Thursday" (in Norwegian). Stabæk Fotball. 11 February 2009. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Iraklis sign Japanese star". Ontheminute.com. 2 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Whitecaps: Rennie looks to J-League for midfield linchpin". 22 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Whitecaps FC deal Daigo Kobayashi's MLS rights to New England Revolution | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Daigo KOBAYASHI". FIFA.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Japan 2 – 0 Trinidad & Tobago". WorldSoccerNews.com. August 2006. 
  10. ^ "Kobayashi career stats". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Daigo Kobayashi". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kobayashi Stabæk stats" (in Norwegian). NIFS. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Kobayashi UEFA stats". UEFA. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

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