Hisato Satō

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Hisato Satō
Hisato Sato.jpg
Satō in 2004
Personal information
Full name Hisato Satō
Date of birth (1982-03-12) March 12, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Number 11
Youth career
1994–1999 JEF United Ichihara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 JEF United Ichihara 22 (2)
2002 Cerezo Osaka (loan) 13 (2)
2003-2004 Vegalta Sendai 74 (29)
2005– Sanfrecce Hiroshima 282 (146)
National team
2000–2001 Japan U-20 8 (5)
2006–[1] Japan 31 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 December 2010

Hisato Satō (佐藤 寿人 Satō Hisato?, born March 12, 1982 in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League.[2] He is a left-footed forward.

Playing career[edit]

Sato is a product of JEF United Ichiahra's youth system. He was promoted to JEF's top team in 2000. His first league appearance came on April 15, 2000 against Jubilo Iwata. He scored his first league goal on March 21, 2001 against Jubilo Iwata.

Frustrated with the lack of play, he decided to move to division 2 side Cerezo Osaka in 2002. Cerezo's coach Akihiro Nishimura rated him highly as Sato had played for Japan's youth team in the previous year which was also managed by Nishimura. However, he suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the beginning of the season, and found himself playing not many games with Akinori Nishizawa and Yoshito Okubo ahead of him in the pecking order. The club finished 2nd and was promoted to Division 1.

Sato was loaned out to fellow J1 side Vegalta Sendai in the 2003 season. He finally became a first-choice forward playing 30 games with 9 goals. Despite his efforts, Sendai was relegated to J2. His loan contract became a permanent one and he played 44 league games with 20 goals for Sendai in the 2005 season but failed to navigate the club to J1.

He was transferred to J1 side Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the 2005 season. He recorded a hat trick twice and scored 18 goals in the season.

Sato made his international debut for Japan on February 11, 2006 in a friendly against the United States.[1] He scored his first international goal on February 22, 2006 in an Asian Cup qualifier against India.[1] In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was regularly picked for the Japan national team, but left out of the final squad by national coach Zico.

Sato was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 Asian Cup finals and played four games in the tournament all as a substitute.[1]

He is the record holder of the fastest goal in J. League. He scored for Hiroshima after 8 seconds from the kick-off on April 22, 2006 against Cerezo Osaka.

His twin brother Yuto is also a professional footballer who plays for JEF United Ichihara and up to now was capped once on the international level.[3] Filippo Inzaghi is his inspiration. His play style is similar to that of Filippo Inzaghi.

Honors and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 July 2013
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2000 JEF United Ichihara J. League Division 1 8 0 3 0 4 2 - 15 2
2001 14 2 - 3 1 - 17 3
2002 Cerezo Osaka J. League Division 2 13 2 4 3 - - 17 5
2003 Vegalta Sendai J. League Division 1 30 9 1 0 6 4 - 37 13
2004 J. League Division 2 44 20 2 0 - - 46 20
2005 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J. League Division 1 32 18 2 0 6 2 - 40 20
2006 33 18 2 2 4 2 - 39 22
2007 34 12 5 1 6 1 - 45 14
2008 J. League Division 2 40 28 2 2 - - 42 30
2009 J. League Division 1 34 15 1 1 5 5 - 40 21
2010 27 10 - 2 1 6 1 35 12
2011 33 11 2 2 2 1 - 37 14
2012 34 22 1 1 6 3 *3 3 44 29
2013 15 12 0 0 2 1 3 0 20 13
2014 27 10 3 0 5 5 0 0 35 15
Career total 418 189 23 12 51 28 *12 *4 509 233

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 12 3
2007 7 0
2008 6 0
2009 3 1
2010 3 0
Total 31 4

International goals[edit]

Last update: 18 November 2009[1]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. Feb 22, 2006 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan  India 6-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. Mar 30, 2006 Ōita Stadium, Ōita, Japan  Ecuador 1-0 Won Friendly Match
3. Aug 16, 2006 Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan  Yemen 2-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
4. Nov 18, 2009 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 4-0 Won 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "SATO Hisato". Japan National Football Team Database. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Hisato Satō Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Japan 2 - 0 Yemen". The Rising Sun News. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

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