Keisuke Honda

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Keisuke Honda
本田圭佑
Keisuke Honda Lokomotiv-CSKA 2013 02.jpg
Honda with CSKA Moscow in 2013
Personal information
Full name Keisuke Honda[1]
Date of birth (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Settsu, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 10
Youth career
1994–1998 Settsu FC
1999–2001 Gamba Osaka
2002–2004 Seiryō High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Nagoya Grampus 90 (11)
2008–2010 VVV Venlo 68 (24)
2010–2014 CSKA Moscow 94 (20)
2014– Milan 12 (1)
National team
2005 Japan U20 1 (0)
2006–2008 Japan U23 18 (5)
2008– Japan 53 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:10, 7 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Keisuke Honda (本田 圭佑 Honda Keisuke?, born 13 June 1986) is a Japanese footballer who plays for Serie A club Milan and the Japan national football team. He plays as an attacking midfielder, but he can equally play as a second striker or a deep-lying playmaker.[3] He is also known for his free-kicks, dribbling and ability as a dead ball specialist.

He has earned over 50 international caps since 2008, playing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and winning the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, where he was also voted Player of the Tournament.

Club career[edit]

VVV-Venlo[edit]

On 16 January 2008, Honda signed a two and half-year deal with Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo.[4][5] In his first six months at VVV, he experienced relegation for the first time in his professional career as his new side went down to Eerste Divisie, the second division. In the 2008–09 season, he scored 16 goals in 36 league appearances to help the team back into the Eredivisie.[6] He became known as 'Keizer Keisuke' (Emperor Keisuke) among the club's fans.[7]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

At the end of December 2009, Honda transferred to Russian club CSKA Moscow.[8] Honda signed a 4-year contract.[9] The transfer fee was undisclosed, but VVV-Venlo was said to be very content with the fee as it almost matched their asking price; it is believed to be in the region of €6 million.[7] Honda made his debut for CSKA in the UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla.[10] In the second leg in Seville, he scored the winning goal through a direct free kick for CSKA after having set up the first goal for Tomáš Necid. This secured a 2–1 (3–2 aggregate) victory to send the club to the quarterfinals, making Honda the first Japanese player to be in the quarter-finals as well as the first to score in the knock-out stages. Honda scored his first league goal on 12 March 2010, in the home match against Amkar Perm. He scored the goal in the third minute of injury time, slotting home a pass from Necid with his left. With the goal, he secured the win for CSKA Moscow.[11]

Honda picked up his first piece of silverware with CSKA on 22 May 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute for Alan Dzagoev in a 2-1 defeat of Alania Vladikavkaz in the Russian Cup final.[12] He netted two goals in the first half of CSKA's match against Krylia Sovetov three days later, a match that ended in a 3-0 victory for his side.[13] On 16 September 2012, Honda scored twice off of passes from Ahmed Musa, scoring the only goals in a league victory over Alania.[14]

Honda scoring for CSKA in the Russian Super Cup 2013

On 13 July 2013, Honda scored CSKA's first and third goals in the club's 3-0 victory over Zenit in the Russian Super Cup match in Rostov.[15] In 2013 summer transfer window, he entered the final six months of his contract with CSKA and became free to talk to other clubs, expressing his interest in moving to a bigger club. On 11 December 2013, CSKA announced the conclusion of Honda's time at the club.[16]

Milan[edit]

On 27 October 2013, Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri announced a deal for Honda to join Milan on a free transfer in January 2014.[17][18] Honda officially joined the team on 4 January 2014 on a contract lasting until June 2017 and will wear the number 10 jersey.[19][20]

On 12 January 2014, Honda made his debut coming on as a substitute for Robinho in a 4–3 Serie A defeat to Sassuolo. On 15 January, Honda made his full debut for Milan,[21] scoring in the 3–1 Coppa Italia quarter-final win against Spezia.[22]

International career[edit]

Honda in action for Japan

Senior career[edit]

He was a member of the Japan team for 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and played for the U-23 national team, that qualified for 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament finals. He made a full international debut for Japan on 22 June 2008 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bahrain. On 14 July 2008, he was formally named as one of the midfielders of the Japanese U-23 national football team for the Beijing Olympics football competition.[23] He scored his first goal for the senior national team on 27 May 2009 in a friendly match against Chile at Nagai Stadium in Osaka and has since been given the nickname "Emperor Keisuke". He has scored 20 goals in 52 games for the Japan national football team from his debut in 2008, onwards.

2010 World Cup[edit]

Honda scored the only goal in Japan's World Cup match against Cameroon, finishing off Daisuke Matsui's cross into the top left corner of the net.[24] His performance in the game gained him the Man of the Match Award from FIFA and the 1-0 victory was Japan's first World Cup triumph on foreign soil.[25] In the final group-stage game against Denmark, he scored a magnificent free kick in the 17th minute from 30 yards out.[26] He then turned provider for Shinji Okazaki after making his way into the penalty area, with a Cruyff Turn that beat a Denmark player, in the 88th minute to make the score 3–1 to Japan, a performance that earned him the "Man of the Match" award once more and qualified Japan for the knockout stage.[27] In their Round of 16 matchup, Japan were eliminated by Paraguay, falling 3-5 in penalty kicks after the game finished goalless through extra time.[28]

Jonathan Wilson of The Guardian cited him as a 'false nine': a player superficially employed as a centre forward but moving deeper to pull the opposition defence around the pitch.[29]

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Honda was included in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup by coach Alberto Zaccheroni. In the game against Syria, he scored a penalty kick making the score 2–1 for Japan. In the semi-finals against Korea Republic, he took a penalty kick, but was blocked by Jung Sung-Ryong. However, in the penalty shoot out of the game, he scored and was named "Man of the Match."[30] Honda was awarded the most valuable player of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup as Japan lifted a record fourth continental title.[31]

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification[edit]

Honda missed the majority of the third round of AFC World Cup qualification due to injury he picked up while playing for his club.[32]

During the fourth round of qualifying, on 3 June 2012, in Japan's first game in Group B against Oman, Honda scored a beautiful volley just eleven minutes into the game. The game ended in 3–0 a win for Japan.[33] He continued his scoring streak against Jordan on 8 June 2012, managing to net a hat-trick; Japan went on to win 6–0.[34] He also played a crucial role during their 1-1 draw with Australia on 12 June 2012, during a corner kick, he assisted a goal which was scored by Yuzo Kurihara.[35]

He missed a couple of friendly games and one qualification game due to injury from club duty and was subsequently not included in the squad that was shocked 2-1 by Jordan on 26 March 2013.[36][37] Although not 100 percent fit, Honda was named in the squad for the game against Australia on 4 June 2013, having just won the Russian Cup with his club.[38] All Japan needed from this match was a draw to secure their place for Brazil. He managed to score a goal via penalty kick during extra time from a handball from Matt McKay, making the score 1–1.[39] The result secured Japan's qualification for the World Cup in Brazil and became the first nation to book their place at the tournament.[40]

Having won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, Japan qualified for the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013 and Honda was once again included in Zaccheroni's squad for the tournament.[41] After losing 3-0 to hosts Brazil in the first group match on 15 June 2013,[42] Japan faced Italy in the next game; Honda scored from the penalty spot to put Japan ahead but they fell 4-3 in a pulsating game which dumped the Asian champions out of the competition.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Keisuke Honda's older brother was also a footballer. Honda's great-uncle Daisaburo was a canoeist who represented Japan in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Daisaburo's son Tamon Honda participated in three Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling in 1984, 1988, and 1992 and is now a professional wrestler.[44] He married a kindergarten teacher in 2008, named Misako, and has a son with her.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 7 April 2014
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nagoya Grampus 2004 0 0 - 1 0 - - 1 0
2005 31 2 2 0 2 0 - - 35 2
2006 29 6 1 0 4 2 - - 34 8
2007 30 3 2 0 3 0 - - 35 3
Total 90 11 5 0 10 2 0 0 0 0 105 13
VVV-Venlo 2007–08 14 2 - - - 3 0 17 2
2008–095 36 16 1 0 - - - 37 16
2009–10 18 6 2 2 - - - 20 8
Total 68 24 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 74 26
CSKA Moscow 2010 28 4 5 0 - 12 2 1 0 46 6
2011–12 25 8 1 0 - 1 0 1 0 28 8
2012–13 23 7 3 1 - 2 1 - 28 9
2013–14 18 1 0 0 - 5 2 1 2 24 5
Total 89 20 9 1 0 0 20 5 3 2 121 28
Milan 2013–14 12 1 2 1 - - - 14 2
Total 12 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Career total 259 56 19 4 10 2 20 5 6 2 314 69

1Includes Emperor's Cup, Russian Cup and Coppa Italia.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

4Includes Eredivisie/Eerste Divisie Relegation and Russian Super Cup.

5VVV-Venlo was relegated to Eerste Divisie for 2008–09 season

International[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 10 3
2010 12 3
2011 8 2
2012 9 4
2013 12 8
2014 1 0
Total 53 20

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.

Under-23[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 August 2006 China Qinhuangdao Olympic Stadium, Qinhuangdao  China PR 1–0 2–0 Friendly Match
2. 29 November 2006 Qatar Qatar SC Stadium, Doha  Pakistan 1–0 3–2 2006 Asian Games
3. 18 April 2007 Syria Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus  Syria 1–0 2–0 2008 Summer Olympics qualification
4. 16 May 2007 Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3–0 4–0 2008 Summer Olympics qualification
5. 17 November 2007 Vietnam My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi  Vietnam 3–0 4–0 2008 Summer Olympics qualification

Senior team[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 May 2009 Japan Nagai Stadium, Osaka  Chile 4–0 4–0 2009 Kirin Cup
2. 10 October 2009 Japan Nissan Stadium, Yokohama  Scotland 2–0 2–0 Friendly Match (2009 Kirin Challenge Cup)
3. 14 October 2009 Japan Miyagi Stadium, Rifu  Togo 5–0 5–0 Friendly Match (2009 Kirin Challenge Cup)
4. 3 March 2010 Japan Toyota Stadium, Toyota  Bahrain 2–0 2–0 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5. 14 June 2010 South Africa Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein  Cameroon 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup
6. 24 June 2010 South Africa Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg  Denmark 1–0 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
7. 13 January 2011 Qatar Qatar SC Stadium, Doha  Syria 2–1 2–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup
8. 10 August 2011 Japan Sapporo Dome, Sapporo  South Korea 2–0 3–0 Friendly Match (2011 Kirin Challenge Cup)
9. 3 June 2012 Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  Oman 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 8 June 2012 Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  Jordan 2–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 3–0
12. 5–0
13. 6 February 2013 Japan Home's Stadium Kobe, Kobe  Latvia 2–0 3–0 Friendly
14. 4 June 2013 Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  Australia 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 19 June 2013 Brazil Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife  Italy 1–0 3–4 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
16. 14 August 2013 Japan Miyagi Stadium, Rifu  Uruguay 2–4 2–4 Friendly
17. 6 September 2013 Japan Nagai Stadium, Osaka  Guatemala 1–0 3–0 Friendly
18. 10 September 2013 Japan International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa  Ghana 3–1 3–1 Friendly
19. 16 November 2013 Belgium Cristal Arena, Genk  Netherlands 2–2 2–2 Friendly
20. 19 November 2013 Belgium King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 2–1 3–2 Friendly
As of 22 November 2013.[45]

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Result
Start Sub
 Japan 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship U-20 1 0 0 Round of 16
 Japan 2008 Summer Olympics qualification U-22 10 0 3 Qualified
 Japan 2008 Summer Olympics U-23 3 0 0 Round 1
 Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 1 2 0 Qualified
 Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 1 2 1 Qualified
 Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup Senior 4 0 2 Round of 16
 Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup Senior 5 0 1 Champions
 Japan 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 6 0 5 Qualified
 Japan 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 3 0 1 Round 1

Honours[edit]

Japan[edit]

Club[edit]

VVV-Venlo
CSKA Moscow

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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