Maya Yoshida

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Maya Yoshida
吉田麻也
Yoshida Maya.jpg
Yoshida playing for Japan at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup open match Brazil in 2013
Personal information
Full name Maya Yoshida[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 3
Youth career
2001–2006 Nagoya Grampus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Nagoya Grampus 71 (5)
2010–2012 VVV-Venlo 54 (5)
2012– Southampton 40 (1)
National team
2008–2012 Japan U23 12 (1)
2010– Japan 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:15, 22 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Maya Yoshida (吉田 麻也 Yoshida Maya?, born 24 August 1988) is a Japanese football player who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Southampton.

Career[edit]

Japan and The Netherlands[edit]

Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Yoshida had been a defensive midfielder when playing for Grampus's youth team, but was converted to a centre back after promotion to its top team in 2007. In the 2008 season, he was in the starting lineup for most of the league matches with his Serbian teammate Miloš Bajalica. He earned a call-up for Japan's U-23 team in April 2008 and was a member of the Japan team for the 2008 Summer Olympic finals.[3] He scored Nagoya Grampus's historical first goal in the AFC Champions League in the game against Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i on 10 March 2009. He was called up for the national team for the game against Yemen in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification. In December 2009, it was announced that he had transferred to Dutch club VVV-Venlo.[4] He scored a bicycle kick goal for VVV-Venlo off a corner kick on 11 September 2011 against PSV Eindhoven. The match ended in a 3–3 draw. This goal was awarded as " Goal of the Year 2011–2012 " of the Dutch premier Football League. In this season Maya Yoshida scored as a central defender 5 goals in total.

He made his full international debut for Japan on 6 January 2010 in a 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen.

Southampton[edit]

On 30 August 2012, he agreed to join Southampton on a three-year contract for a fee thought to be in the region of £3 million.[5][6] He made his debut for the Saints on 15 September 2012, against Arsenal in a 6–1 defeat, coming on as a 28th minute substitute for Jos Hooiveld. He then made his home debut in a 4–1 win over Aston Villa, playing the whole 90 minutes.

On 9 August 2013, it was announced that Yoshida would be on the front cover of the Japanese Edition of FIFA 14.[7]

He scored his first goal for Southampton in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland in the League Cup on 6 November 2013.[8] He scored his first Premier League goal in a 3–1 defeat at West Ham United on 22 February 2014 after a Steven Davis free kick.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 27 August 2013[10][11]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nagoya Grampus 2007 19 0 2 1 3 0 - - 24 1
2008 22 1 3 1 4 0 - - 29 2
2009 30 4 6 1 1 1 11 2 - 48 8
Total 71 5 11 3 8 1 11 2 - 101 11
VVV-Venlo 2009–10 0 0 - - - - 0 0
2010–11 20 0 - - - 4 0 24 0
2011–12 32 5 1 0 - - 4 0 37 5
2012–13 2 0 - - - - 2 0
Total 54 5 1 0 - - 8 0 63 5
Southampton 2012–13 32 0 1 0 1 0 - - 34 0
2013–14 8 1 2 0 3 1 - - 13 2
Total 40 1 3 0 4 1 - - 47 2
Career total 165 12 15 3 11 1 12 2 8 0 211 18

1Includes Emperor's Cup, KNVB Cup and FA Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup and Football League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.

See also[edit]

  • List of Japanese footballers playing in Europe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 September 2012. p. 29. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Maya Yoshida". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maya Yoshida Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Nagoya's Yoshida to join Venlo, wsn.com, 28 December 2009
  5. ^ "Japan's Yoshida Set For Saints". Southampton FC. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Southampton sign Maya Yoshida, Japan's Olympic captain". BBC Sport. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Saints agree partnership with EA SPORTS". Southampton FC. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sunderland 2 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Hassan, Nabil (22 February 2014). "West Ham 3 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Maya Yoshida : Record worldfootball.net
  11. ^ Japan – Maya Yoshida – Profile: Soccerway

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