Minori Sato

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Minori Sato
Personal information
Full name Minori Sato
Date of birth (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Gunma, Japan
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bunyodkor
Number 9
Youth career
2006–2008 Maebashi Ikuei High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Thespa Kusatsu 22 (0)
2010 Indiana Invaders 10 (1)
2010–2011 Puebla 1 (0)
2010 Gulbene-2005 (loan) 7 (10)
2011 Ventspils 12 (0)
2011–2012 Skonto Riga 40 (4)
2013 Dinamo Brest 25 (2)
2014– Bunyodkor 15 (1)
National team
2009-2010 Japan U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 March 2014

Minori Sato (佐藤 穣 Satō Minori?, born March 2, 1991) is a Japanese footballer, who currently plays for FC Bunyodkor in the Uzbek League.

Career[edit]

Sato started his professional career in the J. League Division 2. In 2010,[1] after a trial with the Primera División de México club Puebla FC, he signed a 4-year contract. The same year he was sent on loan to FB Gulbene, that time playing in the Latvian First League, in order to gain experience before joining Puebla FC back from loan. He scored 10 goals in 7 games there, attracting interest from other Latvian clubs. In March, 2011 he signed a contract with Virsliga club FK Ventspils for one season. He managed to win the Latvian Cup with the team, beating Liepājas Metalurgs in the final.[2] He played 12 matches there, without scoring any goals before being transferred to another Latvian Higher League team Skonto Riga in August 2011. Sato played 38 league matches, scoring 3 goals for Skonto during 2 seasons in the Latvian Higher League with the club. In March 2013 he was transferred to the Belarusian Premier League club Dinamo Brest.[3]

In March 2014 Sato signed a two-year contract with FC Bunyodkor in the Uzbek League,[4][5][6] and upon making his debut became Bunyodkor's 25th foreign representative.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 November 2014[8]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Thespa Kusatsu 2009 21 0 1 0 - - 22 0
Indiana Invaders 2010 10 1 - - - 10 1
FB Gulbene 2005 (loan) 2010 7 10 1 1 - - 8 11
FK Ventspils 2011 12 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 19 0
Skonto Riga 13 3 0 0 - - 13 3
2012 23 0 4 0 0 0 - 27 0
Dinamo Brest 2013 27 0 0 0 - - 27 0
Bunyodkor 2014 15 1 4 0 0 0 - 19 1
Career total 128 15 13 1 1 0 3 0 145 16

1Includes Emperor's Cup, Latvian Football Cup and Uzbekistan Cup

2Includes UEFA Europa League and AFC Champions League

3Includes Baltic League.

Awards and honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Latvia FB Gulbene 2005
Latvia FK Ventspils
Latvia Skonto FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players 4 year sinning contract". Retrieved Novemvember 12 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Ventspils" paraksta līgumus ar japāņiem Sato un Šibamuru (in Latvian) Sportacentrs.com
  3. ^ http://www.skontofc.com/index.php?zina=277
  4. ^ "Бунёдкор" подписал японца. Championat.asia (in Russian). 2014-03-13. 
  5. ^ О Экс-игрок брестского "Динамо" Минори Сато подписал контракт с чемпионами Узбекистана. Прессбол (in Russian). 2014-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Bunyodkor sign contract with Minori Sato". UZdaily. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sato Minori is 25-foreigner". FC Bunyodkor. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Japan - Minori Sato - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway