Yūichi Komano

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Yūichi Komano
Personal information
Full name Yūichi Komano[1]
Date of birth (1981-07-25) 25 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Kainan, Wakayama, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Júbilo Iwata
Number 5
Youth career
1997–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 191 (9)
2008– Júbilo Iwata 140 (6)
National team
2000–2001 Japan U-20 10 (0)
2002 Japan U-23 4 (0)
2005– Japan 78 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Yūichi Komano (駒野 友一 Komano Yūichi?, born 25 July 1981) is a Japanese football player. He plays for J. League division 1 side Júbilo Iwata. He is right-footed and mainly plays right full back for the club but he is often employed in the left for Japan national football team.

Playing career[edit]

Komano played for his local junior high school team. He was invited for trials from several clubs including Gamba Osaka, JEF United Ichihara, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and local high school powerhouse Hatsushiba Hashimoto. He decided to join Sanfrecce Hiroshima and entered Yoshida High School in Hiroshima.

He has been the first-choice right back for the club since 2001 when he is available. He suffered from several serious injuries and illnesses. He damaged the cruciate ligaments of his left knee in the match against Yokohama FC on 16 August 2003. While he was in hospital, he suffered from a venous thrombosis. Because of these, he was sidelined until April 2004. He broke his left collar bone in an Olympic game against Ghana in August 2004. In September of the same year, he also suffered from a uveitis problem that might have caused blindness.

Komano represented Japan at the 2004 Olympics. He made his full international debut for Japan on 3 August 2005 in an East Asian Cup match against China. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals as a backup for first-choice Akira Kaji.[2] Because of Kaji's injury, Komano played in Japan's opening game against Australia. He was also a member for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals. He played all the Japan games except one for which he wasn't eligible due to suspension. Komano moved to Júbilo Iwata for the 2008 season after Hiroshima was relegated to J. League division 2.

On 29 June 2010, Komano missed a penalty in a penalty shoot-out against Paraguay as Japan lost 5–3 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup second round.[3]

Komano scored his first international goal in a friendly against Tajikistan on 11 October 2011 at Nagai Stadium.

Career statistics[edit]

Last update: 4 February 2010

Club performance League Cup League Cup Intercontinental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2000 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J. League Division 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 - - 4 0
2001 24 1 2 0 3 0 - - 29 1
2002 27 1 4 0 2 0 - - 33 1
2003 J. League Division 2 23 0 - - - - 23 0
2004 J. League Division 1 18 1 1 0 3 0 - - 22 1
2005 34 2 1 0 4 0 - - 39 2
2006 31 2 2 1 1 0 - - 34 3
2007 34 2 5 1 3 0 - - 42 3
2008 Júbilo Iwata 34 1 - 1 1 - - 35 2
2009 34 1 1 0 1 0 - - 36 1
2010 23 0 - 4 0 - - 27 0
2011 34 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 39 2
2012 34 3 1 0 4 0 - - 39 3
Career total 350 16 21 2 30 1 1 0 402 19

[4]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 5 0
2006 10 0
2007 12 0
2008 13 0
2009 9 0
2010 11 0
2011 7 1
2012 5 0
2013 6 0
Total 78 1

National team career statistics[edit]

Appearances in Major Competitions[edit]

Year Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
2001 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship U-20 3 0 0 Round 1
2004 2004 Summer Olympics U-23 2 0 0 Round 1
2006 2006 FIFA World Cup Senior 1 0 0 Round 1
2006 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 4 0 0 Qualified
2007 2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior 5 0 0 4th place
2008–2009 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 5 0 0 Round of 16
2009–2010 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 1 0 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Júbilo Iwata

Japan[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • J. League Best XI (1) : 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ FIFA.com
  3. ^ Fletcher, Paul (29 June 2010). "Paraguay 0–0 Japan (5–3 pens)". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Yūichi Komano at National-Football-Teams.com

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