* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013
Yasuhito Endō(遠藤 保仁,Endō Yasuhito?, born 28 January 1980 in Kagoshima City in Kagoshima Prefecture) is a Japanese footballer, who currently plays for the J. League team Gamba Osaka. His older brother Akihiro, who retired in 2008, is also a former professional footballer, and was selected as one of Japan under-23 national football team members played at 1996 Olympics. He is considered a cult hero at Gamba Osaka and the Japan National Football Team. It is because he has formidable passing ability, leadership, and goal scoring ability. He is also known for his excellent accuracy on free kicks and is revered as one of Japan's most creative midfielders of his generation, despite playing domestically in his home country.
Endō played 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and Japan finished 2nd place, losing to Spain in the final. Since 2002, Endō has been a member of the senior national team, and was selected for Japan's 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup squad. On 24 June 2010, Endō scored from a free-kick against Denmark in a 3–1 win as Japan qualified for the second round of the World Cup. On 12 October 2010, he became the 4th player to earn 100th full international cap for Japan in a friendly match against South Korea. On 16 October 2012, Endo became Japan's most capped player in a friendly against Brazil. His start in this match was his 123rd appearance for the national team, surpassing Masami Ihara's previous record of 122 caps.