Yasuhito Endō

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Yasuhito Endō
Yasuhito-Endo-Japan- 2010.jpg
Endō playing for Japan in 2010
Personal information
Full name Yasuhito Endō[1]
Date of birth (1980-01-28) 28 January 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Kagoshima City,
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gamba Osaka
Number 7
Youth career
1995–1997 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Yokohama Flügels 16 (1)
1999–2001 Kyoto Purple Sanga 53 (9)
2001– Gamba Osaka 413 (84)
National team
1998–1999 Japan U-20 11 (1)
1999 Japan U-23 7 (0)
2002–[3] Japan 146 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2014

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.[4] 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 as well as one of the most talented Japanese footballers of his generation, despite playing domestically in his home country.


In 2011, he became the first J. League player to be named in the J. League Best Eleven 9 times. In 2009, he was named "Player of the Year" by the Asian Football Confederation.[5]

In 2012, he extended his record and became the first Japanese player to be selected in the J. League Best Eleven ten consecutive times in a row in the midfield position.[6]

International career[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] His start in this match was his 123rd appearance for the national team, surpassing Masami Ihara's previous record of 122 caps.[9]

ACL 2008
Endō playing for Gamba Osaka in 2011



  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "National Team Squad". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "ENDO Yasuhito". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  4. ^ (Japanese) Players | GAMBA OSAKA Official Site
  5. ^ "Japan's Yasuhito Endō Named AFC Player of the Year". Goal.com. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "J. League Awards 2012". J. League. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  7. ^ FIFA.com
  8. ^ Sheringham, Sam (24 June 2010). "Denmark 1–3 Japan". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "SOCCER/ Endo's Japan record ruined by Brazil thumping". Asahi Shimbun. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2931/go-global/2011/06/27/2550033/world-player-of-the-week-yasuhito-endo-gamba-osaka

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