Yoshito Ōkubo

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Yoshito Ōkubo
Personal information
Full name Yoshito Ōkubo[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan
Height 5 ft 6.9 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kawasaki Frontale
Number 13
Youth career
1998–2000 Kunimi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Cerezo Osaka 116 (57)
2005–2006 Mallorca (loan) 39 (5)
2007–2008 Vissel Kobe 62 (25)
2009 VfL Wolfsburg 9 (0)
2009–2012 Vissel Kobe 98 (29)
2013– Kawasaki Frontale 52 (37)
National team
2003–[2] Japan 60 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Yoshito Ōkubo (大久保 嘉人 Ōkubo Yoshito?, born 9 June 1982, Kanda, Fukuoka) is a Japanese football player, he is a forward and currently plays for Kawasaki Frontale.[3]

Career[edit]

On 3 January 2009, Vissel announced his transfer to VfL Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga.[4] and turned after just six months back to Vissel Kobe There he became the first Japanese striker who won the German Bundesliga title.

After Vissel Kobe was relegated to the J. League Division 2 in 2013 season, Okubo transferred to Kawasaki Frontale. An ever-present figure and a regular starting eleven in Kawasaki, he scored 26 goals in his debut season in the Kanagawa Prefecture football club and cliched top scorer of 2013 J. League Division 1 season.

Statistics[edit]

Updated 6 February 2013.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2001 Cerezo Osaka J. League 1 20 2 3 0 1 1 - 24 3
2002 J. League 2 29 18 2 1 - - 31 19
2003 J. League 1 24 16 5 4 3 0 - 32 20
2004 22 15 1 0 2 0 - 25 15
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2004–05 Mallorca La Liga 13 3 - - - 13 3
2005–06 26 2 1 1 - - 27 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2006 Cerezo Osaka J. League 1 21 6 - - - 21 6
2007 Vissel Kobe 31 14 2 1 5 0 - 38 15
2008 31 11 - 1 1 - 32 12
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2008–09 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 9 0 2 0 - 2 0 13 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2009 Vissel Kobe J. League 1 19 8 1 1 - - 20 9
2010 17 4 1 1 - - 18 5
2011 30 9 1 0 1 0 - 32 9
2012 26 4 1 0 3 2 - 30 6
2013 Kawasaki Frontale 33 27 2 2 8 4 - 43 33
2014 19 11 - - 0 0 8 1 27 12
Country Japan 315 142 19 10 24 8 8 1 367 161
Spain 39 5 1 1 - - 40 6
Germany 9 0 2 0 - 2 0 13 0
Total 364 147 22 11 24 8 8 1 420 167

[5]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 14 0
2004 3 0
2005 2 0
2006 0 0
2007 2 2
2008 12 3
2009 9 0
2010 11 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 0 0
2014 3 1
Total 57 6

International career[edit]

Okubo was part of the Japanese 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, having finished fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy and Ghana.

He made his international debut on 31 May 2003 in a friendly against Korea Republic at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he was sent on to the pitch to replace Takayuki Suzuki.[2] Okubo scored his first international goal on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against Egypt at Nagai Stadium in Osaka.[2]

Okubo's selection for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the big surprise of coach Alberto Zaccheroni's squad announcement. The forward had previously played just once for the coach in four years.[6]

National team career statistics[edit]

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 3 0 0 Round 1
2004 Olympics U-23 3 0 2 Round 1
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 0 1 0 Qualified
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 4 0 2 -

Goals for senior national team[edit]

[2]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
2. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
3. 6 February 2008 Saitama, Japan  Thailand 4–1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 2 June 2008 Yokohama, Japan  Oman 3–0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 13 November 2008 Kobe, Japan  Syria 3–1 Won Friendly
6. 6 June 2014 Florida, United States  Zambia 4–3 Won Friendly

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

VfL Wolfsburg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "OKUBO Yoshito". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  3. ^ "Stats Centre: Yoshito Okubo Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "FW大久保嘉人選手の海外移籍について" (in Japanese). vissel-kobe.co.jp. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Yoshito Ōkubo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  6. ^ . Japan Times http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/05/12/soccer/international-soccer/okubo-surprise-pick-japan-names-world-cup-squad/#.U4mhQvldUrU.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Mahdavikia scoops Asian best player award". FIFA. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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