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 65 (44)
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]


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.

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.[5]

International goal[edit]


# 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




  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. ^ . 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)
  6. ^ "Mahdavikia scoops Asian best player award". FIFA. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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