Yūki Ōtsu

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Yūki Ōtsu
Yuki Otsu 2012 Borussia Mönchengladbach (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Yūki Ōtsu
Date of birth (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kashiwa Reysol
Number 10
Youth career
Shinshō Tokiwa SSS
Kashima Antlers
2005–2008 Seiritsu Gakuen High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Kashiwa Reysol 66 (7)
2011–2012 Borussia M'gladbach 3 (0)
2011–2012 Borussia M'gladbach II 9 (0)
2012–2015 VVV-Venlo 50 (6)
2015– Kashiwa Reysol 0 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Japan U23 16 (6)
2013 Japan 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 August 2012

Yūki Ōtsu (大津 祐樹 Ōtsu Yūki?, born 24 March 1990) is a Japanese footballer who plays for Japanese J. League Division 1 club Kashiwa Reysol as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

On 21 July 2011, Ōtsu was signed by German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach on a three-year contract.[1] He made his league debut on 22 October 2011, coming on as a late substitute for Mike Hanke,[2] in a 1–0 away defeat against 1899 Hoffenheim.[3]

VVV-Venlo[edit]

After having lost prospect with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Ōtsu signed with Dutch Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo until the summer of 2014 on On 31 August 2012.[4] He was supposed to succeed his countryman Keisuke Honda who had impressed and made a transfer to AC Milan half a year earlier. However, on 15 December 2013, Ōtsu badly injured his achilles tendon. After a long time rehabilitation, Ōtsu became fit again with the result VVV-Venlo extended his expiring contract until the summer of 2015.[5]

Return to Kashiwa Reysol[edit]

On 13 December 2014, it was announced that Otsu leaves VVV-Venlo in the winter transfer window. He had signed a deal with his former team Kashiwa Reysol.[6]

International career[edit]

On 2 July 2012, Ōtsu was included in the 2012 Summer Olympics squad by Japan under-23s manager Takashi Sekizuka.[7] He made his debut in their opening match on 26 July 2012 against Spain at Hampden Park, Glasgow, where he scored the opening and winning goal.[8] He then went on to score in both Japan's quarter-final and semi-final against Egypt and Mexico respectively. On 31 January 2013, Ōtsu was included in the Japan senior national team squad in a friendly against Latvia by head coach Alberto Zaccheroni. On 6 February 2013, Ōtsu made his debut for the national team, replacing Shinji Okazaki in the 82nd minute.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 1 September 2014.[9][10][11]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kashiwa Reysol 2008 14 0 2 0 3 0 19 0
2009 33 6 1 0 5 2 39 8
2010 9 1 1 0 10 1
2011 10 0 1 0 11 0
Total 66 7 4 0 9 2 79 9
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2011–12 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 3 0 1 0 4 0
VVV-Venlo 2012–13 22 1 1 0 - 23 1
2013-14 20 4 2 0 - 22 4
2014-15 8 1 1 0 - 10 1
Total 50 6 4 0 54 6
Career total 120 13 9 0 9 2 137 15

1Includes Emperor's Cup, DFB-Pokal and KNVB Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

International[edit]

As of 10 August 2012