Atsushi Shimono

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Atsushi Shimono
Atsushi Shimono 2013.jpg
Atsushi Shimono (in white) turning out for Woodlands Wellington and tussling for the ball with Warriors F.C. marquee signing, Kazuyuki Toda (in dark blue), during a S.League match on February 21, 2013.
Personal information
Full name Atsushi Shimono
Date of birth (1988-04-27) April 27, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Midorino SSS
Yamato Mateus
Tsukimino Secondary School
Yamato Minami High School
JAPAN Soccer College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Albirex Niigata Singapore 110 (8)
2013–2014 Woodlands Wellington 17 (1)
2015 Hougang United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2015.

Atsushi Shimono (下野 淳 Shimono Atsushi?, born April 27, 1988 in Kanagawa) is a Japanese football player.[1]

He has played for Albirex Niigata Singapore FC, Woodlands Wellington[2] and Hougang United FC in the S.League, primarily as a defensive midfielder. He can also operate effectively as a deep-lying playmaker.

Shimono is known for his distribution of the ball and technical ability. In recognition of his talent, he was named in the starting lineup of The New Paper's 2012 S.League team of the year.[3]

Club career[edit]

A school team player for his alma maters Tsukimino Secondary School and Yamato Minami High School, Shimono's ability was recognized when he was one of several young players drafted into Albirex Niigata (S)'s squad during the 2009 S.League, along with Kenji Adachihara, Ryuta Hayashi and Takasuke Goto, while he was playing for the Japan Soccer College in the Hokushin'etsu Football League. This was made possible due to Japan Soccer College's official affiliation with Albirex Niigata (S)'s parent club, Albirex Niigata, and its players are often selected to turn out for the satellite Albirex Niigata (S) squad in the S.League.

Shimono made his debut in 2009 for the White Swans under then-Albirex coach, Naoki Naruo, in a match against Geylang United on 17 February 2009 which the Eagles won with a 3-1 scoreline.

To date, Shimono has played a total of 110 matches in the S.League for Albirex Niigata (S), and an additional 20 matches in domestic cup competitions like the Singapore Cup and League Cup.[4]

On 7 December 2012, it was announced that Shimono had completed his transfer from Albirex Niigata (S) to Woodlands Wellington.[5]

He made his debut for Woodlands Wellington on 21 February 2013 in a 2-2 draw against Warriors F.C..[6] and scored his first goal for Woodlands Wellington incidentally in the reverse fixture against the Warriors on 25 May 2013.[7]

Club Career Statistics[edit]

As of 16 July 2013

Atsushi Shimono's Profile

Club Performance League Cup League Cup Total
Singapore S.League Singapore Cup League Cup
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Apps Goals
Albirex Niigata (S) 2009 16 (9) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 16 (9) 1
2010 30 2 3 0 1 0 9 0 0 34 2
2011 27 (4) 3 6 1 4 0 2 0 0 37 (4) 4
2012 24 2 3 0 3 1 3 0 0 30 3
Woodlands Wellington 2013 17 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 22 1
All numbers encased in brackets signify substitute appearances.



Singapore Singapore League Cup