Daigo Kobayashi with Stabæk in 2009
|Full name||Daigo Kobayashi|
|Date of birth||19 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1998–2000||Shimizu Commercial High School|
|2009||→ Stabæk (loan)||29||(8)|
|2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||30||(2)|
|2014–2017||New England Revolution||94||(2)|
|2018||Las Vegas Lights||32||(4)|
|2019–||Birmingham Legion FC||19||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2019|
He started up his professional career at Tokyo Verdy where he won the 2004 Emperor's Cup and the 2005 Japanese Super Cup. In the same year, they were relegated from the J1 League, which marked his end in Tokyo. He signed for Omiya Ardija at the start of the 2006 season and quickly became their star player.
The club's successes were limited and after the 2008 season, he was offered the chance to go on trial at Norwegian club Stabæk. His trial was a success, and in February 2009 he was loaned out to the Norwegian champions. He was given the number 10 shirt, which had recently been worn by Veigar Páll Gunnarsson.
On 8 March, he made his official debut for Stabæk in the 2009 Super Cup where the league champions won 3–1 against cup champions Vålerenga, with Kobayashi playing an important part, getting on the score-sheet with a free kick and showing trickery with the ball. Stabæk decided to not to buy him at the end of the season.
On 27 January 2010, Kobayashi signed on a free transfer to the Greek team Iraklis Thessaloniki for 18 months. Kobayashi only appeared in 15 matches for Iraklis. At the end of the 2010–11 season he returned to Japan, signing a deal with Shimizu S-Pulse.
During January 2013 he went on trial with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the MLS. He impressed during his trial stint and signed with the club for the 2013 season. The club declined to offer him a contract for the 2014 season and his rights were traded to New England Revolution before the start of the season in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
He represented Japan U-20 national team at the World Youth Championship in 2003, where they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by eventual champions Brazil. He did not start their first group game, a loss against Colombia, but he started the next two which they won to secure a top spot, including a win against England. He further played in the round of 16 win against South Korea, but had to be replaced early in the quarter finals. He also represented Japan U20 at the AFC Youth Championship in 2002, where they came second, after losing 1–0 in against South Korea in the final.
|Club||Season||League||Domestic Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Tokyo Verdy||2001||J1 League||5||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||5||0|
|Omiya Ardija||2006||J1 League||33||9||2||0||5||1||–||–||40||10|
|Iraklis||2009–10||Super League Greece||8||0||0||0||–||–||–||8||0|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||2011||J1 League||12||0||0||0||1||0||–||–||13||0|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||2013||MLS||30||2||2||1||–||–||–||32||3|
|New England Revolution||2014||MLS||34||0||2||0||–||–||3[f]||0||39||0|
|Las Vegas Lights||2018||USL||32||4||2||0||–||–||–||34||4|
|Birmingham Legion||2019||USL Championship||18||0||1||0||–||–||0||0||19||0|
- Includes the Emperor's Cup, Norwegian Football Cup, Greek Football Cup, Canadian Championship, and U.S. Open Cup
- All appearances in the J.League Cup
- Appearance in the Japanese Super Cup
- Four appearances and one goal in the UEFA Champions League, two appearances in the UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in the Superfinalen
- Appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs
- "Daigo's Diary". goo blog.
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- "Meet our new player at Thursday" (in Norwegian). Stabæk Fotball. 11 February 2009. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009.
- "Iraklis sign Japanese star". Ontheminute.com. 2 February 2010.
- "Whitecaps: Rennie looks to J1 League for midfield linchpin". 22 January 2013. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013.
- "Whitecaps FC deal Daigo Kobayashi's MLS rights to New England Revolution | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "Revolution Transfers 2015: Daigo Kobayashi has a Green Card - The Bent Musket". The Bent Musket. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "LIGHTS FC Q&A WITH ... MIDFIELDER DAIGO KOBAYASHI". lasvegaslightsfc.com. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
- Team, Legion FC Communications (21 January 2019). "Legion FC Signs Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi". Birmingham Legion FC. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
- "FIFA Player Statistics: Daigo KOBAYASHI". FIFA.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Japan National Football Team Database
- "Japan 2 – 0 Trinidad & Tobago". WorldSoccerNews.com. August 2006. Archived from the original on 20 June 2008.
- Daigo Kobayashi at Soccerway
- "Kobayashi career stats". Football Database.eu. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Kobayashi Stabæk stats" (in Norwegian). NIFS. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- Daigo Kobayashi at Major League Soccer
- "Daigo Kobayashi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
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