Sato in 2004
|Full name||Hisato Sato|
|Date of birth||March 12, 1982|
|Place of birth||Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|JEF United Chiba|
|1994–1999||JEF United Ichihara|
|2000–2001||JEF United Ichihara||22||(2)|
|2019–||JEF United Chiba|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season|
Born in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan, Sato is a product of JEF United Ichihara's youth system. He was promoted to JEF's top team in 2000. His first league appearance came on April 15, 2000, against Júbilo Iwata. He scored his first league goal on March 21, 2001, against Júbilo Iwata.
Frustrated with the lack of play, he decided to move to J2 League side Cerezo Osaka in 2002. Cerezo's coach Akihiro Nishimura rated him highly as Sato had played for Japan's youth team in the previous year which was also managed by Nishimura. However, he suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome at the beginning of the season, and found himself playing not many games with Akinori Nishizawa and Yoshito Okubo ahead of him in the pecking order. The club finished 2nd and was promoted to J1 League.
Sato was loaned out to fellow J1 side Vegalta Sendai in the 2003 season. He finally became a first-choice forward playing 30 games with 9 goals. Despite his efforts, Sendai was relegated to J2. His loan contract became a permanent one and he played 44 league games with 20 goals for Sendai in the 2005 season but failed to navigate the club to J1.
He was transferred to J1 side Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the 2005 season. He recorded a hat trick twice and scored 18 goals in the season.
He is the record holder of the fastest goal in J1 League. He scored for Hiroshima after 8 seconds from the kick-off on April 22, 2006, against Cerezo Osaka.
On November 22, 2015, he equalled Masashi Nakayama as the all-time top-scorer in the J1 League with 157 goals. After equalling the record, having spent 12 years in Hiroshima, Sato decided to sign for J2 club Nagoya Grampus.
Grampus finished at the 3rd place in 2017 season and was promoted to J1. Although Sato played many matches in 2017, he could not play many matches in 2018.
Sato made his international debut for Japan national team on February 11, 2006, in a friendly against the United States. He scored his first international goal on February 22, 2006, in an 2007 Asian Cup qualification against India. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was regularly picked for the Japan national team, but left out of the final squad by national coach Zico.
Style of play
Sato has cited Filippo Inzaghi as his inspiration; his playing style has often been described as being similar to that of the Italian former striker.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||AFC||Other1||Total|
|2000||JEF United Ichihara||J1 League||8||0||3||0||4||2||–||–||15||2|
|2002||Cerezo Osaka||J2 League||13||2||4||3||–||–||–||17||5|
|2003||Vegalta Sendai||J1 League||30||9||1||0||6||4||–||–||37||13|
|2005||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J1 League||32||18||2||0||6||2||–||–||40||20|
|2017||Nagoya Grampus||J2 League||28||5||3||1||–||–||2||0||33||6|
|2019||JEF United Chiba||J2 League||–||–|
|Japan national team|
- As of November 18, 2009
|1.||February 22, 2006||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan||India||6-0||Won||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|2.||March 30, 2006||Ōita Stadium, Ōita, Japan||Ecuador||1-0||Won||Friendly Match|
|3.||August 16, 2006||Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan||Yemen||2-0||Won||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|4.||November 18, 2009||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||4-0||Won||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
- J1 League Best Eleven: 2005, 2012
- J2 League: Top scorer: 2008
- J1 League: Top scorer: 2012
- J.League Most Valuable Player: 2012
- Hisato Satō at J.League (in Japanese)
- Nagoya Grampus
- JEF United Chiba(in Japanese)
- "SATO Hisato". Japan National Football Team Database. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Japan 2 - 0 Yemen". The Rising Sun News. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", February 7, 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 146 out of 289)
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", February 8, 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 155 out of 289)
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", February 10, 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 11 out of 289)
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