Jungo Fujimoto

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Jungo Fujimoto
藤本 淳吾
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Personal information
Full name Jungo Fujimoto
Date of birth (1984-03-24) 24 March 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Yamato, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gamba Osaka
Number 25
Youth career
1999–2001 Toko Gakuen H.S.
2002–2005 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Shimizu S-Pulse 139 (31)
2011–2013 Nagoya Grampus 94 (14)
2014–2015 Yokohama F. Marinos 45 (6)
2016– Gamba Osaka 48 (3)
2016Gamba Osaka U-23 (loan) 4 (2)
National team
2001 Japan U-17 3 (0)
2007–2012 Japan 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2018

Jungo Fujimoto (藤本 淳吾, Fujimoto Jungo, born 24 March 1984) is a Japanese football player, who currently plays for Gamba Osaka in the J1 League. He has previously played for Shimizu S-Pulse, Nagoya Grampus, Yokohama F. Marinos and the Japan national team.[1][2] He is a left-footed play-making midfielder.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Fujimoto was educated at and played for Toko Gakuen High School, during which time he was also a member of the U-17 Japanese National Team for the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship hosted by Trinidad and Tobago. Fujimoto played three games in the competition but the team was eliminated after the group stage.

After graduating high school Fujimoto received an offer from J2 League side Kawasaki Frontale, but he decided to continue his study and play football at the University of Tsukuba. He was a member of the national team for the 2005 Universiade held at İzmir, Turkey. Fujimoto was the top scorer with six goals and was selected as the MVP of the competition.

Club[edit]

Upon graduating university Fujimoto joined Shimizu S-Pulse in 2006 and inherited jersey number 10 from Masaaki Sawanobori. During his first full professional season Fujimoto played in 28 league games and scored 8 goals. He was awarded the J-League Young Player of the Year Award. He was seriously injured in late season of 2008 and made a comeback goal against Kyoto Sanga FC via direct free kick on 19 August 2009.

Fujimoto left Shizuoka in 2011 and moved west to join defending J.League champions Nagoya Grampus. He spent 3 seasons with Nagoya and scored 14 goals in 94 games as they finished 2nd, 7th and 10th in the league between 2011 and 2013.

2014 saw him join Yokohama F. Marinos where, now in his 30s, he found his playing time slightly curtailed, scoring 3 goals in 26 games in his first year and then playing only 19 times in his final year in Japan's second largest city, once again finding the back of the net 3 times.

He signed for Gamba Osaka ahead of the 2016 season and in his first 3 years at the club he was never able to establish himself as a first-team regular for any sustained period of time. He made just 13 league appearances in his first season with the men in blue and black, 14 the following year, before at the age of 34 playing 21 out of Gamba's 34 league games to help them to 9th in the final league standings.[1]

National team[edit]

He made his Japanese National Team debut on March 24, 2007 in a 2-0 friendly victory at home to Peru. Fujimoto came on as a substitute in the 85th minute to replace his high school fellow alumnus Shunsuke Nakamura. His next international involvement came when he made brief second-half appearances in both matches in Japan's double header in June of that year, the 2-0 win over Montenegro and the 0-0 draw with Colombia. He played once more in 2007 as a 73rd minute replacement in the 4-1 home routing of Egypt.

It would be almost 3 years before he next pulled in the blue of Japan in their September 2010 home friendly wins over Paraguay and Guatemala, he was once again a substitute in both games.

Following his transfer from S-Pulse to Nagoya Grampus he was named in Japan's squad for their victorious 2011 AFC Asian Cup campaign. He came on as a substitute in the final minute of their draw with Jordan in the group stage before earning his first international start in the final of the competition against Australia, a match Japan won 1-0 after extra time.

It would be another 9 months before his next international involvement and he again made the starting line up and this time played his first full 90 minutes for Japan in a 1-0 friendly win at home to Vietnam on 7th October 2011, before playing the final 13 minutes of an 8-0 world cup qualifying victory over Tajikistan 4 days later.

2012 would be his final year to earn international caps. He started and scored his sole international goal in a 3-1 win over Iceland in a home friendly on February 24th before again starting in the surprise 1-0 world cup qualifying defeat to Uzbekistan 5 days later. His last appearance for the Samurai Blue came in a 1-1 draw in a friendly at home to Venezuela on August 15th where he played the final 16 minutes.[3]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 2 December 2018[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2005 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 0 0 - 1 0 - - 1 0
2006 28 8 3 3 5 0 - - 36 11
2007 34 7 3 0 4 1 - - 41 8
2008 18 2 - 6 4 - - 24 6
2009 27 1 5 0 9 0 - - 41 1
2010 32 13 4 1 8 1 - - 44 15
Total 139 31 15 4 33 6 0 0 0 0 187 41
2011 Nagoya Grampus J1 33 9 3 0 - 7 3 1 0 44 12
2012 33 2 4 0 2 2 5 2 - 44 6
2013 28 3 1 0 2 0 - - 31 3
Total 94 14 8 0 4 2 12 5 1 0 119 21
2014 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 26 3 1 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 34 5
2015 19 3 3 0 3 0 - - 25 3
Total 45 6 4 2 5 0 4 0 1 0 59 8
2016 Gamba Osaka J1 13 0 1 0 5 0 4 0 1 0 24 0
2017 14 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 - 19 1
2018 21 2 1 0 6 0 - - 28 2
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Total 48 3 4 0 11 0 7 0 1 0 71 3
Career Total 326 54 31 6 53 8 23 5 3 0 436 73

1 - includes Japanese Super Cup appearances.

Reserves performance[edit]

Club performance League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Total
2016 Gamba Osaka U-23 J3 4 2 4 2
Career total 4 2 4 2

National team statistics[edit]

Last Update: 8 February 2019[4]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 2 0
2011 4 0
2012 3 1
Total 13 1

Trivia[edit]

His father Koju was also a footballer who played for Nippon Kokan of the Japan Soccer League, the former top-flight league in Japan.

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual honors[edit]

International honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jungo Fujimoto Soccerway Player Statistics". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Jungo Fujimoto Gamba Osaka Player Profile". Gamba Osaka (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160424115949/http://www.japannationalfootballteam.com/en/players/fujimoto_jungo.html
  4. ^ "Jungo Fujimoto". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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