Kazunori Iio

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Kazunori Iio
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Personal information
Full name Kazunori Iio
Date of birth (1982-02-23) February 23, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Iwate, Japan
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Youth career
1997–1999 Verdy Kawasaki
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2013 Tokyo Verdy 276 (30)
2002 Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 7 (2)
2005 Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Avispa Fukuoka (loan) 17 (4)
2014–2015 Yokohama FC 10 (1)
Total 315 (37)
National team
2001 Japan U-20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kazunori Iio (飯尾 一慶?, Iio Kazunori, born February 23, 1982) is a former Japanese football player.[1]

Career[edit]

Iio has represented Japan at Under-20 level, but has yet to be given a full international cap. Iio was selected for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, along with his strike partner at Tokyo Verdy, Kazuki Hiramoto.

Iio made a name for himself when he scored Verdy's first goal in the final of the 2004 Emperor's Cup. The match ended in a 2-1 victory for Verdy over Júbilo Iwata. Hiramoto netted Verdy's second, whilst Norihiro Nishi provided Jubilo's consolation. It was the first time Verdy had won the Emperor's Cup since 1996.

Upon Iio's transfer to Avispa Fukuoka in 2006, he received a relatively high squad number of 34. Despite this, he quickly established himself as a first-choice striker. During the 2006 season, Avispa would usually play with two men up front, with Iio on the left, and Takanori Nunobe to his right.

Iio's first J1 League appearance for Avispa came against FC Tokyo on 19 July 2006, when he came on as an 84th-minute substitute for fellow striker Mitsunori Yabuta. This game was held at the Hakata no Mori Stadium, and ended in a goalless draw. Iio would not have to wait long for his first Avispa goal however, as just 10 days later, on the 29 July 2006 contest between Gamba Osaka and Avispa, Iio netted a goal in a match that eventually ended in a 2-2 draw.

Following Avispa's relegation, Iio returned to Verdy for the start of the 2007 season. Iio would appear regularly for Verdy in this campaign, occiasionally even appearing as a right-winger in Verdy's midfield. He finished the campaign with 19 games, scoring 2 goals.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1999 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League 4 0 1 1 2 0 - 7 1
2000 26 4 2 0 4 0 - 32 4
2001 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 11 0 0 0 1 1 - 12 1
2002 Kawasaki Frontale J2 League 7 2 0 0 - - 7 2
2003 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 13 2 0 0 5 0 - 18 2
2004 12 0 5 1 3 0 - 20 1
2005 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 5 0 0 0 1 0 - 6 0
2006 Tokyo Verdy J2 League 9 1 0 0 - 2 0 11 1
2006 Avispa Fukuoka J1 League 17 4 1 0 0 0 - 18 4
2007 Tokyo Verdy J2 League 19 2 0 0 - - 19 2
2008 J1 League 26 2 1 0 4 0 - 31 2
2009 J2 League 28 1 1 0 - - 29 1
2010
Country Japan 177 18 11 2 20 1 2 0 210 21
Total 177 18 11 2 20 1 2 0 210 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: Kazunori Iio Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 

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