Keisuke Ota (footballer, born 1979)

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Keisuke Ota
Personal information
Full name Keisuke Ota
Date of birth (1979-04-24) April 24, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995–1997 Shimizu Commercial High School
1998–2001 Fukuoka University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Avispa Fukuoka 63 (8)
2006 Thespa Kusatsu 38 (4)
2007 Minnesota Thunder 19 (2)
2008 V-Varen Nagasaki 1 (0)
Total 121 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Keisuke Ota (太田 恵介, Ōta Keisuke, born April 24, 1979) is a former Japanese football player.

Career[edit]

He was educated at and played for Shimizu Commercial High School and Fukuoka University. He represented Japan for the 2001 Universiade held in Beijing where the team won the title beating Ukraine in the final. He played 5 matches in the tournament.

After graduating from the university in 2002, he joined J2 League side Avispa Fukuoka. His first appearance in J2 League came on September 11, 2002 against Mito HollyHock. He scored his first professional goal on July 26, 2003 against Albirex Niigata. In April 2004, he crashed into the goal post and damaged his spleen as he scored against Omiya Ardija. Because of this injury, he was sidelined for more than three months. Although he was instrumental in Avispa's promotion in the 2005 season by playing 22 games and scoring 2 goals, he was released from the club. He played the 2006 season with fellow J2 side Thespa Kusatsu. The Thunder signed him in February 2007, but he returned to Japan with Varen in 2008.[1] He retired from the game at the end of the 2008 season and is now a coach at Fukuoka University's football team.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup Total
2002 Avispa Fukuoka J2 League 4 1 0 0 4 1
2003 11 2 1 0 12 2
2004 24 5 2 2 26 7
2005 24 2 0 0 24 2
2006 Thespa Kusatsu J2 League 38 4 1 0 39 4
United States League Open Cup Total
2007 Minnesota Thunder USL First Division 19 2 19 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup Total
2008 V-Varen Nagasaki Regional Leagues 1 0 - 1 0
Country Japan 102 14 4 2 106 16
United States 19 2 19 2
Total 121 16 4 2 125 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minnesota Thunder Official Web Site, Thunder Signs 6-4 Japanese Forward Keisuke Ota, article retrieved February 6, 2008.

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