Maya Yoshida

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Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida.jpg
Yoshida lining up for Japan at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Maya Yoshida[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Nagasaki, Japan
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Southampton[3]
Number 3
Youth career
2001–2006 Nagoya Grampus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Nagoya Grampus 71 (5)
2010–2012 VVV-Venlo 54 (5)
2012– Southampton 135 (6)
National team
2008–2012 Japan U23 12 (1)
2010– Japan 88 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:47, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:20, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Maya Yoshida (吉田 麻也, Yoshida Maya, born 24 August 1988) is a Japanese footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Southampton and the Japan national team. Yoshida is also the captain of the Japanese national football team.

Club career[edit]

Nagoya Grampus[edit]

Born in Nagasaki, Yoshida had been a defensive midfielder when playing for Grampus's youth team, but was converted to a centre back after promotion to its top team in 2007. In the 2008 season, he was in the starting lineup for most of the league matches with his Serbian teammate Miloš Bajalica. He scored Nagoya Grampus's historical first goal in the AFC Champions League in the game against Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i on 10 March 2009.[4]

VVV-Venlo[edit]

In December 2009, it was announced that Yoshida had transferred to Dutch club VVV-Venlo.[5] He had desired to play for a club in Europe since he was young. Keisuke Honda who was his teammate of Nagoya Grampus introduced his agent, Tetsuro Kiyooka to support his future vision.[6] Indeed, Yoshida followed the footsteps of Keisuke Honda who also played for VVV-Venlo before he joined them.[7] He scored a bicycle kick goal for VVV-Venlo off a corner kick on 11 September 2011 against PSV Eindhoven. The match ended in a 3–3 draw. This goal was awarded as "Goal of the Season 2011–2012" of the Eredivisie. In this season Maya Yoshida scored as a central defender 5 goals in total.

Southampton[edit]

On 30 August 2012, he agreed to join Southampton on a three-year contract for a fee thought to be in the region of £3 million.[8][9] He made his debut for the Saints on 15 September 2012, against Arsenal in a 6–1 defeat, coming on as a 28th-minute substitute for Jos Hooiveld. He then made his home debut a week later on 22 September 2012 in a 4–1 win over Aston Villa, playing the whole 90 minutes.

On 9 August 2013, it was announced that Yoshida would be on the front cover of the Japanese Edition of FIFA 14.[10]

He scored his first goal for Southampton in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland in the League Cup on 6 November 2013.[11] He scored his first Premier League goal in a 3–1 defeat at West Ham United on 22 February 2014 after a Steven Davis free kick.[12]

His next goal came on 20 December 2014, in a 3–0 victory over Everton, with Steven Davis again providing the assist.[13]

In January 2015 Southampton announced that Yoshida and the club had agreed terms to an extension of his contract until 2018.[14]

On 28 October, he scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season with a 20-yard strike against Aston Villa in the League Cup.[15][16] Yoshida's second goal of the season came on 6 February 2016 in a 1–0 victory at St. Mary's over West Ham.[17]

International career[edit]

Yoshida earned a call-up for Japan's U-23 team in April 2008 and was a member of the Japan team for the 2008 Summer Olympic finals.[18]

He made his full international debut for Japan on 6 January 2010 in a 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen. Yoshida subsequently played in all three of the group-stage matches, the quarter-final and final for the winning Japan side in 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Yoshida was named as captain for the Japanese National Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He also participated in Japan's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign and participated in all of Japan's group stage games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Yoshida was selected as a member of the Japanese team for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. He played Japan's opener match against debutant Palestine and scored the final goal in a 4–0 win.[19]

On 31 May 2018, Yoshida was selected in the 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[20] He played every single minute in all the group stage matches against Colombia,[21] Senegal[22] and Poland.[23] His side were knocked out of the tournament after losing 3–2 to Belgium in the round of 16 match.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 December 2018[25][26]
Club Season League League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nagoya Grampus 2007 J. League Division 1 19 0 2 1 3 0 - - 24 1
2008 22 1 3 1 4 0 - - 29 2
2009 30 4 6 1 1 1 11 2 - 48 8
Total 71 5 11 3 8 1 11 2 - 101 11
VVV-Venlo 2009–10 Eredivisie 0 0 - - - - 0 0
2010–11 20 0 - - - 4 0 24 0
2011–12 32 5 1 0 - - 4 0 37 5
2012–13 2 0 - - - - 2 0
Total 54 5 1 0 - - 8 0 63 5
Southampton 2012–13[27] Premier League 32 0 1 0 1 0 - - 34 0
2013–14[28] 8 1 3 0 3 1 - - 14 2
2014–15[29] 22 1 - 1 0 - - 23 1
2015–16[30] 20 1 1 0 2 1 4 0 - 27 2
2016–17[31] 23 1 2 1 6 0 6 0 - 37 2
2017–18[32] 24 2 3 0 1 0 - - 28 2
2018–19[33] 9 0 0 0 3 0 - - 12 0
Total 138 6 10 1 17 2 10 0 - 175 9
Career total 263 16 22 4 25 3 21 2 8 0 338 25

1Includes Emperor's Cup, KNVB Cup and FA Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup and Football League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.

International[edit]

As of 2 July 2018[26]
Japan
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 12 2
2012 9 0
2013 15 0
2014 11 1
2015 13 3
2016 10 3
2017 9 1
2018 8 0
Total 88 10

International goals[edit]

As of match played 14 May 2018. Japan score listed first, score column indicates score after each Yoshida goal.[26]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 January 2011 Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar 2  Jordan 1–1 1–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup
2 2 September 2011 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 9  North Korea 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 14 November 2014 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan 47  Honduras 1–0 6–0 Friendly
4 12 January 2015 Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle, Australia 49  Palestine 4–0 4–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup
5 3 September 2015 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 56  Cambodia 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 12 November 2015 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 60  Singapore 3–0 3–0
7 24 March 2016 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 62  Afghanistan 3–0 5–0
8 3 June 2016 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan 64  Bulgaria 4–0 7–2 2016 Kirin Cup
9 5–0
10 28 March 2017 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 73  Thailand 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Southampton

Japan[35]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Maya Yoshida". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Maya Yoshida profile". Southampton FC. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Ulsan Hyundai vs. Nagoya Grampus - Football Match Summary". ESPN. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  5. ^ Nagoya's Yoshida to join Venlo, wsn.com, 28 December 2009
  6. ^ Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent, The Japan Times, 3 April 2014
  7. ^ "Japan Defender Maya Yoshida Leaves Nagoya Grampus For VVV Venlo". Goal.com. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Japan's Yoshida Set For Saints". Southampton FC. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Southampton sign Maya Yoshida, Japan's Olympic captain". BBC Sport. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Saints agree partnership with EA SPORTS". Southampton FC. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Sunderland 2 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  12. ^ Hassan, Nabil (22 February 2014). "West Ham 3 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  13. ^ Cryer, Andy (20 December 2014). "Southampton 3 – 0 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  14. ^ Lucas, Jim. "Yoshida extends Saints deal until 2018". Southampton FC. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  15. ^ Wilson, Jeremy (28 October 2015). "Southampton 2 Aston Villa 1, match report: Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle goals end Villa's cup hopes". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  16. ^ Prentki, Tom (28 October 2015). "Southampton 2 – Aston Villa 1: Yoshida and Pelle goals sink managerless Villains". Daily Express. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  17. ^ Smith, Alan (6 February 2016). "Maya Yoshida celebrates as 10-man Southampton keep out West Ham". The Observer. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Maya Yoshida Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  19. ^ "Japan 4 Palestine 0". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Nishino reveals 23-man squad for World Cup". The Japan Times. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  21. ^ Jennings, Patrick (19 June 2018). "Colombia 1 Japan 2". Saransk: BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  22. ^ Johnston, Neil (24 June 2018). "Japan 2 Senegal 2". Ekaterinburg: BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  23. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (28 June 2018). "Japan 0 Poland 1". Volgograd: BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  24. ^ Begley, Emlyn (2 July 2018). "Belgium 3 Japan 2". Rostov-on-Don: BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  25. ^ Maya Yoshida : Record worldfootball.net
  26. ^ a b c Maya Yoshida at Soccerway Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  31. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Games played by Maya Yoshida in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  34. ^ McNulty, Phil (26 February 2017). "Manchester United 3 Southampton 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  35. ^ "Japan - T. Lee - Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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