Maya Yoshida

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Maya Yoshida
吉田麻也
Yoshida Maya.jpg
Yoshida playing for Japan at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup open match Brazil in 2013
Personal information
Full name Maya Yoshida[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Nagasaki, 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 61 (2)
National team
2008–2012 Japan U23 12 (1)
2010– Japan 53 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2015

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

Club career[edit]

Nagoya Grampus[edit]

Born in Nagasaki, Japan, 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.

VVV-Venlo[edit]

In December 2009, it was announced that he had transferred to Dutch club VVV-Venlo.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7]

He scored his first goal for Southampton in a 2–1 defeat to Sunderland in the League Cup on 6 November 2013.[8] 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.[9]

His next goal came on 20 December 2014, in a 3–0 victory over Everton, with Steven Davis again providing the assist.[10]

In January 2015 Southampton announced that Yoshida and the club had agreed terms to an extension of his contract until 2018.[11]

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.[12]

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 has been 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.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 January 2011 Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Jordan 1–1 1–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup
2. 2 September 2011 Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  North Korea 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 14 November 2014 Japan Toyota Stadium, Toyota  Honduras 1–0 6–0 Friendly Match
4. 12 January 2015 Australia Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle  Palestine 4–0 4–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup
As of 12 January 2015.[14]

Club[edit]

As of 7 February 2015[15][16]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nagoya Grampus 2007 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 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 32 0 1 0 1 0 - - 34 0
2013–14 8 1 2 0 3 1 - - 13 2
2014–15 21 1 - 1 0 - - 22 1
Total 61 2 3 0 5 1 - - 69 3
Career total 186 12 15 3 13 2 11 2 8 0 233 19

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

2Includes J. League Cup and Football League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Maya Yoshida". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maya Yoshida profile". Southampton FC. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Nagoya's Yoshida to join Venlo, wsn.com, 28 December 2009
  5. ^ "Japan's Yoshida Set For Saints". Southampton FC. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Southampton sign Maya Yoshida, Japan's Olympic captain". BBC Sport. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Saints agree partnership with EA SPORTS". Southampton FC. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sunderland 2 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Hassan, Nabil (22 February 2014). "West Ham 3 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Cryer, Andy (20 December 2014). "Southampton 3 – 0 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Lucas, Jim. "Yoshida extends Saints deal until 2018". Southampton FC. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Maya Yoshida Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Japan 4 Palestine 0". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Maya Yoshida profile at Soccerway
  15. ^ Maya Yoshida : Record worldfootball.net
  16. ^ Japan – Maya Yoshida – Profile: Soccerway

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