Robert Cullen (footballer)
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|Full name||Robert Cullen|
|Date of birth||June 7, 1985|
|Place of birth||Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 5, 2016.
Robert is known to his teammates and family as "Bobby". He is the son of an Irish father and a Japanese mother.
Cullen started training in the youth ranks at Kashiwa Reysol before eventually joining the team at Funabashi Municipal High School. After his graduation, he signed with Jubilo Iwata in 2004. Although mostly limited to substitute appearances and the occasional league cup start in his rookie year, big things were expected of Cullen as he matured and gained experience playing with such seasoned professionals as Masashi Nakayama and Toshiya Fujita.
He left Júbilo in 2010 to join Roasso Kumamoto of J2 League. In January 2011 it was announced that Cullen joined Dutch Eredivisie club VVV-Venlo, best known in Japan for featuring another Japanese, Maya Yoshida, and having been Keisuke Honda's first European club.
In 2005 he selected Japanese citizenship in order to be able to play for the Japanese national team. He was a member of the Japan U-20 national team which played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship held in the Netherlands.
- As of 29 May 2011
|Municipal Funabashi H.S.||2003||-||3||0||-||-||-||3||0|
1Includes Emperor's Cup.
2Includes J. League Cup.
3Includes AFC Champions League.
4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.
Appearances in major competitions
|Japan||2004 AFC Youth Championship qualification||U18||2||0||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2004 AFC Youth Championship||U19||4||1||0||Third place|
|Japan||2005 FIFA World Youth Championship||U20||3||1||0||Round of 16|
Awards and honours
- "Iers/Japanse aanvaller Cullen op weg naar Venlo" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- NI boss Michael O'Neill sounds out Dutch-based Robert Cullen
- "Japan – Robert Cullen – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway.