Robert Cullen (footballer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Robert Cullen
Personal information
Full name Robert Cullen
Date of birth (1985-06-07) June 7, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
NorthEast United
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Júbilo Iwata 110 (29)
2010 Roasso Kumamoto 18 (3)
2011–2013 VVV-Venlo 69 (7)
2014 Suphanburi 22 (7)
2015 Seoul E-Land 35 (2)
2016– NorthEast United 8 (0)
Total 254 (48)
National team
2003–2005 Japan U20 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 5, 2016.

Robert Cullen (カレン・ロバート Karen Robāto?, born June 7, 1985) is a Japanese football player. He plays as a forward for Indian Super League side NorthEast United.

Personal life[edit]

Robert is known to his teammates and family as "Bobby". He is the son of an Irish father and a Japanese mother.

Club career[edit]

Cullen is a forward, Cullen made his senior football debut for Júbilo Iwata on 5 May 2004, Oita Trinita being the opponent.

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.[1]

International career[edit]

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.

In February 2012 it was reported that Michael O'Neill had contacted Cullen with a view to convincing him to play for the Northern Ireland national football team.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 May 2011[3]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Municipal Funabashi H.S. 2003 - 3 0 - - - 3 0
Total - 3 0 - - - 3 0
Júbilo Iwata 2004 9 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 - 15 1
2005 31 13 2 1 2 0 5 1 - 40 15
2006 23 5 2 0 5 0 - - 30 5
2007 26 7 1 2 4 2 - - 31 11
2008 16 4 1 1 3 3 - - 20 8
2009 4 0 3 1 1 0 - - 8 1
2010 1 0 - - - - 1 0
Total 110 29 9 5 19 5 7 2 - 145 41
Roasso Kumamoto 2010 18 3 1 0 - - - 19 3
Total 18 3 1 0 - - - 19 3
VVV-Venlo 2010–11 15 2 - - - 4 2 19 4
2011–12 28 3 1 0 - - 29 3
2012–13 26 2 - - 26 2
Total 69 7 1 0 - - 4 2 68 9
Suphanburi F.C. 2014 22 7 - - - 0 0 22 7
Total 22 7 0 0 - - 0 0 22 7
Seoul E-Land 2015 35 2 - - - 0 0 35 2
Total 35 2 0 0 - - 0 0 35 2
NorthEast United 2016 8 0 - - - - 8 0
Total 8 0 - - - - 8 0
Career total 256 48 15 5 19 5 7 2 4 2 301 62

1Includes Emperor's Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Result
Start Sub
 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[edit]

Individual[edit]

2005

References[edit]

External links[edit]