Sergio Escudero (footballer, born 1988)

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Sergio Escudero
Personal information
Full name Sergio Ariel Escudero
Date of birth (1988-09-01) September 1, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Granada, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Kyoto Sanga FC
Number 10
Youth career
1996–2000 Vélez Sársfield
2001–2002 Kashiwa Reysol
2004–2005 Urawa Red Diamonds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Urawa Red Diamonds 81 (7)
2012 FC Seoul (loan) 20 (4)
2013–2015 FC Seoul 86 (14)
2015 Jiangsu Sainty 29 (6)
2016– Kyoto Sanga FC
National team
2008 Japan U23 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2015.

Sergio Escudero (エスクデロ 競飛王, Esukudero Seruhio?, born September 1, 1988) is a naturalized Japanese football player. He is the son of Argentine-Japanese footballer Sergio Ariel Escudero.

Biography[edit]

As the son of a former Argentine-Japanese footballer of the same name, he was born to Argentine parents of Spanish descent in Spain, and thus held dual Argentine and Spanish citizenship.[citation needed] In 2007, he acquired Japanese citizenship automatically as a result of his father's naturalization. Escudero is a cousin of Damián Escudero and nephew of Osvaldo Escudero.

Career[edit]

When Escudero was three years old, he moved to Japan because of his father's work and joined the local club team. After living in Japan for five years, he moved to Argentina and Escudero began his career with the Vélez Sársfield youth team, where his father, also named Sergio Ariel Escudero and uncle Osvaldo Salvador Escudero have played. Then he was called up to the U-15 Argentina national team training camp.

In 2001, Escudero returned to Japan and joined Kashiwa Reysol junior youth team in Chiba and later moved to Urawa Red Diamonds junior youth team in Saitama.[1] He scored many goals in youth level league matches and contracted with Urawa Reds in 2005. Playing as a forward, Escudero made his debut as a professional on April 15, 2005, against Albirex Niigata at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 21 days and he became the second youngest J. League Division 1 player after Takayuki Morimoto. In 2006, German outfit VfB Stuttgart were interested in him but Urawa refused to release him.[2]

On June 11, 2007, he obtained his Japanese citizenship and therefore he had a chance to play for the Japan national team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. However he failed to make it to the tournament since the squad was submitted before he became a Japanese citizen. In May 2008, he joined the U-23 national team which played at the 2008 Toulon Tournament and scored a goal against Côte d'Ivoire national football team.[3][4]

On July 17, 2012, Escudero joined South Korean outfit FC Seoul on a six-month loan deal. He received number 26 and scored his debut goal on July 21. He scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists in the end of the season. His loan was made permanent in December.[5] He scored the opening goal and assisted Dejan Damjanovic's 2:2 Equalizer in the 2013 AFC Champions League Final match against China powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande in October 26, 2013. His impressive performance made him Man of the Match.[6]

On 25 February 2015, Escudero signed a two-year contract with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 November 2015

Club[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup ACL Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Urawa Red Diamonds 2005 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2006 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 1
2007 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008 13 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 17 1
2009 23 3 0 0 7 1 30 4
2010 17 3 2 1 3 0 22 4
2011 20 1 0 0 6 1 26 2
2012 1 0 0 0 1 0
Urawa Total 81 7 4 2 22 3 1 0 0 0 108 12
FC Seoul 2012 20 4 0 0 20 4
2013 34 4 3 0 12 2 49 6
2014 32 6 5 1 11 2 48 9
2015 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Seoul Total 86 14 8 1 24 5 118 20
Jiangsu Sainty 2015 29 6 5 0 34 6
Jiangsu Total 29 6 5 0 0 0 34 6
Career total 196 27 17 3 22 3 25 5 0 0 260 38

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Japan U-23
2008 5 1
Total 5 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.

Under–23[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2008 France Stade Mayol, Toulon  Ivory Coast
1–1
2–2
2008 Toulon Tournament

Awards and honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Urawa Red Diamonds
2006
2005, 2006
2007
2006
FC Seoul
2012
Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty
2015

References[edit]

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