Shinji Ono

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Shinji Ono
Shinji Ono WSW.jpg
Ono playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Shinji Ono
Date of birth (1979-09-27) 27 September 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Consadole Sapporo
Number 44
Youth career
Imazawa Boys Soccer Club
1992–1995 Imazawa Junior High School
1995–1998 Shimizu Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Urawa Red Diamonds 86 (20)
2001–2005 Feyenoord 112 (19)
2006–2007 Urawa Red Diamonds 53 (8)
2007–2010 VfL Bochum 29 (0)
2010–2012 Shimizu S-Pulse 64 (8)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 51 (10)
2014– Consadole Sapporo 27 (2)
National team
1995 Japan U17 3 (0)
1999 Japan U20 6 (2)
2004 Japan U23 3 (2)
1998–2008[1] Japan 56 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:00, 9 May 2016 (UTC).

Shinji Ono (小野 伸二 Ono Shinji?, born 27 September 1979)[2] is a Japanese footballer who plays as a midfielder for J2 League club Consadole Sapporo. Known as Tensai[3][4] (天才, Japanese for Genius), Ono is one of the biggest stars in Asian football, known for his vision, technique and superb passing.[5] Although his primary position is attacking midfielder, he can play anywhere in the midfield, including defensive midfield and either wing.


Urawa Red Diamonds[edit]

Ono grew up in the Shizuoka Prefecture and began his professional career with Urawa Red Diamonds in the J. League in 1998. The same year, he became the youngest Japanese player to play at 1998 FIFA World Cup, at age 18.[6] He caught the attention of foreign clubs with his performance at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, where he captained the Japanese Under-20 side that reached the final. But later that year, he suffered a severe knee injury in a qualification match for the 2000 Olympics with Japan's Under-23 side, forcing him to miss the rest of the season and Olympic qualifying.[7]

Feyenoord Rotterdam[edit]

After a strong performance at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, Ono moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2001. In his first season, he helped Feyenoord win the 2002 UEFA Cup, making him the first Japanese player in history to win a European trophy. However, a string of injuries kept him sidelined for long periods. After he missed the majority of 2004–05, the club sold him.[8] His stint at the Rotterdam based club is highly rated and Dutch international Wesley Sneijder said "Shinji Ono is the toughest opponent I've ever faced".[9]

Urawa Red Diamonds return[edit]

On 13 January 2006, Ono returned to the J. League, signing a three-year deal with his former club Urawa Red Diamonds.[10]

VfL Bochum[edit]

In the 2008 January transfer window, Ono returned to Europe, signing with Bundesliga's VfL Bochum. On 3 February 2008, Ono made his Bundesliga debut in an away game against SV Werder Bremen, and he had two assists that helped Bochum with their first ever win over Bremen at Weserstadion. Ono suffered injuries in the following two years in Bochum, and could only play 34 matches in which he gave four assists for the club. In the winter break of 2009–10, Ono requested a return to Japan for personal reasons. Different Japanese clubs were interested in the midfielder. VfL Bochum allowed him to leave under the condition that they could find a successor.[11]

Shimizu S-Pulse[edit]

Shinji Ono playing for Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012.

On 9 January 2010, Ono returned to his native Shizuoka Prefecture by signing for Shimizu S-Pulse.[12] The transfer fee were rumored to be 300,000 Euro for the midfielder whose contract in Bochum expired in the summer of 2010. In an interview he declared that the main reason for his transfer was his wish to reunite with his wife and children, who were still living in Japan.[13]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 28 September 2012, it was announced that Shinji Ono had signed with new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal as the club's marquee player. The Wanderers were offered former German international Michael Ballack [14] but preferred to sign Ono.[15] He made his debut for the Wanderers on 6 October, in a scoreless draw against Central Coast Mariners, in the first game of the season.

Ono scored his first goal for the club with a penalty in round 10 against Brisbane Roar.[16] Ono scored two stunning goals to help the Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory 2–1 in round 14 on 1 January 2013.[17] On 16 January 2014, the club announced that Ono would return to Japan at the end of the A-League season. Ono will link up with J-2 club Consadole Sapporo to play out the remainder of the season in Japan as the club chases promotion to the J-League.[18] On 4 May 2014, Ono played his last A-League game for the Wanderers, in a 2-1 Grand Final loss to Brisbane Roar, in what was to be the Wanderers' second successive Grand Final defeat.[19]

Consadole Sapporo[edit]

Following the expiration of his contract and his desire to see his family, Ono joined Consadole Sapporo in May 2014.[18]

International career[edit]

When fit, Ono was an ever-present member of the Japanese national team. He made his full international debut on 1 April 1998 against South Korea in a friendly.[1] After his appearance in the 1998 World Cup, he was a key member of the Japanese squad in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He has represented Japan at every age level starting with the U-16 team, and was one of three overage selections at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Injuries limited Ono to just one appearance in the final round of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup and missed the Confederations Cup in 2003 and 2005. He played in his third World Cup finals in Germany.[20]






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  2. ^ "Shinji Ono". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Monteverde, Marco (26 October 2012). "Shinji Ono laughs off comparisons with Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey". Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Davutovic, David (12 April 2013). "Western Sydney Wanderers on verge of a fairytale title win in first season". adelaidenow. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (22 September 2012). "Japan's genius ponders taking wander out west". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Shinji Captain". Ono Shinji Official Web Site. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Shinji Ono". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Feyenoord midfielder Ono on his way home to join Urawa Reds". 15 January 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Wes Sneijder: analysis of world class player". International Football News - World Cup Blog. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ono back to Japan from Feyenoord". ESPN Soccernet. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Exklusiv: Wechsel von Shinji Ono hängt vom Nachfolger ab" (in German). 8 January 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Official press release" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Shinji Ono im exklusiven Abschiedsinterview: Wegen der Familie zurück nach Japan" (in German). 9 January 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Lyall Gorman says club is considering options with Michael Ballack". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Wanderers sign Shinji Ono". 28 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ono off the mark as Wanderers beat Roar". Local Today. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ono A-League double lifts Wanderers". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Shinji Ono to return to Japan at season's end". Football Federation Australia. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  19. ^ Bossi, Dominic (4 May 2014). "Brisbane Roar's extra-time victory breaks Western Sydney Wanderers' hearts". Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Shinji ONO". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 

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