|Full name||Shinji Ono|
|Date of birth||27 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo|
|Imazawa Boys SC|
|1992–1994||Imazawa Junior High School|
|1995–1997||Shimizu Commercial High School|
|2012–2014||Western Sydney Wanderers||51||(10)|
|2014–2019||Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||62||(2)|
|2021–2023||Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||5||(0)|
|2004||Japan Olympic (O.P.)||3||(2)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:16, 5 November 2022|
Ono grew up in the Shizuoka Prefecture and began his professional career with Urawa Reds in the J1 League in 1998. The same year, he became the youngest Japanese player to play at 1998 World Cup, at age 18. He caught the attention of foreign clubs with his performance at the 1999 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.
After a strong performance at the 2001 Confederations Cup, Ono moved to Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2001. In his first season, he helped Feyenoord win the 2002 UEFA Cup, making him the first Japanese 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. His stint at the Rotterdam based club is highly rated and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder said "Shinji Ono is the toughest opponent I've ever faced".
Urawa Reds return
In the 2008 January transfer window, Ono returned to Europe, signing with Bundesliga's Bochum. On 3 February 2008, Ono made his Bundesliga debut in an away game against 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. Bochum allowed him to leave under the condition that they could find a successor.
On 9 January 2010, Ono returned to his native Shizuoka Prefecture by signing for Shimizu S-Pulse. The transfer fee were rumored to be €300,000 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.
Western Sydney Wanderers
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 but preferred to sign Ono. 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. Ono scored two stunning goals to help the Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory 2–1 in round 14 on 1 January 2013. 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 J2 League club Consadole Sapporo to play out the remainder of the season in Japan as the club chases promotion to the J1 League. 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.
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
When fit, Ono was an ever-present member of the Japan national team. He made his full international debut on 1 April 1998 against South Korea in a friendly. 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 qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and missed the Confederations Cup in 2003 and 2005. He played in his third World Cup finals in Germany.
Style of play
Known as Tensai (天才, Japanese for Genius), Ono is one of the biggest stars in Asian football, known for his vision, technique and superb passing. Although his primary position is attacking midfielder, he can play anywhere in the midfield, including defensive midfield and either wing.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Other[a]||Total|
|1999||J.League Division 1||14||2||2||0||0||0||–||–||16||2|
|2000||J.League Division 2||24||7||2||1||–||–||–||26||8|
|2001||2001 J.League Division 1||14||2||0||0||4||3||–||–||18||5|
|Urawa Reds||2006||J.League Division 1||28||5||4||3||1||1||–||1||0||34||9|
|2007||J.League Division 1||25||3||0||0||2||1||8||2||2||0||37||6|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||2010||J.League Division 1||30||2||5||1||6||1||–||–||41||4|
|2011||J.League Division 1||26||6||2||1||2||1||–||–||30||8|
|2012||J.League Division 1||14||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||14||0|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2012–13||A-League||24||7||–||–||–||2||1||26||8|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||2014||J2 League||7||0||0||0||—||—||—||7||0|
|FC Ryukyu||2019||J2 League||9||0||0||0||—||—||—||9||0|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||2021||J1 League||4||0||2||1||5||0||—||—||11||1|
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Ono goal.
|1||14 October 2000||Sidon, Lebanon||Saudi Arabia||4–0||4–1||2000 AFC Asian Cup|
|2||31 May 2001||Niigata, Japan||Canada||1–0||3–0||2001 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|3||16 October 2002||Tokyo, Japan||Jamaica||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|4||1 June 2004||Manchester, England||England||1–1||1–1||2004 FA Summer Tournament|
|5||8 September 2004||Kolkata, India||India||2–0||4–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||22 February 2006||Yokohama, Japan||India||1–0||6–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
Urawa Red Diamonds
Western Sydney Wanderers
- AFC Youth Championship: Most Valuable Player: 1998
- Asian Young Footballer of the Year: 1998
- J.League Rookie of the Year: 1998
- J.League Best Eleven: 1998
- FIFA World Youth Championship Best Eleven: 1999
- Asian Footballer of the Year: 2002
- J.League 30th Anniversary Team
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