Stefan Ishizaki

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Stefan Ishizaki
Stefan Ishizaki (2015).jpg
Stefan Ishizaki in 2015
Personal information
Full name Stefan Daisuke Ishizaki
Date of birth (1982-05-15) 15 May 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AIK
Number 24
Youth career
Rågsveds IF
AIK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 AIK 103 (17)
2004 Genoa (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Vålerenga IF 15 (2)
2006–2013 IF Elfsborg 183 (48)
2014–2015 LA Galaxy 50 (6)
2015– AIK 36 (5)
National team
1997–1999 Sweden U16 29 (4)
2000 Sweden U18 3 (1)
2001–2004 Sweden U21 21 (5)
2001–2012 Sweden 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 January 2011

Stefan Daisuke Ishizaki (born 15 May 1982) is a Swedish footballer who plays for AIK in Allsvenskan.

Career[edit]

AIK[edit]

Born to a Japanese father and a Swedish mother, he started his career with Rågsveds IF and stayed with the club until 1999 when he signed a contract with major Swedish club AIK. He made his debut for the club in the same year in Svenska Cupen as he came on as a substitute in the 80th minute against Gefle IF, he later came on as a substitute again in the final, which AIK won 1–0 against IFK Göteborg, making him the youngest in the country to win the Cup, being only 16 years and 364 days old.

His league debut was not until the 2000 season against his future club IF Elfsborg. He quickly established himself as a starting lineup player and really broke through as a player against Helsingborgs IF, a 4–1 victory, scoring a goal and making 2 assists. He missed out the first game of the 2001 season due to an injury he got during the pre-season, which would continue to haunt him for the rest of the season, but he fully recovered for the 2002 season. Prior to the 2004 season he was loaned out to Italian Serie B club Genoa over the spring part of the season, later when AIK was relegated to Superettan he signed with Norwegian club Vålerenga.[1]

Genoa[edit]

During the winterbreak of the 2003–04 season Genoa C.F.C. loaned Ishizaki until the end of the season.[2] Ishizaki did not play many games for the club before returning to AIK. Genoa also had an option to buy the player, but it was never used.

Vålerenga[edit]

Instead of following AIK down into Superettan, Ishizaki decided to sign with Norwegian club Vålerenga,[3] helping the club to break rival Rosenborg BK 13 straight league wins and bringing the title back to the club for the first time since 1984.

He then left the club, signing for Allsvenska club IF Elfsborg.

Elfsborg[edit]

Stefan Ishizaki returned to Sweden prior to the 2006 season, signing for IF Elfsborg.[4] Being a major signing for the coming season, he helped the club to claim the league title at the end of the season.[5]

After his successful first season he remained with Elfsborg, taking a medal every season, gold (1st) in 2006, bronze (4th) in 2007, the Stora Silvret (2nd) in 2008, Lilla Silvret in 2009 (3rd) and bronze (4th) in 2010. Prior to the 2010 season he signed a new 5-year contract with the club.[6]

LA Galaxy[edit]

Ishizaki with the Galaxy

Stefan Ishizaki signed with the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer before camps opened in January for the 2014 season.[7] Ishizaki was released by the club on July 4, 2015 so he could return to Sweden to finish his career with his expectant wife.[8]

Return to AIK[edit]

On 10 July 2015, it was confirmed that Ishizaki signed a 2.5 year deal with AIK.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 January 2017[10] [11]
Club Performance League Cup Other Cups Continental Total
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden Allsvenskan Svenska Cupen Other Cups UEFA Total
AIK 2000 21 3 0 0 0 0 21 3
2001 18 3 0 0 0 0 18 3
2002 25 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 29 5
2003 24 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 28 2
2004 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 4
Total 103 17 0 0 0 0 8 0 111 17
Italy Serie B Coppa Italia Other Cups UEFA Total
Genoa (loan) 2003–04 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Norway Tippeligaen Copa del Rey Other Cups UEFA Total
Vålerenga 2005 15 2 0 0 10 2 4 0 29 4
Total 15 2 0 0 10 2 4 0 29 4
Sweden Allsvenskan Svenska Cupen Other Cups UEFA Total
IF Elfsborg 2006 25 4 0 0 7 1 32 5
2007 25 8 0 0 1 0 11 1 37 9
2008 21 8 0 0 5 0 2 0 28 8
2009 22 6 1 0 0 0 6 1 29 7
2010 13 6 0 0 0 0 5 2 18 8
2011 25 6 3 0 0 0 5 0 33 6
2012 25 8 0 0 0 0 5 0 30 8
2013 27 2 2 0 0 0 11 0 40 2
Total 183 48 6 0 13 1 45 4 247 53
United States MLS US Open Cup Other Cups CONCACAF Total
LA Galaxy 2014 30 5 2 0 32 5
2015 20 1 0 0 20 1
Total 50 6 2 0 52 6
Sweden Allsvenskan Svenska Cupen Other Cups UEFA Total
AIK 2015 9 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 13 2
2016 27 4 0 0 0 0 6 0 33 4
Total 36 5 0 0 0 0 10 1 46 6
Career total 391 78 6 0 23 3 67 5 489 86

Honours[edit]

AIK

Vålerenga

IF Elfsborg

LA Galaxy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STEFAN ISHIZAKI – HÖGERMITTFÄLTAREN 2000–04" (in Swedish). aik.se. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ishizaki hyrs ut till Genoa" (in Swedish). dn.se. 23 December 2003. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Stefan Ishizaki till Vålerenga" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.com. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ishizaki valde Elfsborg – Årets värvning är klar!" (in Swedish). elfsborg.se. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Elfsborg klarade pressen och vann SM-guldet" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Glad Stefan Ishizaki förlänger med IF Elfsborg" (in Swedish). elfsborg.se. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "LA Galaxy sign Swedish midfielder Stefan Ishizaki". Los Angeles Galaxy. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/ArnoldcommaJon/status/617554484118421504
  9. ^ "Comeback i AIK för Stefan Ishizaki" (in Swedish). aikfotboll.se. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "S. ISHIZAKI". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Stefan Ishizaki". Elitefootball.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 

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