Takashi Inui

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Takashi Inui
Takashi Inui IAA September 2013.JPG
Inui with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2013
Personal information
Full name Takashi Inui
Date of birth (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Ōmihachiman, Japan
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eibar
Number 8
Youth career
1995–2004 Saison Football Club
2004–2006 Yasu High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Yokohama F. Marinos 7 (0)
2008 Cerezo Osaka (loan) 20 (6)
2009–2011 Cerezo Osaka 94 (29)
2011–2012 VfL Bochum 30 (7)
2012–2015 Eintracht Frankfurt 75 (7)
2015– Eibar 55 (6)
National team
2006 Japan U21 2 (0)
2009– Japan 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015

Takashi Inui (乾 貴士, Inui Takashi, born 2 June 1988) is a Japanese footballer who plays for Spanish club SD Eibar and the Japan national football team as a winger or attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Inui was the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament Letterwinner in 2006 when his High School, Shiga Yasu HS, won the tournament.[2]

In 2007, Inui joined Yokohama F. Marinos of the J. League Division 1 and he made his debut as a professional against Yokohama F.C. in a league match on March 10. However, he failed to find a regular spot at Marinos and then was loaned to second division side Cerezo Osaka in June 2008, earning himself a permanent move at the end of the season.[3]

In July 2011, Inui made the jump to Europe, joining Germany's VfL Bochum.[4] He made his debut in the 2. Bundesliga, when he started in a 1–2 home defeat versus FC St. Pauli on August 13, 2011.

In July 2012, Inui signed a three-year contract with newly promoted Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt after impressive performance in the German second tier.[5]

On 26 August 2015, Inui was transferred to La Liga side Eibar, after agreeing to a three-year contract.[6] In April 2017, as the club was chasing a UEFA Europa League place, he was controversially recalled back to his homeland to serve as a delegate for the visit of King Felipe VI of Spain to Japan.[7]

On 21 May 2017 Inui became the first Japanese footballer to score against FC Barcelona, sniping the ball via cross-bar behind Ter Stegen, twice.[8]


International career[edit]

Inui made his full international debut for Japan on January 20, 2009 in a 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification against Yemen.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 May 2017[10][11][12]
Club Season League League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yokohama F. Marinos 2007 J1 League 7 0 0 0 3 0 - 10 0
2008 0 0 - 3 0 - 3 0
Total 7 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 13 0
Cerezo Osaka 2008 J2 League 20 6 2 0 - - 22 6
2009 47 20 1 1 - - 48 21
2010 J1 League 33 4 2 1 6 0 - 41 5
2011 14 5 - - 7 4 21 9
Total 114 35 5 2 6 0 7 4 132 41
VfL Bochum 2011–12 2. Bundesliga 30 7 2 0 - - 32 7
Total 30 7 2 0 - - 32 7
Eintracht Frankfurt 2012–13 Bundesliga 33 6 1 0 - - 34 6
2013–14 14 0 2 1 - 6 1 22 2
2014–15 27 1 2 0 - 0 0 29 1
2015–16 1 0 1 0 - 0 0 2 0
Total 75 7 6 1 - 6 1 87 9
SD Eibar 2015–16 La Liga 27 3 2 0 - - 29 3
2016–17 28 3 2 0 - - 30 3
Total 55 6 4 0 - 0 0 59 6
Career total 281 55 17 3 12 0 13 5 323 63

1Includes Emperor's Cup and DFB-Pokal and Copa del Rey.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

International[edit]

As of 31 March 2015