|Full name||Yūichi Komano|
|Date of birth||25 July 1981|
|Place of birth||Kainan, Wakayama, Japan|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Defender|
|1997–1999||Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth|
|2016||→ FC Tokyo U-23 (loan)||4||(0)|
|2016||→ Avispa Fukuoka (loan)||12||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014
Yūichi Komano (駒野 友一 Komano Yūichi, born 25 July 1981) is a Japanese football player. He plays for J2 League side Avispa Fukuoka. He is right-footed and mainly plays right full back for the club but he is often employed in the left for Japan national football team.
Komano played for his local junior high school team. He was invited for trials from several clubs including Gamba Osaka, JEF United Ichihara, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and local high school powerhouse Hatsushiba Hashimoto. He decided to join Sanfrecce Hiroshima and entered Yoshida High School in Hiroshima.
He has been the first-choice right back for the club since 2001 when he is available. He suffered from several serious injuries and illnesses. He damaged the cruciate ligaments of his left knee in the match against Yokohama FC on 16 August 2003. While he was in hospital, he suffered from a venous thrombosis. Because of these, he was sidelined until April 2004. He broke his left collar bone in an Olympic game against Ghana in August 2004. In September of the same year, he also suffered from a uveitis problem that might have caused blindness. Komano moved to Júbilo Iwata for the 2008 season after Hiroshima was relegated to J2 League.
National team career
In June 2001, Komano was elected Japan U-20 national team for 2001 World Youth Championship. At this tournament, he played full time in all 3 matches as left side midfielder and left side back. In August 2004, he represented Japan U-23 national team at the 2004 Olympics and he played 2 matches as left side back and left side midfielder.
He made his full international debut for Japan national team on 3 August 2005 in an 2005 East Asian Football Championship match against China. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2006 World Cup finals as a backup for first-choice Akira Kaji. Because of Kaji's injury, Komano played in Japan's opening game against Australia. He was also a member for the 2007 Asian Cup finals. He played all the Japan games except one for which he wasn't eligible due to suspension.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||AFC||Total|
|2000||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J1 League||0||0||1||0||3||0||-||4||0|
|2016||FC Tokyo||J1 League||1||0||-||-||2||0||3||0|
|FC Tokyo U-23||J3 League||4||0||-||-||-||4||0|
|Avispa Fukuoka||J1 League||12||1||0||0||0||0||-||12||1|
|Japan national team|
|1.||11 October 2011||Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan||Tajikistan||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
National team career statistics
Appearances in Major Competitions
|2001||2001 FIFA World Youth Championship||U-20||3||0||0||Round 1|
|2004||2004 Summer Olympics||U-23||2||0||0||Round 1|
|2006||2006 FIFA World Cup||Senior||1||0||0||Round 1|
|2006||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||4||0||0||Qualified|
|2007||2007 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||5||0||0||4th place|
|2008–2009||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||5||0||0||Round of 16|
|2009–2010||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||1||0||0|
- Júbilo Iwata
- J. League Best XI (1) : 2012
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- FIFA.com Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Fletcher, Paul (29 June 2010). "Paraguay 0–0 Japan (5–3 pens)". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 167 out of 289)
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 38 out of 289)
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