Yoichiro Kakitani

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Yoichiro Kakitani
柿谷 曜一朗
Personal information
Full name Yoichiro Kakitani
Date of birth (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Osaka, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cerezo Osaka
Number 8
Youth career
1994–2005 Cerezo Osaka Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2014 Cerezo Osaka 129 (37)
2009–2011Tokushima Vortis (loan) 97 (14)
2014–2015 FC Basel 18 (4)
2016– Cerezo Osaka 77 (16)
National team
2005–2007 Japan U17 9 (6)
2007–2009 Japan U20 8 (3)
2013–2014 Japan 18 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Yoichiro Kakitani (柿谷 曜一朗, Kakitani Yōichirō) (born 3 January 1990 in Osaka) is a Japanese footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Cerezo Osaka.

Club career[edit]

Cerezo Osaka[edit]

Born in Osaka, Kakitani joined Cerezo Osaka's youth team at the age of 4. In 2006, he signed his first professional contract with Cerezo at 16 – the club record for the youngest player signed to a professional contract. He played his first J-League game on 26 November 2006. He also trained with the Arsenal F.C. and Inter Milan youth teams.

Kakitani entered the e-School[2] of Human Sciences, Waseda University in 2008. Kakitani was loaned to Tokushima Vortis on 18 June 2009 and returned to Cerezo Osaka in 2012.

Basel[edit]

Kakitani joined FC Basel to the start of the 2014–15 Swiss Super League season.[3] He made his debut for Basel on 2 August 2014 being substituted in during the 3–2 away win against Thun.[4] The season 2014–15 was a successful one for Basel: the club won the championship (for the sixth time in a row that season[5]), reached the cup final and entered the Champions League in the group stage reaching the knockout phase on 9 December 2014 as they managed a 1–1 draw at Anfield against Liverpool.[6] However, Kakitani failed to make a lasting impression in this season under trainer Paulo Sousa. Of the 65 matches (36 Swiss League fixtures – 6 Swiss Cup, 8 Champions League and 15 test matches) Basel played that season, Kakitani appeared in just 28 – 14 League, 3 Cup, 3 Champions League and 8 test games – scoring a total of 11 goals.[7]

Return to Cerezo Osaka[edit]

Unable to establish himself at Basel in the first half of the 2015–2016 season, Kakitani left the club in early January 2016 returning to his home club Cerezo Osaka which had been relegated to the J2 League during his absence.[8] The team has been playing in the J1 League since the 2017 season.

International career[edit]

He was named Most Valuable Player in the AFC U-17 Championship 2006 after helping Japan win the tournament, scoring 4 goals.

Kakitani scored two goals at 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea. Against France he scored a spectacular goal from the halfway line.[9][10]

Kakitani debuted for the Japan senior team at the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup. He played his first international match against China, scoring his first international goal in the 59th minute. He then scored twice against South Korea in a 2–1 win. His three goals from three matches made him top goalscorer as Japan won the tournament.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 February 2019.[12][13][14]
Club Season League League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cerezo Osaka 2006 J1 League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007 J2 League 21 2 1 0 - 0 0 22 2
2008 24 0 0 0 - 0 0 24 0
2009 6 2 - - 0 0 6 2
Total 52 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 53 4
Tokushima Vortis 2009 J2 League 27 4 1 0 - 0 0 28 4
2010 34 4 2 0 - 0 0 36 4
2011 36 6 1 0 - 0 0 37 6
Total 97 14 4 0 - 0 0 101 14
Cerezo Osaka 2012 J1 League 30 11 3 1 7 5 0 0 40 17
2013 34 21 0 0 8 3 0 0 42 24
2014 14 1 0 0 0 0 8 4 22 5
Total 78 33 3 1 15 8 8 4 104 46
FC Basel 2014–15 RSL 14 3 3 4 - 3 0 20 7
2015–16 4 1 2 0 - 0 0 6 1
Total 18 4 5 4 - 3 0 26 8
Cerezo Osaka 2016 J2 League 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 6
2017 J1 League 34 6 5 1 1 1 0 0 40 8
2018 J1 League 21 4 0 0 2 0 3 1 26 5
Total 77 16 5 1 3 1 3 1 88 19
Career total 322 72 18 6 18 9 13 4 372 91

International[edit]

As of 14 October 2014
National team Year Apps Goals
Japan U-17
2005 1 0
2006 5 4
2007 3 2
Total 9 6
Japan U-20
2007 4 2
2008 2 0
2009 2 1
Total 8 3
Japan
2013 9 4
2014 9 1
Total 18 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.

Under-17[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2006 Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore  Singapore
1–0
1–1
2006 AFC U-17 Championship
2. 11 September 2006 Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore  Iran
1–0
1–1
2006 AFC U-17 Championship
3. 14 September 2006 Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore  Syria
2–0
2–0
2006 AFC U-17 Championship
4. 17 September 2006 Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore  North Korea
1–2
4–2
2006 AFC U-17 Championship
5. 19 August 2007 Gwangyang Football Stadium, Gwangyang, South Korea  Haiti
3–1
3–1
2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup
6. 25 August 2007 Gwangyang Football Stadium, Gwangyang, South Korea  France
1–0
1–2
2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup

Under-20[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 November 2007 Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Myanmar
8–0
8–0
2008 AFC Youth Championship qualification
2. 14 November 2007 Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Laos
2–0
5–0
2008 AFC Youth Championship qualification
3. 7 December 2009 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Hong Kong  Macau
4–0
5–0
2009 East Asian Games

Senior team[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 July 2013 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  China PR
2–1
3–3
2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
2. 28 July 2013 Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea
1–0
2–1
2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
3.
2–1
4. 16 November 2013 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium
1–1
3–2
Friendly
5. 4 June 2014 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  Costa Rica
3–1
3–1
Friendly

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team record
Start Sub
Japan 2006 AFC U-17 Championship qualification U-15 1 0 0 Qualified
Japan 2006 AFC U-17 Championship U-16 4 1 4 Champions
Japan 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup U-17 1 2 2 Round 1
Japan 2008 AFC Youth Championship qualification U-18 4 0 2 Qualified
Japan 2008 AFC U-19 Championship U-19 1 1 0 Quarterfinal
Japan 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Senior 2 0 3 Champions

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel

Cerezo Osaka

Japan[edit]

Japan

Japan U-17

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Team Japan". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ university correspondence education
  3. ^ "柿谷 スイスのバーゼル移籍決定 ("Kakitani - Moving to Switzerland's Basel")" (in Japanese). NHK. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ Herklotz, Guido (2014). "Der FCB siegt in Thun mit 3:2" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  5. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Der Meisterfreitag im bunten Zeitraffer" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Liverpool 1 Basel 1". BBC Sport. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  7. ^ Zindel, Josef (2015). Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4.
  8. ^ "Kakitani verlässt den FC Basel" [Kakitani leaves FC Basel]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). 4 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-17 World Cup archive - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egqjhIbHqRc – YouTube
  11. ^ EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Final Competition Score Sheet http://www.eaff.com/img/competition/eafc2013/pdf/m2.pdf http://www.eaff.com/img/competition/eafc2013/pdf/m6.pdf
  12. ^ 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. 24 out of 289)
  13. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 273 out of 289)
  14. ^ "Japan - Y. Kakitani - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  15. ^ "Kakitani, Yoichiro". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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