|Full name||Yoichiro Kakitani|
|Date of birth||3 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Osaka, Japan|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Attacking midfielder|
|1994–2005||Cerezo Osaka Youth|
|2009–2011||→ Tokushima Vortis (loan)||97||(14)|
* 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
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 joined FC Basel to the start of the 2014–15 Swiss Super League season. He made his debut for Basel on 2 August 2014 being substituted in during the 3–2 away win against Thun. The season 2014–15 was a successful one for Basel: the club won the championship (for the sixth time in a row that season), 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. 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.
Return to Cerezo Osaka
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. The team has been playing in the J1 League since the 2017 season.
He was named Most Valuable Player in the AFC U-17 Championship 2006 after helping Japan win the tournament, scoring 4 goals.
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.
|Club||Season||League||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Cerezo Osaka||2006||J1 League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Tokushima Vortis||2009||J2 League||27||4||1||0||-||0||0||28||4|
|Cerezo Osaka||2012||J1 League||30||11||3||1||7||5||0||0||40||17|
|Cerezo Osaka||2016||J2 League||22||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||22||6|
- As of 14 October 2014[update]
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1.||5 September 2006||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore||Singapore||2006 AFC U-17 Championship|
|2.||11 September 2006||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore||Iran||2006 AFC U-17 Championship|
|3.||14 September 2006||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore||Syria||2006 AFC U-17 Championship|
|4.||17 September 2006||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore||North Korea||2006 AFC U-17 Championship|
|5.||19 August 2007||Gwangyang Football Stadium, Gwangyang, South Korea||Haiti||2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|6.||25 August 2007||Gwangyang Football Stadium, Gwangyang, South Korea||France||2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|1.||12 November 2007||Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||Myanmar||2008 AFC Youth Championship qualification|
|2.||14 November 2007||Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||Laos||2008 AFC Youth Championship qualification|
|3.||7 December 2009||Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Hong Kong||Macau||2009 East Asian Games|
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1.||21 July 2013||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||China PR||2013 EAFF East Asian Cup|
|2.||28 July 2013||Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||South Korea||2013 EAFF East Asian Cup|
|4.||16 November 2013||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||Friendly|
|5.||4 June 2014||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States||Costa Rica||Friendly|
Appearances in major competitions
|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|
- AFC U-17 Championship Most Valuable Player: 2006
- EAFF East Asian Cup Top Scorer: 2013
- J. League Division 1 Player of the Month: May 2013
- "National Team Japan". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- university correspondence education
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- FIFA.com. "FIFA U-17 World Cup archive - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egqjhIbHqRc – YouTube
- 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
- 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)
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- "Japan - Y. Kakitani - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
- "Kakitani, Yoichiro". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 April 2018.