Yoshinori Muto

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Yoshinori Muto
Yoshinori-Muto-2015-07.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1. FSV Mainz 05
Number 9
Youth career
2008–2010 FC Tokyo
2010–2013 Keio University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 FC Tokyo 51 (23)
2015– 1. FSV Mainz 05 38 (12)
National team
2014– Japan 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:08, 7 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2015

Yoshinori Muto (武藤 嘉紀, Mutō Yoshinori, born 15 July 1992) is a Japanese football forward who plays for 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga.

Club career[edit]

FC Tokyo[edit]

As a child, Muto joined FC Tokyo's youth system, where he kept developing until 2010. He then enrolled in the Faculty of Economics of Keio University but kept playing football, for Keio's team. Despite an injury which sidelined him, in his first season with Keio he won the "Rookie of the Year" title.[1]

In 2012 and 2013, FC Tokyo included him in their roster as a "Special Designated Player",[2] an option that allows JLeague clubs to field university players without a professional contract. However, he got on the pitch just once, at the end of a match in July 2013.

In 2014, signed his first professional contract with FC Tokyo[3] and was given shirt number 14. Coach Massimo Ficcadenti decided to use him from the first league round and, at the end of the season, Muto reached 33 appearances netting 13 goals, matching the top debut record in the Japanese first division.[4] At the end of the season, he was part of the JLeague's Best XI.[5]

Muto graduated from Keio University in March 2015, and the following month was subject to a bid by Chelsea.[6] In April, he was elected as March's MVP (Player of the Month) in the JLeague.[7]

Mainz 05[edit]

On 30 May 2015, Muto joined German Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a four-year contract until 2019.[8] On 31 October 2015, he scored hat-trick for the first time in his career and also became the second Japanese player after Naohiro Takahara to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga, in his team's 3–3 draw against FC Augsburg.[9]

International career[edit]

Muto made his debut for Japan on 5 September 2014 in a 0–2 friendly defeat to Uruguay at the Sapporo Dome, replacing Yusuke Minagawa after 58 minutes.[10] Four days later at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium he scored his first international goal, coming on as a halftime substitute against Venezuela and scoring the first goal of a 2–2 draw six minutes later.[11]

As a substitute, Muto played all of Japan's matches at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, ending with defeat to the United Arab Emirates in the quarter-finals.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 August 2017
Club Season League League Cup League Cup Asia/Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
F.C. Tokyo 2013 J1 League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 33 13 1 0 5 1 0 0 39 14
2015 17 10 0 0 5 2 0 0 22 12
Total 51 23 1 0 9 3 0 0 61 26
1. FSV Mainz 05 2015–16 Bundesliga 20 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 7
2016–17 18 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 20 6
2017–18 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
Total 38 12 2 2 0 0 2 1 42 15
Career total 89 35 3 2 9 4 2 0 103 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ "【ソッカー男子】開幕前取材、第3弾 武藤嘉紀編" (in Japanese). 
  2. ^ "武藤嘉紀選手(慶應義塾大学)「JFA・Jリーグ特別指定選手」承認のお知らせ" (in Japanese). 
  3. ^ "武藤嘉紀選手(慶應義塾大学)来季新加入内定のお知らせ" (in Japanese). 
  4. ^ "Chelsea scout out Muto". Marca. 
  5. ^ Dan Orlowitz. "Yasuhito Endo awarded 2014 J-League MVP; FC Tokyo and Gamba Osaka spearhead Best XI". Football Channel Asia. 
  6. ^ "Yoshinori Muto: Chelsea make bid for Japanese striker". BBC Sport. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Muto named Coca-Cola MVP winners in March". JLeague Sport. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mainz 05 sign Yoshinori Muto". Mainz 05. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Muto hits hat-trick in Mainz draw". The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Japan 0–2 Uruguay: Cavani on target for Celeste". Goal.com. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  11. ^ West, Harry (9 September 2014). "Japan 2–2 Venezuela: Kawashima mistake costs Aguirre maiden win". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Asian Cup 2015: UAE complete shock win over Japan to reach semi-final after penalty shootout dramatics". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 

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