Yoshito Ōkubo

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Yoshito Ōkubo
Okubo Yoshito.jpg
Personal information
Full name Yoshito Ōkubo[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan
Height 5 ft 6.9 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Júbilo Iwata
Number 22
Youth career
1998–2000 Kunimi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Cerezo Osaka 116 (57)
2005–2006Mallorca (loan) 39 (5)
2007–2008 Vissel Kobe 62 (25)
2009 VfL Wolfsburg 9 (0)
2009–2012 Vissel Kobe 98 (29)
2013–2016 Kawasaki Frontale 130 (82)
2017 FC Tokyo 28 (8)
2018 Kawasaki Frontale 12 (2)
2018– Júbilo Iwata 0 (0)
National team
2004 Japan U-23 3 (2)
2003–2014[2] Japan 60 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 June 2018

Yoshito Ōkubo (大久保 嘉人, Ōkubo Yoshito, born 9 June 1982, Kanda, Fukuoka) is a Japanese football player, he is a forward and currently plays for Júbilo Iwata.[3][4]

Career[edit]

On 3 January 2009, Vissel announced his transfer to VfL Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga.[5] After just six months with VfL Wolfsburg, he returned to Vissel Kobe. Upon his return, he became the first Japanese striker who won the German Bundesliga title.

After Vissel Kobe was relegated to the J. League Division 2 in 2013 season, Okubo transferred to Kawasaki Frontale. An ever-present figure and a regular starting eleven in Kawasaki, he scored 26 goals in his debut season in the Kanagawa Prefecture football club and cliched top scorer of 2013 J. League Division 1 season.

At the end of 2016 season and before J. League Championship, Okubo announced he'll leave Kawasaki Frontale to sign for FC Tokyo in 2017.[6] After surprisingly coming back to Kawasaki, Okubo opted to sign for Júbilo Iwata, quoting lack of space in Kawasaki's line-up.[7]

International career[edit]

Okubo was part of the Japanese 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, having finished fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy and Ghana.

He made his international debut on 31 May 2003 in a friendly against Korea Republic at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he was sent on to the pitch to replace Takayuki Suzuki.[2] Okubo scored his first international goal on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against Egypt at Nagai Stadium in Osaka.[2]

Okubo's selection for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the big surprise of coach Alberto Zaccheroni's squad announcement. The forward had previously played just once for the coach in four years.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

Updated to 23 February 2018.[9][10]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Other Total
2001 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 20 2 3 0 1 1 24 3
2002 J2 League 29 18 2 1 31 19
2003 J1 League 24 16 5 4 3 0 32 20
2004 22 15 1 0 2 0 25 15
Spain League Copa del Rey League Cup UEFA Other Total
2004-05 R.C.D. Mallorca La Liga 13 3 13 3
2005-06 26 2 1 1 27 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Other Total
2006 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 21 6 21 6
2007 Vissel Kobe 31 14 2 1 5 0 38 15
2008 31 11 1 1 32 12
Germany League DFB-Pokal League Cup UEFA Other Total
2008-09 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 9 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Other1 Total
2009 Vissel Kobe J1 League 19 8 1 1 20 9
2010 17 4 1 1 0 0 18 5
2011 30 9 1 0 1 0 32 9
2012 26 4 1 0 3 2 30 6
2013 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 33 26 4 3 8 4 45 33
2014 32 18 1 0 4 2 8 1 45 21
2015 32 23 2 2 2 2 36 27
2016 33 15 6 5 0 0 1 0 40 20
2017 FC Tokyo 28 8 0 0 2 1 30 9
2018 Kawasaki Frontale 12 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 17 3
Júbilo Iwata 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 39 5 1 1 40 6
Germany 9 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
Japan 439 176 31 19 31 12 12 1 2 1 434 194
Career total 417 172 32 20 31 12 14 1 2 1 488 201

1Includes J. League Championship and Japanese Super Cup.

National team statistics[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 14 0
2004 3 0
2005 2 0
2006 0 0
2007 2 2
2008 12 3
2009 9 0
2010 11 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 0 0
2014 6 1
Total 60 6

International goal[edit]

[2]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
2. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
3. 6 February 2008 Saitama, Japan  Thailand 4–1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 2 June 2008 Yokohama, Japan  Oman 3–0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 13 November 2008 Kobe, Japan  Syria 3–1 Won Friendly
6. 6 June 2014 Florida, United States  Zambia 4–3 Won Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

VfL Wolfsburg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "OKUBO Yoshito". Japan National Football Team Database. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stats Centre: Yoshito Okubo Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "大久保 嘉人:川崎フロンターレ:Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  5. ^ FW大久保嘉人選手の海外移籍について (in Japanese). vissel-kobe.co.jp. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.hochi.co.jp/soccer/national/20161107-OHT1T50135.html
  7. ^ http://www.jubilo-iwata.co.jp/newslist/detail/?nw_seq=6127
  8. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (12 May 2014). "Zaccheroni chooses Okubo for World Cup". Japan Times. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 
  9. ^ 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. 8 out of 289)
  10. ^ 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. 177 out of 289)
  11. ^ "Mahdavikia scoops Asian best player award". FIFA. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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