Yukiya Sugita

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Sugi
Personal information
Full name Yukiya Sugita
Date of birth (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Saitama, Japan
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Tractor Sazi
Number 24
Youth career
2009–2011 Kashiwa Reysol
2011–2012 Sendai University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Jove Español B 10 (1)
2013 Jove Español 11 (1)
2013–2015 Hércules 30 (2)
2016 Pattaya United 9 (1)
2016PTT Rayong (loan) 13 (2)
2017–2018 Dalkurd FF 41 (6)
2018– Tractor Sazi 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2018

Yukiya Sugita (杉田 祐希也, Sugita Yukiya, born 22 April 1993), commonly known as a Sugi, is a Japanese attacking midfielder who plays for Tractor Sazi.

Club career[edit]

Sugi was born in Saitama, and joined Kashiwa Reysol's youth setup in 2009, aged 16. In the 2011 summer the Spanish agent Javier Subirats decided to represent him, after a friendly match between Kashiwa and Elche CF's reserves.

However, after failing to join the Andalusians, Sugi returned to Japan to play for Sendai University until October 2012, when Gaspar Campillo, coach and sporting director of FC Jove Español San Vicente, decided to sign him after positive reports written by Subirats.[1] He signed an 18-month deal with the Valencian side, but due to bureaucratic problems, was unable to play with the main squad in Tercera División, and was assigned to the B-team in the regional levels.[2]

After Jove Español's assignment as a farm team of Hércules CF, Sugi was called up to the latter's first-team, by manager Quique Hernández. He played his first match as a professional on 11 September 2013, replacing Quique de Lucas in the 56th minute of a 2–0 home win against Real Murcia, for the season's Copa del Rey,[3] becoming the first Asian to play for Hércules.

Sugi made his league debut on 17 November 2013, again from the bench in a 2–4 loss at Córdoba CF for the Segunda División championship,[4] and scored his first professional goal seven days later, netting the last of a 3–0 home success against CE Sabadell.[5] On 22 December 2013, he renewed his link with the Valencian side, signing a three-and-a-half contract with a 10 million clause, being definitely promoted to the main squad.[6]

He left Hércules in 2015, moving to Thailand playing for Pattaya United and PTT Rayong. On 21 February 2017, Sugita signed a two year-deal with Dalkurd FF in Superettan, Sweden's second tier.[7] Dalkurd won a promotion to Allsvenskan the same season.[8]

In 2018, Sugita established himself as a key player at Dalkurd, although the club struggled in the league and was placed at the foot of the table mid through the season.[9] On 29 July, Sugita transferred to Tractor Sazi in the Persian Gulf Pro League for an undisclosed fee,[8] although reports suggest an amount of 2 million Swedish kronor (approximately £0,2 million).[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 indonesios, 4 mexicanos y un japonés llegan al Jove Español" [10 Indonesians, 4 Mexicans and one Japanese arrive in FC Jove Español] (in Spanish). Alicante Actualidad. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Entrevista a Yukiya Sugita "Sugi"" [Interview of Sugita Yukiya "Sugi"] (in Spanish). Zona Hércules. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Hércules supera con comodidad al Murcia" [Hércules overcomes Murcia comfortably] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Un triplete de Uli Dávila devuelve al Córdoba a la senda del triunfo" [Dávila's hat-trick takes Córdoba back to winning ways] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "La efectividad alicantina da caza a los arlequinados en la tabla" [Alicantines' effectiveness hunts the Arquelinats at the table] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sugi, hasta 2017 con 10 millones de cláusula" [Sugi, until 2017 with a 10 million clause] (in Spanish). Diario Información. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dalkurd värvar yttermittfältaren Yukiya Sugita" [Dalkurd signs winger Yukiya Sugita] (in Swedish). Dalkurd FF. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Yukiya Sugita lämnar Dalkurd" [Yukiya Sugita leaves Dalkurd] (in Swedish). Dalkurd FF. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Dalkurd är på väg att tappa nyckelspelare" [Dalkurd about to sell key player] (in Swedish). Expressen. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018. 

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