|Full name||Yuto Nagatomo|
|Date of birth||12 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Saijō, Ehime, Japan|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2002–2004||Higashi Fukuoka High School|
|2010–2011||→ Cesena (loan)||16||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2020
Nagatomo officially signed with FC Tokyo in 2008, while at Meiji. But he made an appearance at J.League Cup as Special Designated Youth Player in 2007. Nagatomo made 84 appearances in his four years at FC Tokyo.
In July 2010, Nagatomo was signed on loan by the newly promoted Serie A side A.C. Cesena, where he played the first half of the season as Cesena's starting left back. Before moving to Italy, Nagatomo gave a speech to 25,000 supporters just after the match involving F.C. Tokyo and Vissel Kobe on 17 July 2010. After being signed on a permanent deal, Nagatomo was then sold to Internazionale.
Due to his impressive performances for both Cesena and Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup, he was fully signed by Cesena in January 2011. But before making any league appearances he was sent straight out on loan to Internazionale in exchange for Davide Santon also on loan, becoming the first East Asian player to sign with Internazionale.
Nagatomo, wearing number 55, made his debut for Nerazzurri on 6 February 2011, replacing Wesley Sneijder in the Serie A match against Roma, won by Inter 5–3. In the following game, Nagatomo came on as a late substitute against Juventus, before starting in both of the following games against Fiorentina and Cagliari. Nagatomo showed his versatility by playing right back against Sampdoria on 27 February, and finishing the whole 90 minutes. On 6 March 2011, Nagatomo scored his first goal for Inter in the 5–2 trashing of Genoa on a Kharja assist with a swivel and a finish into the roof of the net.
On 15 March, to show solidarity with his home country in light of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which took place the previous week he paraded the Japanese flag (with the writing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a chant of his former team in Tokyo) around the pitch during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich. Inter had drawn German club side Schalke 04 in the quarter-finals of Champions League. Nagatomo, along with international teammate Atsuto Uchida, who played for Schalke, became the second and third Japanese footballer to play in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions league. (Keisuke Honda was the first, playing for CSKA Moscow during 2009–10 season).
After the Serie A season was over, Internazionale made an agreement with Cesena of making Yuto's move permanent in a cash plus player exchange deal. Nagatomo was valued at €10.95 million, however part of the fee was paid via half of the registration rights of Luca Garritano (€700,000) and Luca Caldirola (€2.5 million).
Nagatomo started his second Inter Milan season by playing 62 minutes in the opening Serie A match against Palermo, ended in a 4–3 away defeat. On 27 September 2011, Nagatomo provided an assist for Giampaolo Pazzini by nutmegging Aleksei Berezutski before driving the ball across goal during the 3–2 away win against CSKA Moscow in the second group stage match of Champions League. He scored his first goal of the season on 10 December 2011 during the 2–0 home win against Fiorentina in the matchday 15 of Serie A. He was again in the scoresheet three days later as he headed home a Ricky Álvarez cross in the 1–0 win against Genoa. In the last match of 2011 against Lecce at home, Nagatomo produced a "man of the match" performance by providing two assists in an eventual 4–1 win.
Nagatomo lost his place in the starting lineup in the 2014–15 season, making only 14 league appearances. He captained Inter for the first time on 28 September 2014 in the 2014–15 Serie A matchday 5 versus Cagliari, leaving the field in the 27th minutes after receiving two yellow cards in 120 seconds as Inter was defeated 1–4 at San Siro. Nagatomo said that he had turned down a January 2016 offer from Premier League outfit Manchester United, stating that his intentions were to renew with Inter.
On 8 April 2016, Nagatomo agreed a contract extension with the club, signing until June 2019. During the 2016–17 season, he played 20 matches in all competitions, including 16 in league, 11 of them as starter, as Inter finished 7th in championship, was eliminated in the quarter-final of Coppa Italia by Lazio, and finished bottom in Europa League Group K.
Nagatomo improved his game at the start of 2017–18 season under new manager Luciano Spalletti, winning his place once again. His 200th official appearance for Inter occurred on 16 September 2017 in the matchday 3 match at Crotone, winning a free kick that lead to the first goal in an eventual 0–2 win. Later on 12 December, Nagatomo played 120 minutes in the 2017–18 Coppa Italia round of 16 fixture against underdogs of Pordenone. The match went to penalty shootouts where he netted the winning penalty in the 5–4 penalty shootout that led Internazionale to the victory and progression to quarter-finals.
Nagatomo earned his first international cap for Japan on 24 May 2008 in a friendly against Ivory Coast. His first international goal was scored in a friendly against Syria held on 13 November 2008. Nagatomo was also a member of the Japan U-21 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
2010 FIFA World Cup
He was called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Japan.
2011 AFC Asian Cup
Nagatomo was selected as part of the Japan squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup by coach Alberto Zaccheroni. He featured in every game Japan played in the competition and helped them defeat Australia in the final, thus earning his first international honour.
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup and later
Nagatomo was part of Japan's national squad to play in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He started in all three group matches but Japan was eliminated in the group stage.
Nagatomo earned his 100th international cap on 10 November 2017 by captaining his side in the 1–3 friendly loss to Brazil at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille. This made his only the 7th Japan player to achieve the feat.
Currently with 121 caps he is third most capped nation's player.
Nagatomo is married to Japanese actress Airi Taira. The couple had maintained a long-distance relationship for several years as Taira was based in Japan. Nagatomo proposed to her on the San Siro pitch in February 2016 and they registered their marriage in January 2017. Both of them appeared in the Captain Tsubasa Olympics special which, aired as part of the annual Jikan Terebi Nihon no Sport wa Tsuyo in November 2019.
|FC Tokyo||2007||J.League Division 1||0||0||—||1||0||—||—||1||0|
|2008||J.League Division 1||29||3||3||0||3||0||—||—||35||3|
|2009||J.League Division 1||31||1||1||0||4||1||—||—||36||2|
|2010||J.League Division 1||12||1||—||1||0||—||—||13||1|
|Cesena (loan)||2010–11||Serie A||16||0||0||0||—||—||—||16||0|
|Galatasaray (loan)||2017–18||Süper Lig||15||0||1||0||—||—||—||16||0|
- As of 13 November 2020
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Nagatomo goal.
|1||13 November 2008||Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan||Syria||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|2||31 May 2009||National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan||Belgium||1–0||4–0|
|3||8 October 2009||Outsourcing Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan||Hong Kong||2–0||6–0||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|4||10 October 2019||Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan||Mongolia||3–0||6–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2019||Captain Tsubasa||Himself||Main cast|
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