Yuya Kubo (footballer)

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Yuya Kubo
久保 裕也
Football against poverty 2014 - Yuya Kubo.jpg
Personal information
Full name Yuya Kubo
Date of birth (1993-12-24) 24 December 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Yamaguchi City, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1. FC Nürnberg
Number 14
Youth career
2009–2011 Kyoto Sanga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Kyoto Sanga 66 (18)
2013–2017 Young Boys 104 (26)
2017– Gent 44 (16)
2018–1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Japan U-16 2 (2)
2010–2011 Japan U-17 7 (3)
2011–2012 Japan U-18 6 (11)
2012 Japan U-19 12 (4)
2014 Japan U-21 2 (0)
2015 Japan U-22 2 (1)
2016 Japan U-23 8 (3)
2016– Japan 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2018

Yuya Kubo (久保 裕也, Kubo Yūya, born 24 December 1993) is a Japanese footballer who plays as a striker for German club 1. FC Nürnberg, on loan from Belgian First Division A club K.A.A. Gent, and the Japan national football team.

Club career[edit]

At the age of six, Yuya Kubo started playing football for FC Yamaguchi, a local club based in his home city Yamaguchi. From 2006 to 2008, he played at the Konan Junior High School.

Kyoto Sanga[edit]

In 2009, at the age of fifteen, Kubo began to play in the Kyoto Sanga F.C. U-18 team while he was still a high school student. On August 2010, he was promoted to the first-team at the age of sixteen.

In the next 2011–12 season, he mainly played for the first-team scoring 13 goals in 33 matches. He was a key player in the Kyoto Sanga F.C. team which reached the 2011 Emperor's Cup final scoring in extra time of the semi-final against Yokohama Marinos, breaking the 2–2 deadlock in a match which Sanga would go on to win 4–2.[1] He also scored in the final against F.C. Tokyo, coming off the bench as he did in the semi-final. His goal was in vain this time however, as F.C. Tokyo won the match 2–4.[2]

In the 2012–13 season, Kyoto Sanga announced an update to Kubo's contract improving it to pay him as a first team member.

Young Boys[edit]

On 18 June 2013, Kyoto Sanga announced Kubo's transfer to Swiss club BSC Young Boys.[3] He made his Swiss Super League debut on 13 July playing 19 minutes in a 2–0 win against FC Sion at the season opener. On 28 July 2013, he scored two goals and made one assist coming off the bench against FC Thun in a 3–2 win. It was his first goal in his third game in the Swiss Super League.[4]

Gent[edit]

On 25 January 2017, Kubo was acquired by Belgian club KAA Gent for a transfer fee of €3.5 million.[5] He started in all seven remaining games of the regular season, having an immediate impact by scoring five goals.[6]

Loan to 1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

In August 2018, Kubo joined Bundesliga side 1. FC Nürnberg on loan for the 2018–19 season. While his Gent contract was also extended, Nürnberg secured an option to sign him permanently.[7]

International career[edit]

Kubo has been involved in the Japan National Team from U-16 to U-23 level. He received his first call up to the senior team for the Kirin Challenge Cup, a friendly match against Iceland in February 2012, however he did not feature during the 90 minutes.[8] On 11 November 2016, he made his full international debut for Japan against Oman in the Kirin Challenge Cup 2016. On 23 March 2017, he scored one goal and gave one assist in 0–2 win over UAE in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. It was his first goal in his third game for Japan. On 28 March 2017, he scored one goal and added two assists in a 4–0 victory over Thailand in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 May 2018.[9][10]
Club Season League League Cup2 Continental3 Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kyoto Sanga 2011 J2 League 30 10 3 3 0 0 33 13
2012 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
2013 16 7 0 0 0 0 16 7
Young Boys 2013–14 RSL 34 7 3 2 0 0 37 9
2014–15 27 5 2 0 10 2 39 7
2015–16 29 9 3 2 4 0 36 11
2016–17 14 5 3 5 8 2 25 12
Gent 2016–17 JPL 7 5 10 6 0 0 17 11
2017–18 37 11 3 0 2 0 42 11
Career total 214 60 17 12 24 4 10 6 261 82

1Includes Jupiler Pro League Championship Playoff.

2Includes Emperor's Cup and Swiss Cup.

3Includes UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

International[edit]

[11]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2016 2 0
2017 9 2
2018 2 0
Total 13 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.[12]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2017 Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 28 March 2017 Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan  Thailand 3–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Kyoto Sanga F.C.

International[edit]

Japan U-23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yokohama F. Marinos vs. Kyoto Sanga 2 - 4". soccerway.com. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kyoto Sanga vs. Tokyo 2 - 4". soccerway.com. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ 久保裕也選手 BSCヤングボーイズへ完全移籍のお知らせ
  4. ^ "Yuya Kubo continues scoring streak with Young Boys". goal.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "AA Gent heeft Japanse spits Yuya Kubo beet". HLN. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kubo's wonder goal puts Gent into playoffs". The Japan Times Online. 13 March 2017. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Perfekt: Nürnberg verstärkt sich mit Kubo". kicker Online (in German). 19 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018. 
  8. ^ "Okubo in squad for Japan friendly versus Iceland". sports.ndtv.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2選手名鑑 2013 (NSK MOOK)", 14 February 2013, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411161 (p. 181 out of 266)
  10. ^ "Japan - Yuya Kubo - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway.com. 
  11. ^ Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)
  12. ^ "Kubo, Yuya". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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