Akihiro Ienaga (家長 昭博, Ienaga Akihiro, born 13 June 1986) is a Japanese football player who plays for Kawasaki Frontale.[1] He played for Japan national team.

Akihiro Ienaga
家長 昭博
Personal information
Full name Akihiro Ienaga
Date of birth (1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kawasaki Frontale
Number 41
Youth career
1993–1998 Nagaokakyo SS
1999–2004 Gamba Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Gamba Osaka 87 (5)
2008–2009 Oita Trinita 30 (1)
2010 Cerezo Osaka 31 (4)
2011–2013 Mallorca 25 (2)
2012Ulsan Hyundai (loan) 12 (1)
2012–2013Gamba Osaka (loan) 29 (6)
2014–2016 Omiya Ardija 92 (28)
2017– Kawasaki Frontale 53 (8)
National team
2005 Japan U-20 4 (0)
2006–2007 Japan U-23 10 (1)
2007–2011 Japan 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season

Club careerEdit

Born in Hyogo Prefecture[2], Ienaga began his career as a trainee with Gamba Osaka, one of the leading clubs in Japan's J1 League. He broke into the senior squad in 2004 and helped the club to their first J1 League title the following year. Ienaga joined J1 League rivals Oita Trinita on a season-long loan in 2007. In December 2008, Ienaga joined English club, Plymouth Argyle, on trial.[3] Plymouth attempted to sign the player in January 2009 but he was denied a work permit so they were forced to withdraw from talks.[4] In December 2010, he signed with Spanish Primera Division club RCD Mallorca in a five-year deal.[5] And scored his first goal for the club in home game against Sevilla on 9 April 2011.[6]

International careerEdit

In June 2005, Ienaga was selected Japan U-20 national team for 2005 World Youth Championship. At this tournament, he played all 4 matches as left midfielder.

Ienaga made his international debut as a substitute in Japan's 2–0 win against Peru in March 2007.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of end of 2018 season[7][8][9]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Champions League Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gamba Osaka 2004 8 1 2 0 3 0 - - 13 1
2005 24 0 3 0 5 1 - - 32 1
2006 28 2 4 2 2 0 6 1 3 0 43 5
2007 27 2 3 0 7 1 - - 37 3
Total 87 5 12 2 17 2 6 1 3 0 125 10
Oita Trinita 2008 4 0 1 0 0 0 - - 5 0
2009 26 1 1 0 6 2 - 3 0 36 3
Total 30 1 2 0 6 2 - 3 0 41 3
Cerezo Osaka 2010 31 4 3 0 6 0 - - 40 4
Total 31 4 3 0 6 0 - - 40 4
Mallorca 2010–11 14 2 - - - - 14 2
2011–12 4 0 1 0 - - - 5 0
2013–14 7 0 1 0 - - - 8 0
Total 25 2 2 0 - - - 27 2
Ulsan Hyundai 2012 12 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 18 1
Total 12 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 18 1
Gamba Osaka 2012 12 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 6
2013 17 1 0 0 - - - 17 1
Total 29 6 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 7
Omiya Ardija 2014 33 6 5 0 1 0 - - 39 6
2015 33 11 0 0 - - - 33 11
2016 26 11 3 1 2 1 - - 31 13
Total 92 28 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 103 30
Kawasaki Frontale 2017 21 2 3 1 5 2 6 0 - 35 5
2018 32 6 3 1 1 0 4 1 1 0 41 8
Total 53 8 6 2 6 2 10 1 1 0 76 13
Career total 359 55 37 6 39 7 21 2 7 0 463 70

1Includes other competitive competitions, including the Japanese Super Cup, A3 Champions Cup, Suruga Bank Championship and Pan-Pacific Championship.

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Japan U-20
2005 4 0
Total 4 0
Japan U-23
2006 1 0
2007 9 1
Total 10 1
Japan
2007 1 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 2 0
Total 3 0

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.

Under-23Edit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 2007 National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan   Syria
1–0
3–0
2008 Summer Olympics qualification

Appearances in major competitionsEdit

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Result
Start Sub
Japan U-20 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship U-20 4 0 0 Round of 16
Japan U-23 2008 Summer Olympics qualification U-22 6 3 1 Qualified

Awards and honoursEdit

ClubEdit

Gamba Osaka

Oita Trinita

Kawasaki Frontale

InternationalEdit

Japan

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Akihiro Ienaga at J.League (in Japanese)  
  2. ^ Akihiro Ienaga at J.League (in Japanese)  
  3. ^ "Argyle give trial to Japan star". BBC Sport. 11 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Pilgrims miss out on Ienaga". Sky Sports. 16 January 2009.
  5. ^ "ienaga-joins-mallorca". Goal.com. 16 December 2010.
  6. ^ Mallorca vs. Sevilla – 9 April 2011 Soccerway.com Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  7. ^ Akihiro Ienaga > Club matches worldfootball.net
  8. ^ Japan – Akihiro Ienaga – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway
  9. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 29 out of 289)

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