Hiroki Fujiharu

Hiroki Fujiharu (藤春 廣輝, Fujiharu Hiroki, born November 28, 1988) is a Japanese football player. He plays as a left full-back for Gamba Osaka in J1 League.[1][2][3]

Hiroki Fujiharu
藤春 廣輝
Hiroki Fujiharu.jpg
Personal information
Full name Hiroki Fujiharu
Date of birth (1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Left-back
Club information
Current team
Gamba Osaka
Number 4
Youth career
Kusaka SS
2001−03 EXE'90 FC
2004−06 Tokai High School
2007−10 Osaka University of H & SS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011− Gamba Osaka 231 (10)
National team
2016 Japan U-23 2 (0)
2015 Japan 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2018

Club careerEdit

Born and raised in Osaka, Fujiharu joined local club Gamba Osaka in 2011 after graduating from the Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences. He only played 11 league games during his debut campaign but went on to make the left-back position his own in 2012. He played all 34 league matches that year, however it was not a successful one for his club as they found themselves relegated to J2 League after finishing in 17th place.

Fujiharu was once again an ever present at left back in 2013 and notched a career high total of 4 goals throughout the year as Gamba bounced back at the first time of asking, finishing the season as league champions. Things got even better in 2014 with Gamba completing the domestic treble; winning the league, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. Fujiharu played 25 league matches and 34 games in total as he rotated the left-back position with Korean full-back Oh Jae-suk.

2015 saw Gamba lift the Japanese Super Cup and Emperor's Cup, defeating Urawa Red Diamonds in both matches. They also reached the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League before going down to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande over 2 legs. Fujiharu played a career high 54 games across all competitions in 2015.

Gamba failed to add any silverware to their trophy cabinet between 2016 and 2018, however Fujiharu was by now fully established as his club's first choice in the left back position. He only missed 6 league games across the 2016 and 2017 seasons before a short spell out with injury in 2018 restricted him to just 25 league appearances.[2]

National team careerEdit

Fujiharu received his first call up to the Japan national team in March 2015 and made his debut in a 2-0 home victory over Tunisia on March 27. Later on in the year he was part of the squad which competed in the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup. He played once in the 2-1 defeat to North Korea on August 2. His final international involvement that year came in a World Cup qualifier away to Cambodia on November 17. He started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 away victory.[4]

In August 2016, he was selected in the Japan Under-23 squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics. At this tournament, he played 2 matches at left back as Japan were eliminated in the group stages after finishing 3rd in Group B.

Club statisticsEdit

Last update: 2 December 2018[2]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2011 Gamba Osaka J1 11 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 - 14 1
2012 34 1 5 0 2 0 5 0 - 46 1
2013 J2 42 4 2 0 - - - 44 4
2014 J1 25 0 5 0 4 0 - - 34 0
2015 32 0 2 0 4 1 11 0 5 1 54 2
2016 29 2 2 0 5 0 5 0 1 0 42 2
2017 33 2 3 0 4 0 7 0 - 47 2
2018 25 0 1 0 5 0 - - 31 0
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Career total 231 10 22 0 24 1 29 0 6 1 312 12

1 includes J. League Championship, Japanese Super Cup and Suruga Bank Championship appearances.

National team statisticsEdit

Last Update:4 February 2019[4]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 3 0
Total 3 0

HonorsEdit

Gamba Osaka[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gamba Osaka Players". Gamba Osaka. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Hiroki Fujiharu Soccerway Statistics". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Hiroki Fujiharu Gamba Osaka Player Profile". Gamba Osaka (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)

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