|Full name||Ryoichi Maeda|
|Date of birth||9 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Kobe, Hyogo, Japan|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1994–1999||Gyosei Junior and Senior High School|
|2017–2018||→ FC Tokyo U-23 (loan)||10||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season|
Maeda was born in Kobe, Japan but spent his childhood in the United States. He was educated at and played for Gyosei Junior and Senior High School in Tokyo. While he was a high school student, he was chosen as one of the Designated Players for Development by J.League and JFA. Because of this status, Maeda was able to register as a Verdy Kawasaki player while he was still eligible to play for his high school club. However, he did not play any official match for Verdy.
After graduating from his high school in 2000, he joined Júbilo Iwata. His first appearance as a professional player came on 3 May 2000 in a league match against Kawasaki Frontale. His first professional goal came on 28 August 2001 in a J.League Cup game against JEF United Ichihara. Although he could not play many matches behind Masashi Nakayama and Naohiro Takahara until 2002, he played as regular player from 2003. In the season 2009 was the J.League Top Scorer with twenty goals. In the 2010 season, Maeda became the top scorer again, netting 17 times. Júbilo also won the champions in 2010 J.League Cup. At 2010 J.League Cup Final, he scored 2 goals and was selected MVP award in the tournament. However Júbilo was relegated to J2 League end of 2013 season. In 2014, although he scored 17 goals, Júbilo finished at the 4th place and missed promotion to J1.
In 2015, Maeda moved to J1 club FC Tokyo. He played as regular player until 2016. However his opportunity to play decreased from 2017 and he could hardly score goals in the match.
Curse of MaedaEdit
Since the 2007 season, for 6 straight seasons, each team Maeda scores his first goal of the league campaign against has eventually been relegated to J2 League. This has given rise to the so-called "curse of (Ryoichi) Maeda". It became a topic of wide public conversation in late 2012 as Gamba Osaka, the team that he scored his first goal of that season against, was in the relegation zone despite having not ranked lower than 3rd in the previous 3 seasons. Consistent with the "curse", Gamba Osaka was relegated to J2 following the last game of the season in which they lost against, funnily enough, Jubilo Iwata 2–1 with Maeda scoring a goal and an assist. The curse came to an end by the end of the 2013 season, as Maeda's first goal of the 2013 season came in a loss to Urawa, who will not be relegated.
National team careerEdit
Maeda played for Japan U-20 at the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina. He also played for Japan U-23 at the 2004 Summer Olympics qualification but failed to be picked up to the squad for the finals in Greece.
After impressive performance at club, Maeda made his international debut for Japan in a friendly against Cameroon on 22 August 2007 at Oita Stadium. He scored his first international goal on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against Egypt at Nagai Stadium in Osaka. In 2011, Maeda participated in his first major full international tournament at 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar and started all six games in Japan's Asian Cup winning campaign. He was selected Japan for 2013 Confederations Cup. He played 33 games and scored 10 goals for Japan until 2013.
- As of end of 2018 season
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2000||Júbilo Iwata||J1 League||1||0||3||0||0||0||-||4||0|
|2015||FC Tokyo||J1 League||30||9||2||1||6||0||-||38||10|
|2017||FC Tokyo U-23||J3 League||2||0||-||-||-||2||0|
|2019||FC Gifu||J2 League||-||-|
National team statisticsEdit
|Japan national team|
Appearances in major competitionsEdit
|Japan||2001 FIFA World Youth Championship||U-20||3||0||0||Group stage|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||6||0||3||Champion|
Goals for senior national teamEdit
- Júbilo Iwata
- Ryoichi Maeda at J.League (in Japanese)
- 海外で頼れる男・前田 集団食中毒騒動にもひとり平然 (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- Ryoichi Maeda at J.League (in Japanese)
- FC Gifu(in Japanese)
- The curse of Ryoichi Maeda Goal.com 26 September 2012 retrieved 4 December 2012
- Japan National Football Team Database
- FC Gifu
- "Ryoichi Maeda". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- "Asian Player of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 January 2013.