Shoji Jo

Shoji Jo (城 彰二, Jō Shōji, born June 17, 1975) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Shoji Jo
城 彰二
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Personal information
Full name Shoji Jo
Date of birth (1975-06-17) June 17, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
1991–1993 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 JEF United Ichihara 99 (35)
1997–2001 Yokohama F. Marinos 106 (59)
1999–2000Real Valladolid (loan) 15 (2)
2002 Vissel Kobe 25 (1)
2003–2006 Yokohama FC 151 (44)
Total 396 (141)
National team
1996 Japan U-23 3 (0)
1995–2001 Japan 35 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

He was born on the island of Hokkaido and began his footballing career with JEF United Ichihara in 1994. He quickly established himself, scoring twelve goals in his first season; he scored his first goal on his debut against Gamba Osaka on 12 March.

After three seasons with JEF United Ichihara, Jo moved to the Yokohama Marinos (later Yokohama F. Marinos) in 1997. His performances in the 1998-99 season led to a loan move to the Spanish Primera División team Real Valladolid. He failed to make an impact with the club, making just 15 appearances and scoring two goals before sustaining a knee injury. After his return to Japan, Jo struggled to reestablish himself as a regular goal scorer with the Marinos and Vissel Kobe, with whom he joined in 2002. He joined Yokohama FC in 2003, where he scored 12 goals in his first season with them. He helped his club to become J2 Champions in 2006 gained and promotion to J1, but he retired from playing after that season.

National team careerEdit

On September 20, 1995, Jo debuted for the Japan national team against Paraguay.

He made his first appearance in an international competition with the Japan U-23 national team in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

In October 1996, he played for the Japan senior team for the first time in a year. He also played at the 1996 Asian Cup in December. After the 1998 World Cup qualification in 1997 Japan qualified for the 1998 World Cup for the first time in their history. He played at the 1998 World Cup and the 1999 Copa América. He played all matches in both competitions. He played 35 games and scored 7 goals for Japan until 2001.[1]

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1994 JEF United Ichihara J1 League 33 12 2 0 2 1 37 13
1995 43 14 0 0 - 43 14
1996 23 9 1 0 13 4 37 13
1997 Yokohama Marinos J1 League 21 12 2 2 0 0 23 14
1998 31 25 1 0 0 0 32 25
1999 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 25 18 3 1 6 3 34 22
Spain League Copa del Rey - Total
1999/00 Real Valladolid La Liga 15 2 - 15 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2000 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
2001 25 2 1 0 8 4 34 6
2002 Vissel Kobe J1 League 25 1 1 0 6 2 32 3
2003 Yokohama FC J2 League 33 12 1 4 - 34 16
2004 35 8 2 0 - 37 8
2005 40 12 1 0 - 41 12
2006 43 12 0 0 - 43 12
Total Japan 381 139 15 7 35 14 431 160
Spain 15 2 - 15 2
Career total 396 141 15 7 35 14 446 162

National team statisticsEdit

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 1 0
1996 3 0
1997 13 4
1998 10 1
1999 5 0
2000 2 2
2001 1 0
Total 35 7

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