Shoji Jo (城 彰二, Jō Shōji, born 17 June 1975) is a Japanese former professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for the Japan national team.

Shoji Jo
城 彰二
Shoji Jo Visa ゴォーーール・デイ.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-06-17) 17 June 1975 (age 47)
Place of birth Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
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)
International career
1996 Japan U-23 3 (0)
1995–2001 Japan 35 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

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.

International careerEdit

On 20 September 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.[1]

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.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
JEF United Ichihara 1994 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
Total 99 35 3 0 15 5 117 40
Yokohama F. Marinos[c] 1997 J1 League 21 12 2 2 0 0 23 14
1998 31 25 1 0 0 0 32 25
1999 25 18 3 1 6 3 34 22
2000 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
2001 25 2 1 0 8 4 34 6
Total 106 59 7 3 14 7 127 69
Real Valladolid (loan) 1999–2000 La Liga 15 2 15 2
Vissel Kobe 2002 J1 League 25 1 1 0 6 2 32 3
Yokohama FC 2003 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 151 44 4 4 0 0 155 48
Career total 396 141 15 7 35 14 446 162
  1. ^ Includes Emperor's Cup, Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Includes J.League Cup
  3. ^ "Yokohama Marinos" until 1999

InternationalEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year[2]
National team Year Apps Goals
Japan 1995 1 0
1996 3 0
1997 13 4
1998 10 1
1999 5 0
2000 2 2
2001 1 0
Total 35 7
Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Jo goal.
List of international goals scored by Shoji Jo
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 February 1997 Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand 1–0 1–1 1997 King's Cup
2 27 March 1997 Muscat, Oman     Nepal 1–0 6–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC first round)
3 7 September 1997 Tokyo, Japan   Uzbekistan 4–0 6–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC final round)
4 16 November 1997 Johor Bahru, Malaysia   Iran 2–2 3–2 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification (AFC play-off)
5 1 March 1998 Yokohama, Japan   South Korea 2–1 2–1 1998 Dynasty Cup
6 6 June 2000 Casablanca, Morocco   Jamaica 1–0 4–0 2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament
7 2–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Shoji Jo". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database

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