Takashi Usami

Takashi Usami (宇佐美 貴史, Usami Takashi, born 6 May 1992) is a Japanese footballer who plays for Gamba Osaka in the J1 League. He plays as an attacking midfielder, second striker or winger.

Takashi Usami
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Usami lining up for Japan at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Takashi Usami
Date of birth (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Nagaokakyō, Kyoto, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Gamba Osaka
Number 33
Youth career
1999–2004 Nagaokakyō S.S.[2]
2005–2008 Gamba Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2016 Gamba Osaka 138 (64)
2011–2012Bayern Munich (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2012Bayern Munich II (loan) 18 (6)
2012–20131899 Hoffenheim (loan) 20 (2)
2016–2019 FC Augsburg 11 (0)
2017–2019Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 47 (9)
2019– Gamba Osaka 38 (12)
National team
2007 Japan U15 4 (2)
2007–2008 Japan U16 7 (5)
2009 Japan U17 5 (3)
2010 Japan U19 13 (5)
2011–2015 Japan U23 12 (2)
2015– Japan 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Gamba OsakaEdit

Usami made club history by making his professional debut for Gamba Osaka at the age of 17 years and 14 days and scoring a goal in the same match to become the youngest player to achieve both feats for the club, breaking the records previously set by Junichi Inamoto. Usami made his professional debut and goal on 20 May 2009 against FC Seoul in the Champions League.[3] He finished the 2009 season with a goal in four matches played, which includes 3 league matches, and a Champions League match.[4][5][6] In 2010, he became a more regular face in the Gamba Osaka team and he was named as Best Young Player by the J. League at the annual awards ceremony on 6 December.[7]

Bayern MunichEdit

In June 2011, it was confirmed that Usami would be loaned out to Bayern Munich,[8] with an option to buy next summer. He joined the club in mid-July. Usami told the media in a news conference that a chance like that did not come every day, and that he was looking forward to this big challenge. When he was asked about Bayern's current first-team players, he said: "I want to improve my skills to the point, where I can take their places." Usami scored his first competitive goal for the Bavarians on 26 October 2011, in a DFB Cup match against Ingolstadt 04, after coming off the bench in the 73rd minute.[9]

1899 HoffenheimEdit

He scored two goals in 21 matches played for 1899 Hoffenheim.[10]

AugsburgEdit

2016–17 seasonEdit

Usami joined Augsburg in the summer of 2016.[11] He played in 11 matches during the 2016–17 season.[12]

Loan to Fortuna DüsseldorfEdit

He was loaned to Fortuna Düsseldorf for the 2017–18 season.[13] He played a key role in helping them gain promotion to the Bundesliga.[14] He finished the 2017–18 season with eight goals in 28 matches played.[15]

2018–19 seasonEdit

Usami returned to Augsburg for the 2018–19 season.[16]

Second loan to Fortuna DüsseldorfEdit

On 4 August 2018, Usami rejoined Fortuna Düsseldorf on a season-long loan for the 2018–19 season.[17]

International careerEdit

In October 2009, Usami was elected Japan U-17 national team for 2009 U-17 World Cup. He played all 3 matches. In July 2012, he was elected Japan U-23 national team for 2012 Summer Olympics. He played four matches and Japan won the fourth place.

Usami debuted for Japan in a friendly match against Tunisia on 27 March 2015. He scored his debut goal in a friendly match against Uzbekistan on 31 March 2015. In May 2018 he was named in Japan's preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of matches played on 24 October 2020
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gamba Osaka 2009 J. League Division 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 1 4 1 [4][5][6]
2010 26 7 4 2 2 0 4[c] 2 1[d] 0 37 10 [4][5][6]
2011 14 4 0 0 0 0 7[c] 1 21 5 [4][5][6]
2013 J. League Division 2 18 19 2 1 0 0 20 20 [4][5][6]
2014 J. League Division 1 26 10 4 6 7 5 37 21 [4][5][6]
2015 J1 League 34 19 3 4 1 0 11[c] 4 4[e] 1 53 28 [4][5][6]
2016 17 5 0 0 0 0 5[c] 0 1[d] 1 23 6 [4][5][6]
Totals 138 64 13 13 10 5 28 8 6 2 195 92
Bayern Munich II (loan) 2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 18 6 18 6 [6]
Bayern Munich (loan) 2011–12 Bundesliga 3 0 1 1 1[f] 0 5 1 [6]
1899 Hoffenheim (loan) 2012–13 20 2 1 0 21 2 [10]
FC Augsburg 2016–17 11 0 0 0 11 0 [12]
Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 2017–18 2. Bundesliga 28 8 1 0 29 8 [15]
2018–19 Bundesliga 19 1 2 0 21 1 [15]
Totals 47 9 3 0 50 9
Gamba Osaka 2019 J1 League 14 7 1 0 4 1 19 8 [4][5][6]
2020 24 5 0 0 2 0 26 5 [4][5][6]
Totals 38 12 1 0 6 1 45 13
Career totals 275 93 19 14 16 6 29 8 6 2 345 123
  1. ^ Appearances in the Emperor's Cup and DFB-Pokal.
  2. ^ Appearances in the J. League Cup.
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the AFC Champions League.
  4. ^ a b Appearances in the Japanese Super Cup.
  5. ^ Appearances in the Japanese Super Cup and J League playoffs.
  6. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.

InternationalEdit

As of 26 March 2019[19]
Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 13 2
2016 5 1
2017 1 0
2018 7 0
2019 1 0
Total 27 3

International goalsEdit

As of match played 3 June 2016. Japan score listed first, score column indicates score after each Usami goal.[20]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 2015 Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Japan 2   Uzbekistan 4–1 5–1 Friendly
2 8 October 2015 Al-Seeb Stadium, Muscat, Oman 10   Syria 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 3 June 2016 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan 15   Bulgaria 6–0 7–2 2016 Kirin Cup

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Gamba Osaka
Bayern Munich

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ 長岡京サッカースポーツ少年団 団のあゆみ. Nagaokakyo SS (in Japanese). 27 June 2011. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Gamba Osaka vs. Seoul 1 - 2". Soccerway. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Takashi Usami". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 January 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Japan – Usami Takashi – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Takashi Usami > Club matches". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  7. ^ 2010Jリーグアウォーズ. J. League (in Japanese). 6 December 2010. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Bayern take Usami on loan". FIFA.com. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  9. ^ "FCB leiht Japaner Usami aus". Bayern Munich (in German). 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Takashi Usami". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg". japantimes.co.jp. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Takashi Usami". kicker.de (in German). kicker.
  13. ^ "Usami auf Leihbasis nach Düsseldorf". kicker.de (in German). kicker. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Welcome back to the Bundesliga, Fortuna Düsseldorf!". bundesliga.com. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "Takashi Usami". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  16. ^ Bernreuther, David (20 June 2018). "Usami: Reuter sagt Düsseldorf vorerst ab" (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Fortuna holt Takashi Usami zurück". Fortuna Düsseldorf (in German). 4 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  18. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia".
  19. ^ "Takashi Usami". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  20. ^ Takashi Usami at Soccerway

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