Yūki Ōtsu (大津 祐樹, Ōtsu Yūki, born 24 March 1990) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays for Japanese J1 League club Yokohama F. Marinos as an attacking midfielder.

Yūki Ōtsu
大津 祐樹
Yuki Otsu 2012 Borussia Mönchengladbach (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Yūki Ōtsu
Date of birth (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Yokohama F. Marinos
Number 7
Youth career
Shinshō Tokiwa SSS
Kashima Antlers Youth
2005–2008 Seiritsu Gakuen High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Kashiwa Reysol 66 (7)
2011–2012 Borussia M'gladbach 3 (0)
2011–2012 Borussia M'gladbach II 9 (0)
2012–2015 VVV-Venlo 50 (6)
2015–2017 Kashiwa Reysol 49 (3)
2018– Yokohama F. Marinos 25 (1)
National team
2011–2012 Japan U-23 16 (6)
2013 Japan 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 August 2012

Club careerEdit

Borussia MönchengladbachEdit

On 21 July 2011, Ōtsu was signed by German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach on a three-year contract.[1] He made his league debut on 22 October 2011, coming on as a late substitute for Mike Hanke,[2] in a 1–0 away defeat against 1899 Hoffenheim.[3]

VVV-VenloEdit

After having lost prospect with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Ōtsu signed with Dutch Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo until the summer of 2014 on 31 August 2012.[4] He was supposed to succeed his countryman Keisuke Honda who had impressed and made a transfer to AC Milan half a year earlier. However, on 15 December 2013, Ōtsu badly injured his achilles tendon. After a long time rehabilitation, Ōtsu became fit again with the result VVV-Venlo extended his expiring contract until the summer of 2015.[5]

Return to Kashiwa ReysolEdit

On 13 December 2014, it was announced that Otsu leaves VVV-Venlo in the winter transfer window. He had signed a deal with his former team Kashiwa Reysol.[6]

International careerEdit

On 2 July 2012, Ōtsu was included in the 2012 Summer Olympics squad by Japan under-23s manager Takashi Sekizuka.[7] He made his debut in their opening match on 26 July 2012 against Spain at Hampden Park, Glasgow, where he scored the opening and winning goal.[8] He then went on to score in both Japan's quarter-final and semi-final against Egypt and Mexico respectively. On 31 January 2013, Ōtsu was included in the Japan senior national team squad in a friendly against Latvia by head coach Alberto Zaccheroni. On 6 February 2013, Ōtsu made his debut for the national team, replacing Shinji Okazaki in the 82nd minute.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 24 April 2019[9][10][11][12]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kashiwa Reysol 2008 14 0 2 0 3 0 19 0
2009 33 6 1 0 5 2 39 8
2010 9 1 1 0 10 1
2011 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
2015 14 1 2 0 1 0 8 0 25 1
2016 19 1 4 0 1 0 24 1
2017 16 1 4 0 3 0 23 1
Total 115 10 14 0 14 2 8 0 151 12
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2011–12 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 3 0 1 0 4 0
VVV-Venlo 2012–13 22 1 1 0 - 23 1
2013-14 20 4 2 0 - 22 4
2014-15 8 1 1 0 - 9 1
Total 50 6 4 0 54 6
Yokohama F. Marinos 2018 25 1 2 0 9 2 - 36 3
2019 5 0 0 0 3 2 - 8 2
Total 30 1 2 0 12 4 - 44 5
Career total 198 17 21 0 26 6 8 0 252 23

1Includes Emperor's Cup, DFB-Pokal and KNVB Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

InternationalEdit

As of 10 August 2012