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Yasuhito Endō (遠藤 保仁, Endō Yasuhito, born 28 January 1980) is a Japanese footballer, who currently plays for the J. League team Gamba Osaka and the Japan national team.[3] He made his senior international debut in 2002, represented Japan for three Fifa World cups and three Confederations cups. In the process he won over 150 caps, scoring 15 goals and became most capped nation player of all-time.

Yasuhito Endō
遠藤 保仁
Yasuhito Endō against Bahrain June 22 2008.png
Endō playing for Japan in 2010
Personal information
Full name Yasuhito Endō[1]
Date of birth (1980-01-28) 28 January 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Sakurajima, Kagoshima, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gamba Osaka
Number 7
Youth career
1995–1997 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Yokohama Flügels 16 (1)
1999–2001 Kyoto Purple Sanga 53 (10)
2001– Gamba Osaka 587 (98)
National team
1998–1999 Japan U-20 11 (1)
1999 Japan U-23 7 (0)
2002– Japan 152 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 January 2015

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Club careerEdit

In 2011, he became the first J. League player to be named in the J. League Best Eleven 9 times. In 2009, he was named "Player of the Year" by the Asian Football Confederation.[4]

In 2012, he extended his record and became the first Japanese player to be selected in the J. League Best Eleven ten consecutive times in a row in the midfield position.[5]

His older brother Akihiro, who retired in 2008, is also a former professional footballer, and was selected as one of Japan under-23 national football team members played at 1996 Olympics.

International careerEdit

Endō played 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and Japan finished as runner-up, losing to Spain in the final. Since 2002, Endō has been a member of the senior national team, and was selected for Japan's 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup squads.[6] He also was a member of the 2004 and 2011 AFC Asian Cup winning teams.

On 24 June 2010, Endō scored from a free-kick against Denmark in a 3–1 win as Japan qualified for the second round of the World Cup.[7]

On 12 October 2010, he became the fourth player to earn 100th full international cap for Japan in a friendly match against South Korea. On 16 October 2012, Endo became Japan's most capped player in a friendly against Brazil.[8] His start in this match was his 123rd appearance for the national team, surpassing Masami Ihara's previous record of 122 caps.[8]

 
Endō (right) while he is about to free-kick against Vissel Kobe in 2017, flanked by his teammate Yōsuke Ideguchi (left)
 
Endō playing for Gamba Osaka in a AFC Champions League match against Melbourne Victory

Endō was included in Japan's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and scored the team's opening goal of the tournament in a 4–0 defeat of Palestine.[9] In the team's next match, he won his 150th cap as Japan defeated Iraq 1–0.[10]

Style of playEdit

He is considered a cult hero at Gamba Osaka, the Japan National Football Team, and the population of Japan. It is because he has formidable passing ability, leadership, and goal scoring ability. He is also known for his excellent accuracy on free kicks and is revered as one of Japan's most creative midfielders as well as one of the most talented Japanese footballers and playmakers of his generation, despite only playing domestically in his home country.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 29 June 2019.[11]
Club Season League Emperor's Cup League Cup AFC Other* Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kagoshima Jitsugyō H.S. 1997 1 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Yokohama Flügels 1998 16 1 - 4 0 20 1
Total 16 1 - 4 0 20 1
Kyoto Purple Sanga 1999 24 4 2 0 2 0 28 4
2000 29 5 1 0 6 1 36 6
Total 53 9 3 0 8 0 64 10
Gamba Osaka 2001 29 4 3 1 4 0 36 5
2002 30 5 1 0 8 1 39 6
2003 30 4 2 0 6 0 38 4
2004 29 9 3 0 - 32 9
2005 33 10 2 0 4 0 39 10
2006 25 9 4 1 - 5 3 4 1 38 14
2007 34 8 4 0 8 1 1 0 47 9
2008 27 6 3 0 1 0 10 3 3 2 44 11
2009 32 10 4 3 2 0 6 1 1 0 45 14
2010 30 3 2 2 - 3 0 1 0 36 5
2011 33 4 - - 7 1 - 40 5
2012 34 5 4 3 2 0 4 1 - 44 9
2013 33 5 - - - - 33 5
2014 34 6 5 0 6 0 - - 45 6
2015 34 5 4 0 3 1 12 0 4 0 58 6
2016 34 2 2 0 3 1 5 1 1 0 45 4
2017 31 1 1 0 4 0 7 0 - 43 1
2018 34 1 1 0 6 0 - - 41 1
2019 15 1 0 0 3 0 - - 18 1
Total 581 98 45 10 60 4 59 10 15 3 760 125
Career total 650 108 49 10 72 4 59 10 15 3 845 135

*Includes other competitive competitions, including the Japanese Super Cup, A3 Champions Cup and FIFA Club World Cup and J. League Championship.

InternationalEdit

Japan national team[12]
Year Apps Goals
2002 1 0
2003 11 1
2004 16 2
2005 8 0
2006 8 0
2007 13 1
2008 16 3
2009 12 0
2010 15 2
2011 13 0
2012 11 1
2013 16 2
2014 8 2
2015 4 1
Total 152 15

International goalsEdit

 
Endō playing for Gamba Osaka in 2011
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 August 2003 National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan   Nigeria
3–0
3–0
Friendly Match (Kirin Challenge Cup 2003)
2. 7 February 2004 Kashima Stadium, Kashima, Japan   Malaysia
4–0
4–0
Friendly Match (Kirin Challenge Cup 2004)
3. 7 July 2004 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan   Serbia and Montenegro
1–0
1–0
Kirin Cup 2004
4. 16 July 2007 My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam   Vietnam
2–1
4–1
2007 AFC Asian Cup
5. 6 February 2008 Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan   Thailand
1–0
4–1
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6. 7 June 2008 Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat, Oman   Oman
1–1
1–1
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7. 6 September 2008 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain   Bahrain
2–0
3–2
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. 14 February 2010 National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan   South Korea
1–0
1–3
2010 East Asian Football Championship
9. 24 June 2010 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa   Denmark
2–0
3–1
2010 FIFA World Cup
10. 15 August 2012 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan   Venezuela
1–0
1–1
Friendly
11. 6 September 2013 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan   Guatemala
3–0
3–0
Friendly
12. 10 September 2013 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan   Ghana
2–1
3–1
Friendly
13. 2 June 2014 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States   Costa Rica
1–1
3–1
Friendly
14. 14 November 2014 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan   Honduras
3–0
6–0
Friendly
15. 12 January 2015 Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle, Australia   Palestine
1–0
4–0
2015 AFC Asian Cup

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ "National Team Squad". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ (in Japanese) Players | GAMBA OSAKA Official Site
  4. ^ "Japan's Yasuhito Endō Named AFC Player of the Year". Goal.com. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  5. ^ "J. League Awards 2012". J. League. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  6. ^ "FIFA.com".
  7. ^ Sheringham, Sam (24 June 2010). "Denmark 1–3 Japan". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  8. ^ a b "SOCCER/ Endo's Japan record ruined by Brazil thumping". Asahi Shimbun. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Japan 4-0 Palestine: Defending champions open Asian Cup campaign with impressive win over newcomers in Group D". The Daily Mail. 13 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Japan's midfielder Endo reaches 150 int'l caps". Yahoo. 17 January 2015.
  11. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 81 out of 289)
  12. ^ "ENDO Yasuhito". Japan National Football Team Database.

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