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Yasuyuki Konno (今野 泰幸, Konno Yasuyuki, born 25 January 1983) is a Japanese football player who plays for Júbilo Iwata.[1] He played for Japan national team.

Yasuyuki Konno
今野 泰幸
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Personal information
Full name Yasuyuki Konno
Date of birth (1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Júbilo Iwata
Number 2
Youth career
1998–2000 Tohoku High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Consadole Sapporo 65 (2)
2004–2011 FC Tokyo 254 (33)
2012–2019 Gamba Osaka 210 (17)
2018Gamba Osaka U-23 (loan) 1 (1)
2019– Júbilo Iwata
Total 530 (53)
National team
2002–2003 Japan U-20 13 (4)
2004 Japan U-23 9 (0)
2005–2017 Japan 93 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 July 2019

He regular plays as either a defensive midfielder or a centre back. He has previously played for Consadole Sapporo, FC Tokyo and Gamba Osaka.[2]

Club careerEdit

After graduating from Tōhoku High School, Konno signed his first professional contract with J1 League side Consadole Sapporo ahead of the 2001 season. He spent 3 seasons in total in Consadole and made 65 league appearances for the men in red and black who were relegated to J2 League for the 2003 season. He spent one year playing J2 before heading south to join FC Tokyo in 2004. He played more than 250 league games across 8 seasons at the Ajinomoto Stadium and helped them lift the J.League Cup in 2004 and 2009 as well as J2 League and the Emperor's Cup in his final season at the club in 2011.

He moved west to join Gamba Osaka in 2012. His first season with the men in blue and black was not a happy one as they were relegated down to Japan's second division following a 17th place finish in the league. They bounced back as champions at the first time of asking with Konno netting 4 times in 32 games. 2014 got even better for Gamba as they marked their return to Japan's top flight by winning the domestic treble; lifting the J1 League trophy in addition to the J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. Konno played 46 times and scored twice across all competitions, forming a central midfield partnership with Japan's most capped international player Yasuhito Endō.

Gamba retained their Emperor's Cup title in 2015 and added the 2015 Japanese Super Cup to their trophy cabinet, defeating Urawa Reds in the final of both competitions, they also reached the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League before going down to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande over 2 legs. Konno played 51 times in all competitions in 2015 and scored 6 goals.

Gamba didn't win any silverware between 2016 and 2018, but Konno remained an important figure in the side, missing just 1 league game in 2016 as Gamba finished 3rd in the final standings. Injury forced him out for a spell in 2017 and he was able to make only 24 league appearances before an even longer spell on the sidelines caused him to miss the majority of the first half of the 2018 season. Gamba struggled under new head coach, the Brazilian Levir Culpi who was fired midway through the season and replaced by Gamba Osaka U-23 coach Tsuneyasu Miyamoto. Miyamoto's appointment coincided with Konno's return from injury and a Gamba side that had spent much of the season in the relegation zone went on a 9 match winning streak in the league and eventually ended up in a comfortable 9th place.[2]

In July 2019, Konno moved to Júbilo Iwata.[3]

International careerEdit

He was part of the Japan U-23 national team at 2004 Olympics, which finished fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy and Ghana. He also capped for Japan U-20 team at the 2003 World Youth Championship.

On 3 August 2005, he made his debut for the senior national team in an East Asian Cup match against China which finished in a 2-2 draw. He earned a second cap 4 days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over South Korea. Later that year he came on as a second half substitute in the 1-0 home victory over Iran in a 2006 World Cup qualifier.

Konno wouldn't play again for his country until after the 2006 World Cup Finals, playing in the 1-0 home friendly defeat to Ghana in October 2006 and the 2007 Asian Cup qualifying wins over India, later that month, and Saudi Arabia in November.

It would be another 7 months before he next pulled on the blue of Japan, playing in the home friendly win over Montenegro and the draw with Colombia in June 2007. His performances in those games earned him a spot in Japan's squad for the 2007 Asian Cup and he played 3 times as they finished in 4th place following a 3-2 semi-final defeat to Saudi Arabia and a penalty shootout loss to South Korea in the 3rd / 4th place play off. He played 3 more non-competitive matches in 2007; against Qatar, Austria and Egypt.

In February 2008 he was selected in the squad for the East Asian Football Championship and played in the 1-0 win over China and the 1-1 draw with South Korea as Japan ended up in 2nd place in the final standings. 2008 turned out to be a busy year for him internationally as he played a further 4 friendly matches and 6 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

He played 7 times in 2009, the first appearance coming as a second-half replacement in the 5-1 thrashing of Finland in February which was followed up by a start in the 4-0 win against Chile in May. He played twice the following month in the World Cup Qualifiers against Qatar and Australia. The matches did not turn out well for the Samurai Blue who could only draw 1-1 at home to Qatar before going down 2-1 away to Australia 7 days later. Japan were back on form later in the year, defeating Scotland and Togo in October with Konno starting the first and coming on in the second half of the latter before also appearing as a substitute the following month in a 0-0 draw away to World Cup hosts South Africa.

The following year he was selected in Japan's squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was handed the number 15 jersey.[4] He only got on the field for 2 minutes in the entire tournament, replacing Yoshito Ōkubo in the 88th minute of Japan's 3-1 Group E win over Denmark in Rustenburg which sealed their qualification to the last 16 where they'd go on to be eliminated by Paraguay on penalties.

2011 saw him named in the squad for the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar where this time he wore the number 4 on his back. He played every minute of all Japan's six matches at the tournament as they went on to lift the title, defeating Australia 1-0 after extra time in the final thanks to Tadanari Lee's 109th minute winner.[5] Later in the year he scored his first international goal, a 36th minute opener in the 4-0 win away to Tajikistan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on 11 November.

He played 8 international in 2012, a mixture of friendlies and World Cup qualifiers before being chosen in the Japan squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil the following year. He started all 3 of the Samurai Blue's games at the tournament which all ended in defeat and saw them finish below Brazil, Italy and Mexico in the Group A standings.[6]

In 2014 he played in his second World Cup, this time in Brazil. Japan were drawn in Group C along with Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast and finished in 4th place with 1 draw and 2 defeats. Konno didn't play in the opening 2-1 defeat to the Ivory Coast, but started the 0-0 draw with Greece and the 4-1 defeat to Colombia.[7]

He would play only a further 10 matches for his country across 3 years after the 2014 World Cup, however he did manage to increase his international goal tally to 4 thanks to strikes in the 2-1 home friendly win over Australia in November 2014, the 2-0 away victory over the United Arab Emirates in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in March 2017 and finally in a 1-1 friendly draw at home to Syria on 7 June 2017.[8] He played 93 games and scored 4 goals for Japan until 2017.[9]

Club statisticsEdit

As of 18 July 2019[10][2]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Asia Other1 Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup ACL Total
2001 Consadole Sapporo J1 League 17 0 1 1 1 0 - - 19 1
2002 22 0 1 0 2 0 - - 25 0
2003 J2 League 26 2 0 0 - - - 26 2
Total 65 2 2 1 3 0 - - 70 3
2004 FC Tokyo J1 League 26 4 3 0 7 1 - - 36 5
2005 34 7 2 0 6 1 - - 42 8
2006 28 5 2 0 6 0 - - 36 5
2007 33 5 3 1 6 1 - - 42 7
2008 32 4 3 0 2 0 - - 37 4
2009 34 2 0 0 5 0 - - 39 2
2010 34 5 3 0 3 0 - 1 0 41 5
2011 J2 League 33 1 4 1 - - - 37 2
Total 254 33 20 2 35 3 - 1 0 310 38
2012 Gamba Osaka J1 League 33 2 5 0 2 0 5 0 - 45 2
2013 J2 League 32 4 0 0 - - - 32 4
2014 J1 League 33 2 6 0 7 0 - - 46 2
2015 31 3 4 0 4 0 8 0 4 3 51 6
2016 33 4 2 1 3 0 5 1 1 0 44 6
2017 24 2 2 0 4 0 4 1 - 34 3
2018 14 0 0 0 1 0 - - 15 0
2019 10 0 0 0 5 0 - - 15 0
Total 210 17 19 1 26 0 22 2 5 3 282 23
2018 Gamba Osaka U-23 J3 League 1 1 - - - - 1 1
Total 1 1 - - - - 1 1
2019 Júbilo Iwata J1 League - -
Total - -
Career total 530 53 41 4 64 3 22 2 6 3 663 65

1 includes J.League Championship, Japanese Super Cup and Suruga Bank Championship appearances.

International statisticsEdit

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 3 0
2006 3 0
2007 8 0
2008 12 0
2009 7 0
2010 7 0
2011 15 1
2012 8 0
2013 15 0
2014 6 1
2015 3 0
2016 0 0
2017 6 2
Total 93 4

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.[9]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 November 2011 Central Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan   Tajikistan 1–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 18 November 2014 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan   Australia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3 23 March 2017 Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates   United Arab Emirates 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 7 June 2017 Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo, Japan   Syria 1–1 1–1 2017 Kirin Cup

Appearances in major competitionsEdit

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
  Japan 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship U-20 5 0 0 Quarter-finals
  Japan 2004 Olympics U-23 3 0 0 Round 1
  Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup Qualification Senior 2 0 0 Qualified
  Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior 1 3 0 4th place
  Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification Senior 1 5 0 Qualified
  Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup Senior 0 1 0 Last 16
  Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 0 Champions
  Japan 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 3 0 0 Group Stage
  Japan 2014 FIFA World Cup Senior 2 0 0 Group Stage

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yasuyuki Konno at J.League (in Japanese)  
  2. ^ a b c d "Yasuyuki Konno Soccerway Player Statistics". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ Júbilo Iwata(in Japanese)
  4. ^ https://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/01/22/85/78/fwc_2010_squadlists.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/afc-asian-cup-2011-schedule-a-results?view=teamdetails&compID=242&roundID=498&groupID=682&teamID=96&id=0[dead link]
  6. ^ Japan squad for Confederations Cup announced, Japan Football Association, 5 June 2013
  7. ^ "World Cup 2014: Kagawa and Yoshida in Japan squad". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Yasuyuki Konno J Football Player Statistics Player Statistics". J Football Database (in Japanese). Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Yasuyuki Konno at National-Football-Teams.com  
  10. ^ Júbilo Iwata(in Japanese)

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