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Yoshito Ōkubo (大久保 嘉人, Ōkubo Yoshito, born 9 June 1982) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Júbilo Iwata.[3][4] From 2003 to 2014, he earned 60 caps for the Japan national team scoring 6 goals.

Yoshito Ōkubo
Okubo Yoshito.jpg
Personal information
Full name Yoshito Ōkubo[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan
Height 5 ft 6.9 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Júbilo Iwata
Number 22
Youth career
1998–2000 Kunimi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Cerezo Osaka 116 (57)
2005–2006Mallorca (loan) 39 (5)
2007–2008 Vissel Kobe 62 (25)
2009 VfL Wolfsburg 9 (0)
2009–2012 Vissel Kobe 98 (29)
2013–2016 Kawasaki Frontale 130 (82)
2017 FC Tokyo 28 (8)
2018 Kawasaki Frontale 12 (2)
2018– Júbilo Iwata 17 (3)
National team
2004 Japan U-23 3 (2)
2003–2014[2] Japan 60 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2018

Club careerEdit

Ōkubo was born in Kanda, Fukuoka.

On 3 January 2009, Vissel Kobe announced Ōkubo's transfer to VfL Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga.[5] After just six months with Wolfsburg, he returned to Vissel Kobe. Upon his return, he became the first Japanese striker to have won the Bundesliga title.

After Vissel Kobe was relegated to the J.League Division 2 in 2013 season, Ōkubo transferred to Kawasaki Frontale. An ever-present figure and a regular starting eleven in Kawasaki, he scored 26 goals in his debut season in the Kanagawa Prefecture football club and cliched top scorer of 2013 J.League Division 1 season.

At the end of 2016 season and before J.League Championship, Ōkubo announced he would leave Kawasaki Frontale to sign for FC Tokyo in 2017.[6] After surprisingly coming back to Kawasaki, Ōkubo opted to sign for Júbilo Iwata, quoting lack of space in Kawasaki's line-up.[7]

International careerEdit

Ōkubo was part of the Japanese 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, having finished fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy and Ghana.

He made his international debut on 31 May 2003 in a friendly against Korea Republic at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he was sent on to the pitch to replace Takayuki Suzuki.[2] Ōkubo scored his first international goal on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against Egypt at Nagai Stadium in Osaka.[2]

Ōkubo's selection for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the big surprise of coach Alberto Zaccheroni's squad announcement. The forward had previously played just once for the coach in four years.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 19 February 2019[9][10]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AFC Other Total
2001 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 20 2 3 0 1 1 24 3
2002 J2 League 29 18 2 1 31 19
2003 J1 League 24 16 5 4 3 0 32 20
2004 22 15 1 0 2 0 25 15
Spain League Copa del Rey League Cup UEFA Other Total
2004–05 R.C.D. Mallorca La Liga 13 3 13 3
2005–06 26 2 1 1 27 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AFC Other Total
2006 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 21 6 21 6
2007 Vissel Kobe 31 14 2 1 5 0 38 15
2008 31 11 1 1 32 12
Germany League DFB-Pokal League Cup UEFA Other Total
2008–09 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 9 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AFC Other1 Total
2009 Vissel Kobe J1 League 19 8 1 1 20 9
2010 17 4 1 1 0 0 18 5
2011 30 9 1 0 1 0 32 9
2012 26 4 1 0 3 2 30 6
2013 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 33 26 4 3 8 4 45 33
2014 32 18 1 0 4 2 8 1 45 21
2015 32 23 2 2 2 2 36 27
2016 33 15 6 5 0 0 1 0 40 20
2017 FC Tokyo 28 8 0 0 2 1 30 9
2018 Kawasaki Frontale 12 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 17 3
Júbilo Iwata 17 3 1 0 18 3
Spain 39 5 1 1 40 6
Germany 9 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
Japan 456 179 32 19 31 12 12 1 2 1 533 212
Career total 504 184 35 20 31 12 14 1 2 1 586 218

1Includes J.League Championship and Japanese Super Cup.

InternationalEdit

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 14 0
2004 3 0
2005 2 0
2006 0 0
2007 2 2
2008 12 3
2009 9 0
2010 11 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 0 0
2014 6 1
Total 60 6

International goalsEdit

[2]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan   Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
2. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan   Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
3. 6 February 2008 Saitama, Japan   Thailand 4–1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 2 June 2008 Yokohama, Japan   Oman 3–0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 13 November 2008 Kobe, Japan   Syria 3–1 Won Friendly
6. 6 June 2014 Florida, United States   Zambia 4–3 Won Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "OKUBO Yoshito". Japan National Football Team Database. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Stats Centre: Yoshito Okubo Facts". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  4. ^ "大久保 嘉人:川崎フロンターレ:Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ FW大久保嘉人選手の海外移籍について (in Japanese). vissel-kobe.co.jp. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.hochi.co.jp/soccer/national/20161107-OHT1T50135.html
  7. ^ http://www.jubilo-iwata.co.jp/newslist/detail/?nw_seq=6127
  8. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (12 May 2014). "Zaccheroni chooses Okubo for World Cup". Japan Times. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ 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. 8 out of 289)
  10. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 177 out of 289)
  11. ^ "Mahdavikia scoops Asian best player award". FIFA. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2013.

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