|Full name||Yuta Minami|
|Date of birth||30 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1995–1997||Shizuoka Gakuen High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season|
Minami was born in Kawasaki on 30 September 1979. After graduating from Shizuoka Gakuen High School, he joined J1 League club Kashiwa Reysol in 1998. He played as regular goalkeeper instead Yoichi Doi from summer in first season. He battles with Minami for the position with Motohiro Yoshida from 1999 and Reysol won the 3rd place in 1999 and 2000 J1 League. Minami completely became a regular goalkeeper from 2001. However the club results were sluggish from 2002 and was relegated to J2 League end of 2005 season. In 2006 season, Reysol won the 2nd place and returned to J1 from 2007. Although he played as regular goalkeeper from 2007, his opportunity to play decreased behind new player Takanori Sugeno from 2008. In 2009, he could not play at all in the match in J1 League and Reysol was relegated to J2 again.
National team careerEdit
In June 1997, when Minami was a Shizuoka Gakuen High School student, he was selected Japan U-20 national team for 1997 World Youth Championship and he played 4 matches. In April 1999, he was selected U-20 Japan for 1999 World Youth Championship second time. At this tournament, he played full time in all 7 matches and Japan won the 2nd place.
Minami became one of the few goalkeepers in football history managing to score an own goal against Sanfrecce Hiroshima in a J. League match on 22 May 2004. He had gathered the ball and originally planned to throw the ball at first, but he paused and lost control, hurling the ball back into the net to the disbelief of his Kashiwa teammates. The goal wouldn't matter, as Kashiwa lost 3-0.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Total|
|1998||Kashiwa Reysol||J1 League||22||0||1||0||4||0||27||0|
|2010||Roasso Kumamoto||J2 League||36||0||2||0||-||38||0|
|2014||Yokohama FC||J2 League||39||0||1||0||-||40||0|
Honors and awardsEdit
- Yuta Minami at J.League (in Japanese)
- "Result - 2004 J.LEAGUE Division 1 1st Stage 11th Sec". J.League. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- 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. 192 out of 289)
- 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. 216 out of 289)
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