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Yasuhito Endō
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Personal information
Full name Yasuhito Endō
Date of birth January 28, 1980 (1980-01-28) (age 30)
Place of birth    Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current club Gamba Osaka
Number 7
Youth career
1995-1997 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High school
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998
1999-2000
2001-
Yokohama Flugels
Kyoto Purple Sanga
Gamba Osaka
016 00(1)
053 00(9)
269 0(65)   
National team2
1998-1999
1999
2002-
Japan U-20
Japan U-23
Japan
011 00(1)
007 00(0)
085 00(7)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 30 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 30 January 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Yasuhito Endō (遠藤 保仁 Endō Yasuhito?, in Kagoshima City in Kagoshima Prefecture) is a Japanese footballer, who currently plays for the J. League team Gamba Osaka.[1]

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Career

In 2008, he became the first J. League player to be named J. League Best Eleven 7 times. In 2009, he was named "Player of the Year" by the Asian Football Confederation.[2]

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Position

A versatile midfielder who can operate as a defensive lynchpin and destroyer, or more often as a creative passer.

Attributes

He has emerged as a key player in defensive midfield for the national team in recent seasons, where his skills, both in defending and attacking, are highly valued. His direct running and his precise passing also allow him to play as an attacking midfielder on occasion. Endo is also well known for being a free kick and penalty kick specialist.

International career

Since 2002, Endō has been a member of the Japanese national football team, and has been selected for Japan's 2010 World Cup squad.[3]

Personal honors

Team honors

Club
National team

National team

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 20, 2003 Tokyo, Japan  Nigeria 3-0 Won Friendly
2. February 7, 2004 Kashima, Japan  Malaysia 4-0 Won Friendly
3. July 7, 2004 Yokohama, Japan  Serbia and Montenegro 1-0 Won Friendly
4. July 16, 2007 Hanoi, Vietnam  Vietnam 4-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
5. February 6, 2008 Saitama, Japan  Thailand 4-1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6. June 7, 2008 Muscat, Oman  Oman 1-1 Drew 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7. September 6, 2008 Riffa, Bahrain  Bahrain 3-2 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. February 14, 2010 Tokyo, Japan  Korea Republic 1-3 Loss 2010 East Asian Football Championship

Club Career Stats

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1998 Yokohama Flugels J. League Division 1 16 1 0 0 4 0 - 20 1
1999 Kyoto Purple Sanga 24 4 2 0 2 0 - 28 4
2000 29 5 1 0 6 1 - 36 6
2001 Gamba Osaka 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 0 0 - 32 9
2005 33 10 2 0 4 0 - 39 10
2006 25 9 4 1 0 0 5 3 34 13
2007 34 8 4 0 8 1 - 46 9
2008 27 6 3 0 1 0 13* 5* 44 11
2009 32 10 4 3 2 0 6 1 44 14
2010 1 0 2 0 3 0
Career Total 339 75 29 5 45 3 26 9 438 92

(*) Includes 2 goals in 3 matches at FIFA Club World Cup

FIFA Club World Cup Career Statistics

Season Team Apps Goals
2008 Gamba Osaka 3 2

Trivia

  • His older brother Akihiro is also a professional footballer.

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