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Junichi Inamoto

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 20
  • Date of birth: 18 September, 1979 (30 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
2 Junichi Inamoto
0|0 Junichi Inamoto
2 As substitute
16|19 Total Japan
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
4 Total Japan
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Junichi Inamoto
0 Junichi Inamoto
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
0|1 Junichi Inamoto
0|0 Junichi Inamoto
55|89 Total Japan
7|0 Total Japan
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Japan games played

  1. Japan 1-0 Cameroon
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Netherlands 1-0 Japan
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Denmark 1-3 Japan
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report

Player profile

Appearing in his third World Cup, the former Arsenal and Fulham man was Japan’s top scorer at the 2002 finals with goals against Belgium and Russia (his country’s first ever World Cup win), but plays a more defensive role these days. He is likely to start alongside Makoto Hasebe in central midfield.

The well-travelled midfielder is now back in Japan via England, Wales, Turkey, Germany and France. He made his debut for Gamba Osaka as a schoolboy and was at one time the youngest-ever J-League player and scorer.

He joined Arsenal on loan in 2001 but failed to make a Premier League appearance for the Gunners and moved to Fulham after the 2002 World Cup. Two seasons at Craven Cottage were followed by a spell at West Brom and on loan at Cardiff.

In 2006, after five years in the English leagues, he joined Galatasaray before moving on to Eintracht Frankfurt (2007-2009). He started the current season in France with Rennes, but after just five Ligue 1 appearances returned to his homeland with Kawasaki Frontale in a bid to clinch a World Cup spot.

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