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Keisuke Honda

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 18
  • Date of birth: 13 June, 1986 (24 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (182cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Keisuke Honda
3|5 Keisuke Honda
0 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
2 Keisuke Honda
1 Keisuke Honda
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
11|20 Keisuke Honda
1|0 Keisuke Honda
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

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Singled out by coach Takeshi Okada as Japan’s key man, the powerfully-built attacking midfielder has enjoyed a meteoric rise since moving to Europe with Dutch side VVV-Vevlo and now CSKA Moscow.

A free-kick specialist with a powerful shot, Honda was recently described by one Japanese tabloid as “a missile comparable to Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo”.

Honda moved to VVV-Venlo in 2007 after four seasons at Nagoya Grampus. Although the Dutch club were relegated from the Eredivisie at the end of his first season, Honda hit 16 goals in 36 matches the following season as the club won the second division title and returned to the top flight.

In January, CSKA Moscow paid £5.1m to bring him to Russia. He became the first Japanese player to reach the Champions League quarter-finals when his winning free-kick against Sevilla fired CSKA into the last eight for the first time in their history.

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