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Shinji Okazaki

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 9
  • Date of birth: 16 April, 1986 (24 years old)
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Shinji Okazaki
1|2 Shinji Okazaki
4 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
1 Shinji Okazaki
0 Shinji Okazaki
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|3 Shinji Okazaki
0|0 Shinji Okazaki
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

Okazaki scored more international goals than any other player in the world in 2009, hitting the target 15 times for Japan.

Since making his international debut 18 months ago the 24-year-old has already scored 16 goals. His goal against Uzbekistan sealed qualification, a moment he cited as the turning point in his international career. Fast and strong, he will be hoping to score one of his trademark diving headers in South Africa.

Okazaki’s J-League debut came in 2005 with Shimizu S-Pulse and he enjoyed his best season in 2009 when he hit 14 goals in 34 league games as Shimizu finished seventh. His exploits saw him named in the J-League Best XI for the first time.

He was also part of Japan’s 2008 Olympics side. Okazaki has never been on the losing side in an international game in which he has scored.

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