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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