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Takayuki Morimoto

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 19
  • Date of birth: 7 May, 1988 (22 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (180cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
0 Takayuki Morimoto
0|0 Takayuki Morimoto
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
0 Takayuki Morimoto
0 Takayuki Morimoto
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
0|0 Takayuki Morimoto
0|0 Takayuki Morimoto
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

‘The Japanese Ronaldo’ (after the Brazil striker) made his J-League debut for Tokyo Verdy as a 15-year-old under Ossie Ardiles, and holds the record for the youngest-ever J-League player. Two days before his 16th birthday he became the youngest scorer in the league’s history.

The Catania striker featured for Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but had to wait until October to make his senior debut. At 6ft (1.80m) tall, the powerful 22-year-old offers a physical threat in Japan’s attack.

Morimoto’s record-breaking debut came in 2004 and he was named the J-League Rookie of the Year at the end of the campaign. After two promising seasons, Serie A side Catania signed him on loan for the 2006/07 campaign.

Despite suffering a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee towards the end of the season, he did enough to earn himself a permanent transfer to the Sicilian club. He has just completed his fourth season in Italy, scoring five times in 16 starts as Catania finished 13th.

Singled out by AC Milan striker Pato as the best young player in Serie A last season, Morimoto has also reportedly caught the eye of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

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