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Yoshito Okubo

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 16
  • Date of birth: 9 June, 1982 (28 years old)
  • Height: 5'7" (170cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Yoshito Okubo
2|3 Yoshito Okubo
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 Yoshito Okubo
0 Yoshito Okubo
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
6|15 Yoshito Okubo
0|0 Yoshito Okubo
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 burly, no-nonsense striker is back in Japan with Vissel Kobe after disappointing spells in Europe with Mallorca and Wolfsburg.

Okubo boasts a decent goalscoring record in the J-League, but has struggled at international level and abroad. Nevertheless, he remains a regular under coach Takeshi Okada.

Okubo has scored 93 goals in 207 J League matches since his debut with Cerezo Osaka in 2001. A disappointing 18-month loan spell in Spain with Real Mallorca yielded only five goals in 39 La Liga appearances and the striker returned to Osaka before moving to Kobe in early 2007.

A second chance to prove himself in Europe came in January 2009 when Wolfsburg brought him to Germany, but after nine Bundesliga appearances and no goals in six months, he re-signed for Kobe in a bid to boost his World Cup chances.

He made his Japan debut under Zico in 2002/2003 and was part of the 2004 Athens Olympics squad, but missed out on selection for the 2006 World Cup.

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