Daisuke Sakata

Daisuke Sakata
Personal information
Full name Daisuke Sakata
Date of birth (1983-01-16) January 16, 1983
Place of birth Kōnan-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Avispa Fukuoka
Number 11
Youth career
Yokohama Flugels
1999–2000 Yokohama F. Marinos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2010 Yokohama F. Marinos 247 (79)
2011 Aris FC 6 (0)
2011 F.C. Tokyo 10 (1)
2012– Avispa Fukuoka 111 (24)
National team
2003 Japan U20 4 (4)
2006[1] Japan 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 February 2011

Daisuke Sakata (坂田 大輔 Sakata Daisuke, born January 16, 1983 in Kōnan-ku, Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player who currently plays for Avispa Fukuoka in the J. League. He is an agile forward and can use both feet.


He first played for Yokohama Flügels youth team but became a Yokohama F. Marinos youth player when both teams merged in 1999. He was promoted to the top team in 2001. His first league appearance came on June 16, 2001 in a 0-2 defeat by F.C. Tokyo at the International Stadium Yokohama. His first league goal came on August 18, 2001 when he scored the lone goal against Kashiwa Reysol at Kashiwa no Ha Park Stadium.

He was a member of the Japan team for the 2002 AFC Youth Championship in Qatar. The team finished runners-up and was qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

At the World Youth Championship hosted by United Arab Emirates, he scored 4 goals in the tournament including the winner against England at the group stage and became one of the top scorers along with Fernando Cavenaghi (Argentine), Dudu (Brazil) and Eddie Johnson (U.S.A.). The team exited at the quarter final stage after beaten by Brazil.

He made his full international debut for Japan on August 9, 2006 in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he replaced Alex in the 86th minute.[1]

Sakata joined Greek Superleage side Aris FC in 2011 after ten years at Yokohama F. Marinos[2] but only stayed for a short time before returning to F.C. Tokyo for the 2nd half of the season.

In January 2012 it was announced he had signed for Avispa Fukuoka.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001Yokohama F. MarinosJ. League Division 11120050-162
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011Aris FCSuper League Greece60--60
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2011F.C. TokyoJ. League Division 210100--101
2012Avispa Fukuoka40810--418
Total Japan 368712285280044287
Greece 6000-0060
Career total 374602085286244887
Japan national team

Honors and awards

Team honors

Yokohama F. Marinos

Personal awards

Personal life

He married actress and TV Tarento Sayaka Fukuoka in February 2009.


  1. 1 2 "SAKATA Daisuke". Japan National Football Team Database.
  2. "Daisuke Sakata signs for ARIS FC". Aris F.C. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
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