Hisato Satō

Hisato Satō

Satō in 2004
Personal information
Full name Hisato Satō
Date of birth (1982-03-12) March 12, 1982
Place of birth Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Nagoya Grampus
Number TBD
Youth career
1994–1999 JEF United Ichihara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 JEF United Ichihara 22 (2)
2002 Cerezo Osaka 13 (2)
2003-2004 Vegalta Sendai 74 (29)
2005–2016 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 383 (178)
2017– Nagoya Grampus
National team
2000–2001 Japan U-20 8 (5)
2006–2012[1] Japan 31 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 December 2010

Hisato Satō (佐藤 寿人 Satō Hisato, born March 12, 1982, in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Nagoya Grampus in the J2 League. He is a left-footed forward.[2]

Playing career

Sato is a product of JEF United Ichihara's youth system. He was promoted to JEF's top team in 2000. His first league appearance came on April 15, 2000, against Jubilo Iwata. He scored his first league goal on March 21, 2001, against Jubilo Iwata.

Frustrated with the lack of play, he decided to move to division 2 side Cerezo Osaka in 2002. Cerezo's coach Akihiro Nishimura rated him highly as Sato had played for Japan's youth team in the previous year which was also managed by Nishimura. However, he suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome at the beginning of the season, and found himself playing not many games with Akinori Nishizawa and Yoshito Okubo ahead of him in the pecking order. The club finished 2nd and was promoted to Division 1.

Sato was loaned out to fellow J1 side Vegalta Sendai in the 2003 season. He finally became a first-choice forward playing 30 games with 9 goals. Despite his efforts, Sendai was relegated to J2. His loan contract became a permanent one and he played 44 league games with 20 goals for Sendai in the 2005 season but failed to navigate the club to J1.

He was transferred to J1 side Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the 2005 season. He recorded a hat trick twice and scored 18 goals in the season.

Sato made his international debut for Japan on February 11, 2006, in a friendly against the United States.[1] He scored his first international goal on February 22, 2006, in an Asian Cup qualifier against India.[1] In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was regularly picked for the Japan national team, but left out of the final squad by national coach Zico.

Sato was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 Asian Cup finals and played four games in the tournament all as a substitute.[1]

He is the record holder of the fastest goal in J. League. He scored for Hiroshima after 8 seconds from the kick-off on April 22, 2006, against Cerezo Osaka.

On 22 November 2015, he joins Masashi Nakayama as all-time top-scorer in J. League with 157 goals.[3] After that record and 12 years in Hiroshima, Sato decided to sign for Nagoya Grampus.[4]

His twin brother Yuto is also a professional footballer who plays for JEF United Ichihara and up to now was capped once on the international level.[5] Filippo Inzaghi is his inspiration. His play style is similar to that of Filippo Inzaghi.

Honors and awards


Sanfrecce Hiroshima


Career statistics

Updated to 23 February 2016.[6]

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 J. League Cup AFC Total
2000JEF United IchiharaJ1 League803042-152
2002Cerezo OsakaJ2 League13243--175
2003Vegalta SendaiJ1 League3091064-3713
2004J2 League442020--4620
2005Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ1 League32182062-4020
2008J2 League402822--4230
2009J1 League34151155-4021
Career total 45520224125128*12*4547246


Japan national team

International goals

Last update: 18 November 2009[1]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. Feb 22, 2006 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan  India 6-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. Mar 30, 2006 Ōita Stadium, Ōita, Japan  Ecuador 1-0 Won Friendly Match
3. Aug 16, 2006 Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan  Yemen 2-0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
4. Nov 18, 2009 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 4-0 Won 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "SATO Hisato". Japan National Football Team Database. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  2. "佐藤 寿人:サンフレッチェ広島:Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  3. http://www.jleague.jp/en/news/article/3909
  4. http://nagoya-grampus.jp/news/pressrelease/2016/1121post-686.php
  5. "Japan 2 - 0 Yemen". The Rising Sun News. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  6. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 11 out of 289)
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