Keisuke Tsuboi

Keisuke Tsuboi
Personal information
Full name Keisuke Tsuboi
Date of birth (1979-09-16) 16 September 1979
Place of birth Tama, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Shonan Bellmare
Number 20
Youth career
1998–2001 Fukuoka University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2014 Urawa Red Diamonds 292 (1)
2015– Shonan Bellmare 8 (0)
National team
2003–2007[1] Japan 40 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 February 2010

Keisuke Tsuboi (坪井 慶介 Tsuboi Keisuke, born 16 September 1979 in Tama, Tokyo) is a Japanese football player for J1 League team Shonan Bellmare.[2][3]


He was educated at and played for Yokkaichi Chūō Industrial High School and Fukuoka University. He represented Japan for the 2001 Universiade held in Beijing where the team won the title beating Ukraine in the final.

After graduating from the university in 2002, he joined Urawa Red Diamonds and immediately broke into the first team. His first appearance came on 3 March 2002 against Yokohama F. Marinos. He scored his first league goal on 17 May 2003 against Gamba Osaka. He won the J-League Young Player of the Year award in 2002 and was selected as one of the J. League Best Eleven in 2003.

Japan's national coach Zico gave him the first cap in 2003 when he played Tsuboi on 11 June 2003 in a friendly against Paraguay at Saitama Stadium.[1] He was a member of the Japan team for 2006 FIFA World Cup where he played 2 games against Australia and Brazil.[1] In Japan's first match against Australia, he suffered from cramps in his both thighs and had to be replaced by Teruyuki Moniwa in the 56th minute.

He was also in the squad for 2007 AFC Asian Cup but did not play any game in the tournament as Yuki Abe and Yuji Nakazawa were the first-choice centre backs.

On 8 February 2008 he announced retirement from international football.[4]

On December 2014, he decided to leave Urawa Red Diamonds.[5] He then signed for Shonan Bellmare.

Career statistics


Updated to 23 February 2016.[6]

Club Season League Emperor's Cup League Cup Champions League Other* Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fukuoka University 1999 -30---30
Total -30---30
Urawa Red Diamonds 2002 3001080--390
2003 30110110--421
2004 1401000--150
2005 3305020--400
2006 2702010-10310
2007 310100012040480
2008 210206040-330
2009 2901070--370
2010 3104030--380
2011 503020--100
2012 3301010--350
2013 70201020-120
2014 101010--30
Total 2921250430180503711
Shonan Bellmare 2015 801061--151
Total 801061--151
Career total 3001260491180503862

*Includes other competitive competitions, including the Japanese Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.



National teamYearAppsGoals

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2003 FIFA Confederations CupSenior300Round 1
 Japan2005 FIFA Confederations CupSenior000Round 1
 Japan2006 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior300Qualified
 Japan2006 FIFA World CupSenior200Round 1
 Japan2007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior300Qualified



Urawa Red Diamonds
2005, 2006




  1. 1 2 3 4 "TSUBOI Keisuke". Japan National Football Team Database.
  2. "Stats Centre: Keisuke Tsuboi Facts". Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. "坪井 慶介:湘南ベルマーレ:Jリーグ.jp". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  4. "Tsuboi offered something different in Japan's defence". A View From A Brit by Jeremy Walker. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  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. 69 out of 289)
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