Naotake Hanyu

Naotake Hanyu
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-12-22) December 22, 1979
Place of birth Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
F.C. Tokyo
Number 22
Youth career
1995–1997 Yachiyo high school
1998–2001 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 JEF United 165 (24)
2008– FC Tokyo 157 (10)
2013Ventforet Kofu 20 (0)
National team
2006–2008[1] Japan 17 (0)

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

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2010

Naotake Hanyu (羽生 直剛 Hanyū Naotake, born December 22, 1979 in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player. He currently plays for F.C. Tokyo. He is a midfielder known for his tireless workload.

Playing career

He represented Japan for the 2001 Universiade held in Beijing when he was a University of Tsukuba student. He was instrumental in Japan's winning the tournament by scoring total 3 goals including the lone goal in the final against Ukraine.[2]

After graduating from the university, he joined J. League side JEF United. He immediately broke into the first team and played in the opening league match against Kyoto Purple Sanga on March 3, 2002. He eventually played 22 games and scored 2 goals in his first professional season.

He made his first appearance for the Japan national football team on August 13, 2006 in an Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen when he replaced Yūichi Komano at half time.[1] He was the member of the Japan team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals and played five games as a substitute.[1] In the third place play-off against Korea Republic, Hanyu was sent on to the pitch to replace Kengo Nakamura in the 72nd minute, in a 0-0 draw. A penalty shootout was required to break the deadlock and he missed the sixth penalty shot for Japan. Japan lost the shootout and finished 4th in the tournament.[3]

He moved to F.C. Tokyo in 2008.[4]

Honors and awards


Jef United Chiba
F.C. Tokyo

Club team career statistics

Last update: 20:10, 1 January 2015

Club Season League Emperor's Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
University of Tsukuba19991010
JEF United20022324050322
FC Tokyo20082713040341
Ventforet Kofu20132003020250
FC Tokyo20142102040270
Career total 342343215035042938

National team career Statistics


Japan national team

Appearances in major competitions

YearCompetitionCategoryAppearancesGoalsTeam Record
20062007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior130Qualified
20072007 AFC Asian CupSenior0504th place


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