Robert Cullen (footballer)

Robert Cullen
Personal information
Full name Robert Cullen
Date of birth (1985-06-07) June 7, 1985
Place of birth Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
NorthEast United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Júbilo Iwata 110 (29)
2010 Roasso Kumamoto 18 (3)
2011–2013 VVV-Venlo 69 (7)
2014 Suphanburi 22 (7)
2015 Seoul E-Land 35 (2)
2016– NorthEast United
Total 254 (48)
National team
2003–2005 Japan U-20 11 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2015.

Robert Cullen (カレン・ロバート Karen Robāto, born June 7, 1985) is a Japanese football player. He plays as a forward for Indian Super League side NorthEast United.

Personal life

Robert is known to his teammates and family as "Bobby". He is the son of an Irish father and a Japanese mother.

Club career

Cullen is a forward, Cullen made his senior football debut for Júbilo Iwata on 5 May 2004, Oita Trinita being the opponent.

Cullen started training in the youth ranks at Kashiwa Reysol before eventually joining the team at Funabashi Municipal High School. After his graduation, he signed with Jubilo Iwata in 2004. Although mostly limited to substitute appearances and the occasional league cup start in his rookie year, big things were expected of Cullen as he matured and gained experience playing with such seasoned professionals as Masashi Nakayama and Toshiya Fujita.

He left Júbilo in 2010 to join Roasso Kumamoto of J2 League. In January 2011 it was announced that Cullen joined Dutch Eredivisie club VVV-Venlo, best known in Japan for featuring another Japanese, Maya Yoshida, and having been Keisuke Honda's first European club.[1]

International career

In 2005 he selected Japanese citizenship in order to be able to play for the Japanese national team. He was a member of the Japan U-20 national team which played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship held in the Netherlands.

In February 2012 it was reported that Michael O'Neill had contacted Cullen with a view to convincing him to play for the Northern Ireland national football team.[2]

Career statistics

As of 29 May 2011[3]


Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Municipal Funabashi H.S. 2003 -30---30
Total -30---30
Júbilo Iwata 2004 90004021-151
2005 3113212051-4015
2006 2352050--305
2007 2671242--3111
2008 1641133--208
2009 403110--81
2010 10----10
Total 110299519572-14541
Roasso Kumamoto 2010 18310---193
Total 18310---193
VVV-Venlo 2010–11 152---42194
2011–12 28310--293
2012–13 262--262
Total 69710--42689
Suphanburi F.C. 2014 227---00227
Total 22700--00227
Seoul E-Land FC 2015 352---00352
Total 35200--00352
Career total 24848155195724229362

1Includes Emperor's Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League.

4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Result
Start Sub
 Japan2004 AFC Youth Championship qualificationU18200Qualified
 Japan2004 AFC Youth ChampionshipU19410Third place
 Japan2005 FIFA World Youth ChampionshipU20310Round of 16

Awards and honours




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