Ryoichi Maeda

Ryoichi Maeda
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-10-09) 9 October 1981
Place of birth Kobe, Japan
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Tokyo
Number 20
Youth career
1994–1996 Gyosei Gakuen Junior High School
1997–1999 Gyosei Gakuen High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2014 Júbilo Iwata 363 (154)
2015– FC Tokyo 30 (9)
National team
2000–2001 Japan U-20 12 (5)
2003–2004 Japan U-23 5 (0)
2007–2013 Japan 33 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 January 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:09, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Ryoichi Maeda (前田 遼一 Maeda Ryōichi, born 9 October 1981 in Kobe) is a Japanese footballer who plays as a striker for FC Tokyo of the J. League Division 1.[1]

Club career

Maeda was born in Kobe, Japan but spent his childhood in the United States.[2] He was educated at and played for Gyosei Junior and Senior High School in Tokyo. While he was a high school student, he was chosen as one of the Designated Players for Development by J. League and JFA. Because of this status, Maeda was able to register as a Verdy Kawasaki player while he was still eligible to play for his high school club. However, he did not play any official match for Verdy.

After graduating from his high school in 2000, he joined Jubilo Iwata. His first appearance as a professional player came on 3 May 2000 in a league match against Kawasaki Frontale. His first professional goal came on 28 August 2001 in a J. League Cup game against JEF United Ichihara. In the season 2009 was the J. League Top Scorer with twenty goals. In the 2010 season, Maeda became the top scorer again, netting 17 times.

Curse of Maeda

Since the 2007 season, for 6 straight seasons, each team Maeda scores his first goal of the league campaign against has eventually been relegated to J. League Division 2. This has given rise to the so-called "curse of (Ryoichi) Maeda".[3] It became a topic of wide public conversation in late 2012 as Gamba Osaka, the team that he scored his first goal of that season against, was in the relegation zone despite having not ranked lower than 3rd in the previous 3 seasons. Consistent with the "curse", Gamba Osaka was relegated to J2 following the last game of the season in which they lost against, funnily enough, Jubilo Iwata 2–1 with Maeda scoring a goal and an assist. The curse will have come to an end by the end of the 2013 season, however, as Maeda's first goal of the 2013 season came in a loss to Urawa, who will not be relegated.

International career

Maeda played for Japan U-20 at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. He also played for Japan U-23 at the 2004 Summer Olympics qualification but failed to be picked up to the squad for the finals in Greece. After impressive performance at club, Maeda made his international debut for Japan in a friendly against Cameroon on 22 August 2007 at Ōita Stadium.[4] He scored his first international goal on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against Egypt at Nagai Stadium in Osaka.[4] In 2011, Maeda participated in his first major full international tournament at 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar and started all six games in Japan's Asian Cup winning campaign.

Career statistics

As of match played 22 November 2015
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
2000Júbilo IwataJ. League 11030--40
2014J. League 237170000-3717
2015F.C. TokyoJ. League 13096021-3810
Career total 3931633512602161494197


Japan national team

National team career statistics

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2001 FIFA World Youth ChampionshipU-20300Group stage
 Japan2011 AFC Asian CupSenior603Champion

Goals for senior national team


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Egypt 3–0 4–1 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
2. 17 February 2008 Olympic Sports Center, Chongqing, China PR  North Korea 1–1 1–1 East Asian Football Championship 2008
3. 17 January 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Saudi Arabia 0–3 0–5 2011 AFC Asian Cup
4. 17 January 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Saudi Arabia 0–4 0–5 2011 AFC Asian Cup
5. 25 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  South Korea 1–1 2–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup
6. 11 November 2011 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan  Tajikistan 0–3 0–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 24 February 2012 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Iceland 1–0 3–1 International Friendly
8. 3 June 2012 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan  Oman 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 8 June 2012 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan  Jordan 1–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 11 September 2012 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan  Iraq 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification




Júbilo Iwata



  1. "Stats Centre: Ryoichi Maeda Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  2. The curse of Ryoichi Maeda Goal.com 26 September 2012 retrieved 4 December 2012
  3. 1 2 3 "MAEDA Ryoichi". Japan National Football Team Database.
  4. Ryoichi Maeda at National-Football-Teams.com
  5. "Asian Player of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
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