Shoji Jo

Shoji Jo
Personal information
Full name Shoji Jo
Date of birth (1975-06-17) June 17, 1975
Place of birth Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 JEF United Ichihara 99 (35)
1997–2001 Yokohama F. Marinos 106 (59)
1999–2000Real Valladolid (loan) 15 (2)
2002 Vissel Kobe 25 (1)
2003–2006 Yokohama FC 151 (44)
Total 396 (141)
National team
1996 Japan U-23 3 (0)
1995–2001 Japan 35 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Shoji Jo (城 彰二 Jō Shōji, born June 17, 1975) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.


He was born on the island of Hokkaido and began his footballing career with JEF United Ichihara in 1994. He quickly established himself, scoring twelve goals in his first season; he scored his first goal on his debut against Gamba Osaka on 12 March. He made his international debut the following September in a friendly match against Paraguay.

After three seasons with JEF United Ichihara, Jo moved to the Yokohama Marinos in 1997. His performances in the 1998-99 season led to a loan move to the Spanish Primera División team Real Valladolid. He failed to make an impact with the club, making just 15 appearances and scoring two goals before sustaining a knee injury. After his return to Japan, Jo struggled to reestablish himself as a regular goal scorer with the Marinos and Vissel Kobe, with whom he joined in 2002. He joined Yokohama FC in 2003, where he scored 12 goals in his first season with them. He helped his club to become J2 Champions in 2006 gained and promotion to J1, but he retired from playing after that season.

Jo made 35 caps and scored 7 goals for Japan national team from 1995 to 2001.[1] He made his first appearance in an international competition with the under-23 team in the 1996 Olympic Games. He later played in the 1998 World Cup and the Copa America in 1999.[1]

He is currently working on television as a football commentator. (as of October 2008)

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Total
1994JEF United IchiharaJ1 League331220213713
1997Yokohama Marinos211222002314
1999Yokohama F. Marinos251831633422
Spain League Copa del Rey - Total
1999-00Real ValladolidLa Liga152-
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Total
2000Yokohama F. MarinosJ1 League42000042
2002Vissel Kobe2511062323
2003Yokohama FCJ2 League331214-3416
Total Japan 3811391573514431160
Spain 152-
Career total 3961413514

National team

National team statistics

Japan national team


  1. 1 2 "JO Shoji". Japan National Football Team Database.
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