Yūichi Komano

Yūichi Komano
Personal information
Full name Yūichi Komano[1]
Date of birth (1981-07-25) 25 July 1981
Place of birth Kainan, Wakayama, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Avispa Fukuoka (loan)
Number 24
Youth career
1997–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 191 (9)
2008–2015 Júbilo Iwata 228 (12)
2016– F.C. Tokyo 18 (1)
2016–Avispa Fukuoka (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Japan U-20 10 (0)
2002 Japan U-23 4 (0)
2005–2013 Japan 78 (1)

* 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 5 March 2014

Yūichi Komano (駒野 友一 Komano Yūichi, born 25 July 1981) is a Japanese football player. He plays for J. League division 1 side Avispa Fukuoka on loan from F.C. Tokyo. He is right-footed and mainly plays right full back for the club but he is often employed in the left for Japan national football team.

Playing career

Komano played for his local junior high school team. He was invited for trials from several clubs including Gamba Osaka, JEF United Ichihara, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and local high school powerhouse Hatsushiba Hashimoto. He decided to join Sanfrecce Hiroshima and entered Yoshida High School in Hiroshima.

He has been the first-choice right back for the club since 2001 when he is available. He suffered from several serious injuries and illnesses. He damaged the cruciate ligaments of his left knee in the match against Yokohama FC on 16 August 2003. While he was in hospital, he suffered from a venous thrombosis. Because of these, he was sidelined until April 2004. He broke his left collar bone in an Olympic game against Ghana in August 2004. In September of the same year, he also suffered from a uveitis problem that might have caused blindness.

Komano represented Japan at the 2004 Olympics. He made his full international debut for Japan on 3 August 2005 in an East Asian Cup match against China. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals as a backup for first-choice Akira Kaji.[2] Because of Kaji's injury, Komano played in Japan's opening game against Australia. He was also a member for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals. He played all the Japan games except one for which he wasn't eligible due to suspension. Komano moved to Júbilo Iwata for the 2008 season after Hiroshima was relegated to J. League division 2.

On 29 June 2010, Komano missed a penalty in a penalty shoot-out against Paraguay as Japan lost 5–3 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup second round.[3]

Komano scored his first international goal in a friendly against Tajikistan on 11 October 2011 at Nagai Stadium.

Career statistics


Last update: 1 January 2015

Club performance League Cup League Cup Intercontinental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2000Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ. League Division 1001030-40
2003J. League Division 2230---230
2004J. League Division 11811030-221
2008Júbilo Iwata341-11-352
2014J. League Division 235320--373
Career total 419212523421047925



Japan national team

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2011 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Tajikistan
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

National team career statistics

Appearances in Major Competitions

YearCompetitionCategoryAppearancesGoalsTeam Record
20012001 FIFA World Youth ChampionshipU-20300Round 1
20042004 Summer OlympicsU-23200Round 1
20062006 FIFA World CupSenior100Round 1
20062007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior400Qualified
20072007 AFC Asian CupSenior5004th place
2008–20092010 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior500Round of 16
2009–20102011 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior100



Júbilo Iwata




  1. "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. FIFA.com Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Fletcher, Paul (29 June 2010). "Paraguay 0–0 Japan (5–3 pens)". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  4. Yūichi Komano at National-Football-Teams.com
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