Endō playing for Japan in 2010
|Full name||Yasuhito Endō|
|Date of birth||28 January 1980|
|Place of birth||
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|1995–1997||Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School|
|1999–2001||Kyoto Purple Sanga||53||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2016.
Yasuhito Endō (遠藤 保仁 Endō Yasuhito, born 28 January 1980 in Kagoshima City in Kagoshima Prefecture) is a Japanese footballer, who currently plays for the J. League team Gamba Osaka. His older brother Akihiro, who retired in 2008, is also a former professional footballer, and was selected as one of Japan under-23 national football team members played at 1996 Olympics. He is considered a cult hero at Gamba Osaka and the Japan National Football Team. It is because he has formidable passing ability, leadership, and goal scoring ability. He is also known for his excellent accuracy on free kicks and is revered as one of Japan's most creative midfielders as well as one of the most talented Japanese footballers of his generation, despite playing domestically in his home country.
In 2012, he extended his record and became the first Japanese player to be selected in the J. League Best Eleven ten consecutive times in a row in the midfield position.
Endō played 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and Japan finished as runner-up, losing to Spain in the final. Since 2002, Endō has been a member of the senior national team, and was selected for Japan's 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup squads. He also was a member of the 2004 and 2011 AFC Asian Cup winning teams.
On 12 October 2010, he became the fourth player to earn 100th full international cap for Japan in a friendly match against South Korea. On 16 October 2012, Endo became Japan's most capped player in a friendly against Brazil. His start in this match was his 123rd appearance for the national team, surpassing Masami Ihara's previous record of 122 caps.
Endō was included in Japan's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and scored the team's opening goal of the tournament in a 4–0 defeat of Palestine. In the team's next match, he won his 150th cap as Japan defeated Iraq 1–0.
- As of 10 November 2016
|Club||Season||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||Champions League||Other*||Total|
|Kagoshima Jitsugyō H.S.||1997||—||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Kyoto Purple Sanga||1999||24||4||2||0||2||0||—||—||28||4|
|Japan national team|
- Yokohama Flügels
- Gamba Osaka
- J. League Division 1: 2005, 2014
- J. League Division 2: 2013
- Emperor's Cup: 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015
- J. League Cup: 2007, 2014
- Japanese Super Cup: 2007, 2015
- AFC Champions League: 2008
- Pan-Pacific Championship: 2008
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2008 Bronze Medalist.
- Asian Footballer of the Year: 2009
- AFC Champions League Best Player: 2008
- J. League MVP Award: 2014
- Japanese Footballer of the Year: 2008
- J. League Best Eleven: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- "National Team Squad". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "ENDO Yasuhito". Japan National Football Team Database.
- (Japanese) Players | GAMBA OSAKA Official Site
- "Japan's Yasuhito Endō Named AFC Player of the Year". Goal.com. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
- "J. League Awards 2012". J. League. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Sheringham, Sam (24 June 2010). "Denmark 1–3 Japan". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- "SOCCER/ Endo's Japan record ruined by Brazil thumping". Asahi Shimbun. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "Japan 4-0 Palestine: Defending champions open Asian Cup campaign with impressive win over newcomers in Group D". The Daily Mail. 13 January 2015.
- "Japan's midfielder Endo reaches 150 int'l caps". Yahoo. 17 January 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yasuhito Endō.|
- Yasuhito Endō – FIFA competition record
- Yasuhito Endō at National-Football-Teams.com
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Player statistics at J.League Data Site (Japanese)