Yoshito Ōkubo

Yoshito Ōkubo
Personal information
Full name Yoshito Ōkubo[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982
Place of birth Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan
Height 5 ft 6.9 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kawasaki Frontale
Number 13
Youth career
1998–2000 Kunimi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Cerezo Osaka 116 (57)
2005–2006Mallorca (loan) 39 (5)
2007–2008 Vissel Kobe 62 (25)
2009 VfL Wolfsburg 9 (0)
2009–2012 Vissel Kobe 98 (29)
2013–2016 Kawasaki Frontale 130 (82)
2017– FC Tokyo
National team
2003–[2] Japan 60 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Yoshito Ōkubo (大久保 嘉人 Ōkubo Yoshito, born 9 June 1982, Kanda, Fukuoka) is a Japanese football player, he is a forward and currently plays for Kawasaki Frontale.[3][4]


On 3 January 2009, Vissel announced his transfer to VfL Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga.[5] and turned after just six months back to Vissel Kobe There he became the first Japanese striker who won the German Bundesliga title.

After Vissel Kobe was relegated to the J. League Division 2 in 2013 season, Okubo transferred to Kawasaki Frontale. An ever-present figure and a regular starting eleven in Kawasaki, he scored 26 goals in his debut season in the Kanagawa Prefecture football club and cliched top scorer of 2013 J. League Division 1 season.

At the end of 2016 season and before J. League Championship, Okubo announced he'll leave Kawasaki Frontale to sign for FC Tokyo in 2017.[6]

International career

Okubo was part of the Japanese 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, having finished fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy and Ghana.

He made his international debut on 31 May 2003 in a friendly against Korea Republic at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he was sent on to the pitch to replace Takayuki Suzuki.[2] Okubo scored his first international goal on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against Egypt at Nagai Stadium in Osaka.[2]

Okubo's selection for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the big surprise of coach Alberto Zaccheroni's squad announcement. The forward had previously played just once for the coach in four years.[7]

Career statistics

Updated to 23 February 2016.[8]

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 J. League Cup AFC Total
2001Cerezo OsakaJ1 League2023011-243
2002J2 League291821--3119
2003J1 League24165430-3220
Spain League Copa del Rey League Cup UEFA Total
2004-05R.C.D. MallorcaLa Liga133---133
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Total
2006Cerezo OsakaJ1 League21600--216
Total - Cerezo Osaka 1165711561-13363
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Total
2007Vissel KobeJ1 League31142150-3815
Germany League DFB-Pokal League Cup UEFA Total
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Total
2009Vissel KobeJ1 League19811--209
Total - Vissel Kobe 154507492-17056
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AFC Total
2013Kawasaki FrontaleJ1 League33264384-4533
Total - Kawasaki Frontale 13082981488116199
Spain 39511--406
Germany 9020-20130
Japan 368166251527981428191
Career total 4171722818279101482198
Japan national team

International goal


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
2. 17 October 2007 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 4–1 Won 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
3. 6 February 2008 Saitama, Japan  Thailand 4–1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 2 June 2008 Yokohama, Japan  Oman 3–0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 13 November 2008 Kobe, Japan  Syria 3–1 Won Friendly
6. 6 June 2014 Florida, United States  Zambia 4–3 Won Friendly



VfL Wolfsburg



  1. "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "OKUBO Yoshito". Japan National Football Team Database.
  3. "Stats Centre: Yoshito Okubo Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  4. "大久保 嘉人:川崎フロンターレ:Jリーグ.jp". jleague.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  5. FW大久保嘉人選手の海外移籍について (in Japanese). vissel-kobe.co.jp. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011.
  6. http://www.hochi.co.jp/soccer/national/20161107-OHT1T50135.html
  7. . Japan Times http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/05/12/soccer/international-soccer/okubo-surprise-pick-japan-names-world-cup-squad/#.U4mhQvldUrU. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 177 out of 289)
  9. "Mahdavikia scoops Asian best player award". FIFA. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
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