Endō playing for Japan in 2008
|Full name||Yasuhito Endo|
|Date of birth||28 January 1980|
|Place of birth||Kagoshima, Japan|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
(on loan from Gamba Osaka)
|1995–1998||Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School|
|1999–2001||Kyoto Purple Sanga||53||(9)|
|2020–||→ Júbilo Iwata (loan)||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2020|
Yasuhito Endō (遠藤 保仁, Endō Yasuhito, born 28 January 1980) is a Japanese footballer who plays for J2 League club Júbilo Iwata, on loan from Gamba Osaka. His brother Akihiro Endō was also a footballer.
He made his senior international debut in 2002, representing Japan in three World Cups and three Confederations Cups. In the process he earned over 150 caps, scoring 15 goals and becoming the most capped Japanese male player of all-time.
Endō was born in Kagoshima on 28 January 1980. After graduating from Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School [ja], he joined J1 League club Yokohama Flügels in 1998. In March, he debuted against Yokohama Marinos in the opening game of the 1998 season. Largely as a central midfielder, he helped his club win the championship in the 1998 Emperor's Cup. Due to financial strain, the club was disbanded at the end of the season.
In 1999, Endō moved to Kyoto Purple Sanga with contemporaries Kazuki Teshima and Hideo Oshima. He became a regular player and played many matches. However the club was relegated to J2 League at the end of the 2000 season.
In 2001, Endō moved to J1 club Gamba Osaka. He was a central player for the club for a long time under manager Akira Nishino (2002–2011). He was selected as a J.League Best Eleven 10 years in a row (2003-2012). In 2005, Gamba won the championship in J1 League for the first time in club history. In 2008, Gamba won the championship in AFC Champions League for 2 years in a row as Japanese club (Urawa Reds won in 2007). Gamba also won the Emperor's Cup. Endō was selected "Japanese Footballer of the Year". In 2009, Gamba won the Emperor's Cup for 2 years in a row. Endō was selected Asian Footballer of the Year.
Manager Nishino left Gamba after the 2011 season and the club's performance deteriorated. In 2012, Gamba finished at the 17th place of 18 clubs and was relegated to J2 League. Endō remained with Gamba and Gamba won the champions in 2013 season. In 2014 season, Gamba returned to J1 and won all three major title in Japan, J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. Endō was selected J.League MVP first time and "Japanese Footballer of the Year" second time.
Endō played in the 1999 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 World Cup squads. He also was a member of the 2004 and 2011 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, Endō 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 on Japan's squad for the 2015 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 earned his 150th cap as Japan defeated Iraq 1–0. He played 152 games and scored 15 goals for Japan until 2015.
Style of play
He is considered a cult hero among fans of Gamba Osaka and the Japanese 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 and playmakers of his generation, despite only playing domestically in his home country.
- As of 14 December 2019
|Club||Season||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||AFC||Other*||Total|
|Kagoshima Jitsugyo HS||1997||—||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Kyoto Purple Sanga||1999||24||4||2||0||2||0||—||—||28||4|
|Japan national team|
- Yokohama Flügels
- Gamba Osaka
- J1 League: 2005, 2014
- J2 League: 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, 2014
- J.League Best Eleven: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
- J.League 20th Anniversary Team
- Yasuhito Endō at J.League (in Japanese)
- "Veteran Yasuhito Endo joins J2 Jubilo on loan from Gamba". The Japan Times. 5 October 2020.
- "Squads on FIFA".
- 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 opens Asian Cup with 4-0 win over Palestine in Group D". USA Today. 12 January 2015.
- "Japan's midfielder Endo reaches 150 int'l caps". Yahoo. 17 January 2015.
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Gamba Osaka(in Japanese)
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