Hotaru Yamaguchi

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Hotaru Yamaguchi
Hotaru Yamaguchi.jpg
Yamaguchi lining up for Japan at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Nabari, Mie, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vissel Kobe
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2008 Cerezo Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Cerezo Osaka 142 (11)
2016 Hannover 96 6 (0)
2016–2018 Cerezo Osaka 84 (3)
2019– Vissel Kobe
National team
2010–2012 Japan U23 29 (1)
2013– Japan 45 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 July 2018

Hotaru Yamaguchi (山口 蛍, Yamaguchi Hotaru, born 6 October 1990) is a Japanese footballer who plays as a midfielder for Vissel Kobe. He is also a member of the Japanese national team.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yamaguchi began playing football in the third grade, playing mostly as an attacking midfielder. Upon entering junior high, he participated in trials with the Cerezo Osaka, Gamba Osaka and Kyoto Purple Sanga youth academies and ultimately joined the Cerezo Under-15 team, from whom he received an invitation on the spot. He enjoyed steady progress at the club, being selected to be part of the first entering class of the Japan Football Association Elite Program at the end of his first year. In 2006 Yamaguchi was promoted to the Cerezo Under-18 team, which later won the JFA Prince League U-18 in the 2008 season, in which he served as captain and was named league MVP.

Cerezo Osaka & Japanese National Team[edit]

Along with academy teammate Yusuke Maruhashi, Yamaguchi was promoted to the senior team in 2009, spending three months of the season training with the Palmeiras Under-21 academy. He was named to the Japan Under-21 team in his second season and played in all of the matches in a gold medal campaign at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Yamaguchi began to receive substantial playing time with Cerezo in 2011, scoring his first league goal on Matchday 24 against Urawa Reds. He also continued to represent Japan under Takashi Sekizuka in qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He followed up by winning a regular position in the Cerezo side in 2012, combining with Takahiro Ogihara in central midfield for both club and country, being named to the Under-23 team representing Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, contributing to a fourth-place finish at the tournament. The addition of Fábio Simplício resulted in Yamaguchi being increasingly deployed as an attacking midfielder toward the latter part of the season, which he finished with 30 appearances.

In July 2013, Yamaguchi received his first callup to the senior Japan side by Alberto Zaccheroni for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup, where he played in all three matches and was named tournament MVP.

Hannover 96[edit]

On 21 December 2015, Hannover 96 announced that they signed Yamaguchi.[3] Yamaguchi played for Hannover 96 in 2016, however returned to Cerezo Osaka mid-season.

International career[edit]

In May 2018 he was named in Japan's preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 February 2019[5]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cerezo Osaka 2009 J2 League 3 0 0 0 3 0
2010 J1 League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2011 17 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 23 1
2012 30 2 4 2 6 0 40 4
2013 34 6 0 0 8 1 42 7
2014 19 1 1 0 0 0 8 0 28 1
2015 J2 League 35 1 0 0 2 0 37 1
2016 19 1 1 0 2 0 22 1
2017 J1 League 32 2 5 1 2 0 39 3
2018 33 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 40 0
Total 226 14 16 3 20 1 14 0 4 0 280 18
Hannover 96 2015–16 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 232 12 16 3 20 1 14 0 4 0 286 18

1Includes J2 Play-offs.

International[edit]

As of 2 July 2018[6]
Japan
Year Apps Goals
2013 8 0
2014 7 0
2015 9 1
2016 6 1
2017 8 0
2018 7 0
Total 45 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.[7]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 August 2015 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan, China  South Korea 1–1 1–1 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
2. 6 October 2016 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan  Iraq 2–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cerezo Osaka

International[edit]

Japan

Japan U-23

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Team Squad". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Hotaru Yamaguchi Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ "96 verpflichtet japanischen Nationalspieler Yamaguchi". Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia".
  5. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 145 out of 289)
  6. ^ Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)
  7. ^ "Yamaguchi, Hotaru". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

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