Gotoku Sakai

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Gotoku Sakai
Gotoku Sakai 2018 (cropped).jpg
Sakai at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Gotoku Sakai
Date of birth (1991-03-14) March 14, 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Niigata, Japan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Vissel Kobe
Youth career
2006–2008 Albirex Niigata
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Albirex Niigata 74 (1)
2012–2015 Stuttgart 87 (1)
2015–2019 Hamburger SV 114 (1)
2019– Vissel Kobe 44 (1)
National team
2012 Japan U-23 4 (0)
2012–2018 Japan 42 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season

Gotoku Sakai (酒井 高徳, Sakai Gotoku, born March 14, 1991) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team. His brothers Noriyoshi Sakai and Goson Sakai are also footballers.

Biography[change | change source]

Sakai was born in Niigata Prefecture on March 14, 1991.He joined J1 League club Albirex Niigata from their youth team in 2008. he played many matches from 2009. In January 2012, he moved to German Bundesliga club Stuttgart. He played 87 matches for the club in 4 seasons. In summer 2015, he moved to Hamburger SV. Although he played many matches for the club, the club was relegated to 2. Bundesliga first time in the club history end of the 2017/18 season. In summer 2019, he returned to Japan and joined Vissel Kobe. Kobe won the champions in the 2019 Emperor's Cup which is first major title in the club history.

In 2012, Sakai was selected the Japan U-23 national team for 2012 Summer Olympics. He played 4 matches and Japan won the 4th place. On September 6, 2012, he debuted for the Japan national team against United Arab Emirates. After the debut, he battles with Yuto Nagatomo, Atsuto Uchida and Hiroki Sakai for the left and right side back. He participated 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup. However he did not play in the match both tournament. In 2015, he participated 2015 Asian Cup and played 4 matches as right side back. In 2018, he was selected Japan for 2018 World Cup. He played 1 match and Japan qualified to the knockout stage. After the 2018 World Cup, he retired from Japan national team. He played 42 games for Japan until 2018.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2008 Albirex Niigata J1 League 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0
2009 18 0 1 0 4 0 - 23 0
2010 31 0 0 0 2 0 - 33 0
2011 25 1 2 0 3 0 - 30 1
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2011/12 Stuttgart Bundesliga 14 0 0 0 - - 14 0
2012/13 27 0 4 0 - 10 1 41 1
2013/14 28 0 2 0 - 2 0 32 0
2014/15 18 1 1 0 - - 19 1
2015/16 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 22 0 1 0 - - 23 0
2016/17 33 1 4 0 - - 37 1
2017/18 28 0 1 0 - - 29 0
2018/19 2. Bundesliga 31 0 3 0 - - 34 0
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2019 Vissel Kobe J1 League 12 0 4 0 0 0 - 16 0
2020 32 1 - 1 0 6 0 39 1
2021
Country Japan 118 2 8 0 10 0 6 0 142 2
Germany 201 2 16 0 - 12 1 229 3
Total 319 4 24 0 10 0 18 1 371 5

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2012 2 0
2013 9 0
2014 7 0
2015 7 0
2016 7 0
2017 4 0
2018 6 0
Total 42 0

References[change | change source]

  1. Gotoku Sakai at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)

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