Hiroki Sakai

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Hiroki Sakai
Hiroki Sakai.jpg
Sakai at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Hiroki Sakai
Date of birth (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Nagano, Japan
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Olympique Marseille
Youth career
2006–2008 Kashiwa Reysol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Kashiwa Reysol 51 (2)
2012–2016 Hannover 92 (2)
2017– Olympique Marseille 116 (1)
National team
2012 Japan U-23 4 (0)
2012– Japan 53 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 31, 2020

Hiroki Sakai (酒井 宏樹, Sakai Hiroki, born April 12, 1990) is a Japanese football player. He plays for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Sakai was born in Nagano Prefecture on April 12, 1990.[1] He joined J1 League club Kashiwa Reysol from their youth team in 2009. He did not play in the match and Kashiwa was relegated to J2 League end of the 2009 season. He debuted in 2010 and Kashiwa won the champions in 2010 J2 League. In 2011, he became a regular player as right side back and won the champions in J1 League. In July 2012, he moved to German Bundesliga club Hannover. He played 92 matches for the club in 4 seasons. However Hannover was relegated to 2. Bundesliga end of the 2015/16 season. In 2016, he moved to French Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille.

On May 23, 2012, Sakai debuted for the Japan national team against Azerbaijan. He battles with Atsuto Uchida for right side back. In July 2012, he was selected the Japan U-23 national team for 2012 Summer Olympics. He played 4 matches and Japan won the 4th place. In 2014, he also participated 2014 World Cup, but he did not play in the match. From 2016, he played many matches instead Uchida who injured. In 2018, Sakai participated 2018 World Cup. He played all 4 matches and Japan qualified to the knockout stage. In 2019, he also played at 2019 Asian Cup and Japan won the 2nd place.

Statistics[change | change source]

[2][3]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2009 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2010 J2 League 9 1 3 0 - - 12 1
2011 J1 League 27 0 2 0 2 0 - 31 0
2012 15 1 0 0 0 0 7 2 22 3
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2012/13 Hannover Bundesliga 13 0 1 0 - 3 0 17 0
2013/14 26 1 2 0 - - 28 1
2014/15 27 0 2 0 - - 29 0
2015/16 26 1 2 0 - - 28 1
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2016/17 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 35 0 3 0 2 0 - 40 0
2017/18 33 1 2 0 1 0 14 1 50 2
2018/19 27 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 32 0
2019/20 21 0 3 0 1 0 - 25 0
2020/21
Country Japan 51 2 5 0 2 0 7 2 65 4
Germany 92 2 7 0 - 3 0 102 2
France 116 1 8 0 5 0 18 1 147 2
Total 259 5 20 0 7 0 28 3 314 8

[4]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2012 7 0
2013 7 0
2014 5 0
2015 6 0
2016 7 0
2017 9 0
2018 8 1
2019 12 0
2020 3 0
Total 64 1

References[change | change source]

  1. Hiroki Sakai at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Hiroki Sakai at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Hiroki Sakai at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  4. Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)

Other websites[change | change source]