Hotaru Yamaguchi

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Hotaru Yamaguchi
Hotaru Yamaguchi.jpg
Yamaguchi at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Hotaru Yamaguchi
Date of birth (1990-10-06) October 6, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Nabari, Mie, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vissel Kobe
Youth career
2006–2008 Cerezo Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Cerezo Osaka 140 (11)
2016 Hannover 6 (0)
2016–2018 Cerezo Osaka 85 (3)
2019– Vissel Kobe 68 (9)
National team
2012 Japan U-23 6 (0)
2013–2019 Japan 48 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season

Hotaru Yamaguchi (山口 蛍, Yamaguchi Hotaru, born October 6, 1990) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Yamaguchi was born in Nabari on October 6, 1990. He joined J2 League club Cerezo Osaka from their youth team in 2009. Cerezo was promoted to J1 League from 2010. He played many matches as defensive midfielder from 2011. In 2013, he played all 34 matches and was selected Best Eleven award. However Cerezo was relegated to J2 end of the 2014 season. In January 2016, he moved to German Bundesliga club Hannover. However he could not play many matches and Hannover was relegated to 2. Bundesliga end of the 2015/16 season. In summer 2016, he returned to Cerezo and Cerezo was promoted to J1 end of the 2016 season. In 2017, Cerezo won the champions in the J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. He was also selected Best Eleven award. In 2019, he moved to Vissel Kobe. Vissel won the champions in the 2019 Emperor's Cup which is first major title in the club history.

In July 2012, Yamaguchi was selected the Japan U-23 national team for 2012 Summer Olympics. He played all 6 matches as defensive midfielder and Japan won the 4th place. In July 2013, he was selected the Japan national team for 2013 East Asian Cup. At this tournament, he debuted against China on July 21. In 2014, he was selected Japan for 2014 World Cup and played all 3 matches. In 2018, he also played at 2018 World Cup and Japan qualified to the knockout stage.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2009 Cerezo Osaka 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 J1 League 35 1 0 0 - - 35 1
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2015/16 Hannover Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 - - 6 0
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2016 Cerezo Osaka J2 League 19 1 1 0 - - 20 1
2017 J1 League 32 2 5 1 2 0 - 39 3
2018 33 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 39 0
2019 Vissel Kobe J1 League 34 3 5 2 2 1 - 41 6
2020 34 6 - 1 0 7 1 42 7
2021
Country Japan 293 23 21 5 22 2 21 1 357 31
Germany 6 0 0 0 - - 6 0
Total 299 23 21 5 22 2 21 1 363 31

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2013 8 0
2014 7 0
2015 9 1
2016 6 1
2017 8 0
2018 7 0
2019 3 1
Total 48 3

References[change | change source]

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

Other websites[change | change source]