Junichi Inamoto

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Junichi Inamoto
Junichi Inamoto.jpg
Inamoto playing for Kawasaki Frontale in 2010
Personal information
Full name Junichi Inamoto
Date of birth (1979-09-18) September 18, 1979 (age 42)
Place of birth Osaka, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
SC Sagamihara
Youth career
1995–1997 Gamba Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Gamba Osaka 118 (16)
2001–2002Arsenal (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2004Fulham (loan) 41 (4)
2004–2006 West Bromwich Albion 28 (0)
2004–2005Cardiff City (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2007 Galatasaray 25 (0)
2007–2009 Eintracht Frankfurt 43 (0)
2009–2010 Stade Rennais 5 (0)
2010–2014 Kawasaki Frontale 99 (3)
2015–2018 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 47 (1)
2019– SC Sagamihara 10 (1)
National team
1995 Japan U-17 3 (0)
1999 Japan U-20 3 (0)
2000 Japan U-23 4 (1)
2000–2010 Japan 82 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season

Junichi Inamoto (稲本 潤一, Inamoto Junichi, born September 18, 1979) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Inamoto was born in Osaka Prefecture on September 18, 1979.[1] He joined J1 League club Gamba Osaka from their youth team in 1997. In April when at the age of 17, he debuted opening match in 1997 season, which made him the youngest player who played J1 League at that time. He played for Gamba until summer 2001 and played 118 matches in J1 League. In summer 2001, he moved to English Premier League club Arsenal FC. After that, he played many European club, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City, Galatasaray, Eintracht Frankfurt and Stade Rennais. In 2010, he returned to Japan and joined Kawasaki Frontale. He played for the club in 5 season. In 2015, he moved to J2 League club Consadole Sapporo (later Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo). Although the club won the champions in 2016 and was promoted to J1, he could not play many matches from the 2016 season. In 2019, he moved to J3 League club SC Sagamihara. The club won the 2nd place in 2020 and was promoted to J2.

In August 1995, Inamoto was selected the Japan U-17 national team for 1995 U-17 World Championship and played all 3 matches. In April 1999, he was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 1999 World Youth Championship. At this tournament, he played three matches and Japan came second place.

On February 5, 2000, Inamoto debuted for the Japan national team under manager Philippe Troussier against Mexico. After the debuted, Inamoto played 10 matches or more every year. In September 2000, Inamoto was selected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics. He played full-time in all 4 matches and scored a goal against Slovakia. In 2000, Inamoto played at 2000 Asian Cup. He played four matches while Japan won the championship. In 2001, he also played at 2001 Confederations Cup. He played four matches and Japan came second place. In 2002, he was selected Japan for 2002 World Cup. He played all four matches and scored two goals against Belgium at first match and Russia at second match. Japan qualified to the knockout stage first time in Japan's history. After 2002 World Cup, Inamoto played at 2003 and 2005 Confederations Cup. In 2006, he was selected Japan for 2006 World Cup. He played two matches while Japan was eliminated in the group stages. After 2006 World Cup, Inamoto was not selected Japan 1 year for generational change. In June 2007, he played for Japan for the first time in a year. After that, he played several matches every year. In 2010, he was selected Japan for 2010 World Cup. He played two matches and Japan qualified to the knockout stage. This World Cup is his last game for Japan. He played 82 games and scored 5 goals for Japan.

Statistics[change | change source]

[2][3]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
1997 Gamba Osaka J1 League 27 3 3 0 6 0 - 36 3
1998 28 6 1 0 4 0 - 33 6
1999 22 1 2 0 0 0 - 24 1
2000 28 4 2 0 4 1 - 34 5
2001 13 2 0 0 3 0 - 16 2
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02 Arsenal Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 0
2002/03 Fulham Premier League 19 2 2 0 2 0 6 0 29 2
2003/04 22 2 2 1 1 0 - 25 3
2004/05 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
2004/05 Cardiff City Championship 14 0 2 0 0 0 - 16 0
2005/06 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 22 0 2 0 2 1 - 26 1
2006/07 Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
TurkeyLeague Fortis Turkey Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07 Galatasaray Süper Lig 25 0 3 0 - 5 1 33 1
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2007/08 Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 24 0 2 0 - - 26 0
2008/09 19 0 1 0 - - 20 0
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2009/10 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 0
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2010 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 28 0 2 0 4 0 5 0 39 0
2011 12 2 1 0 1 0 - 14 2
2012 20 0 1 0 3 0 - 24 0
2013 25 0 3 0 10 0 - 38 0
2014 14 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 19 1
2015 Consadole Sapporo J2 League 31 0 1 0 - - 32 0
2016 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo J2 League 8 1 0 0 - - 8 1
2017 J1 League 6 0 0 0 0 0 - 6 0
2018 2 0 1 0 5 0 - 8 0
2019 SC Sagamihara J3 League 9 1 - - - 9 1
2020 1 0 - - - 1 0
2021 J2 League
Country Japan 274 21 18 0 41 1 8 0 341 22
England 83 4 8 1 7 1 8 0 106 6
Turkey 25 0 3 0 - 5 1 33 1
Germany 43 0 3 0 - 5 1 51 1
France 5 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 0
Total 430 25 32 1 48 2 26 2 536 30

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2000 14 0
2001 11 1
2002 11 2
2003 10 1
2004 6 0
2005 10 0
2006 4 0
2007 3 0
2008 2 0
2009 4 1
2010 8 0
Total 82 5

References[change | change source]

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

Other websites[change | change source]