Shinji Okazaki

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Shinji Okazaki
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Okazaki at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Shinji Okazaki
Date of birth (1986-04-16) April 16, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Huesca
Youth career
2002–2004 Takigawa Daini High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Shimizu S-Pulse 121 (42)
2011–2013 Stuttgart 63 (10)
2013–2015 Mainz 65 (27)
2015–2019 Leicester City 114 (14)
2019– Huesca 37 (12)
National team
2008 Japan U-23 3 (0)
2008–2019 Japan 119 (50)
Honours
Shimizu S-Pulse
Runner-up J.League Cup 2008
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 2005
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 2010
Representing  Japan
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 2011 Qatar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2019/20 season

Shinji Okazaki (岡崎 慎司, Okazaki Shinji, born April 16, 1986) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Okazaki was born in Takarazuka on April 16, 1986. After graduating from Takigawa Daini High School, he joined J1 League club Shimizu S-Pulse in 2005. He played many matches from 2007. The club won the 2nd place in the 2005, 2010 Emperor's Cup and 2008 J.League Cup. In January 2011, he moved to German Bundesliga club Stuttgart and played in 3 seasons. In 2013, he moved to Mainz. He scored 27 goals in 2 seasons. In 2015, he moved to English Premier League club Leicester City. In first season, the club won the Premier League champions. He played for the club in 4 seasons. In July 2019, he signed with Spanish Segunda División club Málaga CF. However, Málaga canceled its contract, since the team was unable to register him as his wage demands exceeded its maximum budget spend as permitted by the league. In September 2019, he signed with Segunda División club Huesca. The club won the champions in 2019/20 season and was promoted to La Liga.

In August 2008, Okazaki was selected the Japan U-23 national team at 2008 Summer Olympics and played all 3 matches. On October 9, 2008, he debuted for the Japan national team against United Arab Emirates. After the debut, he played many matches as forward or offensive midfielder. He was selected the japan for 2010 World Cup. However he lost his position just before 2010 World Cup and he played as substitute in all 4 matches. After the 2010 World Cup, he became a regular player again under new Alberto Zaccheroni. In 2011, he participated 2011 Asian Cup. He played all 6 matches and scored 3 goals, and Japan won the champions. In 2013, he participated 2013 Confederations Cup. He played all 3 matches and scored 2 goal against Italy and Mexico. In 2014, he was selected the Japan for 2014 World Cup. He played all 3 matches and scored a goal against Colombia. His opportunity to play decreased from 2017. He also played at 2018 World Cup and 2019 Copa América. He played 119 games and scored 50 goals for Japan until 2019.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2005 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 1 0 3 0 1 0 - 5 0
2006 7 0 3 0 2 0 - 12 0
2007 21 5 2 0 2 0 - 25 5
2008 27 10 2 1 5 0 - 34 11
2009 34 14 3 2 4 1 - 41 17
2010 31 13 4 2 2 1 - 37 16
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2010/11 Stuttgart Bundesliga 12 2 0 0 - 2 0 14 2
2011/12 26 7 3 0 - - 29 7
2012/13 25 1 6 1 - 11 2 42 4
2013/14 Mainz Bundesliga 33 15 2 0 - - 35 15
2014/15 32 12 1 1 - 2 1 35 14
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2015/16 Leicester City Premier League 36 5 2 1 1 0 - 39 6
2016/17 30 3 3 0 1 2 7 1 41 6
2017/18 27 6 3 0 2 1 - 32 7
2018/19 21 0 1 0 3 0 - 25 0
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2019/20 Huesca Segunda División 37 12 1 0 - - 38 12
2020/21 La Liga
Country Japan 121 42 16 2 17 5 - 154 49
Germany 128 37 12 2 - 15 3 155 42
England 114 14 9 1 7 3 7 1 137 19
Spain 37 12 1 0 - - 38 12
Total 400 105 38 5 24 8 22 4 484 122

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2008 4 0
2009 16 15
2010 15 3
2011 14 8
2012 9 3
2013 14 7
2014 13 4
2015 13 7
2016 7 2
2017 5 1
2018 6 0
2019 3 0
Total 119 50

References[change | change source]

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

Other websites[change | change source]