Takefusa Kubo

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Takefusa Kubo
Takefusa Kubo 2019.png
Kubo in 2019
Personal information
Full name Takefusa Kubo
Date of birth (2001-06-04) June 4, 2001 (age 20)
Place of birth Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Getafe
Youth career
2010–2011 Kawasaki Frontale
2011–2015 FC Barcelona
2015–2016 FC Tokyo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 FC Tokyo 19 (4)
2016–2018FC Tokyo U-23 (loan) 34 (5)
2018Yokohama F. Marinos (loan) 5 (1)
2019– Real Madrid 0 (0)
2019–2020Mallorca (loan) 35 (4)
2020–2021Villarreal (loan) 13 (0)
2021–Getafe (loan)
National team
2017 Japan U-17 4 (1)
2017 Japan U-20 3 (0)
2019– Japan 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020/21 season at Villarreal
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 31, 2020

Takefusa Kubo (久保 建英, Kubo Takefusa, born June 4, 2001) is a Japanese football player. He plays for the Japan national team.

Fame[change | change source]

Originally from the training organization of the world famous football club FC Barcelona. At that time, he was called “Japanese Messi” and “Left handed Iniesta” because his play style is similar to Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta. His number one feature is ball control skill. Due to his great dribbling these nicknames are well-deserved.

Career before becoming a professional[change | change source]

He has started to play soccer since he was 3 years old. In August 2009, he saw an advertisement saying that Barcelona Camp would be held in Japan and you could play against Barcelona if you could become an MVP there. In April 2010, he participated in a tournament held in Belgium as a Barcelona school selection and was selected as a tournament MVP. After that, he belonged to the subordinate organization of Kawasaki Frontale. In August 2011, he passed the trial match of FC Barcelona’s subordinate organization Cantera and went to Spain. He played soccer in Spain until 2015, but an accident happened and he returned to japan. And then he joined FC Tokyo’s subordinate organization. In May 2017, he made his debut as a top team. And he became the first J-Leaguer born in the 21th century.

Career after becoming a professional[change | change source]

In November 2017, it was announced that he had signed a professional contract with FC Tokyo. He made his first debut in the match on November 26, and set a young record for the third place in J.League history. However, he gradually lost the opportunity to participate in the match and transferred to Yokohama F. Marinos for a limited time in order to improve the quality of performance. He had played there for 5 months. He returned to FC Tokyo in 2019 and played for half of a year. Then in June 2019 it was decided to transfer to Spain’s prestigious Real Madrid and play as Team B. His technique was highly evaluated and he was promoted to the top team. In the Spanish newspaper Maruka, he was selected as the first place in the evaluation ranking. In August 2019, he transferred to Mallorca for a limited time. He was selected as “Break Eleven” by La Liga Espanola with a clear (obvious) record in the team suffering from the bottom of ranking, and (despite) his performance attracted worldwide attention. In August 2020, it was announced that he transferred to Villarreal for a limited time. And recently it was announced that he would leave Villarreal.

National team[change | change source]

In May 2017, at the age of 15, Kubo was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2017 U-20 World Cup. In October 2017, he also played for the Japan U-17 national team for 2017 U-17 World Cup. On June 9, 2019, he debuted for the Japan national team against El Salvador. He also participated 2019 Copa América.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2017 FC Tokyo J1 League 2 0 0 0 2 0 - 4 0
2018 4 0 0 0 6 1 - 10 1
2016 FC Tokyo U-23 J3 League 3 0 - - - 3 0
2017 21 2 - - - 21 2
2018 10 3 - - - 10 3
2018 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 5 1 1 0 0 0 - 6 1
2019 FC Tokyo J1 League 13 4 0 0 3 1 - 16 5
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2019/20 Mallorca La Liga 35 4 1 0 - - 36 4
2020/21 Villarreal La Liga 13 0 1 0 - 5 1 19 1
2020/21 Getafe La Liga
Country Japan 58 10 1 0 11 2 - 70 12
Spain 48 4 2 0 - 5 1 55 5
Total 106 14 3 0 11 2 5 1 125 17

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2019 7 0
2020 4 0
Total 11 0

References[change | change source]

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

Other websites[change | change source]