Takefusa Kubo

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Takefusa Kubo
Kubo in 2019
Personal information
Full name Takefusa Kubo
Date of birth (2001-06-04) June 4, 2001 (age 22)
Place of birth Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 14
Youth career
2008–2009 FC Persimmon
2008–2010 Tokyo Verdy
2010–2011 Kawasaki Frontale
2011–2015 Barcelona
2015–2016 FC Tokyo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 FC Tokyo U-23 34 (5)
2016–2019 FC Tokyo 19 (4)
2018Yokohama F. Marinos (loan) 5 (1)
2019–2022 Real Madrid 0 (0)
2019–2020Mallorca (loan) 35 (4)
2020–2021Villarreal (loan) 13 (0)
2021Getafe (loan) 18 (1)
2021–2022Mallorca (loan) 28 (1)
2022– Real Sociedad 42 (14)
National team
2015–2016 Japan U16 17 (11)
2016–2017 Japan U17 11 (4)
2016–2018 Japan U20 15 (3)
2018 Japan U21 2 (0)
2019–2021 Japan U23 16 (7)
2019– Japan 28 (2)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:53, 21 October 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 October 2023

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]

He started with 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 began to play soccer at 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 joined the 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 at a top team. He became the first J-League player 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 team debut in the match on November 26, and became the third youngest player in J.League history. He transferred to Yokohama F. Marinos for a limited time in order to improve the quality of his performance. He had played there for 5 months. He returned to FC Tokyo in 2019 and played for half a year. Then in June 2019 he moved to Real Madrid's B team. He was promoted to the top team. In the Spanish newspaper Maruka, he was in the first place in the ranking. In August 2019, he transferred to Mallorca for a limited time. 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.

Career statistics[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

As of match played 24 October 2023[1][2][3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Tokyo U-23 2016 J3 League 3 0 3 0
2017 J3 League 21 2 21 2
2018 J3 League 10 3 10 3
Total 34 5 34 5
FC Tokyo 2017 J1 League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2018 J1 League 4 0 0 0 6 1 10 1
2019 J1 League 13 4 0 0 3 1 16 5
Total 19 4 0 0 11 2 30 6
Yokohama F. Marinos (loan) 2018 J1 League 5 1 1 0 0 0 6 1
Real Madrid 2019–20 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mallorca (loan) 2019–20 La Liga 35 4 1 0 36 4
Villarreal (loan) 2020–21 La Liga 13 0 1 0 5[c] 1 19 1
Getafe (loan) 2020–21 La Liga 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Mallorca (loan) 2021–22 La Liga 28 1 3 1 31 2
Real Sociedad 2022–23 La Liga 35 9 2 0 7[c] 0 44 9
2023–24 La Liga 9 5 0 0 3[d] 0 12 5
Total 42 14 2 0 10 0 56 14
Career total 193 28 8 1 11 2 15 1 230 34
  1. Includes Emperor's Cup, Copa del Rey
  2. Includes J.League Cup
  3. 3.0 3.1 Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[change | change source]

As of match played 12 September 2023[4]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Japan 2019 7 0
2020 4 0
2021 2 0
2022 9 1
2023 5 1
Total 27 2
Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kubo goal.
List of international goals scored by Takefusa Kubo
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 June 2022 Noevir Stadium Kobe, Kobe, Japan  Ghana 3–1 4–1 2022 Kirin Cup
2 15 June 2023 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan  El Salvador 3–0 6–0 2023 Kirin Challenge Cup

Honours[change | change source]

Individual

References[change | change source]

  1. "T. Kubo". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  2. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2019 (NSK MOOK)", 9 February 2019, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411628 (p. 50 out of 289)
  3. Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 82 out of 289)
  4. Takefusa Kubo at National-Football-Teams.com
  5. "Takefusa Kubo named LALIGA EA SPORTS Player of the Month for September". La Liga. 6 October 2023. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  6. "Equipo Revelación de La Liga 2019/20" (in Spanish). UEFA. 21 July 2020.
  7. Japan Pro-Footballers Association awards
  8. ""We've enjoyed a lot"". Real Sociedad. 12 June 2023. Retrieved 12 June 2023.

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