Japanese soccer player “Takumi Minamino”, his career and style of play

This time, I introduce the career and play style of Japanese forward “Takumi Minamino” who is a member of Japan national football team.

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Name:Takumi Minamino (南野 拓実)

Date of birth:January 16, 1995

Place of birth: Izumisano (泉佐野), Osaka (大阪), Japan (日本)

Height:174 cm、Weight: 67 kg

Dominant foot:Right foot

Position:Foward (Second striker and winger) / Midfielder (attacking midfielder and wide midfielder)

Current club: Red Bull Salzburg (Austrian Bundesliga, 1st)

Early career

Minamino belonged to Zessel Kumakuri FC in elementary school. This team had Sei Muroya who will be together at the Japan national soccer team national team of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games held in 2016. 

In 2007 he joined the U-15 team of Cerezo Osaka at the same time entering junior high school. At the 24th Japan Club Youth Soccer Championship (U – 15) tournament held in 2009, Minamino scored 13 goals in 5 matches and became top scorers.

In 2010, he was promoted to Cerezo Osaka U – 18, and thanks to his continued scoring, the team won the first prize in the Prince League Kansai.

Club carrer

Cerezo Osaka

Minamino, which continued to grow steadily after that, played a senior team game in August 2012. The game was against Omiya Ardija in J – League Division 1. For the first time in the league match against Kawasaki Frontale, he first appeared in the starting position. He scored for the first time in the 2012 Emperor’s Cup against Shimizu S-Pulse.

In 2013 he was officially promoted to the senior team and inherited the number 13, which was attached by Yoichiro Kakitani, a symbol of the club. In the pre-season match match against Manchester United, he played involved with all the goals of the team and he got a good reputation internationally. In the first year, he participated in 29 matches, scored 5 goals, and received the J League’s Best Young Player Award.

In the second year of the season, Minamino only scored 2 goals although he played in 30 matches, and the team relegated to J – League Division 2.

Red Bull Salzburg

On January 6, 2015 Minamino moved to Austria · Bundesliga FC Red Bull Salzburg. On February 14, he made his debut as the right wide midfielder in the league game against the 20th round SC Wiener Neustadt. In the league’s 23rd session held on March 4th in the FC Admira Wacker Mödling game, he scored for the first time and recorded the second goal. He made a start in the League Round 33 on Wednesday 24th Wolfsberger AC match and recorded assistance. And he contributed to the team’s league championship. He entered the team from the latter half of the season, and as a result he participated in 5 matches and scored 3 goals.

In the 2015 – 2016 season, Minamino played as regular player of the team such as scoring 12 goals, the team also won the championship.

In the 2016 – 2017 season, Minamino only played 26 matches, but scored 14 goals and contributed to the team’s fourth consecutive league.

In the 2017 – 2018 season, Minamino played 32 matches. He scored 8 goals, the  particularly important goal was recorded in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals against Lazio.

International career

Minamino was elected U-16 of the Japan national football team in 2010 and participated in 2010 AFC U-16 Championship. He scored 5 goals in this competition and becoming the top scorer, and the team also advanced to semifinals. 

Although he also participated in 2011 FIFA U – 17 World Cup, he recorded only 1 goal, but the Japanese team advanced to the quarterfinals and lost to Brazil regretly. In addition, Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) was in England national team U – 17 of this competition.

In 2014, he was nominated as a candidate for the Japan national football team of 2014 FIFA World Cup at the age of 19. Unfortunately he was not chosen as a member of the main competition, he was chosen as a spare player list.

He was convened to the senior team for the first time as a member of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round’s Iran game against Syria in October 2015. However, in that two matches he did not participate in them and made a debut with a friendly match with Iran on October 13th.

In 2016 he was elected a Japanese member of the 2016 AFC U – 23 Championship and the team went on to the final, but because his club Red Bull Salzburg called him back, he could not play in the finals.

In the same year, he also participated in Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics as a member of Japan and scored 1 goal in the first game against Nigeria.

Minamino continued to score goals at Red Bull Salzburg, but he was not elected a member of the Russian World Cup in Japan in 2018.

However, he was chosen as Japan representative after the World Cup as a new team, he recorded consecutive goals for three games in a friendly game. What is noteworthy in those scores is that he recorded two goals in the game against Uruguay where FIFA ranking was fifth in those days.

style of play

First of all, please watch this video.

[ Takumi Minamino Goals, Skills and Assists  2015/2016 ] 

[ Takumi Minamino Skills & Goals 2015 / 2016 ] 

Minamino’s style of play is summarized below.

・He can precisely shoot even with his left leg, which is not his dominant leg.

・Dribble technique is good.

・He can play in multiple positions. For example, second striker, winger, attacking midfielder, wide midfielder.

Summary

Minamino has only two games yet to be convened to the Japan national football team, but if he can continue his success in the club team, he will be selected as a member of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Yours sincerely, 

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