This time, I introduce the career and play style of Japanese forward or attacking midfielder “Yuya Kubo” who is a member of Japan national football team.
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Name：Yuya Kubo (久保裕也)
Date of birth：December 24, 1993
Place of birth：Yamaguchi (山口市), Yamaguchi (山口県)
Height：178 cm、Weight： 72 kg
Dominant foot：Right foot
Position： Forward (centre forward, secont striker and winger) / Midfielder (attacking midfielder and wide midfielder)
Current club： K.A.A. Gent (Belgian First Division A)
Kuboha was born between parents who are good at Japanese fighting sports Judo(柔道), Kendo(剣道), Karate(空手) and aikido(合気道). He started playing football when he was 5 years old and was a defender during elementary school.
He refined his scoring skills afterwards and turned to forward in the junior high school days. Kyoto Sanga FC (J2 league) who focused on his abilities invited him to the junior youth team. Kubo entered Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School in Kyoto after graduating from junior high school students and joined Kyoto Sanga FC’s U-18 team. In 2010, he was promoted to the senior team around the age of 17.
Kyoto Sanga FC
In 2011, he signed a professional contract with the senior team and continued to participate in the match from the first year. His record in this season was 33 games and 13 goals.
2012 season was a difficult time for him. He was unable to score goals at all, eventually he was able to play in 20 games and score only one goal in this season.
In the 2013 season, he demodulated and had many opportunities to participate from the middle of the game, but he scored 7 goals in 16 games. In one of those matches he achieved hat-trick for the first time in professional career.
BSC Young Boys
On June 18, 2013, Kubo moved to BSC Young Boys belonging to Switzerland’s first division with about 400,000 €. In the first year, he often took part in the game, but he participated in 37 matches, gave 5 assistants and scored 9 goals.
During the 2014-2015 season he often participated in the game as an attacking midfielder, not a position that was good at forward. As a result, he dropped his grades a little more than last season, but he still played 29 matches and scorede 5 goals.
In the 2015-2016 season he had a lot of opportunities to continue playing in the attacking midfielder’s position, but he played an active part such as scoring the goals of three consecutive matches, he became the regular player of the team. His record in this season was 32 matches and 11 goals. Also, this season was a great combination with teammate Miralem Sulejmani, Kubo and he was called “Kubo – Mani” and gained popularity.
In 2016 – 2017, Kubo participated in 17 matches and scored 5 goals until he moved to K.A.A. Gent of Jupiler Pro League. Out of the 5 goals, 3 goals (hat trick) were recorded in the game at Swiss Cup.
On January 25, 2017, Kubo moved to K.A.A. Gent. The transfer fee was 3.5 million €, which is the highest price Gent has paid up to now. In the match against Club Brugge KV held on January 29 after the transfer he made a start and scored 1 goal. In addition, on March 12 against KV Mechelen he scored fine goal after dribbling four people. His grades in this season were 7 matches, 5 goals, so the team advanced to championship playoff.
Kubo participated in the Toyota International Youth Football Tournament held in 2009 as a U-16 Japan national football team and received MIP. Toyota International Youth Football Tournament will be held in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan from August every year since 2000. Japan team U-16, Nagoya Grampus and a team of U-16 teams living in Toyota City and U-16 teams from two countries invited from the world will fight in round-robin warfare. Philippe Coutinho participated in the 2008 tournament as a member of Brazilian U-16.
He joined the youth convention “Copa Chivas” held in Mexico in 2010 as Japan representative U – 17 and led the team to the final.
He joined as a member of the 2012 AFC U – 19 Championship as a member, but he finished in 4 matches and was not able to score, the team lost in the quarterfinals. As a result, the Japan team could not join the 2013 FIFA U – 20 World Cup.
He continued to participate as a representative of Japan in major competitions of the young generation even after that. Among them, he participated in the 2016 AFC U – 23 Championship, he scored 3 goals, which is the largest number of teams, and contributed to the team ‘s victory.
He was convened to the Japanese team of Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics, but his club BSC Young Boys refused to participate in Olympics.
In the match with the Iceland national football team on February 24, 2012, he was convened while a high school student (18 years old) was in attendance. This was the second time in 14 years and the second person in the history of the national team.
On 11th November 2016 he played for the first time in a senior team with a friendly match with Oman. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round held against November 15 Saudi Arabia, he was elected as the starting member for the first time. He scored his first goal in the UAE match against the same round and also scored a goal against Thailand.
style of play
First of all, please watch this video.
[ Yuya Kubo Goals & Assists 2015/2016 ]
[ Yuya Kubo ● Goals, Skills & Assists ● KAA Gent ● 2016/17 ]
[ Yuya Kubo – KAA Gent – all goals ]
Kubo’s style of play is summarized below.
・He can make an accurate shot with both feet.
・He is good at shooting after dribbling.
・He can play in multiple positions including center forward, second striker, winger, attacking midfielder and wide midfielder. He is an all-rounder player in attack.
・He is not good at playing when defender is approaching him.
Kubo is not getting really well this season’s KAA Gent, but he can step up to a stronger club if he can achieve the same performance as last season. In addition, he is contesting the position of right wide midfielder against Takuma Asano and Keisuke Honda at Japan national football team. However, at this time Kubo is in a pole position.
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