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Yoshinori Muto

Yoshinori Muto
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1. FSV Mainz 05
Number 9
Youth career
2008–2010 FC Tokyo
2010–2013 Keio University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 FC Tokyo 49 (23)
2015– 1. FSV Mainz 05 11 (6)
National team
2014– Japan 17 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Yoshinori Muto (武藤 嘉紀 Mutō Yoshinori, born 15 July 1992) is a Japanese football forward who plays for 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga.

Club career

FC Tokyo

As a child, Muto joined FC Tokyo's youth system, where he kept developing until 2010. He then enrolled in the Faculty of Economics of Keio University but kept playing football, for Keio's team. Despite an injury which sidelined him, in his first season with Keio he won the "Rookie of the Year" title.[1]

In 2012 and 2013, FC Tokyo included him in their roster as a "Special Designated Player",[2] an option that allows JLeague clubs to field university players without a professional contract. However, he got on the pitch just once, at the end of a match in July 2013.

In 2014, signed his first professional contract with FC Tokyo [3] and was given shirt number 14. Coach Massimo Ficcadenti decided to use him from the first league round and, at the end of the season, Muto reached 33 appearances netting 13 goals, matching the top debut record in the Japanese first division.[4] At the end of the season, he was part of the JLeague's Best XI.[5]

Muto graduated from Keio University in March 2015, and the following month was subject to a bid by Chelsea.[6] In April, he was elected as March's MVP (Player of the Month) in the JLeague.[7]

Mainz 05

On 30 May 2015, Muto joined German Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a four-year contract until 2019.[8] On 31 October 2015, he scored hat-trick for the first time in his career and also became the second Japanese player after Naohiro Takahara to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga, in his team's 3-3 draw against FC Augsburg.[9]

International career

Muto made his debut for Japan on 5 September 2014 in a 0–2 friendly defeat to Uruguay at the Sapporo Dome, replacing Yusuke Minagawa after 58 minutes.[10] Four days later at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium he scored his first international goal, coming on as a halftime substitute against Venezuela and scoring the first goal of a 2–2 draw six minutes later.[11]

As a substitute, Muto played all of Japan's matches at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, ending with defeat to the United Arab Emirates in the quarter-finals.[12]

Career statistics


As of 1 Nov 2015
Club Season League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
F.C. Tokyo 2013 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 33 13 1 0 5 1 39 14
2015 15 10 0 0 4 2 19 12
Total 49 23 1 0 9 3 59 26
1. FSV Mainz 05 2015-16 11 6 1 0 0 0 12 6
Total 11 6 1 0 0 0 12 6
Club Total Total 60 29 2 0 9 3 71 32


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External links

  • Yoshinori Muto profile at Soccerway
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