Shinji Ono

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Shinji Ono
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Ono playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full nameShinji Ono
Date of birth (1979-09-27) 27 September 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Number 44
Youth career
Imazawa Boys Soccer Club
1992–1995 Imazawa Junior High School
1995–1998 Shimizu Commercial High School
Senior career*
1998–2001 Urawa Red Diamonds 86 (20)
2001–2005 Feyenoord 112 (19)
2006–2007 Urawa Red Diamonds 53 (8)
2007–2010 VfL Bochum 29 (0)
2010–2012 Shimizu S-Pulse 64 (8)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 51 (10)
2014– Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 62 (2)
National team
1995 Japan U17 3 (0)
1999 Japan U20 6 (2)
2004 Japan U23 3 (2)
1998–2008 [1] Japan 56 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10 December 2018

Shinji Ono(小野 伸二,Ono Shinji, born 27 September 1979) [2] is a Japanese footballer who plays as a midfielder for J1 League club Consadole Sapporo. Known as Tensai [3] [4] (天才, Japanese for Genius ), Ono is one of the biggest stars in Asian football, known for his vision, technique and superb passing. [5] Although his primary position is attacking midfielder, he can play anywhere in the midfield, including defensive midfield and either wing.

Japan Constitutional monarchy in East Asia

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.



Urawa Red Diamonds

Ono grew up in the Shizuoka Prefecture and began his professional career with Urawa Red Diamonds in the J. League in 1998. The same year, he became the youngest Japanese player to play at 1998 FIFA World Cup, at age 18. [6] He caught the attention of foreign clubs with his performance at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, where he captained the Japanese Under-20 side that reached the final. But later that year, he suffered a severe knee injury in a qualification match for the 2000 Olympics with Japan's Under-23 side, forcing him to miss the rest of the season and Olympic qualifying. [7]

Shizuoka Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.

Urawa Red Diamonds association football club

Urawa Red Diamonds, colloquially Urawa Reds, are a professional association football club playing in Japan's football league, J1 League.

1998 FIFA World Cup 16th FIFA World Cup, held in France in 1998

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe.

Feyenoord Rotterdam

After a strong performance at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, Ono moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2001. In his first season, he helped Feyenoord win the 2002 UEFA Cup, making him the first Japanese player in history to win a European trophy. However, a string of injuries kept him sidelined for long periods. After he missed the majority of 2004–05, the club sold him. [8] His stint at the Rotterdam based club is highly rated and Dutch international Wesley Sneijder said "Shinji Ono is the toughest opponent I've ever faced". [9]

The 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup was the fifth FIFA Confederations Cup and the third to be organised by FIFA. It was also the first in which the original hosts, Saudi Arabia, did not participate. The tournament was played from 30 May to 10 June 2001, and co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, who were also hosts for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. It was won by France, beating hosts Japan 1–0, with a goal from Patrick Vieira.

Eredivisie professional association football league in the Netherlands

The Eredivisie is the highest echelon of professional football in the Netherlands. The league was founded in 1956, two years after the start of professional football in the Netherlands. At the 2018–2019 season it was ranked the 11th best league in Europe by UEFA.

Rotterdam Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.

Urawa Red Diamonds return

On 13 January 2006, Ono returned to the J. League, signing a three-year deal with his former club Urawa Red Diamonds. [10]

VfL Bochum

In the 2008 January transfer window, Ono returned to Europe, signing with Bundesliga's VfL Bochum. On 3 February 2008, Ono made his Bundesliga debut in an away game against SV Werder Bremen, and he had two assists that helped Bochum with their first ever win over Bremen at Weserstadion. Ono suffered injuries in the following two years in Bochum, and could only play 34 matches in which he gave four assists for the club. In the winter break of 2009–10, Ono requested a return to Japan for personal reasons. Different Japanese clubs were interested in the midfielder. VfL Bochum allowed him to leave under the condition that they could find a successor. [11]

Bundesliga Association football league

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany's primary football competition. The Bundesliga comprises 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the 2. Bundesliga. Seasons run from August to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on weekdays. All of the Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal. The winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

VfL Bochum association football club in Germany

Verein für Leibesübungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft, commonly referred to as simply VfL Bochum[faʊ̯ ʔɛf ˈʔɛl ˈboːxʊm], is a German association football club based in the city of Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia.

SV Werder Bremen association football club in Bremen, Germany

Sportverein Werder Bremen von 1899 e. V., commonly known as Werder Bremen, is a German sports club located in Bremen in the northwest German federal state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. The club was founded in 1899 and has grown to 40,400 members. It is best known for its association football team.

Shimizu S-Pulse

Shinji Ono playing for Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012. Shinji Ono Omiya Ardija vs Shimizu S-Pulse @ NACK5 Stadium.jpg
Shinji Ono playing for Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012.

On 9 January 2010, Ono returned to his native Shizuoka Prefecture by signing for Shimizu S-Pulse. [12] The transfer fee were rumored to be 300,000 Euro for the midfielder whose contract in Bochum expired in the summer of 2010. In an interview he declared that the main reason for his transfer was his wish to reunite with his wife and children, who were still living in Japan. [13]

Shimizu S-Pulse association football club

Shimizu S-Pulse is a professional Japanese football club. Located in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, S-Pulse currently competes in the J1 League (J1). Formed as recently as 1991, S-Pulse are one of the youngest professional teams in Japan. The club was formed at the advent of the J. League in 1991, and originally consisted of players drawn exclusively from Shizuoka Prefecture; a unique distinction at the time.

Western Sydney Wanderers

On 28 September 2012, it was announced that Shinji Ono had signed with new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal as the club's marquee player. The Wanderers were offered former German international Michael Ballack [14] but preferred to sign Ono. [15] He made his debut for the Wanderers on 6 October, in a scoreless draw against Central Coast Mariners, in the first game of the season.

Ono scored his first goal for the club with a penalty in round 10 against Brisbane Roar. [16] Ono scored two stunning goals to help the Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory 2–1 in round 14 on 1 January 2013. [17] On 16 January 2014, the club announced that Ono would return to Japan at the end of the A-League season. Ono will link up with J-2 club Consadole Sapporo to play out the remainder of the season in Japan as the club chases promotion to the J-League. [18] On 4 May 2014, Ono played his last A-League game for the Wanderers, in a 2-1 Grand Final loss to Brisbane Roar, in what was to be the Wanderers' second successive Grand Final defeat. [19]

Consadole Sapporo

Following the expiration of his contract and his desire to see his family, Ono joined Consadole Sapporo in May 2014. [18]

International career

When fit, Ono was an ever-present member of the Japanese national team. He made his full international debut on 1 April 1998 against South Korea in a friendly. [1] After his appearance in the 1998 World Cup, he was a key member of the Japanese squad in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He has represented Japan at every age level starting with the U-16 team, and was one of three overage selections at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Injuries limited Ono to just one appearance in the final round of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup and missed the Confederations Cup in 2003 and 2005. He played in his third World Cup finals in Germany. [20]

Club statistics

Updated to 18 February 2019. [21]

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalOther 1 Total
Urawa Red Diamonds 1998 2792000299
1999 1422000162
2000 24721268
2001 14243185
Feyenoord 2001–02 30321122446
2002–03 297205032399
2003–04 2421040292
2004–05 2572071348
2005–06 40001050
Urawa Red Diamonds 2006 285431110349
2007 25300218220376
VfL Bochum 2007–08 120120
2008–09 8020100
2009–10 9010100
Shimizu S-Pulse 2010 3025161414
2011 2662121308
2012 1400000140
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012-13 24721268
2013-14 2326120313
Consadole Sapporo 2014 700070
2015 17220192
2016 15020170
2017 1601071241
2018 702030120
Career total4626634725843610355790

1Includes UEFA Champions League preliminary rounds, UEFA Super Cup, Japanese Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and A-League Finals Series.

National team statistics


Japan national team
1998 30
1999 00
2000 121
2001 91
2002 81
2003 50
2004 72
2005 20
2006 91
2007 00
2008 10






Urawa Red Diamonds
Western Sydney Wanderers


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