Yuto Nagatomo

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Yuto Nagatomo
Yuto Nagatomo 2011.jpg
Nagatomo with Inter in 2011
Personal information
Full name Yuto Nagatomo[1]
Date of birth (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Saijō, Ehime, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Full-back / Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray (on loan from Internazionale)
Number 55
Youth career
2002–2004 Higashi Fukuoka High School
2005–2007 Meiji University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 FC Tokyo 72 (5)
2010–2011 Cesena (loan) 16 (0)
2011– Internazionale 170 (9)
2018– Galatasaray (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2008– Japan 103 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

Yuto Nagatomo (長友 佑都, Nagatomo Yūto, born 12 September 1986) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a defender for Turkish club Galatasaray, on loan from Italian club Internazionale.[3]

Club career

FC Tokyo

Nagatomo officially signed with FC Tokyo in 2008,[4] while at Meiji. But he made an appearance at J.League Cup as Special Designated Youth Player in 2007. Nagatomo made 84 appearances in his four years at FC Tokyo.

Cesena

In July 2010, Nagatomo was signed on loan by the newly promoted Serie A side A.C. Cesena, where he played the first half of the season as Cesena's starting left back.[5][6] Before moving to Italy, Nagatomo gave a speech to 25,000 supporters just after the match involving F.C. Tokyo and Vissel Kobe on 17 July 2010. After being signed on a permanent deal, Nagatomo was then sold to Internazionale.

Internazionale

Due to his impressive performances for both Cesena and Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup, he was fully signed by Cesena in January 2011.[7] But before making any league appearances he was sent straight out on loan to Internazionale in exchange for Davide Santon also on loan, becoming the first East Asian player to sign with Internazionale.[8][9]

Nagatomo, wearing number 55, made his debut for Nerazzurri on 6 February 2011, replacing Wesley Sneijder in the Serie A match against Roma, won by Inter 5–3.[10] In the following game, Nagatomo came on as a late substitute against Juventus, before starting in both of the following games against Fiorentina and Cagliari. Nagatomo showed his versatility by playing right back against Sampdoria on 27 February, and finishing the whole 90 minutes.[11][12] On 6 March 2011, Nagatomo scored his first goal for Inter in the 5–2 trashing of Genoa on a Kharja assist with a swivel and a finish into the roof of the net.[13]

On 15 March, to show solidarity with his home country in light of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which took place the previous week he paraded the Japanese flag (with the writing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a chant of his former team in Tokyo) around the pitch during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.[14] Inter had drawn German club side Schalke 04 in the quarter-finals of Champions League. Nagatomo, along with international teammate Atsuto Uchida who plays for Schalke became the second and third Japanese footballer to play in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions league (Keisuke Honda was the first playing for CSKA Moscow during 2009–10 season).

After the Serie A season was over, Internazionale made an agreement with Cesena of making Yuto's move permanent in a cash plus player exchange deal. Nagatomo was valued at €10.95 million,[15] however part of the fee was paid via half of the registration rights of Luca Garritano (€700,000)[15] and Luca Caldirola (€2.5 million).

Nagatomo started his second Inter Milan season by playing 62 minutes in the opening Serie A match against Palermo, ended in a 4–3 away defeat.[16] On 27 September 2011, Nagatomo provided an assist for Giampaolo Pazzini by nutmegging Aleksei Berezutski before driving the ball across goal during the 3–2 away win against CSKA Moscow in the second group stage match of Champions League.[17] He scored his first goal of the season on 10 December 2011 during the 2–0 home win against Fiorentina in the matchday 15 of Serie A.[18] He was again in the scoresheet three days later as he headed home a Ricky Álvarez cross in the 1–0 win against Genoa.[19] In the last match of 2011 against Lecce at home, Nagatomo produced a "man of the match" performance by providing two assists in an eventual 4–1 win.[20]

Nagatomo enjoyed his most productive season under Walter Mazzarri, scoring five goals, along with six assists during the 2013–14 season.[21][22]

Nagatomo lost his place in the starting lineup in the 2014–15 season, making only 14 league appearances. He captained Inter for the first time on 28 September 2014 in the 2014–15 Serie A matchday 5 versus Cagliari, leaving the field in the 27th minutes after receiving two yellow cards in 120 seconds as Inter was defeated 1–4 at San Siro.[23] In February 2015, Nagatomo turned down an offer from Premier League outfit Manchester United, stating that his intentions were to renew with Inter.[24]

On 8 April 2016, Nagatomo agreed a contract extension with the club, signing until June 2019.[25] During the 2016–17 season, he played 20 matches in all competitions, including 16 in league, 11 of them as starter, as Inter finished 7th in championship, was eliminated in the quarter-final of Coppa Italia by Lazio, and finished 3rd in Europa League Group K.[26]

Nagatomo improved his game at the start of 2017–18 season under new manager Luciano Spalletti, winning his place once again.[27] His 200th official appearance for Inter occurred on 16 September 2017 in the matchday 3 match at Crotone, winning a free kick that lead to the first goal in an eventual 0–2 win.[28] Later on 12 December, Nagatomo played 120 minutes in the 2017–18 Coppa Italia round of 16 fixture against underdogs of Pordenone.[29] The match went to penalty shootouts where he netted the winning penalty in the 5–4 penalty shootout that led Internazionale to the victory and progression to quarter-finals.[30]

Galatasaray (loan)

On 31 January 2018, Nagatomo joined Turkish club Galatasaray on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season.[31]

International career

Nagatomo earned his first international cap for Japan on 24 May 2008 in a friendly against Ivory Coast. His first international goal was scored in a friendly against Syria held on 13 November 2008. Nagatomo was also a member of the Japan U-21 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Nagatomo playing for Japan in 2009

2010 FIFA World Cup

He was called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Japan.

2011 AFC Asian Cup

Nagatomo was selected as part of the Japan squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup by coach Alberto Zaccheroni. He featured in every game Japan played in the competition and helped them defeat Australia in the final, thus earning his first international honour.

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

He was included in Alberto Zaccheroni's 23-man Japan squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in which he featured in all three games Japan played before they were eliminated in the group stage.[32]

2014 FIFA World Cup

Nagatomo was part of Japan's national squad to play in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He started in all three group matches but Japan was eliminated in the group stage.

Nagatomo earned his 100th international cap on 10 November 2017 by captaining his side in the 1–3 friendly loss to Brazil at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille.[33] This made his only the 7th Japan player to achieve the feat.[34][35]

Personal life

Nagatomo is married to Japanese actress Airi Taira. The couple had maintained a long-distance relationship for several years as Taira was based in Japan. Nagatomo proposed to her on the San Siro pitch in February 2016[36] and they registered their marriage in January 2017.[37]

Career statistics

Club

As of 21 April 2018[38][3]
Club Season League League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Tokyo 2007 J. League Division 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008 29 3 3 0 3 0 35 3
2009 31 1 1 0 4 1 36 2
2010 12 1 1 0 13 1
Total 72 5 4 0 9 1 85 6
Cesena (loan) 2010–11 Serie A 16 0 16 0
Total 16 0 16 0
Internazionale 2010–11 Serie A 13 2 3 0 3 0 19 2
2011–12 35 2 1 0 7 0 43 2
2012–13 25 0 2 0 8 2 35 2
2013–14 34 5 2 0 36 5
2014–15 14 0 1 0 3 0 18 0
2015–16 22 0 4 0 26 0
2016–17 16 0 4 0 20 0
2017–18 11 0 2 0 13 0
Total 170 9 15 0 25 2 210 11
Galatasaray (loan) 2017–18 Süper Lig 11 0 1 0 12 0
Career total 269 14 20 0 9 1 25 2 323 17

1Includes Emperor's Cup, Coppa Italia and Turkish Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

International

As of 27 March 2018.
Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 7 1
2009 11 2
2010 16 0
2011 10 0
2012 10 0
2013 12 0
2014 10 0
2015 10 0
2016 5 0
2017 10 0
2018 2 0
Total 103 3

International goals

Honours

Club

Tokyo[3]
Internazionale
Galatasaray

International

Japan[3]

References

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  2. ^ "National Team Squad". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Japan – Yuto Nagatomo – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  4. ^ 長友佑都選手(明治大学) 来季新加入内定のお知らせ [Nagatomo Yuto player (Meiji University) (is) next season's new signing]. FC Tokyo (in Japanese). 19 December 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Il difensore giapponese Yuto Nagatomo al Cesena". AC Cesena (in Italian). 14 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  6. ^ 長友佑都選手 チェゼーナへ期限付き移籍決定のお知らせ [Player Nagatomo Yuto to Cesena in period confirmed]. FC Tokyo (in Japanese). 14 July 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Emanuele Melfi (28 January 2011). "Cesena, Nagatomo è tutto bianconero". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Davide Santon è del Cesena, Nagatomo all'Inter" [Davide Santon to Cesena, Nagatomo to Inter]. AC Cesena (in Italian). 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Yuto Nagatomo joins Inter". FC Internazionale Milano. www.inter.it. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Andrew McLean (6 February 2011). "Inter 5-3 Roma: Samuel Eto'o And The Nerazzurri Hold Off A Spirited Roman Comeback". Goal.com. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Sampdoria 0-2 Inter: Sneijder and Eto'o". inter.it. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Internazionale vs. Genoa 2 – 0". Soccerway. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
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  17. ^ "Zárate winner gets Inter going at CSKA". UEFA.com. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
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  24. ^ Jonny Singer (12 February 2015). "Manchester United turned down by Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo who said he would rather work with Roberto Mancini". Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "Yuto Nagatomo signs new Inter Milan contract until 2019". ESPN FC. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Group stage". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
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  28. ^ Brian Homewood (16 September 2017). "Crotone 0-2 Inter Milan: Ivan Perisic and Milan Skriniar score late goals to maintain perfect start in Serie A". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Coppa: Inter scrape past heroic Pordenone". Football Italia. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  30. ^ "Nagatomo rescues Inter in Italian Cup". Pulse News Agency International. Pulse.com. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
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  32. ^ [1]
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  36. ^ "Nagatomo, actress Taira confirm wedding plans". The Japan Times. December 24, 2016. 
  37. ^ "長友佑都&平愛梨がゴールイン 結婚報告「家族となりました!」" (in Japanese). Oricon News. January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  38. ^ Yuto Nagatomo > Club matches worldfootball.net

External links

  • Yuto NagatomoFIFA competition record
  • Yuto Nagatomo at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Yuto Nagatomo at J.League (in Japanese)
  • Yuto Nagatomo at ESPN FC
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