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Takefusa Kubo
Personal information
Full name Takefusa Kubo
Date of birth (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 21)
Place of birth Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.73 m
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Getafe
(on loan from Real Madrid)
Number 5
Youth career
2008–2009 FC Persimmon
2008–2010 Tokyo Verdy
2010–2011 Kawasaki Frontale
2011–2015 FC Barcelona
2015–2017 FC Tokyo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 FC Tokyo U-23 34 (5)
2016–2019 FC Tokyo 19 (4)
2018 Yokohama F. Marinos (loan) 5 (1)
2019– Real Madrid 0 (0)
2019–2020 Mallorca (loan) 35 (4)
2020–2021 Villarreal (loan) 13 (0)
2021– Getafe (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2015 Japan U15 5 (7)
2016 Japan U16 12 (4)
2016–2017 Japan U17 11 (4)
2016–2018 Japan U19 11 (3)
2017 Japan U20 4 (0)
2018 Japan U21 2 (0)
2019 Japan U22 4 (2)
2019– Japan 11 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020

Takefusa Kubo (born on June 4, 2001 in Kawasaki, Japan) is a Japanese footballer. He plays as a winger for Spanish team Getafe (on loan from Real Madrid) and the Japanese national team.


Originally from the training organization of the world famous football club FC Barcelona. At that time, he was called “Japanese Messi” and “Left handed Iniesta” because his play style is similar to Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. His number one feature is ball control skill. Due to his great dribbling these nicknames are well-deserved.

Career before becoming a professional

He has started to play soccer since he was 3 years old. In August 2009, he saw an advertisement saying that Barcelona Camp would be held in Japan and you could play against Barcelona if you could become an MVP there. In April 2010, he participated in a tournament held in Belgium as a Barcelona school selection and was selected as a tournament MVP. After that, he belonged to the subordinate organization of Kawasaki Frontale. In August 2011, he passed the trial match of FC Barcelona’s subordinate organization Cantera and went to Spain. He played soccer in Spain until 2015, but an accident happened and he returned to japan. And then he joined FC Tokyo’s subordinate organization. In May 2017, he made his debut as a top team. And he became the first J-Leaguer born in the 21th century.

Career after becoming a professional

In November 2017, it was announced that he had signed a professional contract with FC Tokyo. He made his first debut in the match on November 26, and set a young record for the third place in J-League history. However, he gradually lost the opportunity to participate in the match and transferred to Yokohama F-Marinos for a limited time in order to improve the quality of performance. He had played there for 5 months. He returned to FC Tokyo in 2019 and played for half of a year. Then in June 2019 it was decided to transfer to Spain’s prestigious Real Madrid and play as Team B. His technique was highly evaluated and he was promoted to the top team. In the Spanish newspaper Maruka, he was selected as the first place in the evaluation ranking. In August 2019, he transferred to Mallorca for a limited time. He was selected as “Break Eleven” by La Liga Espanola with a clear (obvious) record in the team suffering from the bottom of ranking, and (despite) his performance attracted worldwide attention. In August 2020, it was announced that he transferred to Villarreal for a limited time. And recently it was announced that he would leave Villarreal.

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