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Takefusa Kubo
久保 建英
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Kubo in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 23)
Place of birth Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 1.73m
Playing position Right winger, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Real Sociedad
Number 14
Youth career
2008–2009 FC Persimmon
2008–2010 Tokyo Verdy
2010–2011 Kawasaki Frontale
2011–2015 Barcelona
2015–2016 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)
2019–2022 Real Madrid 0 (0)
2019–2020 Mallorca (loan) 35 (4)
2020–2021 Villarreal (loan) 13 (0)
2021 Getafe (loan) 18 (1)
2021–2022 Mallorca (loan) 28 (1)
2022– Real Sociedad 50 (15)
National team
2015–2016 Japan U16 17 (11)
2016–2017 Japan U17 11 (4)
2016–2018 Japan U20 15 (3)
2018 Japan U21 2 (0)
2019–2021 Japan U23 16 (7)
2019– Japan 29 (3)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Japan
AFC U-19 Championship
Bronze 2018 Indonesia
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:03, 9 December 2023 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 November 2023

Takefusa Kubo (久保 建英, Kubo Takefusa, born 4 June 2001), commonly known as Take Kubo, is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a right winger for La Liga club Real Sociedad and the Japan national team.

Club career

Early career

At the age of seven, Takefusa Kubo started playing football for FC Persimmon, then moved to a local club based in his home city Kawasaki. In August 2009, he was awarded MVP at FC Barcelona Soccer Camp in which he participated at the age of eight. In April 2010, he was selected as a member of FC Barcelona School team and participated in Sodexo European Rusas Cup held in Belgium. He was awarded MVP even though his team finished third. After returning home, he began to play for the Kawasaki Frontale junior youth team.

Barcelona

In August 2011, Takefusa Kubo had been invited to join FC Barcelona's youth Academy, La Masia, after passing the trial. He began to play for Barca Aleví C (U11). During his first full season (2012–13), he was top goalscorer in the league with 74 goals in 30 games. In his third full season (2014–15), he was promoted to Barca Infantil A (U14). The Spanish club was later found to have violated FIFA's international transfer policy for under-18 youths, making Kubo ineligible to play for the club. He returned to Japan in March 2015 in search of playing time, signing with FC Tokyo’s junior youth team.

FC Tokyo

Takefusa Kubo joined FC Tokyo U-18 team in 2016. In September 2016, he was promoted to the senior side at the age of fifteen. On 5 November, he made his formal debut for the reserve team in the J3 League as a halftime sub for match against AC Nagano Parceiro. He made his professional debut at the J.League record of 15 years, five months and one day.

On 15 April 2017 Kubo became the youngest player to score in the J.League at 15 years, ten months in a 1–0 win over Cerezo Osaka U-23. On 3 May, he top-flight debuted for the first-team in J.League YBC Levain Cup playing 25 minutes in a 1–0 win against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. In November 2017, FC Tokyo announced an update to Kubo's contract improving it to pay him as a first-team member.

Yokohama F. Marinos (loan)

On 16 August 2018, he joined Yokohama F. Marinos on a half-year loan. He immediately scored on his debut with Marinos in an away game against Vissel Kobe.

From the start of the 2019 season, Kubo became a regular starter for FC Tokyo in both the J.League YBC Levain Cup and J.League scoring goals in both competitions.

Real Madrid

On 14 June 2019, Kubo signed with Spanish club Real Madrid on a five-year deal. Although registered with their U-19 team, he had been expected to mainly play for Real Madrid B during the 2019–20 season. However, he featured regularly with the first team during Real Madrid's preseason tour of the United States and Germany.

Mallorca (loan)

On 22 August 2019, Kubo joined RCD Mallorca on a season-long loan. He has become the third Japanese player in Mallorca's history after Yoshito Okubo and Akihiro Ienaga. On 1 September, he made his La Liga debut playing 15 minutes in a 2–0 loss to Valencia. He became the youngest Japanese player in the Top 4 European leagues history that has played in a match with a record of 18 years, 2 months, and 28 days. He scored his first goal on 10 November 2019 against Villarreal in a 3–1 victory. He later scored his second goal in an entertaining 3–3 draw to Real Betis on 21 February 2020. He then scored his third goal two weeks later in a 2–1 victory over SD Eibar.

Villarreal (loan)

On 10 August 2020, he was loaned to Villarreal CF until the end of the 2020–21 season. After being mainly used as a substitute, his loan was cut short on 8 January 2021.

Getafe (loan)

Immediately after leaving Villarreal, Kubo moved to fellow top-tier side Getafe CF on loan for the remainder of the season.

Return to Mallorca (loan)

On 12 August 2021, Kubo rejoined RCD Mallorca on a season-long loan.

Real Sociedad

On 19 July 2022, Kubo joined Real Sociedad on a permanent deal, becoming the first Japanese player to sign with the club. Kubo marked his debut by scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win away to Cádiz in their opening game of the season in La Liga. On 18 September 2023, Kubo's adept performance against his former club Real Madrid earned him recognition despite Real Sociedad's 2-1 defeat. On 22 October 2023, Kubo was instrumental in leading Real Sociedad to a 1-0 win over Mallorca, earning the man-of-the-match title for his performance.

International career

Kubo has been involved in Japan national teams from U-15 to senior level. At the age of fifteen, he was selected to the Japan U-20 national team for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Shortly before turning eighteen, Kubo was named in the squad for the 2019 Copa América, which marked his first call up to the senior squad. He made his debut on 9 June 2019 in a friendly against El Salvador, as a 67th-minute substitute for Takumi Minamino. In July 2021, he was included in the 22-player squad of the under-23 team for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

On 22 July 2021, Kubo scored Japan's first goal against South Africa in the 2020 Olympics.

On 1 November 2022, Kubo was named in the Japan squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where he started in the group stage victories over Germany and Spain, despite being subbed off early in both matches.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Tokyo U-23 2016 J3 League 3 0 3 0
2017 J3 League 21 2 21 2
2018 J3 League 10 3 10 3
Total 34 5 34 5
FC Tokyo 2017 J1 League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2018 J1 League 4 0 0 0 6 1 10 1
2019 J1 League 13 4 0 0 3 1 16 5
Total 19 4 0 0 11 2 30 6
Yokohama F. Marinos (loan) 2018 J1 League 5 1 1 0 0 0 6 1
Real Madrid 2019–20 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mallorca (loan) 2019–20 La Liga 35 4 1 0 36 4
Villarreal (loan) 2020–21 La Liga 13 0 1 0 5 1 19 1
Getafe (loan) 2020–21 La Liga 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Mallorca (loan) 2021–22 La Liga 28 1 3 1 31 2
Real Sociedad 2022–23 La Liga 35 9 2 0 7 0 44 9
2023–24 La Liga 15 5 1 0 6 0 22 5
Total 50 14 3 0 13 0 66 14
Career total 202 30 9 1 11 2 18 1 240 34

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Japan 2019 7 0
2020 4 0
2021 2 0
2022 9 1
2023 7 2
Total 29 3
Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kubo goal.
List of international goals scored by Takefusa Kubo
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 June 2022 Noevir Stadium Kobe, Kobe, Japan  Ghana 3–1 4–1 2022 Kirin Cup
2 15 June 2023 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan  El Salvador 3–0 6–0 2023 Kirin Challenge Cup
3 21 November 2023 Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Syria 1–0 5–0 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Individual

  • La Liga Player of the Month: September 2023
  • UEFA La Liga Revelation Team of the Year: 2019–20
  • Japan Pro-Footballers Association awards: Best XI (2022)
  • Real Sociedad Player of the Season: 2022–23

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