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Arata Izumi

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Arata Izumi
Date of birth (1982-07-31) 31 July 1982 (age 33)
Place of birthShimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
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Playing positionCentral midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pune
Number8
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005Albirex Niigata Singapore22(3)
2006Mitsubishi Mizushima24(4)
2006–2007East Bengal14(1)
2007–2009Mahindra United24(2)
2009–Pune129(25)
National team
2013–India9(0)

Arata Izumi (和泉 新 Izumi Arata?, born 31 July 1982) is an Japanese born Indian footballer who plays for Pune as a Midfielder for in the I-League. Izumi is the current captain of his side.

Career

Albirex Niigata Singapore

In 2005 Izumi started his professional football career with Albirex Niigata Singapore of the S.League.[1] Albirex Niigata Singapore was an affiliate of Albirex Niigata of the J.League.[2] Arata grew a reputation for his speed while in the S.League.[1] He scored his first professional goal of his career against Tampines Rovers FC in the S.League on 18 September 2005.[1][3] He then scored his second goal of the season on 30 September 2005 against Woodlands Wellington.[3] Arata ended the season with 22 caps in S.League with 3 goals and 2 caps in the Singapore Cup scoring 1 goal.[4]

Mitsubishi Mizushima

In 2006 after a successful season with Albirex Niigata Singapore in which the team finished 5th in the S.League,[3] Arata moved back to Japan and signed for Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima F.C. of the Japan Football League. While with the team Arata also worked for Mitsubishi Motors as a toso (a person of paints cars).[5] He worked 10 hours a day from 5 in the morning to 6 in the evening with the car company and then he spent 2 hours practicing with the football team. Despite scoring 7 goals and gaining 7 assists in 24 games during the 2006 season Izumi could not stop the club finishing in 17th place, 2nd the last that season.[4]

East Bengal

In November 2006 Izumi signed for East Bengal F.C. of the National Football League.[6] At first he struggled to get accustomed to the Indian climate but eventually he found his way. He ended his maiden season with the club with 1 goal and 10 assists in 14 games.[4]

Mahindra United

In 2007 Izumi signed for Mahindra United of the I-League which was the league replacing the old National Football League.[7] He began the 2007–08 I-League campaign with an injury which kept him out of football for six months.[7] He managed to come back that season, scoring 1 goal and getting 2 assists in 8 games.[4] The next season Izumi scored 1 goal and gained 5 assists in 16 I-League games.[4] That season Arata and Mahindra won the Durand Cup.[7]

Pune

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Arata Izumi in 2009

In 2009 Izumi signed for newly promoted I-League side Pune FC.[8] Izumi has called his move to Pune as the turning point of his career.[8] In 2010 he finished the season with a career high 10 goals and 10 assists in 26 games.[4] He also scored an extra 6 goals in cup matches.[4] He was the top goalscorer among all midfielders and was also nominated as the best midfielder in the I-League by goal.com.[8] Izumi also won the Pune FC Man of Steel award from the club that season.[8] Arata continued his good form for the club in 2010–11 scoring 6 goals and getting 9 assists in 24 games.[9] On 22 October 2011 Izumi made his 50th appearance for the club in I-League in the opening match of the 2011–12 season against Shillong Lajong.[10] On 24 August 2012 Izumi extended his contract by 2 years with Pune FC.[11]

International

On 24 August 2012, Izumi gained Indian citizenship, thus making him eligible to play for India at the international level.[11] Then on 29 January 2013 it was confirmed that Izumi had been called up to Wim Koevermans side for the friendly against Palestine.[12] Izumi then made his international debut in that match when he came on in the 64th minute for Lenny Rodrigues as India went on to lose the match 4–2.[13]

Since then Izumi has also been called up to India's 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification squad and their 2013 SAFF Championship squad.[14]

Personal

Arata was born to an Indian father and Japanese mother.[15] On 24 August 2012 it was officially announced by his club, Pune FC, that he has received Indian citizenship from the Government of India.[11] Izumi also holds an Indian name, Neelkanth Khambholja.[15]

Career statistics

Club

As of 30 May 2015[16][17]
Club Season League League Cup Domestic Cup AFC Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Albirex Niigata Singapore 2005 S.League 22 3 2 1 0 0 24 4
Mitsubishi Mizushima 2006 JFL 24 4 8 2 0 0 32 6
East Bengal 2006–07 NFL 14 1 1 0 0 0 15 1
Mahindra United 2007–08 I-League 8 1 4 0 2 0 14 1
2008–09 I-League 16 1 4 0 1 0 21 1
Mahindra Total 24 2 8 0 3 0 0 0 35 2
Pune 2009–10 I-League 26 10 0 0 3 1 29 11
2010–11 I-League 24 6 2 0 2 0 28 6
2011–12 I-League 21 3 0 0 3 0 24 3
2012–13 I-League 22 5 0 0 2 1 24 6
2013–14 I-League 17 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 21 1
2014–15 I-League 19 0 4 1 4 1 27 2
Pune Total 129 25 9 1 14 3 3 0 155 29
Career total 210 35 28 4 13 2 7 1 258 42

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Albirex Niigata 2005". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. http://www.albirex.com.sg/ Niigata webpage
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Singapore 2005". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 http://arataizumi.com/news/stats.html Arata Izumi Stats
  5. "Mitubishi Mizushima FC 2006". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  6. "Kingfisher East Bengal FC 2006–2007". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Mahindra United FC 2007–2009". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Pune FC 2009–2010". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  9. "Pune FC 2010–2011". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  10. "I-League: Pune FC 0–0 Shillong Lajong FC". Pune Football Club. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Medio Arata now an Indian citizen; Pune FC extend contract". Pune Football Club. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  12. "Arata Izumi becomes first foreign national to be selected for Indian football team". NDTV Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  13. "India 2-4 Palestine". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  14. "Wim Koevermans names India squad for SAFF Championship". NDTV Sports. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Biswas, Babua. "Pune FC holds a special place in my heart: Arata Izumi". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  16. Arata Izumi profile at Soccerway
  17. "Arata Izumi Statistics". Arata Izumi. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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