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Yoshida captains Japan to victory
Maya Yoshida led Japan to a 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates in their recent World Cup qualifying clash.
Yoshida in World Cup qualifying action
Maya Yoshida is in international action later today, as Japan take on the United Arab Emirates in World Cup qualifying.
International calls for 14 Saints stars
Southampton will have 14 players away representing their countries during the international break.
Yoshida: Second half is how we should play
Maya Yoshida reflects on the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Yoshida in latest Japan squad
Saints defender set for a pair of World Cup qualifiers.
Yoshida: We must keep the focus
Maya Yoshida on Southampton's response at Watford.
Yoshida: Extra responsibility has made me better
Maya Yoshida on the strides he has made in the Saints first-team.
Video: Yoshida on recent form
Watch our interview with Saints defender Maya Yoshida.
Yoshida: We need to show a reaction to fans
Maya Yoshida on regaining focus ahead of the Premier League clash with Watford.
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The voting has now opened for you to decide your Under Armour Player of the Month for February.
Yoshida: We have to move on
Southampton cannot dwell on their EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United for too long, says Maya Yoshida.
Video: Yoshida on United defeat
Defender Maya Yoshida speaks after the EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.
Spotify: Yoshida picks his #MarchToWembley song
Find out what Maya Yoshida has chosen as his song for our #MarchToWembley playlist.
Yoshida: No change in approach
Maya Yoshida previews the EFL Cup semi-final with Liverpool.
Yoshida desperate for EFL Cup success
Maya Yoshida looks ahead to the EFL Cup semi-final decider with Liverpool.
Video: Yoshida looks to Liverpool
Maya Yoshida looks ahead to the EFL Cup semi-final second leg with Liverpool.
Puel: We deserved this win
Claude Puel pleased for his players as they beat Leicester City.
SAINTS: Leicester City edition now available
Maya Yoshida stars on the cover of the club’s official matchday magazine for Sunday’s visit of Leicester City in the Premier League.
Yoshida deserved the captaincy, says Puel
Claude Puel on why he named Maya Yoshida captain for the game against Norwich City.
Yoshida: Keep our heads up
Maya Yoshida says Southampton don’t have time to dwell on Saturday’s draw against Norwich, as they prepare for Wednesday’s semi-final.
Video: Yoshida on Norwich draw
Watch as Maya Yoshida reflects on Southampton's 2-2 draw at Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup.
Yoshida’s goal tainted by equaliser
Maya Yoshida was pleased to be back on the scoresheet, but says his header felt less important following Norwich’s late goal, which forced a replay in the Emirates FA Cup.
#SaintsXmas Day 11: Reaction Test
Cuco Martina, Charlie Austin and Maya Yoshida take on the Reaction Test.
#SaintsXmas Day Ten: Christmas Buzzer Challenge
Virgil van Dijk, Maya Yoshida and Shane Long take on the Christmas Buzzer Challenge.
Maya Yoshida Saints HistoryLast updated 24 Mar 2017
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Maya Yoshida BiographyLast updated 26 Sep 2016
Former clubs: Nagoya Grampus, VVV-Venlo
Nagasaki-born Maya began his footballing career with J. League side Nagoya Grampus, coming through their youth system before making his first-team debut in 2007. He was named in Japan's squad for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and made his debut for the full international team in a friendly win over Yemen in January 2010.
A year later, Yoshida was selected in the final 23 for Japan's 2011 AFC Asian Cup campaign alongside new Saints teammate Tadanari Lee. He started all three of the Samurai Blue's group-stage matches but was sent off in their quarter-final win over Qatar, meaning he missed their semi-final against South Korea, but returned to start in the final versus Australia as Lee scored the winning goal to secure the trophy for Japan.
Moving to Europe
Yoshida signed for Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo in January 2010 but did not make his debut for his new club until the following season, playing 24 times as they avoided relegation via the play-offs. 2011/12 saw the defender make 37 appearances as V.V.V. again came through a relegation play-off to preserve their Eredivisie status once more. He was also awarded the Eredivisie Goal of the Season award for his acrobatic bicycle kick in a draw with PSV Eindhoven in September 2011 – one of five occasions on which he netted for VVV-Venlo.
The centre-back played in every game of his side's involvement in the 2012 London Olympic Games, captaining the side, as they reached the last four, scoring in their quarter-final win over Egypt in front of more than 70,000 spectators at Old Trafford. However, Yoshida did not take home a medal from the games as Japan were beaten 2-0 by South Korea in their Bronze Medal Match in Cardiff.
After moving to Southampton in August 2012, Yoshida made his debut as an enforced substitute during a heavy defeat at Arsenal the following month and kept his place for the next 31 Premier League games. He did not miss a minute of league football until a sustaining a pelvic injury in late April, meaning he started the final three fixtures of 2012/13 on the bench.
At the end of his first campaign in England, Maya helped Japan seal their spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup before flying out to Brazil for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
During the 2013/14 season, Yoshida made 14 appearances for Saints, before featuring in all three of Japan’s games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Yoshida passed the 50-appearance mark for Saints during the 2014/15 campaign, and extended his contract until 2018 midway through the season.
The Japan international featured at right-back and centre-back during a successful 2015/16 campaign for Saints, helping the club to its highest-ever Premier League finish.