Maya Yoshida Feed
Elyounoussi on target for Norway
Read our round-up from the final day of action during the international week.
Long's Ireland host Wales in Nations League
Seven Saints in action on final day of internationals.
Lemina's Gabon in AFCON qualifying action
Midfielder leads trio of Saints on international duty.
Saints' October international guide
Who plays who and when over the coming days?
Yoshida: We must improve
Defender on Saints' Sunday disappointment against Chelsea.
Video: Yoshida on Chelsea defeat
Defender gives post-match assessment of Chelsea defeat.
Yoshida: We have to fight
Defender says Saints must work hard to be ready for Premier League kick-off.
Yoshida delighted to be back
Defender determined to regain fitness quickly after World Cup exploits.
Video: Yoshida on return to action
Watch our interview with the Saints defender.
World Cup heartbreak for Yoshida's Japan
Three-goal Belgium comeback stuns Japan in Rostov.
Bednarek on target in Japan win
Centre-back registers first international goal at the World Cup.
Yoshida meets Bednarek in Volgograd
Yoshida’s Japan face Bednarek’s Poland in the final fixture of Group H.
Yoshida's Japan draw with Senegal
Maya Yoshida features for full 90 as Japan march on in Russia
Crunch World Cup clashes for Saints pair
A critical day in Russia awaits Maya Yoshida and Jan Bednarek
Gallery: Saints at the World Cup
View our gallery of images of the Saints players in action in Russia.
Yoshida's Japan come out on top
Japan open their World Cup account with victory over 10-man Colombia.
Yoshida and Bednarek begin World Cup bids
Group H commences with both Japan and Poland in competition today.
Saints quartet in World Cup action
Find out when Saints' four representatives play at Russia 2018.
Bednarek and Yoshida primed for World Cup
Saints pair head to Russia in style after friendly wins
Final warm-ups for Saints duo
Saints pair prepare for World Cup with Tuesday friendlies
Yoshida and Bednarek feature in World Cup warm-ups
Saints defensive duo in Friday night action.
Saints defensive duo set for World Cup warm-up matches
Japan and Poland continue finals preparation.
Maya Yoshida Saints HistoryLast updated 18 Oct 2018
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Maya Yoshida BiographyLast updated 04 Oct 2018
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.