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Yoshida in Japan squad for Ghana friendly
Saints defender in 27-man squad for Ghana friendly.
Video: Yoshida on Foxes draw
Maya reflects on Thursday's action in Leicester
Yoshida: Focus now on Bournemouth
Maya Yoshida urges Saints to look forwards following Thursday’s draw with Leicester
Yoshida targeting Leicester revenge
Defender determined to make amends for December defeat.
Boufal could return at Burnley
Midfielder back in training ahead of trip to Turf Moor.
Maya makes full recovery
Defender ready for a return to action ahead of Watford clash
Maya Yoshida in contention
Defender making good progress after brief injury concern
Video: Yoshida on team cohesion
Defender reflects on a spirited team performance at Old Trafford
Yoshida pleased with reaction
Saints skipper hails spirit shown during United stalemate
Video: Yoshida speaks after Leicester defeat
Defender reacts to a tough night at St Mary's.
Yoshida: We have to move on
Defender calls on Saints to pull together after Leicester defeat.
SAINTS: Leicester edition now available
Maya Yoshida goes under the microscope in the matchday magazine.
Yoshida suffers narrow Belgium defeat
Maya Yoshida plays the full 90 minutes as Japan lose out in Belgium.
Long set for huge World Cup play-off in Dublin
A big night for Southampton's Shane Long beckons.
Brazil too much for Yoshida's Japan
Maya features for full 90 in friendly defeat in Lille.
Play-offs await for Gabbiadini's Italy
The Azzurri face Sweden tonight in the first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-offs.
Video: Yoshida reacts to action at St Mary's
Maya Yoshida reflects on Southampton's 2-2 draw with Newcastle.
Yoshida: We must make home advantage count
Captain Maya Yoshida gives his reaction to Saints' 2-2 draw with Newcastle at St Mary's
Saints quartet set for international action
Find out which Saints players are due to make international appearances today.
VOTE: Under Armour Player of the Month
The voting is now open for the Under Armour Player of the Month award
Yoshida: We must bounce back
Maya Yoshida already has his eyes on a return to winning ways against Newcastle in two weeks' time.
Video: Yoshida on Stoke disappointment
Yoshida reflects on Stoke City disappointment.
Video: Yoshida on United defeat
Maya Yoshida speaks after 1-0 loss to United.
Maya Yoshida Saints HistoryLast updated 23 May 2018
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Maya Yoshida BiographyLast updated 10 Aug 2017
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.