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Paine praises Yoshida and Stephens
Saints legend on the team's centre-back pairing.
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Yoshida named in latest Japan squad
Maya Yoshida named in Japan squad for upcoming June fixtures.
Stephens: Maya has been fantastic for me
Jack Stephens has praised the influence of defensive partner Maya Yoshida.
Yoshida: Stephens deserves award too
Maya Yoshida reflects on winning the Under Armour Player of the Month award.
Video: Yoshida previews Arsenal
Watch Maya Yoshida's interview ahead of Arsenal.
Yoshida: We must focus on our jobs
Maya Yoshida has stressed the importance of this evening’s game at St Mary’s, as Southampton host Arsenal in the Premier League.
Yoshida: I appreciate everyone I work with
Maya Yoshida paid tribute to his teammates and the Southampton support staff, as he scooped the President’s Choice Award at last night’s player awards.
Video: Yoshida bags President's Choice Award
Watch Maya Yoshida collect his award from Terry Paine.
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Yoshida reaches 100 Premier League appearances
Maya Yoshida has expressed his pride at making his 100th Premier League appearance against Hull City on Saturday.
Video: Yoshida on Hull draw
Watch as Maya Yoshida gives his verdict on Southampton's goalless draw with Hull City.
Yoshida: I understand the frustration
Maya Yoshida admitted that he can understand the frustration of the fans following the goalless draw against Hull City.
We need to be brave, says Yoshida
Maya Yoshida reflects on the lessons that can be learnt from Manchester City defeat.
Video: Yoshida on win over Palace
Watch Maya Yoshida reflect on the 3-1 win against the Eagles.
Yoshida reflects on Palace win
Maya Yoshida reveals he had extra motivation to score in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
We can put it right against Palace, says Yoshida
Maya Yoshida is hoping to bounce straight back to winning ways against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Video: Yoshida on stalemate
Watch Maya Yoshida reflect on the draw with Bournemouth.
Yoshida: We need to be more aggressive
Maya Yoshida believes Southampton lacked aggression during their goalless draw at home to AFC Bournemouth.
Yoshida scores in Japan's victory over Thailand
Maya Yoshida scores in Japan's to a 4-0 win over Thailand in their latest World Cup qualifier.
Five Saints set for final day of international action
Maya Yoshida, Sofiane Boufal, Cédric, Shane Long and Josh Sims could all be involved for their respective nations.
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.
Maya Yoshida Saints HistoryLast updated 28 May 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.