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 is a Japanesemarker football player who plays in midfield for Rennes.


Playing career

Inamoto played for Japanese club Gamba Osaka during his last year of high school, signing with the club in 1998. He was then one of many high profile transfers of Asian players to Europe, signing with Arsenal of the Premier League, though he failed to find a consistent place in the first team, only ever appearing in the League Cup and Champions League. Inamoto scored two goals for the Japanese national team at the 2002 World Cup, but had already been released by Arsenal shortly before the tournament began. He was then signed by Fulham on a long-term loan deal from Gamba Osaka. Initially he settled well at the London club, garnering good notices as a tough-tackling midfielder with an eye for a spectacular goal. He scored four goals over the two legs of Fulham's Intertoto Cup final against Bologna, scoring once in the first leg and a hat trick in the second. Other notable goals he scored in his time for Fulham include goals against Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and also in the 3–1 win against Manchester United at Old Traffordmarker in October 2003.He also scored in the FA Cup against Everton which commentator Barry Davies described as "a Japanese peach". However, he sustained a fractured tibia in an international friendly against England, and returned to Gamba Osaka to do promotional work. Fulham were interested in signing him once more, but concerns remained over his recovery from injury.

Inamoto signed with West Bromwich Albion for a decidedly small £200,000 transfer fee, which was only to be paid once he had made an appearance for the Midlands club. However, Gary Megson departed as West Bromwich Albion manager shortly afterwards, and successor Bryan Robson was unsure of the player. Inamoto was loaned to Cardiff City for the latter part of the 2004–05 season, and impressed, being recalled to play a role in West Brom's survival campaign in the Premiership. In 2005–06 he was a regular in the West Brom side, and was called up to the Japan squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first Albion player to play in the tournament for 20 years.

On August 31, 2006, he signed for Galatasaray.

On May 29, 2007 it was revealed that he signed a two-year contract with German club Eintracht Frankfurt, joining on a free transfer. Inamoto was presented in a press conference joining fellow Japanese striker Naohiro Takahara in Frankfurt and was released on 30 May 2009.

On 19 June 2009, French Ligue 1 side Rennes announced the signing of Inamoto.

Career statistics

(correct as of May 23, 2009)

* Includes Intertoto Cup

National team

  • (Champions)
  • (Runners-Up)


International goals



National team games appearances



Honours and awards

Individual honours



Team honours



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1997 Gamba Osaka J. League Division 1 27 3 3 0 6 0 - 36 3
1998 28 6 1 0 4 0 - 33 6
1999 22 1 2 0 0 0 - 24 1
2000 28 4 2 0 4 1 - 34 5
2001 13 2 - 3 0 - 16 2

2001–02 Arsenal Premier League - - 2 0 2 0 4 0
2002–03 Fulham 19 2 2 0 2 0 *10 4 33 6
2003–04 22 2 2 1 1 0 - 25 3
2004–05 West Bromwich Albion 3 0 - - - 3 0
2004–05 Cardiff City Championship 14 0 2 0 - - 16 0
2005–06 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 22 0 2 0 2 1 - 26 1
2006–07 Championship 3 0 - - - 3 0

2006–07 Galatasaray S.K. Turkcell Super League 25 0 4 1 - 5 1 34 2

2007–08 Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball-Bundesliga 24 0 2 0 - - 26 0
2008–09 19 0 1 0 - - 20 0

2009–10 Stade Rennais FC Ligue 1 5 0 - 5 0
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# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 4, 2001 Ōita, Japanmarker 1–0 Won Friendly Match
2. June 4, 2002 Saitama, Japanmarker 2–2 Drew 2002 FIFA World Cup Group Stage
3. June 9, 2002 Yokohama, Japanmarker 1–0 Won 2002 FIFA World Cup Group Stage
4. March 28, 2003 Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 2–2 Drew Friendly Match
5. September 9, 2009 Utrechtmarker, Netherlandsmarker 4–3 Won Friendly Match
Year No. of games Apps Goals
2000 ? 14 0
2001 13 11 1
2002 13 10 2
2003 16 10 1
2004 22 6 0
2005 20 10 0
2006 19 4 0
2007 13 3 0
2008 14 2 0
2009 14 4 1
Total 74 5

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