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 is a Japanesemarker football player, who plays as a midfielder for VfL Bochum in Germany.


Known as Tensai, Japanese for "Genius", from his youth days , Ono is one of the biggest stars in Asian football, known for his vision, technique and superb passing. Although his primary position is attacking midfielder, he can play anywhere in the midfield, including defensive midfield and either wing.

Career

Ono grew up in the Japanese soccer hotbed of Shizuoka Prefecturemarker and began his professional career with Urawa Red Diamonds of the J. League in 1998. The same year, he became the youngest member of Japan's 1998 FIFA World Cup team at age 18 and made one appearance as a substitute.

He caught the attention of foreign clubs with his performance at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeriamarker, where he captained the Japanese Under-20 side that reached the final. But later that year, he suffered a severe knee injury in a qualification match for the 2000 Olympics with Japan's Under-23 side, forcing him to miss the rest of the season and olympic qualifying. He did not regain full fitness in time for the Olympics in Sydney and Urawa was relegated to Division 2 in his absence. But rather than move to another J-League club or abroad, Ono stayed with Urawa for the 2000 season and helped the club return to top flight.

After a strong performance at the 2001 Confederations Cup, Ono moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2001. In his first season, he helped Feyenoord win the 2002 UEFA Cup, making him the first Japanese player in history to win a Europacup. However, a string of injuries kept him sidelined for long stretches. After he missed the majority of 2004-2005, his fourth at De Kuipmarker, the club was ready to sell him.

On January 13, 2006, after an unsuccessful attempt to stay in European football, Ono returned to J. League, agreeing a 3-year deal with his old club, Urawa Red Diamonds.

When fit, Ono is an ever-present member of the Japanese national team. After his appearance in the 1998 World Cup, he was a key member of the Japanese squad in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He has represented Japan at every age level starting with the U-16 team, and was one of three overage selections at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Although injuries limited Ono to just one appearance in the final round of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup and he missed the Confederations Cup in 2003 and 2005, he played in his third World Cup finals in Germanymarker.

Since returning to Urawa, he had suffered from repeated injuries and failed to claim a regular place. In the 2008 January transfer window, Ono returned to Europe, signing with Bundesliga's VfL Bochum. On February 3, 2008, Ono made his Bundesliga debut in an away game against Werder Bremen and he had two assists that helped Bochum with their first ever win over Bremen at Weserstadionmarker.

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Club career stats

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National team



Goals for national team



References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1559706/
  2. http://www.bundesliga.de/en/liga/news/2007/index.php?f=87470.php
  3. http://sofc.jp/captain/eng.html
  4. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=352255&campaign=rss&source=soccernet&cc=3436
  5. http://www.worldsoccernews.com/news/2005Dec/20051220_33768_world_soccer.html
  6. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/players/player=170681/index.html


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1998 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League Division 1 27 9 2 0 0 0 - 29 9
1999 14 2 2 0 0 0 - 16 2
2000 J. League Division 2 24 7 2 1 0 0 - 26 8
2001 J. League Division 1 14 2 - 4 3 - 18 5

2001-02 Feyenoord Eredivisie 30 3 - - 11 2 41 5
2002-03 29 7 - - 7 2 36 9
2003-04 24 2 - - 4 0 28 2
2004-05 25 7 - - 6 1 31 8
2005-06 4 0 - - 1 0 5 0

2006 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League Division 1 28 5 4 3 1 1 - 33 9
2007 25 3 0 0 2 1 8 2 35 6

2007-08 Bochum Bundesliga 12 0 - - - 12 0
2008-09 8 0 1 0 - - 9 0
2009-10 6 0 1 0 - - 7 0
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. October 14, 2000 Sidonmarker, Lebanonmarker 4–1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
2. May 31, 2001 Niigata, Japanmarker 3–0 Won 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group Stage
3. October 16, 2002 Tokyomarker, Japan 1–1 Draw Friendly
4. June 1, 2004 Manchestermarker, Englandmarker 1–1 Draw Friendly
5. September 8, 2004 Kolkatamarker, Indiamarker 4– Won 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6. February 22, 2006 Yokohama, Japan 6–0 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup Qualification

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