Maya Yoshida (吉田 麻也) age, team, position, salary, wife, facts, football Career

Maya Yoshida (吉田 麻也) age, position, salary, team, girlfriend, facts, football Career

Maya Yoshida is a Japanese footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Sampdoria and captains the Japan national team. He is often regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. He has been playing football since he was a child and he has an incredible vision of the game.

Maya Yoshida is known for his creative and offensive style of play which has led him to be regarded as one of the best players in the world. Here, we take a closer look at Maya Yoshida’s age, position, salary, team, girlfriend, facts, and football Career so far.

Maya Yoshida Facts

  • Name: 吉田 麻也, Yoshida Maya
  • Date of birth/Age: Aug 24, 1988 (33)
  • Place of birth: Nagasaki, Nagasaki
  • Citizenship:  Japan
  • Height: 1,89 m
  • Position: Centre-Back
  • Current international: Japan
  • Caps/Goals: 115 / 12

Maya Yoshida Early Life

He is named “Maya” because of his parents’ desire to become a man who is strong enough to be rubbed like hemp. When he was in the second grade of elementary school, he started playing soccer at Nanryo FC in his hometown of Nagasaki. He took the U-15 selection of Nagoya Grampus, which his brother found when he was in the sixth grade of elementary school while visiting Nagoya with his family. He did not expect to pass, let alone his family, but he moved to Miyoshi City, Aichi Prefecture (only four of the 70 examinees passed, including Yoshida).

He entered Aichi Prefectural Toyota High School in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture (22nd-year student). He was famous for his excellent grades and all-around sports in the school.

He graduated from Waseda University School of Human Sciences e-school (correspondence course) (enrolled in April 2007, graduated in March 2019). When he graduated from Waseda University, he received the Azusa Ono Memorial Award (sports award / individual category). He was selected for the U-18 Japan National Team during the Nagoya Grampus Eight U-18 era. He was also a captain and a key player in the team, supporting both offense and defense as a voluntary player. He led the team to runner-up in the 2006 All Japan Youth and was promoted to the top team in 2007 with Toru Hasegawa, Shinta Fukushima, and Oribe Niikawa.

Personal Life

Yoshida has two brothers: Meri and Honami. He later preferred his older brother, Honami, to play an important role in his football career. Before she was born, her name “Maya” was originally planned for a girl when her mother was pregnant. But the name is stuck even if a boy is born. Yoshida revealed on his blog on September 26, 2012, that he is married. Four years later, Yoshida revealed that he was a new father when his wife gave birth to a girl. During his time in Southampton, Yoshida resided in Winchester. After spending seven years in Southampton, Yoshida revealed in an interview with SunSport that he is a permanent resident of the UK and feels 25 percent English.

His family runs a boarding house in Nagasaki for children who cannot attend high school. Growing up, Yoshida revealed that he was a fan of Dragon Ball Z and had an entire collection until his father gave it to charity. Yoshida thought about this and said it helped him think generously and give back to the community. In November 2007, Yoshida signed an agency with Tetsuro Kyoka, a FIFA player agent (sports agent), hoping to move to Europe. It worked when he joined VVV-Venlo, three years after he was signed by Tetsuro Kiyooka. Since moving to Europe, Yoshida has created his personal blog, reflecting on his experience living and playing on a different continent. On each anniversary of the atomic bombings, Yoshida, who is from Nagasaki, spoke his thoughts on the event.

Maya Yoshida Current Team

He is playing with Sampdoria nowadays.

Maya Yoshida Age

His age is 33 \Years.

Maya Yoshida Wife

When asked: “What is the one thing you cannot live without?” The man from Japan answered: “My Wife!” He is very private about his personal life and we couldn’t find any pictures of the couple, so here is Yoshi with his second love, the football!

What is Maya Yoshida Playing Position?

He plays as a midfielder in his team.

Maya Yoshida Salary and Net Worth

 Southampton that nets him a whopping salary of 2.9 million euros (2.6 Million Pound) per year. We have crunched the numbers, this means he earns €14,376 (£12,697) per day and €599 (£529) per hour and his net worth is estimated to be around €15.8 million (£14 million).

Maya Yoshida Football Career

Here, we take a closer look at Maya Yoshida’s Football career so far.

Club Career

Nagoya Grampus

Before the start of the 2007 season, Masahiro Koga, Yutaka Akita, Makoto Kakuda, etc. left the team and were converted to a center back with a thinner layer, and made their first appearance in the match against Oita Trinita in Section 9. He has played 19 games.

In the early stages of the 2008 season, with the trust of Stojkovic, who took office, he supported the team as a center-back regular with Bajalica. On July 14, he was elected to the Beijing Olympics. In the Grampus, he was the first U-23 Japan National Team to be elected, except for Seigo Narazaki, who participated in the Sydney Olympics in the overage frame. He only participated in the third round of the group league against the Netherlands after the decision to defeat, but he was evenly matched with the match-up forward Roy Makaay. Although he was temporarily out of the regular due to the convocation of the Olympics, he participated in 22 games. He also scored his first goal against Kashima Antlers in Section 22. At the end of the season, he was sometimes appointed as a forward to make up for his lack of deciding power.

In the 2009 season, he will inherit the number 4 from retired Masayuki Omori. He participated in 25 games and played an active role as the axis of the Nagoya defender. Completely transferred to VVV Venlo in the Netherlands, which was offered on December 28th after the end of the season.

VVV Venlo

Shortly after moving to VVV-Venlo, he broke his left ankle in a practice match against Maastricht on January 10th and wasn’t in the 09-10 season.

Changed his number from 28 to 3 from the new season. He played in the second half of the match against Groningen on October 30, 2010, making his debut in the Netherlands. The match was lost 3-5, but he recorded his first assist. However, he couldn’t become a regular player throughout the season and ended up playing 20 games.

In the league match against PSV Eindhoven on September 11, 2011, he scored a goal that would be a temporary win in the jumping volley. This goal was ranked first in the “Season Best Goal” by audience voting in the soccer information program “NOS Studio Sport (Dutch)” broadcast by the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation (NOS). On March 3, 2012, he won the league match against NAC Breda 2-1 with an aback goal with his teammate Robert Cullen. Played as a regular throughout the season for the first time this year. He also recorded his first four consecutive victories in 50 years and contributed to his stay by scoring five goals in second place on the team.


2013 Completely transferred to Southampton in the English Premier League on August 30, 2012. He made his first appearance in the Premier League in the middle of the match against Arsenal on September 15. He continued to secure his regular position throughout the season. On January 30, 2013, he started in the Premier League match against Manchester United with his opponent Shinji Kagawa, and realized the first Japanese confrontation in the history of the Premier League.

On February 22, 2014, he made a full appearance in the Premier League match against West Ham and scored his first goal in the league match. However, in the 2013-14 season, Dejan Lovren, who had been transferred from this season, was deprived of his turn, and he was not blessed with the opportunity to participate in the league match from the opening, and in March of the same year, he was practicing his left knee ligament. Was damaged and left the front line, and he could not return during the season.

Agreed with Southampton on January 2, 2015, to extend the contract until the end of the 2018 season. In the 2014-15 season, Toby Alderweireld took the center-back position, and the number of non-professional side-backs increased. Coach Ronald Koeman praised him as “lucky to have a player who can play in different positions.”

In the 2015-16 season, the chances of playing as a center-back have decreased due to the new addition of Virgil van Dijk in September 2015. I had the opportunity to play as a side-back, but I made a fatal mistake that directly led to a goal in the Premier League match against Manchester United and Section 14 Manchester City, which I played as a right-back, so I had the opportunity to play. Was further reduced. In the 25th round against West Ham, which started for the first time in nine races, he scored the final point and contributed to no runs, but he was not blessed with the opportunity to participate even after that.

In the 2016-17 season, the starting lineup has been established since the WBA match on January 1st, the beginning of the year. He scored his first goal since becoming his father in the third round of the FA Cup against Norwich City on the 7th. In the EFL Cup semi-final match against Liverpool on the 11th, he was highly evaluated in the local newspaper with no runs. He also made a full appearance as captain in the rematch with Norwich City at the FA Cup on the 18th. On the 21st, after José Fonte, who was a team captain and was competing for the position of CB with Yoshida, transferred, it became established as a regular, and on the 22nd, the premiere became a Japanese confrontation with Shinji Okazaki. In the league’s 22nd round against Leicester City, he wore an armband after Van Dijk’s injury change.

On February 26, he played against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final, and although he lost 2-3 in the starting lineup after a close match, he was selected as the best eleven of the tournament. On April 5, Claude Puel praised “Maya is also the future of Southampton” after scoring the first goal of the season’s first league match, which will be a reversal in the 31st round against Crystal Palace FC. On April 29, he was the first Japanese player to participate in 100 Premier League games against Hull City AFC in Section 35.

After the season, Jack Stephens, who teamed up with the defender line, praised “Maya was a wonderful person for me”, and was voted for Southampton’s Player of the Year by the local newspaper “Daily Echo”. “Yoshida has grown in Saints this season. After the transfer of Jose Fonte and the long-term withdrawal of Van Dyke, he became the center back’s reliance.”

In the 2017-18 season, he scored a penalty shootout just before the end of the Premier League match against West Ham, which became the final point and led the team to victory. On August 24, his birthday, he announced that he had extended his contract until 2020. He has been active as a regular since the opening round and won the club monthly MVP in August, which was the opening month. On September 30, he scored his first goal of the season against Stoke City in Section 7. In recognition of these achievements, he was ranked 8th in the list of top 10 players in the Premier League at the time of the opening 10 games selected by the British monthly soccer magazine FourFourTwo. He scored his second goal of the season against Leicester City on December 13. His opponent, Shinji Okazaki, also scored two goals, making this match the first time in the history of the Premier League that multiple Asian players scored. After the beginning of the year, there were more opportunities to leave the battlefield due to an injury to his left knee, and the team was in a slump. He returned to the line at the end of the game, contributing to the team’s stay in the Premier League.

In the 2018-19 season, he made his first appearance in the official season match against Brighton in the second round of the Carabao Cup on August 28, 2018. On October 7, 2018, he made his first start in the league match against Chelsea FC in the Premier League Round 8, but he allowed Alvaro Morata to score a goal due to a careless misjudgment, and the team lost 0-3. rice field.

In the 2019-20 season, he will make a full appearance in the Premier League match against Leicester City on October 25, 2019, and will suffer a big defeat of 0-9. It was the first time in 24 years that the match had a 9-point difference in the Premier League, and Yoshida, who was the CB, was criticized for saying, “I was playing like a traffic cone.”

Opportunities to play have dropped sharply since this match, with only one match in the league and one match in the starting lineup.


Joined Serie A / UC Sampdoria on January 31, 2020, the final day of the winter transfer period, with a six-month rental transfer. On March 8th, he made his Serie A debut in his home Serie A Round 26 against Hellas Verona. On June 30, he announced the expiration of his contract with Southampton, the rental source, [41] and signed a short-term contract with Sampdoria until the end of the season. [42] On July 12, he recorded his first assist in Serie A against Udinese in Section 32 of Serie A.

On January 18, 2021, it was agreed to extend the contract with Sampdoria until June 30, 2022. On January 24, Serie A scored his first goal against Palma in Section 19 and the team also won.

In the 2021-22 season, he scored a goal in the head against Juventus FC in the sixth round on September 26 and showed a struggle following the match against Inter.

International career

Participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics U-23 Japan National Team.

On December 21, 2009, he was convened for the first time as a full national team for the Asian Cup final qualifying match against Yemen, which was planned to be played by young members, and made his debut as a full national team in this match.

On December 24, 2010, he was selected as a member of the Japan national team for the AFC Asian Cup 2011.

On January 9, 2011, he scored his first national goal in additional time in the second half of the Group League match against Jordan. He contributed to the team’s victory by scoring a final point in the additional time in the second half of the 3rd qualifying round 1 against DPR Korea (Saitama) held on September 2, 2011.

On July 2, 2012, he was selected as an overage frame for the U-23 Japan National Team, who will participate in the London Olympics, and will lead the team as a defensive key and captain in this tournament. In the quarter-final against Egypt, he was active in scoring goals from set-pieces, but lost to the semi-final against Mexico and the third-place play-off against South Korea, and the team finished in 4th place and did not reach the medal.

On May 12, 2014, he was elected as a member of the Japan national team for the World Cup Brazil Tournament. In this tournament, he was appointed as a starting lineup for all games, and at the end of the game he went up to the front line as a power-play member, but none of them led to a result and the team was eliminated in the group league.

2018 FIFA World Cup against Belgium

On March 23, 2017, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asia 3rd qualifying match against the United Arab Emirates, he replaced Makoto Hasebe, who had left due to an injury, with the captain’s mark. After that, he showed his presence as a captain when Hasebe was absent and contributed to the 2018 FIFA World Cup participation by participating in all the games of the World Cup qualifying for 900 minutes, which is the only national team in Japan. Full-time participation in the record for field players since Marcus Tulio Tanaka of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

In June 2018, he was elected as a member of the World Cup Russia tournament and has participated in two consecutive tournaments. He made full appearances in three games in the group league and contributed to the breakthrough of GL as a defensive leader. Although he made a full appearance against Belgium in the first round of the final tournament, the team lost in the additional time in the second half and lost 2-3. Although he lost the match, he was elected the Man of the Match against Belgium in England’s Sky Sports. After the Russia World Cup, he has been the captain of the national team in place of Hasebe, who retired from the national team.

In January 2019, he aimed to win the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as a captain, but lost to Qatar in the final and became the runner-up. In the final match, in the 83rd minute of the 1-point behind, the opponent’s heading in the penalty area hit Yoshida’s hand, and the VAR judgment resulted in a PK. This goal almost decided to win Qatar, but Yoshida’s hand could be seen as unintentional, and the overseas media “FOX Sports Asia” sympathized with the fact that he was unlucky.

On November 14, 2019, he achieved 100 international A match appearances, which is the eighth Japanese national team to participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying match against Kyrgyzstan.

In 2021, he was elected to the Tokyo Olympics U-24 Japan National Team as an overage. He was elected to represent Japan for the third time. The group league won three consecutive victories, and in the quarter-final against New Zealand, he succeeded in the penalty shoot-out as the last kicker, but lost to Spain in the semi-final and Mexico in the third-place playoff, and again in 4th place. end. Japan’s dream of winning a medal for the first time in 53 years did not come true. Following the London Olympics, he participated in 6 games as a captain. His 13 Olympic games are the highest ever in Thailand. The players other than Yoshida are the four Hungarian players who were still in the amateur tournament (recorded in the 1960s and 1970s), and professional participation was permitted, making them the most played since the introduction of the age limit.

In the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asia 3rd qualifying round, the start was sluggish, such as losing in the first match against Oman, but he led the team as a captain, and finally, Japan won the World Cup for seven consecutive tournaments.

Individual Awards


  • EFL Cup runner-up: 2016–17


  • AFC Asian Cup: 2011; runner-up: 2019


  • AFC Asian Cup Team of the Tournament: 2019
  • IFFHS AFC Man Team of the Year: 2020
  • IFFHS AFC Men’s Team of the Decade 2011–2020

Interesting Facts about Maya Yoshida

  • Former Japan national team FW Keisuke Honda is a longing existence.
  • When he was a child, he was a tampered character.
  • He created an opportunity to play soccer in earnest, and his older brother, who was seven years older than him, and continued to support his life in Nagoya, was not upset.
  • Since entering junior high school, she has avoided fast food and sodas to care for her body.
  • She had a car accident in her childhood and was hit by a car about 10 meters, but she was only scratched.
  • Her parents run a boarding house for high school students who cannot go to remote islands in Nagasaki Prefecture.
  • She had a regular corner “Maya Yoshida’s Europe !?” on NTV “Monthly Soccer Earth”. This is derived from the program MC Taka and Toshi’s gag “Europe and America!”. In the London Olympics quarter-final against Egypt, she performed a post-goal performance with a hawk gag, “I am! I am! I am!”. The regular corner name has changed to “Maya Yoshida’s Europe! NEWS” because the MC of Soccer Earth was replaced by Yuya Tegoshi (at that time: NEWS) due to the program reorganization in October 2012 period.
  • She has a close relationship with figure skater Takahiko Kozuka and swimmer Ryo Tateishi.
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, who used to play as a pitcher for professional baseball players (Daiei, Nippon-Ham, Hanshin, Rakuten), is her uncle (Yoshida’s younger brother).
  • On September 26, 2012, she reported on her blog about her marriage to an ordinary woman who had been dating since the Grandpas era. On December 16, 2016, she announced the birth of her first child, a girl, at the end of November.
  • He finished 8th in the 2016-17 Premier League fastest rankings compiled by the Daily Mirror, alongside Arsenal FC’s Theo Walcott. Eighty-five percent of the newspaper’s readers said it was “shocking,” and the Daily Mirror said, “Maya wouldn’t believe it either.”
  • In April 2020, he was selected as one of the 11 best Japanese national teams in the 21st century by the British media.
  • In May 2020, in response to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, a project to support medical professionals nationwide who are at the forefront of the medical field by the Japan Red Cross and Universal Music “# Ale to the forefront many times” At the start of the project, a total of 9 groups of artists and athletes (AI, Takuya Kuroda, Yuko Suzuhana, Naoto Inti Raymi, Ms.OOJA, Ryo Miyaichi, MIYAVI, Sayaka Yamamoto, Maya Yoshida) Singing video has been released.


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