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Check out these five promising J-Leaguers of the Paris Olympics generation!

The J-League has a variety of promising young players, from high school graduates to university graduates. In the J-League, there are a variety of promising young players, from high school graduates to university graduates, and there are probably many people who would like to know more about those players and the Paris Olympics generation. So in this article, we will introduce you to some of the most promising young players, focusing on the Paris Olympics generation.

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Who are the promising young players in the J-League?

The following are five of the most promising young players of the Paris Olympics generation.

  • Yuito Suzuki
  • Shota Fujio
  • Joel Chima Fujita
  • Mao Hosoya
  • Hiroto Yamami

Let’s take a look at their profiles and points of interest.

Yuito Suzuki

Date of birth October 25, 2001 (age 20)
Height 175cm
Weight 66kg
Position MF

The first player is Yuito Suzuki, a member of Shimizu S-Pulse. After graduating from the soccer club of Funabashi High School, he joined Shimizu S-Pulse in 2020, and although he did not score a goal in the 2020 season, he played in 30 league matches. Although he didn’t score any goals in the 2020 season, he played in 30 league games, which shows that he is a mainstay of the team despite his high school graduation.

Points of Interest

Suzuki’s main point of interest is his overwhelming technique. With his fine touch on the ball, he is able to keep the ball in tight areas. Even when surrounded by opponents, he often dribbles his way through to give his team a chance.

In the 25th game of the 2021 season against Shonan Bellmare, he dribbled forward despite being surrounded by three or four defenders, and scored a super goal with a looping shot.

It is sometimes said that his decision-making ability is an issue, but in other words, there is room for him to become even more powerful. If he can improve his decision-making ability, he is likely to become an unstoppable player. He is a chance maker who deserves attention.

Shota Fujio

藤尾 翔太
Date of birth May 2, 2001 (age 20)
Height 180cm
Weight 67kg
Position FW

The second player is Shota Fujio of Mito Hollyhock. Fujio was promoted to the top flight from Cerezo Osaka’s youth team in 2020, and has been with Mito Hollyhock on a loan transfer since the summer of 2021. He was selected for the U-22 national team in October 2021, and scored two goals against Hong Kong. In October 2021, he was selected for the U-22 national team and scored two goals against Hong Kong. He is a promising FW who will compete in the Paris Olympics generation.

Points of interest

Fujio is characterized by his ability as a striker. First of all, he is able to play well at the post, taking advantage of his height of 180cm, and does not allow his opponents to take the ball easily. He may look slender at first glance, but his good use of his body and ball control enable him to fend off opposing defenders.

He also has a great sense of smell for goals. In the 27th match of the 2021 season against Niigata, he was free in the penalty area and reacted to a sudden ball to score a goal.

And above all, Fujio’s aggressiveness is one of his charms. For example, Fujio scored his first goal in his J1 debut against Urawa Reds in the 14th match of the 2020 season. The goal was scored into an empty goal. This goal was scored after Fujio made a fierce chase to the opposing keeper to get the ball. Also, as of November 2021, Fujio is averaging 2.3 shots per game, which is 9th in the J2 League. These are just a few examples of Fujio’s aggressiveness.

When watching Fujio play, it is recommended to pay attention to the striker’s element.

Joel Chima Fujita

Date of birth February 16, 2002 (age 19)
Height 172cm
Weight 70kg
Position MF

The third player is Joel Chima Fujita from Tokushima Vortis. A product of the Tokyo Verdy youth team, he was promoted to the top flight in 2019, and played 41 games for Tokyo Verdy in 2020 as a mainstay. In 2020, he played 41 games for Tokyo Verdy as a mainstay, and his success earned him a full transfer to Tokushima Vortis in 2021. In 2020, he played 41 games for Tokyo Verdy as a mainstay. He often plays as an anchor or central half.

Points of Interest

Fujita’s first point of interest is his ball-taking ability.

When defending, he often shakes his head to check his surroundings, and adjusts his positioning accordingly. He also has the stamina to run for the entire 90 minutes, and his ability to take the ball away has led some fans to compare him to France’s Engolo Kante.

He is also generally good at distributing passes. He has the ability to handle the ball with one-touch two-touch, which is necessary for a midfielder. It is said that players from Tokyo Verdy Youth are highly skilled, and Fujita is one of them.

His ability to win the ball and pass the ball has made him one of the top performers in J2 in the 2020 season, despite being 18 years old at the time. He has the skills he developed at Verdy, the Spanish positional skills he learned at Tokushima, and the physical ability of his Nigerian father. Fujita is another player whose development we can look forward to more and more.

Mao Hosoya

Date of birth September 7, 2001 (age 20)
Height 177cm
Weight 69kg
Position FW

The fourth player is Hosoya, who belongs to Kashiwa Reysol. He is a youth player of Kashiwa Reysol, and made his J debut in 2019 as a second-class registered player, and was promoted to the first team in 2020. he played for the U-22 Japan national team in October 2021, and scored one goal against Cambodia. Kashiwa supporters have high hopes for this Paris Olympics generation striker.

Points of interest

Hosoya’s main point of interest is his movement and breakaway. He is not just a line breaker, but can effectively create a starting point by moving diagonally. He also has a strong core, so he can work as a post player.

In the match against FC Tokyo in the 28th game of the 2021 season, he scored a goal by getting through the DF line and reacting to a long pass from his teammate. In the game against Kobe in the 23rd round, he created a free position by running in front of the goal and scored a shot.

Kashiwa has seen a string of departures from its mainstay FWs, including Olunga and Esaka, both before and during the season. If Hosoya can secure an opportunity to play, he can be expected to develop further as a striker.

Hiroto Yamami

山見 大登
Date of birth August 16, 1999 (age 22)
Height 165cm
Weight 61kg
Position FW

The fifth player is Hiroto Yamami, who belongs to Gamba Osaka. He actually became a specially designated player in August 2021, so his official professional career will start in the 2022 season. He is also a member of the Kansei Gakuin University soccer team, and plays for Gamba as well.

Points of Interest

Yamami’s first point of interest is his shooting sense, and he scored on his J.League debut in the 24th match of the 2021 season against Shimizu S-Pulse. In the 24th game of the 2021 season against Shimizu S-Pulse, he scored on his J.League debut, cutting in from the right side and shooting midway with his non-dominant left foot.

In addition, when Yamami was a freshman at Kwansei Gakuin University, he scored the final goal in the Emperor’s Cup match against Gamba Osaka, which Kwansei Gakuin University won 2-1. The final goal was scored by Yamami, who cut in from the left side and shot with his right foot into the middle, which was like a reverse version of his first professional goal. As you can see from these two goals, Yamami has a great sense of shooting.

Another characteristic is his ability to receive the ball well. In the above two goals, he was able to shoot by being free or receiving the ball as if he could be free. He also scored a left-footed goal in the Lewin Cup match against Cerezo Osaka by receiving the ball in a good way. There was a defender in front of me, but I trapped him in a position where I could shoot right away, which led to a good tempo for the shot.

As mentioned above, Yamami is a player with a good sense of shooting, please pay attention to that.


How was it? There are many different types of development in Japan, so there are high school graduates, youth players, and even college graduates who are interesting players. In addition, all the players except Yamami are of the Paris Olympics generation. So, if you know the players now, you will be able to enjoy watching the games more.


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