Junichi Inamoto is a talented soccer player, and the first Japanese player to play in the English Premiership. Since his J-league debut with Gamba Osaka at the age of 17, he has constantly been selected as a national team member. He has the ability to snatch the ball and pass it quickly to the forward players without giving it away cheaply. Despite his position as a central midfielder with a defensive roll, his aggressiveness is noteworthy, as was displayed in FIFA 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, where he scored twice. After five years of career in Japan, he transferred to English Premiership side Arsenal, but he wasn't given a chance to play in the official matches except in some preliminary rounds of Champions League. Soon after his success in the 2002 World Cup, he joined Fulham FC, where he was welcomed as a real talent, not just a cash cow that sells thousands of uniforms to wealthy Japanese boys. He is expected to play a central role as a midfielder for Japan national team.


Date of Birth: September 18, 1979

Weight: 75kg

Height: 6'

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Nick Name: Ina or Inajun