Maya Yoshida Biography

( 1988 - )
June 19, 2018
First published on:June 19, 2018
by John Max

Facts of Maya Yoshida

Date of Birth: 1988, August 24
Age: 30 years old
Birth Nation: Japan
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Birth Name Maya Yoshida
Famous Name Maya Yoshida
Father Akiko Yoshida
Nationality Japanese
Ethnicity Asian
Birth Place Nagasaki, Japan
Currently Working For Southampton
Salary €3.2 million
Net Worth $10 million
Weight in KG 78 Kg
Squad No 22
Caps 80
is-played-fifa-word-cup-2018 Yes

A Japanese professional footballer, Maya Yoshida currently plays for Premier League club Southampton as a center back. Prior landing to Southampton, he played for VV-Venlo (2010-2012) and Nagoya Grampus (2007-2009).

The enthusiastic footballer has represented his national side, Japan both at youth and senior level. He was a part of Japan U-23 squad (2008-12). And since 2010, he is the team member of Japan national team who has been capped 28 times with ten international goals.

Maya Yoshida's Early Life

Maya Yoshida was born on 24 August 1988 in Nagasaki, Japan, to Akiko Yoshida. Regarding his nationality, he is a Japanese and is of Asian ethnicity.

In 2001, Yoshida began his football career at aged only 13, playing at Nagoya Grampus as a defensive midfielder.

Maya Yoshida's Net Worth and Endorsement

The Japanese born soccer player, Yoshida has an annual salary of € 3.2 million with weekly pay of €63,000 which he gets through his current club Southampton. As of May 2018, his market worth is around £6.30 million.

Apart from his club contract, he earns good sum through his endorsement deal with Japanese sports equipment, and sportswear, Mizuno.

Looking at his successful career, Yoshida's net worth is assumed to be more than $10 million.

Maya Yoshida's Club Career

Nagoya Grampus

With his promotion to Nagoya Grampus senior team, Yoshida was converted to a Centre back in 2007. The following season, he began as a starting lineup for most of the league matches. On 10th March 2009, Yoshida scored club's historic first goal in the AFC Champions League in the match against Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i.


In December 2009, Yoshida peened to Dutch Club VVV-Venlo. He played two seasons for the club appearing in 54 matches with 5 goals.


On 30th August 2012, Yoshida signed a three-year contract for a reported transfer fee of £3 million. On 15th September 2012, he made his Southampton debut in a 6-1 defeat against Arsenal.

Maya Yoshida's International Career

In April 2008, Yoshida received a call-up for Japan U-23 national team and was a part of the Japan squad for the 2008 Summer Olympic finals.

On 6th January 2010, Yoshida made his international debut for his native country against Yemen in a 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier. Subsequently, he played in all three of the group-stage matches, the quarter-final and final for the winning Japan side in 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Yoshida was announced a captain for the Japan National Team. Moreover, he represented his national side in all of group stage games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Yoshida was included in Japan’s 23 man team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with his teammates Gen Shoji, Shinji Okazaki, and Eiji Kawashima.

Maya Yoshida's Personal Life

Standing six feet two inches tall, Yoshida has managed a very low key personal life. Information regarding his past and the present relationship hasn't been revealed to the media. With limited information about his personal life, he is assumed to be single and unmarried.

Yoshida is active on Instagram with 187K fan followers as of June 2018.

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