Hiroshi Kiyotake, the Silent but Deadly Scorer

Not all players become as famous as their counterparts. Some of them play well but stay behind the limelight despite having contributed to several wins by scoring numerous goals. Although they play and do not necessarily get the same attention, they still deserve recognition for their performance in the sports for their country, as their team wouldn’t be the same without them. Scoring goals for Japan but getting minimal notice is Hiroshi Kiyotake. 

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Who Is Hiroshi Kiyotake?

Hiroshi Kiyotake, who in Japanese is called Kiyotake Hiroshi (清武 弘嗣) as surnames in Japan are always placed first, is a Japanese football player. As of writing, he is currently 28 years old, having been born on November 12, 1989, in Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan. Being a football player, height isn’t a necessity, with Kiyotake coming in at 172 centimeters, or 5 foot 8 inches. The playing position he was assigned to an attacking midfielder, sporting number 10 on his football jersey. 

How Do Attacking Midfielders Play?

Football fields are usually divided into imaginary segments so that players can accurately plan strategies to score. For the sake of organization, players are assigned roles – and one of those roles is the attacking midfielder. The midfielder stays a little bit ahead of the middle of the field, positioning him or herself in the middle of the team’s forwards, and the central midfield. 

Being an attacking midfielder, the point of this position is to try to make a score from a large distance or pass the ball to the striker for a score. To successfully do this, attacking midfielders have to hone a set of skills, particularly the skill to shoot from a far distance (thus they do serve as secondary strikers), tricking the opponent into where you’re going, and passing the ball to your teammate responsibly and diligently, making major decisions in how the goal is scored. 

Just as Kiyotake has the number “10’ on his jersey, most attacking midfielders can be spotted because of sporting this number. Sometimes they are called “number 10”, or “playmaker” in football speak. 

Where Did Hiroshi Kiyotake Transfer to?

Professional football players who play very well are usually invited to professional join football clubs which are financed by large companies for games, each club with their own privacy policy. These players don’t always stay on the same teams and are transferred depending on who they are amenable to, and which clubs are willing to pay the biggest price for them. 

In the case of Kiyotake, the current club that he is playing for is the Cerezo Osaka. His football career began at a young age; 13, with the Japanese football club Oita Trinita Youth. He stayed here for 5 years, leaving to start his senior career with Oita Trinita. Here, he made 31 league appearances and scored 4 goals. He left just one year later in 2009 and joined Cerezo Osaka in 2010. During his stay here between 2010 and 2012, he made 66 appearances, and scored the most in his entire football club career, making 13 goals.

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Kiyotake eventually moved to 1. FC Nuremberg in 2012, making 64 appearances but only scoring 7 goals. In 2014 he moved to Hannover 96, appeared 53 times, and scored 10 times. In 2016 he transferred to Sevilla, where he appeared only 4 times but was able to score one goal. He moved back to Cerezo Osaka in 2017. His scores and appearances here are correct as of October 15, 2017, as football games continue to occur, and Kiyotake may have scored more points since then. These statistics are valid as of Feb 2018. 

Kiyotake is also a part of the national teams, which are different from association football clubs because members represent their nation. These teams represent those who were born in the country, while clubs can recruit members of any nationality. Kiyotake was a part of Japan U20 in 2009 (U stands for “under” and 20 is the age”) where he appeared 5 times and made 1 goal, Japan U23 from 2011  to 2012 where he made 16 appearances and scored 2 goals, and the Japan National Team from 2011 onwards, where his league appearance rate was 42, and scored 5 goals – data of which has been accurate since November, 2016, as he may have scored more goals in recent games. 

Honors Received

Kiyotake has won a total of 4 honors, once when he was in Oita Trinita in 2008, for the J. League Cup. The other three were when he had signed up with Cerezo Osaka only recently. These honors were for the J. League Cup in 2017, the Emperor’s Cup in 2017, and the Japanese Super Cup in 2018. 

More About the Sevilla Futbol Club

The full name of Sevilla FC is “Sevilla Fuitbol Club SAD”. The short name for this club is “SFC”.  It is Spain’s oldest football club. It has many nicknames, such as “Los Hispalenses”, which can be translated to “The Ones From Hispalis”, “Los Palanganas”, which means “The Bowl Men”, and “Los Rojiblancos” or “The Reds and Whites” among many others. It’s a very old football club, having been founded 128 years ago on January 25, 1890. It has since been recognized by many professional football match organizers such as UEFA, LFP, and FIFA. 

The ground used for this club is the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with a capacity of holding 42,714 people. It is currently owned by “Sevillistas de Nervion”, which are a group of men comprising Jose Maria del Nido, José Gómez Miñán, José Castro, Roberto Alés, Francisco Guijarro and José Martín Baena. Its current chairman is Jose Castro Carmona, and its head coach is Joaquin Caparros. The league that it has joined is “La Liga” – Spain’s top professional association football division.

Staying true to its name, La Liga does carry red and white. At home, players sport a white jersey with red highlights for sleeves and collar, as well as the logo. Home socks are black with a white line by the knee. Away colors are inverted home colors, donning red for both jersey and shorts, with light darker red stripes on the jersey torso. The collar and stripes on the sleeves have white highlights. Away socks are purely red. As for third colors, they stick to all-black for both jersey and shorts with white highlights on the jersey for the logo, collar, and circle around the sleeve, and white socks. 

Currently, Sevilla FC has other active departments, as Football under the men’s division is only one of them. In fact, there are 3 departments under men’s football in Sevilla FC, categorized as Football, Football B, and Football C. There’s also men’s football youth, Football for women, and Football in Puerto Rico. Sevilla FC also has a squad for rowing and the Superleague Formula. 

What is FIFA?

The word “FIFA” is short for “Federation Internationale de Football Association”. It is an association itself, and it governs association football internationally. This association organizes several matches between clubs from different countries and is most famous for their world cup which happens every 4 years and is set to happen this 2018. 

Because of FIFA’s popularity and the amount of attention the participating clubs and players receive, there is a lot of merchandise that goes into this. One of the most famous ways the association has advertised itself is through its own simulation video game, which is also called “FIFA”. Using very good graphics and accurate ways to depict special skill sets of each player, FIFA has become a sensation, with big console systems such as Xbox, PlayStation, Windows, and even the Nintendo Switch, allowing fans to play mobile, create their own players, join clubs, and even play the football players (with their unique abilities and downfalls) as well. 

Hiroshi Kiyotake Game Statistics from Sofifa, Updated 2016

With the game in mind, fans become competitive with their teams and can play against their friends in matches with their respective teams. Things do get heated in these competitions, which is why it can be important to figure out the statistics of your players to produce the optimal team – or you can use a builder. Each player in the game is programmed to possess different advantages and chances of doing their job right, and these statistics from the game can be found on websites. One of them is “Sofifa”. 

Sofifa indicates that Kiyotake’s ID number is 210126, coming in with an overall rating of 73, a potential of 73 as well, and a value of 4.2 million Euros with a release class of 5.4 million Euros. His preferred foot is his right foot and has a 2-star international reputation. He was rated 3 stars for his weak foot, 3 stars again for his skill moves, and has a medium/medium work rate. His body type is lean. It does indicate that he is with Cerezo Osaka and that his contract is valid until 2021.

There are 6 main categories of skills in the video game of FIFA, which then branches out to other skill item specifics. Under “Attacking”, Kiyotake scores a 74 for Crossing, 67 for Finishing, 58 for Heading Accuracy, 73 for Short Passing, and 71 for Volleys. Under Skill, he scores 71 for Dribbling, 76 at Curve, 79 at FK Accuracy, 72 for Long Passing, and 73 for Ball Control. His highest average belongs to Movement, where both his Acceleration and Reactions are at 71, followed by Spring Speed at 75, Balance at 79, and Agility – his highest – at 81.

For Mentality, Aggression sits at a low at 28, Interceptions at 35. The rest is high enough, with positioning at 71, followed by Vision at 72, Composure at 73, and Penalties scoring 75. Being an attacking midfielder in real life, Kiyotake’s character is naturally programmed to have low scores for Defending and Goalkeeping as they have nothing to do with his skillset. Under Defending, his Marking scores 23, Sliding Tackle is 33, and Standing Tackle is 35. His most dismal scores are reserved for Goalkeeping, with 15 at GK Diving, 12 at GK Kicking, 10 for both GK Handling and GK Reflexes, and lastly his lowest, 7, for GK Positioning. 

Fifa 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 – What’s the Difference?

Every year, FIFA releases a new game to update with gameplay. Player statistics can change more often as months go by and can be updated in the game if it is connected to the internet but stops updating at a certain point once the game gets too old. Statistics could change for any player (though minimally) sometimes per week.

Each year has a different addition to it to make gameplay better somehow. Aside from having ultimate graphics and smoothness, new players, and the latest player skill scores, other new factors are added in, such as dynamic weather, cover star and icons, and for 2018, journey mode.

Players who were famous back in FIFA 14 aren’t necessarily present in FIFA 18 anymore, and if they are, they may not be as good in shape as newer legends are.  

Transfermarkt versus PES Master

While PES Master is somewhat like Sofifa in the sense that it neatly tracks players’ game statistics (and it’s powered by Konami), Transfermarkt and on the other hand is more about how players are performing in real life, and any latest game updates and transfers all neatly arranged in different graph formats. Transfermarkt more updated than most sites, putting his current market value at 3,25 million Euros (as opposed to Sofifa’s higher number). Transfrmarket indicates that the highest amount Kiyotake was worth at one point was 10 Million Euros, during Aug. 27, 2013.