KAA Gent welcomes Yuya Kubo!

KAA Gent welcomes Yuya Kubo!

Today Yuya Kubo, a 23 year old Japanese attacker, signed a contract with KAA Gent for 3,5 seasons. Kubo comes from the Swiss club Young Boys Bern, the team that eliminated our Europa League opponent Shakhtar Donetsk in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Kubo was the one to score the 2 goals in the winning home game. In the following penalty shoot, Kubo also converted his penalty (see video below). Despite his young age, Kubo has gained a lot of European experience. European experience. To thank him for his contribution to the team, Young Boys Bern posted this video:

Kubo (24/12/1993)  was born in the Japanese city Yamagutchi and joined a local club at the age of 6. 

Debut at Kyoto Sanga 

As early as in high school (at the age of fifteen) began to play in the Kyoto Sanga Youth U18 team. A year later he was promoted to the first team (Kyoto Sanga plays in Japan’s J2 League). In the next 2011–12 season, he scored 13 goals in 33 matches and was a key player in the team’s qualification for the 2011 Emperor's Cup final. He scored in extra time of the semi-final against Yokohama Marinos breaking the 2–2 deadlock in a match which Sanga would go on to win 4–2. He also scored in the final against FC Tokio, coming off the bench as he did in the semi-final. His goal was in vain this time however, as FC Tokio won the match (2–4)

Debut in Europe at Young Boys Bern

On 18 June 2013, Kyoto Sanga announced Kubo's transfer to Swiss club Young Boys Bern. He made his debut on 13 July playing 19 minutes in a 2–0 win against FC Sion at the season opener. In his third game for Young Boys, a home game aginst FC thun, he immediately showed his worth.  At two goals down, Kubo came off the bench. He scored the 1-2 and the 2-2 and gave the assist for the winning goal.

Moreover, Kubo has a lot of experience in the European competetions having played 22 matches in the Champions League and the Europa League. 

National team

Kubo has been involved in the Japan National Team from U-16 to U-23 level. He received his first call up to the senior team for the Kirin Challenge Cup,a friendly match against Iceland in February 2012, however he did not feature during the 90 minutes. On 11 November 2016, he made his full international debut for Japan against Oman in the Kirin Challenge Cup 2016.

 

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