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Junichi Inamoto

is a Japanese Football (soccer) player who plays in midfielder (soccer) for Stade Rennais F.C..

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Junichi Inamoto biography

is a Japanese Football (soccer) player who plays in midfielder (soccer) for Stade Rennais F.C..

Playing career

Inamoto played for Japanese club Gamba Osaka during Junichi Inamoto last year of high school, signing with the club in 1998. Junichi Inamoto was then one of many high profile transfers of Asian players to Europe, signing with Arsenal F.C. of the Premier League, though Junichi Inamoto failed to find a consistent place in the first team, only ever appearing in the Football League Cup and UEFA Champions League. Inamoto scored two goals for the Japan national football team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but had already been released by Arsenal shortly before the tournament began. Junichi Inamoto was then signed by Fulham F.C. on a long-term loan deal from Gamba Osaka. Initially Junichi Inamoto settled well at the London club, garnering good notices as a tough-tackling midfielder with an eye for a spectacular goal. Notable goals Junichi Inamoto scored in Junichi Inamoto time for Fulham include goals against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Middlesbrough F.C., Sunderland A.F.C. and also in the 3–1 win against Manchester United F.C. at Old Trafford in October 2003. Junichi Inamoto also scored in the FA Cup against Everton F.C. which commentator Barry Davies described as "a Japanese peach". However, Junichi Inamoto sustained a fractured tibia in an international friendly against England national football team, and returned to Gamba Osaka to do promotional work. Fulham F.C. were interested in signing Junichi Inamoto once more, but concerns remained over Junichi Inamoto recovery from injury.

Inamoto signed with West Bromwich Albion F.C. for a decidedly small Pound sterling200,000 transfer fee, which was only to be paid once Junichi Inamoto had made an appearance for the Midlands club. However, Gary Megson departed as West Bromwich Albion manager shortly afterwards, and successor Bryan Robson was unsure of the player. Inamoto was loaned to Cardiff City F.C. for the latter part of the 2004-05 in English football season, and impressed, being recalled to play a role in West Brom's survival campaign in the Premiership. In 2005-06 in English football Junichi Inamoto was a regular in the West Brom side, and was called up to the Japan squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first Albion player to play in the tournament for 20 years.

On August 31, 2006, Junichi Inamoto signed for Galatasaray S.K..

On May 29, 2007 it was revealed that Junichi Inamoto signed a two-year contract with German club Eintracht Frankfurt, joining on a free transfer. Inamoto was presented in a press conference joining fellow Japanese striker Naohiro Takahara in Frankfurt and was released on 30 May 2009.

On 19 June 2009, French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais F.C. announced the signing of Inamoto.


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