Shinji Okazaki

Squad No. 12
Date of Birth April 16, 1986
Age 36
Height 175cm
Position Forward
Birthplace Takarazuka, Hyogo
Previous Clubs Málaga CF

Shinji Okazaki (born 16 April 1986) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a forward or attacking midfielder for La Liga club Huesca and the Japan national team.

Internationally, he is currently the top active Japan national team goalscorer and third all-time in team history with 50 goals. He also won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016.

Shimizu S-Pulse
After graduating Takigawa Daini High School in 2004, Okazaki signed full professional terms with Shimizu S-Pulse the following year. In December 2005, he made his first J.League appearance as a substitute against Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

VfB Stuttgart
On 30 January 2011, Okazaki signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Stuttgart. On 17 February 2011, clearance to play for the club was granted for Okazaki by FIFA.

Mainz 05
On 1 July 2013, Okazaki moved to 1. FSV Mainz 05. He scored his first goal for Mainz on his debut in a 3–2 win against his former club Stuttgart on the opening matchday of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season.

Leicester City
On 26 June 2015, Okazaki moved to Premier League side Leicester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million, subject to obtaining a work permit. He made his debut for the club on 8 August 2015 in Leicester City’s 4–2 opening day win against Sunderland, and scored his first goal for the club the following week in a 2–1 win against West Ham United.

On 4 September 2019, the free agent Okazaki signed a one-year contract with Segunda División side Huesca. On 8 September 2019, he made his debut for Huesca as a substitute.