Yuya Osako

Squad No. 8
Date of Birth May 18, 1990
Age 32
Height 182cm
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Kaseda, Kagoshima
Previous Clubs 1. FC Köln

Yuya Osako (born 18 May 1990) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays for Werder Bremen and the Japan national team as a forward.

1860 Munich
On 6 January 2014, Osako joined German side TSV 1860 Munich for the second half of the 2014–2015 season. He scored on his debut, the opener in a 1–1 draw against Fortuna Düsseldorf. He finished the season with 6 goals in 15 appearances.

1. FC Köln
In June 2014, Osako transferred to 1. FC Köln signing a three-year contract. It was reported Kashima Antlers received a transfer fee of €1.5 million while 1860 Munich earned €500,000. In October 2016, he agreed a contract extension until summer 2020 with Köln. On 28 April 2018, he played as Köln lost 3–2 to SC Freiburg which confirmed their relegation from the Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen
On 16 May 2018, it was announced that Osako would join Werder Bremen for the 2018–19 season. He scored on his debut on 19 August 2018, netting the first goal with a header in a 6–1 win against Wormatia Worms in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

In February 2019, he was voted the 2018 Japanese Footballer of the Year.