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Arata Izumi Mid-fielder

age 24 height (cm) 176

Arata Izumi is a Japanese born Indian footballer currently playing for FC Pune City. Born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi in Japan, he started his football career with Albirex Niigata Singapore and then moved to Albirex Niigata Japan. In his time here, he gained a reputation for his quick movement and speed. In November 2006, he signed for Indian side East Bengal. Despite struggling initially to acclimatise to the different weather, he ended the campaign with 1 goal and 10 assists. In 2007, he moved to Mahindra FC and won the Durand Cup there. In 2009, he signed with Pune FC, a move he describes as the changing point in his career. 2010 was a good year for him as he scored a career high 10 goals and 10 assists and was voted “Best midfielder” of the I-League by goal.com. He captained the side in the 2014 Federation Cup. In August 2012, he gained Indian citizenship and became the first ever foreign born to represent India at the senior level. He was signed by Aletico de Kolkata in the ISL 2014 season, where he displayed his skills when he came on as a substitute to score two late goals against Kerala Blasters. We’re extremely proud to have completed the signing of Arata Izumi and hope he leads the midfield the way he has.

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