The Nagoya Grampus of J2 League announced the contract with Hisato Sato on a permanent deal in November 21 2016. The Grampus finished with 16th place in the 2016 season, so they demote to the second division next year. The team began reform and dismissed the General manager and Bosko Gurovski of the manager. And the Grampus did not make a contract next season with Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Yoshizumi Ogawa, Michihiro Yasuda, Tomokazu Myojin, and so on. Sato is the first player to contract with the Grampus for next season.
Hisato Sato ‘s biography is that he’s the age of 34, and he was born at Saitama. Yuto Sato of the JEF United Ichihara Chiba is twin with him. Sato began playing football from 6 years old, and joined in the cantera of the JEF United Ichihara Chiba of the J-League. He was a forward and broke into the first team in 2000. His stats was 5 goals in 32 matches in the JEF United for 2 years.
In 2002, Sato transfered of loan deal to the Cerezo Osaka. But he didn’t play gradually and transfered of loan deal to the Vegalta Sendai in 2003. Sato bloomed his talent, he got 33 goals in 83 matches in the Vegalta for 2 years. So he transfered to the Sanfrecce Hiroshima on a permanent deal in 2005. His transfer fee was 160 million yen. Sato has been played as a central player of the Sanfrecce, he contributed to the team’s victory of J1 League in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Sato was the most active in 2012 season. He scored 22 goals in the league games so he got the leading scorers of J1 League. And the Sanfrecce took part in the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012, he scored 3 goals. So he got the Player of the Year in 2012. After that, Sato has been scored many goals, he got total 161 goals in J1 league until 2016 season. This is the record of the second prize after Yoshito Okubo.
Hisato Sato was also convened to the Japan national football team. He played in the national team from 2006 to 2010, got 4 goals in 31 matches. But he was selected to the member for 2006 Germany World Cup and 2010 South Africa World Cup. The Leicester City Shinji Okazaki, was in a similar type player as Sato, so Sato didn’t play gradually. If Sato was born in a different era, he would have been able to play more in Japan national football team.
Why does Sato transfer to the Nagoya Grampus? First of all, he could play only 21 matches in 2016 season. This was the fewest participation in the Sanfrecce from 2005, so he wanted to go to the team to be played. Second, His salary was 45 million yen, it was the 5th highest annual salary in the Sanfrecce. Because the Grampus is sponsored by Toyota, so they can pay him the same salary. Then, the Grampus is expected to sign a contract with Yahiro Kazama for the new manager. Kazama was the manager of the Kawasaki Frontale until 2016, and he led the Frontale to second place of J1 League in 2016 season. Kazama’s tactics is one-forward, so Sato can be an active player.
This youtube’s video is the goal of Sato in 2013. He lobbed the ball into the net, it’s beautiful!