is a Japanese
football player who currently plays for Jubilo Iwata
of the J-League
He was educated at and played for Gyosei Junior High
and Ghosei High School. While he was a high school student, he was chosen as one of the Designated Players for Development by J. League
. Because of this status, Maeda was able to register as a Verdy Kawasaki
player while he was still eligible to play for his high school club. However, he did not play any official match for Verdy.
After graduating from his high school in 2000, he joined Jubilo Iwata. His first appearance as a professional player came on May 3, 2000 in a league match against Kawasaki Frontale
. His first professional goal came on August 28, 2001 in a J. League Cup
game against JEF United Ichihara
. In the season 2009 was the J. League Top Scorer
with twenty goals. In the 2010 season, Maeda became the top scorer again, netting 17 times.
Maeda made his international debut for Japan in a friendly against Cameroon
on August 22, 2007 at Ōita Stadium
. He scored his first international goal on October 17, 2007 in a friendly against Egypt
at Nagai Stadium
. In 2011, Maeda participated in his first major full international tournament at 2011 AFC Asian Cup
and started all six games in Japan's Asian Cup winning campaign.
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