Arata Izumi
Country India
Date of Birth
Age 0 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams Pune FC
Playing Details midfielder

Biography

Born to an Indian father and a Japanese mother at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi in Japan, Izumi came over to India and chose to play for East Bengal in 2006, then moved to Mahindra United in 2007 and later joined Pune FC where he rose to captain the side in the I-League.

 

Arata’s professional career took root in Singapore in 2005 with Albirex Nigata and soon earned a reputation for his speedy movements. After the Singapore experience, Arata returned to Japan to join Mitsubishi Motors Muzushima FC in the 2006 J-League. In the August of 2012, he achieved his cherished dream of gaining Indian citizenship.

 

He made his debut for India in 2013. He was also a member of the national team for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2013 SAFF Championship. Arata was brought aboard the Atletico de Kolkata team for a sum of Rs 68 lakhs in the Hero ISL 2015 auction. Izumi also has an Indian name and that is Neelkanth Khambholja.