Ono playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
|Full name||Shinji Ono|
|Date of birth||27 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Imazawa Boys SC|
|1992–1994||Imazawa Junior High School|
|1995–1997||Shimizu Commercial High School|
|2012–2014||Western Sydney Wanderers||51||(10)|
|2014–2019||Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||62||(2)|
|2021–||Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:16, 18 April 2021 (UTC)|
Shinji Ono (小野 伸二, Ono Shinji, born 27 September 1979) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for J1 League club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.
Ono grew up in the Shizuoka Prefecture and began his professional career with Urawa Reds in the J1 League in 1998. The same year, he became the youngest Japanese player to play at 1998 World Cup, at age 18. He caught the attention of foreign clubs with his performance at the 1999 World Youth Championship in Nigeria, where he captained the Japanese Under-20 side that reached the final. But later that year, he suffered a severe knee injury in a qualification match for the 2000 Olympics with Japan's Under-23 side, forcing him to miss the rest of the season and Olympic qualifying.
After a strong performance at the 2001 Confederations Cup, Ono moved to Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie in 2001. In his first season, he helped Feyenoord win the 2002 UEFA Cup, making him the first Japanese in history to win a European trophy. However, a string of injuries kept him sidelined for long periods. After he missed the majority of 2004–05, the club sold him. His stint at the Rotterdam based club is highly rated and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder said "Shinji Ono is the toughest opponent I've ever faced".
On 13 January 2006, Ono returned to the J1 League, signing a three-year deal with his former club Urawa Reds.
In the 2008 January transfer window, Ono returned to Europe, signing with Bundesliga's Bochum. On 3 February 2008, Ono made his Bundesliga debut in an away game against Werder Bremen, and he had two assists that helped Bochum with their first ever win over Bremen at Weserstadion. Ono suffered injuries in the following two years in Bochum, and could only play 34 matches in which he gave four assists for the club. In the winter break of 2009–10, Ono requested a return to Japan for personal reasons. Different Japanese clubs were interested in the midfielder. Bochum allowed him to leave under the condition that they could find a successor.
On 9 January 2010, Ono returned to his native Shizuoka Prefecture by signing for Shimizu S-Pulse. The transfer fee were rumored to be €300,000 for the midfielder whose contract in Bochum expired in the summer of 2010. In an interview he declared that the main reason for his transfer was his wish to reunite with his wife and children, who were still living in Japan.
On 28 September 2012, it was announced that Shinji Ono had signed with new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal as the club's marquee player. The Wanderers were offered former German international Michael Ballack but preferred to sign Ono. He made his debut for the Wanderers on 6 October, in a scoreless draw against Central Coast Mariners, in the first game of the season.
Ono scored his first goal for the club with a penalty in round 10 against Brisbane Roar. Ono scored two stunning goals to help the Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory 2–1 in round 14 on 1 January 2013. On 16 January 2014, the club announced that Ono would return to Japan at the end of the A-League season. Ono will link up with J2 League club Consadole Sapporo to play out the remainder of the season in Japan as the club chases promotion to the J1 League. On 4 May 2014, Ono played his last A-League game for the Wanderers, in a 2–1 Grand Final loss to Brisbane Roar, in what was to be the Wanderers' second successive Grand Final defeat.
Following the expiration of his contract and his desire to see his family, Ono joined Consadole Sapporo (later Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo) in May 2014.
On 5 August 2019, Ono signed with J2 League club FC Ryukyu. In December 2020, he left Ryuku after failing to reach a contract extension agreement.
When fit, Ono was an ever-present member of the Japanese national team. He made his full international debut on 1 April 1998 against South Korea in a friendly. After his appearance in the 1998 World Cup, he was a key member of the Japanese squad in the 2002 World Cup. He has represented Japan at every age level starting with the U-16 team, and was one of three overage selections at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Injuries limited Ono to just one appearance in the final round of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup and missed the Confederations Cup in 2003 and 2005. He played in his third World Cup finals in Germany.
Known as Tensai (天才, Japanese for Genius), Ono is one of the biggest stars in Asian football, known for his vision, technique and superb passing. Although his primary position is attacking midfielder, he can play anywhere in the midfield, including defensive midfield and either wing.
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2012-13||24||7||–||–||–||2||1||26||8|
|Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||2016||15||0||2||0||—||—||—||17||0|
1Includes UEFA Champions League preliminary rounds, UEFA Super Cup, Japanese Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and A-League Finals Series.
|Japan national team|
|1.||14 October 2000||Sidon, Lebanon||Saudi Arabia||4–0||4–1||2000 AFC Asian Cup|
|2.||31 May 2001||Niigata, Japan||Canada||1–0||3–0||2001 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|3.||16 October 2002||Tokyo, Japan||Jamaica||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|4.||1 June 2004||Manchester, UK||England||1–1||1–1||2004 FA Summer Tournament|
|5.||8 September 2004||Kolkata, India||India||2–0||4–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||22 February 2006||Yokohama, Japan||1–0||6–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
Urawa Red Diamonds
Western Sydney Wanderers