Gamba Osaka (Japan),
Arsenal FC (England), Fulham FC (England), Cardiff City FC
Inamoto Junichi (born September 18, 1979 in Kagoshima Prefecture,
Japan) is a Japanese association football (soccer) player.
Inamoto played for Japanse club Gamba Osaka during his last year
of high school, signing with the club in 1998. He was then one
of many high profile transfers of Asian players to Europe,
signing with Arsenal of the English Premier League. Inamoto
scored two goals for the Japanese National Team at the 2002
World Cup, but was released by Arsenal shortly after. He was
then signed by Fulham, but following a fractured tibia sustained
in a match against Manchester United, he returned to Gamba Osaka
to do promotional work, before signing with West Bromwich Albion
for a decidedly small €200,000 transfer fee. However, after
failing to hold down a regular first team place, was loaned to
Cardiff City F.C. for the latter part of the 2004/05 season.