Hisato Satō (佐藤 寿人, Satō Hisato, born March 12, 1982, in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Nagoya Grampus in the J2 League. He is a left-footed forward.
Sato is a product of JEF United Ichihara's youth system. He was promoted to JEF's top team in 2000. His first league appearance came on April 15, 2000, against Jubilo Iwata. He scored his first league goal on March 21, 2001, against Jubilo Iwata.
Frustrated with the lack of play, he decided to move to division 2 side Cerezo Osaka in 2002. Cerezo's coach Akihiro Nishimura rated him highly as Sato had played for Japan's youth team in the previous year which was also managed by Nishimura. However, he suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome at the beginning of the season, and found himself playing not many games with Akinori Nishizawa and Yoshito Okubo ahead of him in the pecking order. The club finished 2nd and was promoted to Division 1.
Sato was loaned out to fellow J1 side Vegalta Sendai in the 2003 season. He finally became a first-choice forward playing 30 games with 9 goals. Despite his efforts, Sendai was relegated to J2. His loan contract became a permanent one and he played 44 league games with 20 goals for Sendai in the 2005 season but failed to navigate the club to J1.
He was transferred to J1 side Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the 2005 season. He recorded a hat trick twice and scored 18 goals in the season.
Sato made his international debut for Japan on February 11, 2006, in a friendly against the United States. He scored his first international goal on February 22, 2006, in an Asian Cup qualifier against India. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was regularly picked for the Japan national team, but left out of the final squad by national coach Zico.
Sato was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 Asian Cup finals and played four games in the tournament all as a substitute.
He is the record holder of the fastest goal in J. League. He scored for Hiroshima after 8 seconds from the kick-off on April 22, 2006, against Cerezo Osaka.
On 22 November 2015, he joins Masashi Nakayama as all-time top-scorer in J. League with 157 goals. After that record and 12 years in Hiroshima, Sato decided to sign for Nagoya Grampus.
His twin brother Yuto is also a professional footballer who plays for JEF United Ichihara and up to now was capped once on the international level. Filippo Inzaghi is his inspiration. His play style is similar to that of Filippo Inzaghi.Sanfrecce Hiroshima
J. League Division 1: 2012, 2013, 2015
J. League Division 2: 2008
Japanese Super Cup: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016
J. League Best Eleven: 2005, 2012
J. League Division 2: Top scorer: 2008
J. League Division 1: Top scorer: 2012
J. League Most Valuable Player: 2012
Updated to 24 December 2016.includes 3 goals in 3 matches at FIFA Club World Cup
Last update: 18 November 2009