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Yuji Nakazawa
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Personal information
Full name Yuji Nakazawa
Date of birth February 25, 1978 (1978-02-25) (age 32)
Place of birth    Yoshikawa, Saitama, Japan
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Yokohama F. Marinos
Number 22
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1996–1997
1999–2001
2002–
América
Verdy
Yokohama F. Marinos

083 00(5)
230 0(19)   
National team2
1999–2000
1999–
Japan U-23
Japan
012 00(0)
101 0(17)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 28 January 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 3 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Yuji Nakazawa (中澤 佑二 Nakazawa Yūji?, born February 25, 1978 in Yoshikawa, Saitama, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player who currently plays for J. League side Yokohama F. Marinos.[1] He is a center back. He is captain of both Yokohama F. Marinos and the Japan national football team. His nickname is "Bomber" because of his distinctive hairstyle. Nakazawa is one of only 3 Japanese players to reach 100 caps for his country.

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Career

At a young age, Nakazawa was an obscure footballer who played for obscure school clubs. He was educated at and played for Yoshikawa Higashi Junior High School and Misato Technology High School, and attracted no scouts' eyes. Determined to be a pro, he decided to leave for Brazil to improve his football skills and trained with América Mineiro. During his time with América, he won the Campeonato Mineiro for the junior category and played a key role in coach Ricardo Drubscky's squad.

After a year, he came back to Japan and joined Verdy Kawasaki in 1998 as a trainee, which meant he received no compensation from the club. He impressed the club enough to win a full professional contract the following year.

His first J. League appearance came on March 13, 1999 against Cerezo Osaka at Todoroki Athletics Stadium. He scored his first league goal on April 10, 1999 against Nagoya Grampus Eight also at Todoroki. That year, he received the J-League Young Player of the Year award and was selected a member of the J-League Team of the Year

Philippe Troussier called him up for Japan's Olympic team that Troussier managed along with Japan's national team. Nakazawa played in the qualifiers as well as the finals in Sydney. Troussier promoted him to the full international. His first international appearance came on September 8, 1999 in a friendly against Iran at the International Stadium of Yokohama. He scored his first goal on February 13, 2000 in an Asian Cup qualifier against Singapore in Macau.

He was a member of the Japan team who won the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon. He played 3 games in the competition. However, he was not selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals as Yutaka Akita was preferred.

He was transferred to Yokohama F. Marinos in 2002 and contributed to the club winning two consecutive J. League championships in 2003 and 2004.[2] He was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the league in 2004.

Under new national manager Zico, he partnered with Tsuneyasu Miyamoto at the back line. He participated in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup finals. He played all the Japan matches and scored 3 goals, one of which was a stoppage time equaliser in the semi-final against Bahrain, and Japan went on to win the title again.

He also played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany but the team failed to proceed to the knockout stage. After the tournament, he announced his retirement from the international football at the age of 28.[3] However, six months later, he withdrew his decision and Ivica Osim played him in a friendly against Peru on March 24, 2007. [4]

He played in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals but this time the team failed to defend the title and finished 4th in the tournament.

On February 14, 2010 Nakazawa made his 100th appearance for the Japan national team against South Korea in the final match of the 2010 East Asian Football Championship at Tokyo's National Stadium. Nakazawa becomes only the third Japanese player to reach 100 caps for his country.

National team

Personal honors

Team honors

Career Statistics

Last update: 28 January 2010

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1999 Verdy Kawasaki
/Tokyo Verdy 1969
J. League Division 1 28 1 3 1 2 0 - 33 2
2000 29 4 2 0 3 0 - 34 4
2001 26 0 0 0 2 0 - 28 0
2002 Yokohama F. Marinos 27 1 2 0 0 0 - 29 1
2003 29 4 2 0 7 2 - 38 6
2004 27 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 30 1
2005 27 3 1 0 3 0 4 0 35 3
2006 23 1 3 0 2 0 - 28 1
2007 32 2 1 0 7 0 - 40 2
2008 33 4 3 1 3 0 - 39 5
2009 32 3 1 0 3 0 - 36 3
2010 -
Career Total 313 24 19 2 32 2 6 0 370 28

National Team Career Statistics

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Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 2000 Summer Olympics U-23 4 0 0 Quarterfinals
 Japan 2000 AFC Asian Cup Senior 3 0 0 Champions
 Japan 2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 3 Champions
 Japan 2006 FIFA World Cup Senior 3 0 0 Round 1
 Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 1 4th Place

Goals for national team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 Feb 2000 Macau, China  Singapore 3-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 13 Feb 2000 Macau, China  Singapore 3-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3. 09 Jun 2004 Saitama, Japan  India 7-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 09 Jun 2004 Saitama, Japan  India 7-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 24 Jul 2004 Chongqing, China  Thailand 4-1 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup group stage
6. 24 Jul 2004 Chongqing, China  Thailand 4-1 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup group stage
7. 03 Aug 2004 Jinan, China  Bahrain 4-3 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup semifinals
8. 07 Aug 2005 Daegu, Korea Republic  Korea Republic 1-0 Won 2005 East Asian Football Championship
9. 10 Feb 2006 San Francisco, United States  United States 2-3 Lost Friendly Match
10. 01 Jun 2007 Fukuroi, Japan  Montenegro 2-0 Won 2007 Kirin Cup
11. 25 Jul 2007 Hanoi, Vietnam  Saudi Arabia 2-3 Lost 2007 AFC Asian Cup semifinals
12. 28 Jan 2008 Tokyo, Japan  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Won Friendly Match
13. 06 Feb 2008 Saitama, Japan  Thailand 4-1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 02 Jun 2008 Yokohama, Japan  Oman 3-0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 14 Jun 2008 Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 3-0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 04 Feb 2009 Tokyo, Japan  Finland 5-1 Won Friendly Match
17. 08 Oct 2009 Shizuoka, Japan  Hong Kong 6-0 Won 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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Simple English

Yuji Nakazawa
Personal information
Full name Yuji Nakazawa
Date of birth 25 February 1978 (1978-02-25) (age 33)
Place of birth    Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Yokohama F. Marinos
Number 22
Senior clubs
Years Club
1996-1997
1999-2001
2002-
América
Verdy Kawasaki / Tokyo Verdy
Yokohama F. Marinos
National team
1999- Japan

Yuji Nakazawa (born 25 February 1978) is a Japanese football player. He plays for Yokohama F. Marinos and Japan national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League Cup AsiaTotal
1999Verdy KawasakiJ. League 12813120-332
20002942030-344
2001Tokyo VerdyJ. League 12600020-280
2002Yokohama F. MarinosJ. League 12712000-291
20032942072-386
2004271100020301
2005273203040363
20062313020-281
20073221070-402
20083343130-395
20093231030-363
2010
CountryJapan 313242023226037128
Total 313242023226037128

International career statistics

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
199910
200062
200120
200210
200340
2004155
2005121
2006121
2007132
2008164
2009142
2010
Total9617

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