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Shunsuke Nakamura
Gender Male
Ethnic Japanese
Job Japanese Footballer
Desc Shunsuke Nakamura’s technique is well known all over the world and gave him a chance to play in La Liga last summer. He has a golden left foot which comes into action on set pieces. He is not just a talented player. His indefatigable spirit has carried him over a number of obstacles. He wasn’t able to become a member of Yokohama Marinos’ youth team because he was too short and his physical strength was lacking. Consequently, he tried to make his own style, using his brain as well as lots of individual training. He led Yokohama to the J-league title and in 2000, he was named the J-league’s Most Valuable Player


Org Japan National Team
Club as Player Yokohama F. Marinos
  Yokohama F. Marinos


Agent Roberto Tsukuda

2009 12 24 Retrieve

[Shunsuke Nakamura Denies Rumours Of Quick Exit From Espanyol To Japan] I didn’t mean it that way. I meant I have to think about how to play more games. I’m not over the moon about things. But it’s a question of trial and error. Everything went so well during my four years at Celtic so it’s a good experience to have to worry sometimes.

[Recently, Japan’s 2002 World Cup boss Philippe Troussier opined that Nakamura needed to earn his spot on the national team and should start on the bench. Nakamura is not worrying about such comments] People might get concerned I could lose my match sharpness before the World Cup but I’m not done yet!

2010 03 06 Retrieve

[After spells in Italy with Reggina, in Scotland with Celtic and a brief time in Spain with Espanyol, the former Scottish Player of the Year is once again a Yokohama F. Marinos player. He now wants the title] I hope to use my experience to Yokohama’s benefit. There is also pressure on me as people will expect me to deliver but the aim is to win the J-League title here. On the plane coming over I was thinking that the disappointment of Spain will give me extra motivation

2010 03 08 Retrieve

[Shunsuke Nakamura says More Difficult To Adapt To Japan Than Europe] From a mental standpoint, it’s more difficult to adapt to the J.League from abroad than the other way around. When you go to Europe, it’s not hard to adapt because Japanese players are better than what the Europeans expected. But when you come back to Japan, everyone has high expectations of you so it is added pressure

[Nakamura is keen to start his second spell with Yokohama and has already talked to coach Kazushi Kimura about his role in the team] He (Kimura) asked me, ‘What position do you want to play?’ I responded, ‘Anywhere,’. The Marinos already have a bunch of good players in the midfield. I want to make the club stronger so we can contend for a title.

2010 03 16 Retrieve

[Shunsuke Nakamura may be back home with Yokohama F Marinos but the Japanese international is experiencing reverse culture-shock in his homeland] I’ve played at the stadium here a bunch of times with the national team, so nothing felt new about that. And it was nice to hear the fans singing the same song from seven and a half years ago. But everyone on the pitch was Japanese and that felt a little weird. Your teammates, the opponents, the referees–that was strange.

[Nakamura was also surprised as to how fast the J-league has become in his absence] The game was quick; against the top teams, we’re going to have to do better than we did today.

2010 07 01 Retrieve

[Japan Star Shunsuke Nakamura Retires From International Football] My next Japan game? There won’t be one. I wanted to leave some mark on this World Cup, but it just wasn’t meant to be for me. It’s weird. It’s as if the football gods are testing me. It has been really hard for me to warm the bench for Japan’s national side. Me and the World Cup obviously don’t go well together. Maybe that’s just destiny