|Full name||Masashi Nakayama|
|Date of birth||23 September 1967|
|Place of birth||Okabe, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|1990–2009||Yamaha Motors / Júbilo Iwata||419||(207)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Masashi Nakayama (中山 雅史 Nakayama Masashi?, born 23 September 1967) is a former professional footballer. Born in Shizuoka, Gon Nakayama attended Fujieda Higashi High School and Tsukuba University before he joined Jubilo Iwata of the Japan Football League, a precursor to the J. League, which consisted of company sponsored teams. He retired in December 2012 at age 45 after playing 3 seasons for Consadole Sapporo.
Playing as a Forward, Nakayama made his J. League debut on 11 March 1994. From then until 2009, he was an ever-present part of the Jubilo lineup as they were consistently one of the top teams in the J. League since its inception. With a strike-rate of more than a goal every two games throughout his career, Nakayama was the inspirational and talismanic leader for both Jubilo Iwata and the Japanese national team.
At the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, Nakayama scored the only goal of the tournament and the first goal for Japan in the history of the World Cup against Jamaica on 26 June 1998. As of 2009, he has scored 21 goals in 53 appearances for the Japanese national team, which places him 8th all-time among goalscorers for his country.
Nakayama also holds the world record fastest hat-trick at international level. He managed three goals in an AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Brunei on 16 February 2000 in only three minutes and three seconds, beating the previous record of Englishman George William Hall set in 1938 (against Ireland) by 27 seconds. This striker becomes a record-holder with other hat-tricks, that he did it in four successive games of J.League, from 15 to 29 April in 1998. He scored 16 times in these games. The record is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records
Affectionately known as Gon, Nakayama is a fan favorite among many casual Japanese football fans for his outspoken and humorous nature. Now in the twilight of his career, injuries and age have taken a toll on Nakayama's skills but he still remains a favorite of the Jubilo faithful, as evidenced by the fact that he draws the loudest cheers by far from the home crowd at Yamaha Stadium when his name is announced during warm-ups or when he comes on as a substitute.
On 4 December 2012, he announced his retirement at the age of 45, citing injuries to his both knees, after making J. League's all-time leading scores of 157 goals.
Last updated: 4 December 2012
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1990/91||Yamaha Motors||JSL Division 1||13||4||2||1||-||15||5|
|1994||Júbilo Iwata||J. League 1||12||3||0||0||0||0||-||12||3|
|2010||Consadole Sapporo||J. League 2||12||0||1||0||-||-||13||0|
|2012||J. League 1||1||0||0||0||0||0||-||1||0|
|Japan national team|
Honors and awards
- FIFA Confederations Cup Runner-up: 2001
- 1992 Asian Cup (Champions)
- AFC Champions League Champions: 1999
- Asian Super Cup Champions: 1999
- J. League Champions: 1997, 1999, 2002
- J. League Most Valuable Player: 1998
- J. League Top Scorer: 1998, 2000
- J. League Best Eleven: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
- Japanese Footballer of the Year: 1998
- Selected to AFC All Star Team: 1999
- Nakayama is currently the all time top goal scorer in J. League division 1 with 157 goals. He holds the record for top scorer in a single season, scoring 36 goals in 1998.
- Nakayama once portrayed himself on television, performing voice work for a guest role on the anime Hungry Heart: Wild Striker.
- Nakayama appeared on the front cover of the Japanese releases of Konami's Winning Eleven video game series (WE 6 and WE 6: Final Evolution) in 2002 and 2003.
- He married actress Tomoko Ikuta in 1996, and together they had a daughter. Ikuta did the voice-over for lead actress Lee Young-ae in the Japanese version of the popular South Korean TV series Dae Jang Geum.
- Nakayama Will Be a Special Guest Appearance in The HappinessCharge PreCure! as Himself This episode corresponds with the opening of the World Cup.
- Japan icon Nakayama calls time on career FIFA.com 4 December 2012
- Masashi Nakayama at National-Football-Teams.com