Naoki Matsuda

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Naoki Matsuda
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-03-14)14 March 1977
Place of birth Kiryū, Japan
Date of death 4 August 2011(2011-08-04) (aged 34)
Place of death Matsumoto, Japan
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1992–1994 Maebashi Ikuei High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2010 Yokohama Marinos 385 (17)
2011 Matsumoto Yamaga 15 (1)
Total 400 (18)
National team
1993 Japan U17 4 (1)
1995 Japan U20 4 (0)
1996–2000 Japan U23 5 (0)
2000–2005 Japan 40 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Naoki Matsuda (松田 直樹 Matsuda Naoki?, 14 March 1977 – 4 August 2011) was a Japanese footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Kiryū, Gunma, Matsuda represented the Yokohama F. Marinos for the vast majority of his career, being promoted to the first team in 1995, at the age of 18. He scored his first goal for the club on 30 September of that year, at Mitsuzawa Stadium, and went on to appear in more than 500 official games for the Yokohama side, helping it to three J. League Division 1 titles.

Internationally, he represented Japan at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, both played on home soil, and also competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

Death[edit]

In 2011, Matsuda signed with Matsumoto Yamaga FC, in the Japan Football League.

On 2 August, he collapsed during training due to a cardiac arrest after finishing a 15-minute warmup run, and doctors diagnosed his condition as "extremely severe".[2] Two days later, he died at the age of 34.[3]

Despite releasing him in 2010, his former club Yokohama F.Marinos retired his squad number - 3 - after his death, as an indication of his contribution not only to F.Marinos but to Japan football's development, both at league and international levels.

The funeral was held on 9 August, 2011 and attendees included players who once played for Japan and Yokohama F. Marinos. [4]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

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
1995 Yokohama Marinos/
Yokohama F. Marinos
J. League 1 33 1 1 0 - - 34 1
1996 16 0 1 0 11 2 - 28 2
1997 31 2 2 0 6 0 - 39 2
1998 12 0 1 0 4 1 - 17 1
1999 27 0 3 0 2 0 - 32 0
2000 24 2 2 1 3 0 - 29 3
2001 29 0 1 0 9 0 - 39 0
2002 25 2 1 0 0 0 - 26 2
2003 20 0 0 0 5 0 - 25 0
2004 24 1 1 0 4 0 4 0 33 1
2005 27 1 1 0 4 1 4 0 36 2
2006 29 4 0 0 9 3 - 38 7
2007 8 1 2 0 5 0 - 15 1
2008 30 1 3 0 7 0 - 40 1
2009 31 1 3 0 10 2 - 44 3
2010 19 1 2 0 3 0 - 24 1
2011 Matsumoto Yamaga JFL 15 1 - - - 15 1
Country Japan 400 18 24 1 82 9 8 0 506 28
Total 400 18 24 1 82 9 8 0 506 28

National team[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 14 0
2001 10 0
2002 12 0
2003 0 0
2004 3 0
2005 1 1
Total 40 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 January 2005 Yokohama, Japan  Kazakhstan 4–0 Win Friendly

Honors[edit]

Naoki Matsuda featured in the video game J-League Jikkyō Winning Eleven 97

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naoki Matsuda Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Matsuda still in danger a day after cardiac arrest". Fox Soccer. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Former Japan international Naoki Matsuda dies". Fox News Latino. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/soccer/etc/news/20110809-OHT1T00194.htm

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