Naoki Soma

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Naoki Soma
Personal information
Full name Naoki Soma
Date of birth (1971-07-19) July 19, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1987–1989 Shimizu Higashi High School
1990–1993 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2003 Kashima Antlers 250 (10)
2002 Tokyo Verdy (loan) 27 (0)
2004–2005 Kawasaki Frontale 27 (0)
National team
1995–1999 Japan 58 (4)
Teams managed
2010 Machida Zelvia
2011–2012 Kawasaki Frontale
2013 Montedio Yamagata (asst.)
2014– Machida Zelvia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Naoki Soma (相馬 直樹 Sōma Naoki?, born 19 July 1971 in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka) is a Japanese former football defender (Left back).

He was capped 58 times and scored 4 goals for the Japanese national team between 1995 and 1999, including three games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He played 289 games and scored 15 goals in J. League Division 1, and became one of the main player in glorious era of Kashima Antlers.

He retired at the end of the 2005 season. After working as a TV pundit, Soma managed the Japan Football League side F.C. Machida Zelvia in 2010. He held a managerial post in charge of J. League Division 1 side Kawasaki Frontale prior to the 2011 season.

On April 12, 2012, Kawasaki dismiss coach Naoki Soma after performing 'far below expectations'. The 40-year-old coach was sacked with the club's president stating the team were performing 'far below expectations' having aimed to win the title this term.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kashima Antlers 1994 28 0 1 0 1 0 30 0
1995 50 3 4 0 54 3
1996 30 2 3 0 14 0 47 2
1997 21 0 5 0 2 1 28 1
1998 34 1 4 0 1 0 39 1
1999 30 0 2 0 7 1 39 1
2000 30 2 4 0 7 0 41 2
2001 7 0 3 0 1 0 11 0
Tokyo Verdy 2002 27 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
Kashima Antlers 2003 20 2 0 0 3 1 3 0 26 3
Kawasaki Frontale 2004 15 0 1 0 16 0
2005 12 0 2 0 3 0 17 0
Total 304 10 29 0 45 3 3 0 381 13

National team[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 9 0
1996 13 2
1997 21 1
1998 10 1
1999 5 0
Total 58 4

Individual Honors[edit]

  • J-League Best Eleven: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Selected to AFC All Star Team: 1997
  • J-League Fair Play Individual: 1998

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