Shigetatsu Matsunaga

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Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Personal information
Full name Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Date of birth (1962-08-12) August 12, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Youth career
1978–1980 Hamana High School
1981–1984 Aichi Gakuin University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1995 Nissan Motors / Yokohama Marinos 334 (0)
1995–1996 Tosu Futures 54 (0)
1997 Brummell Sendai 15 (0)
1997–2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga 85 (0)
National team
1988–1995 Japan 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shigetatsu Matsunaga (松永 成立 Shigetatsu Matsunaga?, born 12 August 1962 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) is a retired Japanese football (soccer) goalkeeper and a goalkeeping coach.

Career[edit]

He was educated at and played for Hamana High School and Aichi Gakuin University. After graduating from the university, he joined JSL side Nissan Motor F.C..

When Japan's first-ever professional league J. League started in 1993, Nissan F.C. was transformed to Yokohama Marinos for whom he continued to play. After he lost his position to young Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi who would also replace him as the first-choice goalkeeper in the national team, he moved to Japan Football League side Tosu Futures, the predecessor of Sagan Tosu, in 1996. He then moved to fellow JFL side Brummell Sendai in 1997. He came back to J. League to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1998 and spent 3 seasons there before he retired in 2000.

He was capped 40 times for Japan between 1988 and 1995. He was the first-choice GK when Japan won the 1992 AFC Asian Cup. However, he was sent off for retaliation in the semi-final against China and Kazuya Maekawa filled in for him for the rest of the competition. He was also tending the goal when Japan's hope to play in the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals was dashed by a late Iraqi equaliser in the final qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha.

After retiring from the game, he served as a goalkeeping coach for Kyoto Purple Sanga from 2001 to 2006. He is now a goalkeeping coach for Yokohama F. Marinos.

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1985/86 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 15 0 15 0
1986/87 22 0 22 0
1987/88 22 0 22 0
1988/89 21 0 21 0
1989/90 22 0 4 0 26 0
1990/91 22 0 4 0 26 0
1991/92 21 0 3 0 24 0
1992 Yokohama Marinos J. League 1 - 4 0 9 0 13 0
1993 36 0 3 0 0 0 39 0
1994 43 0 4 0 3 0 50 0
1995 10 0 0 0 - 10 0
1995 Tosu Futures Football League 24 0 1 0 - 25 0
1996 30 0 3 0 - 33 0
1997 Brummell Sendai Football League 15 0 0 0 6 0 21 0
1997 Kyoto Purple Sanga J. League 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1998 34 0 2 0 4 0 40 0
1999 30 0 2 0 3 1 35 1
2000 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Country Japan 488 0 19 0 36 1 543 1
Total 488 0 19 0 36 1 543 1

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Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1988 1 0
1989 9 0
1990 0 0
1991 1 0
1992 9 0
1993 14 0
1994 0 0
1995 6 0
Total 40 0

Personal honors[edit]

Team honors[edit]

National Team

Nissan Motors/Yokohama Marinos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shigetatsu Matsunaga at National-Football-Teams.com