Matsui in 2012
|Full name||Daisuke Matsui|
|Date of birth||11 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Kyoto, Japan|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|1997–1999||Kagoshima Commercial High School|
|2000–2004||Kyoto Purple Sanga||127||(16)|
|2010||→ Tom Tomsk (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 December 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 February 2011
Daisuke Matsui (松井 大輔? Matsui Daisuke, 11 May 1981) is a Japanese footballer currently playing for Júbilo Iwata. He has previously played for Kyoto Purple Sanga, Le Mans FC, AS Saint-Etienne, FC Tom Tomsk, Dijon, Slavia Sofia and Lechia Gdańsk.
His wife is a Japanese actress Rosa Kato.
- 1 Career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Awards and honours
- 5 Notes and references
- 6 External links
Kyoto Purple Sanga
After his J. League rookie season Purple Sanga were relegated to J. League Division 2. However, the following season Matsui played a prominent role in helping his club finish first in Division 2, earning the club a promotion back to Division 1. In 2002 the club continued their success by having a strong season, finishing sixth in the league and winning the Emperor's Cup. The club's success and Matsui's increased exposure lead to Matsui being called up to the national team for the first time in 2003. However, his club was again relegated to Division 2 after the 2003 season, and could not earn a return to Division 1 after the 2004 season.
Le Mans UC 72
In 2004, after four and a half seasons in Kyoto, Matsui signed with Le Mans UC 72 of Ligue 2 in France. Matsui chose Le Mans, then a second division club, over Lazio, one of the top clubs in Serie A, because he believed that the style of Italian football was too defensive.
In Japan, Matsui had been criticized for his small physique and mental weakness, but he adapted to the fast, physical style of French football by changing his style and holding on to the ball less. In his first season with Le Mans, he helped the club earn a runners-up finish in Ligue 2 and a promotion to Ligue 1. In 2005–06, in Matsui's first season playing in Ligue 1, Le Mans began undefeated in its first six matches of the season and finished 11th place in the league. Matsui was voted as the Player of the Month for January 2006. Jean-Sébastien Grond of Football.fr has dubbed Matsui "the sun of Le Mans" (le soleil du Mans), while many Le Mans supporters and the media consider him the top player for the club.
In the 2006–07 season Mastui appeared in 27 games and Le Mans finished 12th place in Ligue 1.
During the 2007–08 season Matsui expressed desire to transfer to a new club at the end of the season, when his contract with Le Mans was set to expire. Among the teams which were believed to have shown interested in signing him at the time were Catania, Genoa, Lazio and Torino of Serie A, Celtic and Rangers of the Scottish Premier League, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga, and Lille of Ligue 1.
In the beginning of the 2008–09 season Matsui was seeing very limited playing time, which was believed to have been due to his poor form combined with a rift with the manager, Laurent Roussey. However, on 10 November 2008 Roussey was released by Saint-Étienne due to the clubs poor performance. At the time of Roussey's release the club had lost five consecutive matches and sat in 18th place in the 20-team league, with a record of three wins, nine losses and a draw. During the club's poor slide, Saint-Étienne co-president Roland Romeyer criticized several players including Matsui, whom Romeyer had questioned if he was a body-double for the 'real' Japanese star Sainté had brought in from Le Mans in the summer.
On 11 November 2008, Saint-Étienne announced that Alain Perrin was appointed as the club's new manager. Perrin had led Olympique Lyonnais to the domestic double in the previous season by winning the Ligue 1 title and the French Cup.
Grenoble Foot 38
Matsui still showed his qualities by scoring 4 league goals in the campaign; one versus Lorient on 28 November 2009, two goals against Auxerre on 6 February 2010 and one versus Sochaux on 17 April 2010. However the season with Grenoble was reflected poorly as the team finished bottom of Ligue 1 and was relegated.
During the summer transfer window in the Russian Premier League, Matsui moved to the Siberian club on loan until the end of the Russian Championship of 2010. He played his first match for his new team on 11 September against Zenit (St-Petersburg) and was substituted.
On 5 July 2011, Matsui signed a two-year contract with the club in Dijon, a new entrant in France's Ligue 1.
On 11 September 2012, Matsui joined Bulgarian A PFG club Slavia Sofia. He made his debut in a 2–0 home win over Lokomotiv Sofia on 23 September, coming on as a half-time substitute for Pavle Popara.
On 3 July 2013, it was announced by Lechia Gdańsk that he had signed a contract for one year with an option of extension. On 22 July in his debut he scored goals in a 2–2 draw against Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała.
Matsui made his national team debut on 22 June 2003 with Japan at Confederations Cup 2003 against Colombia and scored his international goal against Angola on 11 October 2005. He also played for the U-23 national team at the 2004 Olympics.
Despite his performance at Le Mans, Matsui was not part of Zico's selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier criticized the decision stating that "Matsui was selected as one of the best foreign players in France and didn't make it into the squad of 23 Zico selected, which is a pity given his form and experience."
Matsui was called up for the first time under Ivica Osim's reign to play in friendlies against Austria and Switzerland in September 2007. Matsui has continued to make national team appearances under Takeshi Okada, who has replaced Osim after Osim suffered a stroke in November 2007.
 Statistics accurate as of match played 15 April 2011
|Kyoto Purple Sanga||2000||22||1||1||0||7||1||-||30||2|
|Grenoble Foot 38||2009–10||29||4||2||1||1||0||-||32||5|
|Grenoble Foot 38||2010–11||14||1||-||-||-||14||1|
Appearances in major competitions
|Japan||2003 FIFA Confederations Cup||Senior||0||1||0||Round 1|
|Japan||2004 Summer Olympics||U-23||1||2||0||Round 1|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||6||2||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||1||1||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup||Senior||4||0||0||Round of 16|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||2||0||0||Champions|
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1.||1 October 2002||Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan||Bahrain||
||2002 Asian Games|
|2.||21 February 2004||Nagai Stadium, Osaka||South Korea||
||Friendly Match (2004 Kirin Challenge Cup)|
|1.||16 November 2005||National Stadium, Tokyo||Angola||1–0||1–0||Friendly Match (2005 Kirin Challenge Cup)|
Awards and honours
- Kirin Cup: 1
- Kyoto Purple Sanga
Notes and references
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- "MATSUI Daisuke". Japan National Football Team Database.
- Gorenflot, Julien (26 October 2005). "Matsui, l'étoile venue d'Asie" (in French). Maxifoot. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
- "Joueur du mois de Ligue 1" (in French). Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionnels. January 2006. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
- Grond, Jean-Sébastien (13 January 2006). "Matsui, le soleil du Mans" (in French). Football.fr. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
- "Little Le Mans thinking big". FIFA.com. 5 April 2006. Archived from the original on 9 October 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
- "Torino step up push for Le Mans star Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
- "Catania join interest for Le Mans winger Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2008.[dead link]
- "Celtic, Werder Bremen join Bosman battle for Le Mans star Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2008.[dead link]
- "Celtic, Rangers chasing Le Mans winger Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 9 February 2007. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "Matsui seals st etienne switch". football365.com. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "Saint-Etienne fires coach Laurent Roussey". The International Herald Tribune. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
- "Uefa Cup Preview: Saint-Étienne – Rosenborg". Goal.com. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
- "Perrin named Saint-Etienne coach". The International Herald Tribune. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
- "Grenoble sign Matsui". Sky Sports.
- "Lorient vs. Grenoble – 28 November 2009". Soccerway. 28 November 2009.
- "Grenoble vs. Auxerre – 6 February 2010". Soccerway. 6 February 2010.
- "Grenoble vs. Sochaux – 17 April 2010". Soccerway. 17 April 2010.
- "Summary – Ligue 1 – France – Results, fixtures, tables and news". Soccerway. 15 May 2010.
- "Matsui joins Tom Tomsk on loan". FIFA. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "Japan's Matsui makes Bulgarian switch". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- . Slavia present Daisuke Matsui www.gong.bg.2012-09-12.
- "Daisuke Matsui zawodnikiem Lechii" [Daisuke Matsui plays for Lechii] (in Polish). Lechia Gdańsk. 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- Taylor, Stephen (17 June 2006). "Troussier positive on Japan's chances". Daily Yomiuri Online. Archived from the original on 22 June 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
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