Issey Nakajima-Farran

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Issey Nakajima-Farran
Personal information
Full name Issey Morgan Nakajima-Farran
Date of birth (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
1993–1994 Verdy Kawasaki
1995–1997 Crystal Palace
2000–2002 Tokyo Verdy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Albirex Niigata 0 (0)
2004–2006 Albirex Singapore 45 (26)
2006–2007 Vejle 44 (16)
2007–2009 Nordsjælland 46 (13)
2009–2011 Horsens 55 (11)
2011–2012 Brisbane Roar 23 (4)
2012–2013 AEK Larnaca 10 (1)
2013–2014 Alki Larnaca (loan) 15 (3)
2014 Toronto 5 (3)
2014 Montreal Impact 13 (0)
2015 CF Suburense 2 (2)
2015–2017 Terengganu 61 (32)
2018– Pahang 5 (4)
National team
2005 Singapore U21 1 (2)
2006– Canada 38 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2017

Issey Morgan Nakajima-Farran (born 16 May 1984) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a midfielder.

He mentioned that “We are frustrated, I think nobody has been part of a game where it’s 4-0 and its frustrating. It should have been more, but it’s an important win for us so we’ll try to be happy,” in regards to his team’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Kuala Lumpur FA in the Malaysia Super League in May 2018, as reported by FOX Sports Asia in an article.

Club career[edit]


Born to an English-Zambian father and a Japanese mother, Nakajima-Farran moved with his family from Canada to Tokyo when he was three.[2] His football career began while playing for the junior youth team of Verdy Kawasaki. He later moved to England at the age of ten to play for Crystal Palace FC's youth team, but returned to Japan when he was 16 to pursue a youth contract with Tokyo Verdy. In 2003, he began his professional football career after having signed with J2 League's Albirex Niigata.


In 2004, Nakajima-Farran was transferred to the Albirex Niigata's Singaporean satellite club in the S.League. Upon two successful seasons with Albirex Niigata Singapore FC, scoring 26 goals in 45 appearances, he was awarded the S.League Young Player of the Year in 2005, and also was invited to play a game for the U-21 side of Singaporean national football team.


In the winter transfer window of 2006, Nakajima-Farran had trials with English sides Millwall FC and Portsmouth FC, however was signed by Danish First Division team Vejle Boldklub on a 2-year deal. He helped Vejle BK win the championship and gain promotion to the top league in the Danish football system, the Superliga, by netting 7 goals in 13 games. Following a strong performance in his first season in the top flight, he was bought by Danish Superliga side, FC Nordsjælland on a 4-year contract in June 2007.

Upon his debut for his new club, he guided FCN to their first victory over Denmark's most successful club, FC København by scoring the only goal of the game in injury time. He went on to score many important goals for FCN, as well as making appearances in the qualifying campaign and the first round of the UEFA Cup 2008-09. During the summer transfer window of 2009, Nakajima-Frarran went on a trial with Eredivisie team De Graafschap, but joined Danish First Division side, AC Horsens on a 3-year deal. He helped Horsens win the championship and gain promotion to the Superliga for the 2010–11 season. In August 2011, Nakajima-Farran was released from AC Horsens after having mutually agreed with the team to terminate the remainder of the contract.


On 30 August 2011, it was announced he had signed a one-year contract with A-League club Brisbane Roar FC.[3] Nakajima-Farran made his debut for the Roar on 11 September 2011 in a pre-season friendly at Launceston. He scored his first goal and set up another for Brisbane in a 7–1 thrashing of Adelaide United FC in round 4. In round 8, Issey was awarded "Man of the Match" after netting two goals in a 4–0 victory over Perth Glory FC, and helping the Roar set a new Australian sports team record of 36 unbeaten games.


During the summer transfer window of 2012, Nakajima-Farran signed a two-year deal with Cypriot First Division side, AEK Larnaca FC. Issey netted his first goal in the Cypriot league on 22 October in a 3–0 routing of Ayia Napa FC. In January 2013, Issey was loaned out to Alki Larnaca FC until the end of the 2012–13 season. During Round 26, Nakajima-Farran helped Alki Larnaca squeeze past Ethnikos Achna FC 6–5, by scoring a goal in the 54th minute, and setting up another two minutes later.


On 24 January 2014, Nakajima-Farran began a trial with Canadian club Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.[4] On 28 March 2014, Farran signed a deal with Toronto after several weeks of speculation.[5] The following day he made his debut as a second half sub for Bradley Orr in a 3-0 away defeat to Real Salt Lake.[6] He scored his first goal for Toronto the following week on 5 April against the Columbus Crew, the game ended in a 2-0 away victory.[7]

On 16 May 2014, Nakajima-Farran was traded to the Montreal Impact for Collen Warner, the trade also included some allocation money. At the end of the season, he was waived by Montreal.[8]


Following his release from MLS, Nakajima-Farran trained and played with amateur CF Suburense in the Segona Catalana, the sixth tier of the Spanish football league system to stay fit and be close to his family. [9]


Nakajima-Farran signed with Malaysia Super League club Terengganu on 1 April 2015.[10].

After a disastrous 2016 campaign which saw Terengganu relegated to second tier, Issey decided to stayed and helped team to gain promotion. He proved his words by helping them to finished second of the league return back to super league.[11] On November 1, 2017, Nakajima-Farran announced that he had departed the club by mutual consent[12].

Pahang 2018[edit]

Issey finalised the deal with Pahang in the mid season transfer window. He will fill the slot after cambodian striker Chan Vatanaka were released from contract. Alongside him, Austin Amuthu who replaced injured Forkey Doe. Amuthu previously played for kelantan in 2015 where he scored twice to eliminated Pahang in 2015 FA cup semi final.[13]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Canada in November 2006 for friendly match against Hungary. As of November 2013, he has earned a total of 30 caps, scoring 1 goal, represented Canada during the 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and also in four 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[14]

International goal[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Nakajima-Farran is Japan passport holder. His parents were born in two other countries, as his father is from Zimbabwe (of English descent) and his mother is from Japan.[15] His brother Paris, was also a professional footballer[16] who represented Canada at U-20 level and played as a defender for clubs in Japan, Denmark, Hong Kong and Spain. Other than playing football, Nakajima-Farran is an artist.[17]

Off the pitch Issey is an out-going person, he easily gets along with fans. Either losses or win, he's wiling to spent some time with fans if there's no training session. This makes him well accepted by home supporters. Not just by understanding the local culture, Issey also loves the local cuisine. During his stint with Terengganu, Nasi Dagang and Keropok Lekor were his main dishes.[18]



Albirex Niigata

Vejle Boldklub

AC Horsens

Brisbane Roar FC

Montreal Impact

  • Canadian Championship: 2014



  1. ^ "Issey Nakajima-Farran". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
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  3. ^[permanent dead link] Brisbane finalise squad
  4. ^ "Issey Nakajima-Farran to join Toronto FC on trial". SB Nation. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Kristin Knowles (28 March 2013). "Toronto FC (Finally) Sign Issey Nakajima-Farran". SB Nation. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Recap: RSL 3-0 Toronto FC". Real Salt Lake. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Andrew King (5 April 2014). "Match Recap: Crew 0, TFC 2". Toronto FC. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "L'Impact libère le milieu de terrain Issey Nakajima-Farran" [Impact waives midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran] (in French). 16 January 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "MOJA, A.E. "A" 2 SUBURENSE, C.F. "A"". 21 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.  "[dead link]
  10. ^ Marco D'Onofrio (1 April 2015). "Canadian International Issey Nakajima-Farran Signs With Terengganu FC". Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
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  12. ^ Instagram (1 November 2017). "Thank You". Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
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  14. ^ "Record at FIFA Tournaments". FIFA. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
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  16. ^ Neil Davidson (3 April 2014). "Issey Nakajima-Farran and the art of soccer". Metro. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  17. ^ Marco Monteverde (6 October 2011). "Brisbane Roar recruit Issey Nakajima-Farran ready for brush with destiny". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
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