Keita Suzuki

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Keita Suzuki
鈴木 啓太
Personal information
Full name Keita Suzuki
Date of birth (1981-07-08) 8 July 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1997–1999 Tōkai University Fuzoku Shōyō H.S.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2015 Urawa Red Diamonds 372 (10)
National team
2002–2004 Japan U23 26 (2)
2005–2008 Japan 28 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 February 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 January 2011

Keita Suzuki (鈴木 啓太 Suzuki Keita?, born 8 July 1981) is a Japanese football (soccer) player. He is a defensive midfielder and currently plays for Urawa Red Diamonds. He is a cousin of Koki Mizuno.[1]

His wife is a Japanese actress Hiroko Hatano.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Tōkai University Fuzoku Shōyō High School, he joined J. League side Urawa Red Diamonds in 2000. His first professional appearance came in an Emperor's Cup match against Honda Lock S.C. on 3 December 2000. He broke into Urawa's first team in 2001 and became a mainstay in the midfield. He contributed to the club winning the J. League championship in 2006 and was chosen as one of the J. League Best Eleven 2006. In October 2015, he announced that he'll leave his only squad at the end of the season.[2]

He was a captain for the Japan's Olympic team through the final qualifying stage to Athens 2004. However, he was not included in the final squad for the Olympic as coach Masakuni Yamamoto favoured overage player Shinji Ono.

Japan's former national coach Ivica Osim rated Suzuki highly and handed him his first senior cap on 9 August 2006, in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago. He is the only player who started all of the 20 matches under Osim's reign. Osim once referred to him as the Japanese answer to Claude Makélélé.[3]

After the last game of 2015 regular season, he announced his retire from football.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 February 2016

Club[edit]

Club Season League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Champions League Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Urawa Red Diamonds 2000 0 0 2 1 0 0 - - 2 1
2001 15 1 4 0 2 0 - - 21 1
2002 26 1 1 0 4 1 - - 31 2
2003 29 1 1 0 10 1 - - 40 2
2004 25 0 4 0 8 0 - 2 0 39 0
2005 29 0 4 0 6 2 - - 39 2
2006 31 1 5 0 6 0 - 1 0 43 1
2007 33 1 1 0 0 0 12 0 5 0 51 1
2008 23 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 - 27 0
2009 32 1 1 0 7 0 - - 40 1
2010 17 0 3 0 5 0 - - 25 0
2011 19 1 2 0 6 0 - - 27 1
2012 31 2 3 0 2 0 - - 36 2
2013 30 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 - 38 0
2014 28 1 1 0 3 0 - - 32 1
2015 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 10 0
Career total 372 10 34 1 64 4 22 0 9 0 501 15

1Includes J. League Championship, Japanese Super Cup, A3 Champions Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

International[edit]

[5]

National team Year Apps Goals
Japan U-23
2002 6 1
2003 8 0
2004 12 1
Total 26 2
Japan
2006 7 0
2007 13 0
2008 8 0
Total 28 0

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 2004 Summer Olympics Qualification U-22~23 6 1 1 Qualified
 Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 5 0 0 Qualified
 Japan 2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 0 4th place
 Japan 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 2 0 0 Qualified

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.

Under-23[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 October 2002 South Korea Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan  Thailand
2–0
3–0
2002 Asian Games
2. 3 March 2004 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Lebanon
2–0
4–0
2004 Summer Olympics Qualification

Honours[edit]

Japan[edit]

2007

Club[edit]

Urawa Red Diamonds
2006
2015
2005, 2006
2003
2007
2006

Individual[edit]

  • Japanese Footballer of the Year: 1
2007
2006, 2007

References[edit]

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