Keita Suzuki

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Keita Suzuki
Personal information
Full name Keita Suzuki
Date of birth (1981-07-08) July 8, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2015 Urawa Reds 379 (10)
Total 379 (10)
National team
2006–2008 Japan 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Keita Suzuki (鈴木 啓太, Suzuki Keita, born July 8, 1981) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team. He was a defensive midfielder.

He is a cousin of Koki Mizuno.[1] His wife is Japanese actress Hiroko Hatano.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Tōkai University Fuzoku Shōyō High School, he joined J2 League side Urawa Red Diamonds in 2000. His first professional appearance came in an Emperor's Cup match against Honda Lock SC on 3 December 2000. He broke into Urawa's first team in 2001 and became a mainstay in midfield. He contributed to the club winning the J1 League championship in 2006 and was chosen as one of the J.League Best Eleven 2006. In October 2015, he announced that he would be leaving his only club at the end of that season.[2]

He was captain for Japan's Olympic team throughout 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 was the only player who started all 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 retirement from football.[4]

Club statistics[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 Reds 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 26 1 2 0 6 0 - - 34 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 1 3 0 - - 32 2
2015 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 10 0
Career total 379 10 34 2 64 4 22 0 9 0 508 16

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

National team[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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