Marcus Tulio Tanaka
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|Full name||Marcus Tulio Lyuji Murzani Tanaka|
|Date of birth||24 April 1981|
|Place of birth||Palmeira d'Oeste, SP, Brazil|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1998–2000||Shibuya Makuhari High School|
|2004–2009||Urawa Red Diamonds||210||(42)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 January 2016.
Marcus Tulio Tanaka (田中 マルクス 闘莉王 Tanaka Marukusu Tūrio?, born Marcus Túlio Lyuji Murzani Tanaka on 24 April 1981), commonly known as Tulio, is a Japanese footballer who last played for the J. League Division 1 club Nagoya Grampus.
Born in Palmeira d'Oeste, Brazil to a second generation Japanese-Brazilian father and Italian-Brazilian mother, Tulio moved to Japan at age 15 to complete his high school studies. After graduation from Shibuya Makuhari High School in Chiba Prefecture in 2001, Tulio joined the J.League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
When Sanfrecce was relegated to J. League Division 2 after his second season in 2002, he was loaned to fellow J. League Division 2 side Mito Hollyhock. On 10 October 2003, Tulio obtained his Japanese citizenship. In 2004, after a season at Mito, Tulio returned to the J. League Division 1, joining Urawa Reds and played for Japan at the 2004 Olympic games.
Tulio made his debut for the Japan's senior national team on 9 August 2006, against Trinidad and Tobago. He scored his first goal for Japan on 15 November 2006 in a 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia. After the strong performance in 2006 season, which led Urawa to win their first ever J. League Division 1 title, he received J-League Player of the Year. But he missed 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals due to an injury. His absence was a big blow to the Japan NT.
Tulio went on to score his second goal for the Japanese national team, on 22 August 2007, in an international friendly versus Cameroon – a header. On 17 July 2008, he scored his first hat-trick in J. League Division 1 in a league game against Tokyo Verdy. On 22 December 2009, after falling out with the management at Urawa as he was deployed in an unfamiliar position at the back, Tulio joined Nagoya Grampus. He played 168 games and scored 37 goals for his ex-club.
On 30 May 2010, he scored for Japan against England in the 7th minute of a World Cup warm-up, and also scored for England against Japan in the form of an own goal 67 minutes later. As Japan's captain Yuji Nakazawa later did the same thing, the game finished 2–1 for England.
On 4 June 2010, he scored for Côte d'Ivoire against Japan in the form of an own goal in the 13th minute of a friendly match. Three minutes later, he injured Côte d'Ivoire attacker Didier Drogba's elbow which was fractured by high challenge from Tulio.
He was a playmaker in his younger days, whose passes and headers helped his team score goals.
- As of 19 December 2015
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2001||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J. League Division 1||17||1||-||5||0||-||22||1|
|2003||Mito HollyHock||J. League Division 2||42||10||3||0||-||-||45||10|
|2004||Urawa Red Diamonds||J. League Division 1||21||3||1||0||6||1||-||28||4|
|2010||Nagoya Grampus||J. League Division 1||29||6||-||1||0||-||30||6|
- Includes 2 matches at FIFA Club World Cup
|Japan national team|
National team career statistics
Appearances in major competitions
|Japan||2004 Summer Olympics||U-23||3||0||0||Round 1|
|Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||4||0||1||Qualified|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||8||0||3||Qualified|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup||Senior||4||0||0||Round 16|
Goals for senior national team
|1.||15 November 2006||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan||Saudi Arabia||1–0||3–1||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|2.||22 August 2007||Kyushu Sekiyu Dome, Oita, Japan||Cameroon||1–0||2–0||Friendly match (2007 Kirin Challenge Cup)|
|3.||14 June 2008||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||Thailand||0–1||0–3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||19 November 2008||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||0–3||0–3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||17 June 2009||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia||Australia||0–1||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||8 October 2009||Outsourcing Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan||Hong Kong||4–0||6–0||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|7.||11 February 2010||National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan||Hong Kong||2–0||3–0||2010 East Asian Football Championship|
|8.||30 May 2010||UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria||England||1–0||1–2||Friendly match|
Awards and honours
- Kirin Cup: 3
- Urawa Red Diamonds
- Nagoya Grampus
- Japanese Footballer of the Year: 1
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 List of Players" (PDF). fifa. June 4, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "TANAKA Marcus Tulio". Japan National Football Team Database.
- "Brazilian Samurai ready to rumble for Japan". Zimbio. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Reuters (22 December 2009). "Japan star Tulio swaps Urawa Red Diamonds for Nagoya Grampus Eight – Global – ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- Barry Glendenning (30 May 2010). "Football: England v Japan – as it happened | Football | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
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