Marcus Tulio Tanaka
|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|
|2003||→ Mito HollyHock (loan)||45||(10)|
|2004–2009||Urawa Red Diamonds||168||(37)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 February 2011
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 is currently playing as a starting centre-back for J2 League club Kyoto Sanga FC.
Born in Palmeira d'Oeste, Brazil to an Italian Brazilian mother and second generation Japanese Brazilian father, 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.
On 9 January 2016, Nagoya Grampus announced that the club and Tulio are parting ways. Nearly nine-months later, on 28 August 2016, Tulio re-signed for Nagoya Grampus, before leaving Nagoya Grampus at the end of the 2016 season upon the expiration of his contract.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||AFC||Total|
|2001||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J1 League||17||1||-||5||0||-||22||1|
|2003||Mito HollyHock||J2 League||42||10||3||0||-||-||45||10|
|2004||Urawa Red Diamonds||J1 League||21||3||1||0||6||1||-||28||4|
|2010||Nagoya Grampus||J1 League||29||6||-||1||0||-||30||6|
|2017||Kyoto Sanga||J2 League||31||15||0||0||-||-||31||15|
- Includes 2 matches at FIFA Club World Cup
|Japan national team|
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|
|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, Ōita, 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|
- Urawa Red Diamonds
- Nagoya Grampus
- Kirin Cup: 3
- Japanese Footballer of the Year: 1
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "TANAKA Marcus Tulio". Japan National Football Team Database.
- "Brazilian Samurai ready to rumble for Japan". Zimbio. 29 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "Japan star Tulio swaps Urawa Red Diamonds for Nagoya Grampus Eight – Global". ESPN Soccernet. Reuters. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- Barry Glendenning (30 May 2010). "Football: England v Japan – as it happened". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "田中マルクス闘莉王選手、加入記者会見" (in Japanese). Nagoya Grampus. 28 August 2016. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- "田中 マルクス闘莉王選手、契約満了のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Nagoya Grampus. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
- "Kyoto Sanga finalize deal with Tulio". Japan Times. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 199 out of 289)
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 171 out of 289)
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