Masashi Nakayama

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Masashi Nakayama
Personal information
Full name Masashi Nakayama
Date of birth (1967-09-23) 23 September 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Fujieda, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Azul Claro Numazu
Number 39
Youth career
1986–1989 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–2009 Júbilo Iwata 419 (207)
2010–2012 Consadole Sapporo 13 (0)
2015– Azul Claro Numazu 0 (0)
Total 432 (207)
National team
1990–2003 Japan 53 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2017.

Masashi Nakayama (中山 雅史, Nakayama Masashi, born 23 September 1967) is a Japanese football player. Born in Shizuoka, Gon Nakayama attended Fujieda Higashi High School and University of Tsukuba before he joined Yamaha Motors (currently; Júbilo Iwata) of the Japan Soccer League, a precursor to the J1 League, which consisted of company sponsored teams. He retired in December 2012 at age 45 after playing 3 seasons for Consadole Sapporo, then he came back almost three years later with Azul Claro Numazu in Japan Football League.

Career[edit]

Playing as a Forward, Nakayama made his J1 League debut on 11 March 1994. From then until 2009, he was an ever-present part of the Júbilo Iwata lineup as they were consistently one of the top teams in the J1 League since its inception. With a strike-rate of more than a goal every two games throughout his career, Nakayama was the inspirational and talismanic leader for both Júbilo Iwata and the Japanese national team.

At the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, Nakayama scored the only goal of the tournament and the first goal for Japan in the history of the World Cup against Jamaica on 26 June 1998.[1] As of 2009, he has scored 21 goals in 53 appearances for the Japanese national team, which places him 8th all-time among goalscorers for his country.

Nakayama also holds the world record fastest hat-trick at international level. He managed three goals in an AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Brunei on 16 February 2000 in only three minutes and three seconds,[1] beating the previous record of Englishman George William Hall set in 1938 (against Northern Ireland) by 27 seconds. This striker becomes a record-holder with other hat-tricks, that he did it in four successive games of J1 League, from 15 to 29 April in 1998. He scored 16 times in these games.[1] The record is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records

Affectionately known as Gon, Nakayama is a fan favorite among many casual Japanese football fans for his outspoken and humorous nature. Now in the twilight of his career, injuries and age have taken a toll on Nakayama's skills but he still remains a favorite of the Jubilo faithful, as evidenced by the fact that he draws the loudest cheers by far from the home crowd at Yamaha Stadium when his name is announced during warm-ups or when he comes on as a substitute.

On 4 December 2012, he announced his retirement at the age of 45, citing injuries to his both knees, after making J1 League's all-time leading scores of 157 goals.[1] In September 2015, he began to train with Azul Claro Numazu and then he signed a contract with the Japan Football League's side.[2] Despite the fact he didn't play any minute of JFL with Azul Claro, his contract was renewed for 2017 season, the first of club in professional football.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Updated to 23 February 2017.[4]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AFC Total
1990/91 Yamaha Motors JSL Division 1 13 4 2 1 - 15 5
1991/92 18 15 1 0 - 19 15
1992 Football League 16 13 - - 16 13
1993 18 18 1 0 0 0 - 19 18
1994 Júbilo Iwata J1 League 12 3 0 0 0 0 - 12 3
1995 45 18 0 0 - - 45 18
1996 27 9 0 0 13 7 - 40 16
1997 27 18 4 2 11 6 - 42 26
1998 27 36 3 4 0 0 - 30 40
1999 23 6 1 2 1 1 - 25 9
2000 29 20 3 2 4 1 - 36 23
2001 30 16 1 0 8 4 - 39 20
2002 29 16 3 2 7 3 - 39 21
2003 12 3 5 0 2 1 - 19 4
2004 19 3 4 1 5 0 4 1 32 5
2005 29 6 2 0 2 0 1 0 34 6
2006 13 1 1 0 3 1 - 17 2
2007 15 1 2 0 5 1 - 22 2
2008 16 1 2 1 3 1 - 21 3
2009 1 0 1 0 1 0 - 3 0
2010 Consadole Sapporo J2 League 12 0 1 0 - - 13 0
2011 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2012 J1 League 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
2015 Azul Claro Numazu JFL 0 0 - - - 0 0
2016 0 0 - - - 0 0
Total 432 207 34 12 68 27 5 1 539 247
Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 1 0
1991 0 0
1992 6 3
1993 8 4
1994 0 0
1995 4 1
1996 0 0
1997 2 2
1998 10 4
1999 1 0
2000 7 6
2001 8 1
2002 3 0
2003 3 0
Total 53 21

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 August 1992 Beijing, China PR  South Korea 2–2 Draw Dynasty Cup 1992
2. 1 November 1992 Hiroshima, Japan  North Korea 1–1 Draw 1992 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
3. 6 November 1992 Hiroshima, Japan  China PR 3–2 Won 1992 AFC Asian Cup Semi-finals
4. 5 May 1993 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 18 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  Iran 1–2 Lost 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 21 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 3–0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 28 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  Iraq 2–2 Draw 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 28 May 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Ecuador 3–0 Won Friendly
9. 8 November 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Kazakhstan 5–1 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 16 November 1997 Johor Bahru, Malaysia  Iran 3–2 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Play-off
11. 1 March 1998 Yokohama, Japan  South Korea 2–1 Won Dynasty Cup 1998
12. 1 April 1998 Korea Republic  South Korea 1–2 Lost Friendly
13. 26 June 1998 Lyon, France  Jamaica 1–2 Lost 1998 FIFA World Cup Group Stage
14. 28 October 1998 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 1–0 Won Friendly
15. 13 February 2000 Macau  Singapore 3–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
16. 16 February 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
17. 16 February 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
18. 16 February 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
19. 20 February 2000 Macau  Macau 3–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
20. 20 February 2000 Macau  Macau 3–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
21. 15 August 2001 Fukuroi, Japan  Australia 3–0 Won AFC/OFC Cup Challenge

National team[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Nakayama is currently the all-time top goal scorer in J1 League with 157 goals. He holds the record for top scorer in a single season, scoring 36 goals in 1998.
  • Nakayama once portrayed himself on television, performing voice work for a guest role on the anime Hungry Heart: Wild Striker.
  • Nakayama appeared on the front cover of the Japanese releases of Konami's Winning Eleven video game series (WE 6 and WE 6: Final Evolution) in 2002 and 2003.
  • He married actress Tomoko Ikuta in 1996, and together they had a daughter. Ikuta did the voice-over for lead actress Lee Young-ae in the Japanese version of the popular South Korean TV series Dae Jang Geum.
  • Nakayama Will Be a Special Guest Appearance in The HappinessCharge PreCure! as Himself This episode corresponds with the opening of the World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Japan icon Nakayama calls time on career FIFA.com 4 December 2012
  2. ^ "中山雅史選手アスルクラロ沼津加入のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Azul Claro. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "2017シーズン 中山 雅史選手 契約更新のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Azul Claro. 25 December 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 273 out of 289)

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