Naohiro Takahara

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Naohiro Takahara
Takahara Naohiro, Omiya vs Shimizu 2012 (cropped).jpg
Takahara with Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012
Personal information
Full name Naohiro Takahara
Date of birth (1979-06-04) June 4, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
SC Sagamihara
Number 31
Youth career
1995–1997 Shimizu Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Júbilo Iwata 105 (58)
2001 Boca Juniors (loan) 7[1] (1)
2003–2006 Hamburger SV 97 (13)
2005–2006 Hamburger SV II 3 (2)
2006–2007 Eintracht Frankfurt 38 (12)
2008–2010 Urawa Red Diamonds 59 (10)
2010 Suwon Bluewings 12 (4)
2011–2012 Shimizu S-Pulse 46 (9)
2013–2014 Tokyo Verdy 41 (11)
2014– SC Sagamihara 0 (0)
National team
1998–1999 Japan U-20 16 (16)
1998–2000 Japan U-23 11 (4)
2000–2008[2] Japan 57 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 21, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 23, 2010

Naohiro Takahara (高原 直泰 Takahara Naohiro?, born June 4, 1979) is a Japanese footballer. He currently plays for SC Sagamihara as a striker.

Takahara was born in Mishima, Shizuoka. He has previously played for Júbilo Iwata in Japan, Boca Juniors in Argentina, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany. On December 3, 2006, he scored his first hat-trick in the German Bundesliga in a league game against Alemannia Aachen. In January 2008 he moved to Urawa Red Diamonds for a transfer fee of around ¥180 million (around $1.7 million).[3]

Takahara had played for Japan in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney but missed the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by his home country and South Korea, because of lung disease.[4] He was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and played in all the six games involving Japan. He scored four goals and was a joint top scorer of the tournament.

Facts[edit]

  • His goals and performances were celebrated by Eintracht supporters by singing to the melody of Gala's Freed from desire. After successful matches Takahara often joined the faithful to jump up and down the same way.
  • Takahara was the first Japanese player to play in the Argentine First Division league.[5]
  • Takahara is the third Japanese to play in Fußball-Bundesliga after Yasuhiko Okudera and Kazuo Ozaki.

Asian Cup 2007[edit]

Takahara finished top scorer after an impressive performance at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. He scored against Qatar in the first match, who Japan tied 1-1. Japan won the next match, against United Arab Emirates and Takahara impressed coach Ivica Osim with two goals. In the quarterfinal match against rivals Australia, Takahara scored the tying goal and sent the game in PKs. Although Takahara missed his spot-kick, heroic saves from goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi sent Japan through into the semifinals, where they lost to Saudi Arabia 2-3.

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual Honors[edit]

Team Honors[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club season League Cup League Cup Continantal Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Júbilo Iwata Japan J. League 1 Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1998 20 5 2 0 6 4 28 9
1999 21 9 3 1 1 0 25 10
2000 24 10 0 0 2 0 26 10
2001 13 8 2 2 15 10
Boca Juniors Argentina Primera División Copa Argentina Other South America Total
2001-02 6 1 6 1
Júbilo Iwata Japan J. League 1 Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2002 27 26 3 0 30 26
Hamburger SV Germany Bundesliga DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2002-03 16 3 16 3
2003-04 29 2 3 1 3 1 2 0 37 4
2004-05 31 7 1 0 *1 0 33 7
2005-06 21 1 2 1 *10 0 33 2
Eintracht Frankfurt 2006-07 30 11 4 4 5 2 39 17
2007-08 8 1 2 0 10 1
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan J. League 1 Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2008 27 6 1 0 3 1 4 1 35 8
2009 32 4 8 2 40 6
2010 4 0 1 1 5 1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea K League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 12 4 1 0 1 0 14 4
Shimizu S-Pulse Japan J. League 1 Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2011 28 8 1 0 4 1 25 9
2012 18 1 0 0 2 0 20 1
Tokyo Verdy Japan J. League 2 Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2013 41 11 0 0 41 11
2014 0 0 0 0
SC Sagamihara Japan J. League 3 Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Japan 255 89 10 1 29 11 4 1 298 102
Argentina 6 1 6 1
Germany 135 25 12 6 3 1 18 2 168 34
South Korea 12 4 1 0 1 0 14 4
Career total 408 119 23 7 32 12 23 3 486 141

* Includes Intertoto Cup

International[edit]

[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boca. Primera enciclopedia de un sentimiento", Olé, p. 344
  2. ^ "TAKAHARA Naohiro". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  3. ^ (German) "Takahara leaves the Eintracht", eintracht.de, accessed January 4, 2008.
  4. ^ "Takahara suffering lung disease again". ESPN. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Spreading Their Wings: Japanese Soccer Stars Seek Success Overseas", web-japan.org, accessed October 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Naohiro Takahara at National-Football-Teams.com

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