Naohiro Takahara

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Naohiro Takahara
高原 直泰
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 39)
Place of birth Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Okinawa SV
Number 10
Youth career
1995–1997 Shimizu Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Júbilo Iwata 105 (58)
2001Boca Juniors (loan) 6 (1)
2002–2006 Hamburg 97 (13)
2006–2008 Eintracht Frankfurt 38 (12)
2008–2010 Urawa Reds 63 (10)
2010Suwon Samsung Bluewings (loan) 12 (4)
2011–2012 Shimizu S-Pulse 46 (9)
2013–2014 Tokyo Verdy 41 (11)
2014–2015 SC Sagamihara 54 (11)
2016– Okinawa SV
Total 462 (129)
National team
1995 Japan U-17 3 (1)
1998–1999 Japan U-20 16 (16)
1998–2000 Japan U-23 11 (4)
2000–2008 Japan 57 (23)
Teams managed
2016– Okinawa SV
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2015

Naohiro Takahara (高原 直泰, Takahara Naohiro, born June 4, 1979) is a Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. Currently, he is playing manager for Okinawa SV.

Club career[edit]

Takahara was born in Mishima in June 4, 1979. After graduating from high school, he joined Júbilo Iwata in 1998. In 1998, the club won J.League Cup and he was elected New Hero awards. In 1999, the club won J1 League and Asian Club Championship. The club also won the 2nd place 1999–00 and 2000–01 Asian Club Championship. In August 2001, he moved to Boca Juniors on loan.

In 2002, he returned to Júbilo Iwata. the club won the champions J1 League. He also became a top scorer and was elected MVP awards. End of 2002 season, he moved to Hamburger SV. 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 Reds for a transfer fee of around ¥180 million (around $1.7 million).[1]

He suffered a disagreement with the style of coach Volker Finke, who took over as coach of Urawa in 2009, and was leased to Suwon Samsung Bluewings in July of the following year. On July 31, 2010, he made his debut as a substitute for the 39th minute of the match against Gwangju FC. On 29 August, he scored a goal in the 39th minute of the second half of the game against FC Seoul. He helped victorious game 4-2 and won the MVP in this game.

In 2011, he returned to Japan and signed with Shimizu S-Pulse. After that, he played for J2 League club Tokyo Verdy (2013-14) and J3 League club SC Sagamihara (2014-15).

In December 2015, with legendary Japanese judoka Tadahiro Nomura, established Okinawa SV.[2] Takahara played as playing manager for the club. He also served as president of the club.

National team career[edit]

In August 1995, Takahara was elected Japan U-17 national team for 1995 U-17 World Championship. He played all 3 matches and scored 1 goal. In April 1999, he was also elected Japan U-20 national team for 1999 World Youth Championship. He played all 7 matches and scored 3 goals. Japan won the 2nd place. In February 2000, he was elected Japan national team for 2000 Asian Cup qualification. At this qualification, on February 13, he debuted against Singapore. He played all 3 matches and 3 goals and Japan won the qualify for 2000 Asian Cup.

In September, he was elected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics. He played all 4 matches and scored 3 goals in first match and quarterfinal. In October, he played at 2000 Asian Cup. He played 5 matches and scored 5 goals. Japan won the champions. However he missed the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by his home country and South Korea, because of lung disease (venous thrombosis).[3]

After 2002 World Cup, Takahara played at 2003 Confederations Cup. Although his convocation for Japan decreased due to the schedule, he played as regular player when he was elected Japan. In 2006, he was elected Japan for 2006 World Cup and he played all 3 matches. After 2006 World Cup, he played at 2007 Asian Cup. He played 6 matches and scored 4 goals, and became a top scorer. He played 57 games and scored 23 goals for Japan until 2008.[4]

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.

Club statistics[edit]

Club season League Cup League Cup Continantal Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Júbilo Iwata Japan J1 League 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 0 0 2 2 15 10
Boca Juniors Argentina Primera División Copa Argentina Other South America Total
2001/02 6 1 1 0 7 1
Júbilo Iwata Japan J1 League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2002 27 26 3 0 0 0 30 26
Hamburg 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 Reds Japan J1 League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2008 27 6 1 0 3 1 4 1 35 8
2009 32 4 0 0 8 2 40 6
2010 4 0 0 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 J1 League 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 J2 League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2013 41 11 0 0 41 11
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
SC Sagamihara Japan J3 League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2014 21 5 0 0 21 5
2015 33 6 0 0 33 6
Total Japan 309 101 10 1 29 11 4 1 352 113
Argentina 6 1 1 0 7 1
Germany 135 25 12 6 3 1 18 2 168 34
South Korea 12 4 1 0 1 0 14 4
Career total 462 129 23 7 32 12 24 3 541 151

* Includes Intertoto Cup

National team statistics[edit]

[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual Honors[edit]

Team Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in German) "Takahara leaves the Eintracht" Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine., eintracht.de, accessed January 4, 2008.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Takahara suffering lung disease again". ESPN. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  5. ^ "Spreading Their Wings: Japanese Soccer Stars Seek Success Overseas", web-japan.org, accessed October 20, 2011.

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