Naoki Soma

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Naoki Soma
相馬 直樹
Personal information
Full name Naoki Soma
Date of birth (1971-07-19) July 19, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Youth career
1987–1989 Shimizu Higashi High School
1990–1993 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2003 Kashima Antlers 250 (10)
2002Tokyo Verdy (loan) 27 (0)
2004–2005 Kawasaki Frontale 27 (0)
Total 304 (10)
National team
1995–1999 Japan 58 (4)
Teams managed
2010 FC Machida Zelvia
2011–2012 Kawasaki Frontale
2014– FC Machida Zelvia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Naoki Soma (相馬 直樹, Sōma Naoki, born July 19, 1971) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Soma was born in Shizuoka on July 19, 1971. After graduating from Waseda University, he joined Kashima Antlers in 1994. He played as left side-back and became one of the main player in glorious era of the club. In 1990s, the club won the champions in 1996, 1998 J1 League, 1997 J.League Cup and 1997 Emperor's Cup. He was also elected Best Eleven for 4 years in a row (1995-1998). In 2000, the club won all three major title in Japan; J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. However at Emperor's Cup in December 2000, he got hurt and he could not play about a year. Although he came back in the latter half of 2001, his opportunity to play decreased behind Augusto. In 2002, he moved to Tokyo Verdy on loan. He returned to Kashima Antlers in 2003 and moved to Kawasaki Frontale in 2004. At Kawasaki Frontale, he played as defensive midfielder and sweeper. He retired end of 2005 season.

National team career[edit]

On May 28, 1995, Soma debuted for Japan national team against Ecuador. After debut, he became a regular player as left side-back and left midfielder. In 1996, he played in all matches included 1996 Asian Cup. At 1998 World Cup qualification in 1997, Japan won the qualify for 1998 World Cup first time Japan's history. He played in all matches at 1998 World Cup. He also played at 1999 Copa America. He played 58 games and scored 4 goals for Japan until 1999.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Soma retired at the end of the 2005 season. After working as a TV pundit, Soma managed the Japan Football League side FC Machida Zelvia in 2010. He held a managerial post in charge of J1 League side Kawasaki Frontale prior to the 2011 season. On April 12, 2012, Kawasaki dismiss coach Naoki Soma after performing 'far below expectations'. The 40-year-old coach was sacked with the club's president stating the team were performing 'far below expectations' having aimed to win the title this term. In 2014, he signed with J3 League side FC Machida Zelvia again. He led the club to won the 2nd place in 2015 and promoted to J2 League.

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kashima Antlers 1994 28 0 1 0 1 0 30 0
1995 50 3 4 0 54 3
1996 30 2 3 0 14 0 47 2
1997 21 0 5 0 2 1 28 1
1998 34 1 4 0 1 0 39 1
1999 30 0 2 0 7 1 39 1
2000 30 2 4 0 7 0 41 2
2001 7 0 3 0 1 0 11 0
Tokyo Verdy 2002 27 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
Kashima Antlers 2003 20 2 0 0 3 1 3 0 26 3
Kawasaki Frontale 2004 15 0 1 0 16 0
2005 12 0 2 0 3 0 17 0
Total 304 10 29 0 45 3 3 0 381 13

National team[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 9 0
1996 13 2
1997 21 1
1998 10 1
1999 5 0
Total 58 4

Managerial statistics[edit]

Update; December 31, 2015[2]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kawasaki Frontale 2011 2012 41 16 6 19 039.02
FC Machida Zelvia 2014 Present 69 43 17 9 062.32
Total 110 59 23 28 053.64

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