Shigetatsu Matsunaga

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Shigetatsu Matsunaga
松永 成立
Shigetatsu Matsunaga Nissan SC (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Date of birth (1962-08-12) August 12, 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1981–1984 Aichi Gakuin University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1995 Yokohama Marinos 334 (0)
1995–1996 Tosu Futures 54 (0)
1997 Brummell Sendai 15 (0)
1997–2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga 85 (0)
Total 488 (0)
National team
1988–1995 Japan 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shigetatsu Matsunaga (松永 成立, Shigetatsu Matsunaga, born August 12, 1962) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Matsunaga was educated at and played for Hamana High School and Aichi Gakuin University. After graduating from the university, he joined Japan Soccer League side Nissan Motors in 1985. The club also won 1985 Emperor's Cup. From 1988 to 1990, the club won all three major title in Japan; Japan Soccer League, JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup for 2 years in a row. In 1990s, the club won 1990 JSL Cup, 1991 Emperor's Cup and 1992 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, the club won 1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

When Japan's first-ever professional league J1 League started in 1993, Nissan Motors was transformed to Yokohama Marinos for whom he continued to play. The club won 1992 Emperor's Cup and 1992–93 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. After he lost his position to young Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi who would also replace him as the first-choice goalkeeper in the national team, he moved to Japan Football League (JFL) side Tosu Futures in 1995. He moved to fellow JFL side Brummell Sendai in 1997. He came back to J1 League to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1998 and spent 3 seasons there before he retired in 2000.

National team career[edit]

Matsunaga was capped 40 times for Japan national team between 1988 and 1995.[1] He was the first-choice GK when Japan won the 1992 Asian Cup. However, he was sent off for retaliation in the semi-final against China and Kazuya Maekawa filled in for him for the rest of the competition. He was also tending the goal when Japan's hope to play in the 1994 World Cup finals was dashed by a late Iraqi equaliser in the 1994 World Cup qualification final qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from the game, Matsunaga served as a goalkeeping coach for Kyoto Purple Sanga from 2001 to 2006. He is now a goalkeeping coach for Yokohama F. Marinos.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1985/86 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 15 0 15 0
1986/87 22 0 22 0
1987/88 22 0 22 0
1988/89 21 0 21 0
1989/90 22 0 4 0 26 0
1990/91 22 0 4 0 26 0
1991/92 21 0 3 0 24 0
1992 Yokohama Marinos J1 League - 4 0 9 0 13 0
1993 36 0 3 0 0 0 39 0
1994 43 0 4 0 3 0 50 0
1995 10 0 0 0 - 10 0
1995 Tosu Futures Football League 24 0 1 0 - 25 0
1996 30 0 3 0 - 33 0
1997 Brummell Sendai Football League 15 0 0 0 6 0 21 0
1997 Kyoto Purple Sanga J1 League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1998 34 0 2 0 4 0 40 0
1999 30 0 2 0 3 1 35 1
2000 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 488 0 19 0 36 1 543 1

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1988 1 0
1989 9 0
1990 0 0
1991 1 0
1992 9 0
1993 14 0
1994 0 0
1995 6 0
Total 40 0

Personal honors[edit]

Team honors[edit]

National Team

Nissan Motors/Yokohama Marinos

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