Shoya Nakajima

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Shōya Nakajima
Shoya Nakajima 2015.jpg
Nakajima with FC Tokyo in 2015
Personal information
Full name Shōya Nakajima
Date of birth (1994-08-23) 23 August 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Portimonense
Number 10
Youth career
2004–2012 Tokyo Verdy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Tokyo Verdy 29 (6)
2014–2018 FC Tokyo 51 (6)
2014Kataller Toyama (loan) 28 (2)
2017–2018Portimonense (loan) 29 (10)
2018– Portimonense 13 (5)
National team
2011 Japan U17 2 (1)
2013 Japan U20 4 (3)
2014–2016 Japan U23 30 (19)
2018– Japan 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Shōya Nakajima (中島 翔哉, Nakajima Shōya, born 23 August 1994) is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Portimonense and the Japanese national team.

International career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Nakajima was first selected to represent the Japanese under-17 national team when he was called up to the Slovakia Cup, a friendly tournament in early May 2011 that served the purpose of preparing the squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[1] A month later, he was in Mexico playing at the 2011 U-17 World Cup, where he appeared in two matches and scored one goal in a 3–2 loss against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the competition.[2][3] On August 2013, Nakajima was called for the Japanese under-20 national team[a] to participate in the L'Alcúdia International Football Tournament in Spain. The squad was eliminated in the group stage but he managed to score a goal in the only victory of the competition for the Japanese, a 2–1 win against Argentina.[4][5]

In January 2014, Nakajima played for the Japanese under-23 national team[b] in the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship. He appeared in all three matches of the group stage, scoring one goal against Iran and two goals against Australia, therefore contributing to the team qualification for next round.[6][7][8] In the quarter-finals, he played against Iraq but they were eliminated in a 1–0 defeat.[9] On September 2014, the youngster was called for the 2014 Asian Games, scoring against Iraq and Nepal, while helping his squad qualify in second place on the group stage.[10][11] He then played the round 16 match against Palestine and advanced with his team to the quarter-finals,[12] where they were defeated by rivals South Korea in a late 1–0 loss.[13]

In March 2015, he played two matches in the AFC U-23 Championship qualification and scored a double against Vietnam.[14][15] The team reached the first place of the group and was granted the qualification for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. In January 2016, he participated in the championship, scoring a double in the extra-time of the quarter-finals match against Iraq[16] and eventually won the competition alongside his teammates with a 3–2 triumph against South Korea.[17] Nakajima was also crown the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament thanks to his contributions to the team.[18]

In August 2016, he was elected for the Japanese Olympic national team (under-23) that competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He played three matches and scored a goal against Colombia, while the team clinched a third place in the group stage.[19][20][21]

Senior career[edit]

On 15 March 2018, Nakajima was called by national manager Vahid Halilhodžić for upcoming matches against Mali and Ukraine.[22] On the following 23 March, he debuted and scored his first goal for Japanese national team against Mali in a 1–1 draw.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 December 2018[24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[c] League Cup[d] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tokyo Verdy 2012 J2 League 8 4 2 0 0 0 10 4
2013 J2 League 21 2 2 0 0 0 23 2
Total 29 6 4 0 0 0 33 6
Kataller Toyama (loan) 2014 J2 League 28 2 2 0 0 0 30 2
FC Tokyo 2014 J1 League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2015 J1 League 13 1 2 0 2 1 17 2
2016 J1 League 12 3 2 1 4 2 18 6
2017 J1 League 21 2 0 0 7 3 28 5
Total 51 6 4 1 13 6 68 13
Portimonense 2017–18 Primeira Liga 29 10 2 0 2 0 33 10
2018–19 Primeira Liga 10 5 0 0 1 0 11 5
Total 39 15 2 0 3 0 44 15
Career Total 147 29 12 1 16 6 175 36
  1. ^ The Japanese under-20 national team comprises the U-19 and U-20 youth categories.
  2. ^ The Japanese under-23 national team comprises the U-21, U-22 and U-23 youth categories.
  3. ^ Appearances in Emperor's Cup and Taça de Portugal
  4. ^ Appearances in J.League Cup and Taça da Liga

International[edit]

As of 20 November 2018[25][26]
Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2018 6 2
Total 6 2

International goals[edit]

As of 20 November 2018 (score column indicates score after each Nakajima goal, Japan score listed second)[25][26]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2018 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium  Mali 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 20 November 2018 Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan  Kyrgyzstan 4–0 4–0

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Japan U-23

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan U-17s to play in Slovakia Cup in May". JFA. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Matsumoto edge lifts Japan". FIFA. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Seleção survive late scare to reach semis". FIFA. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Japan U-19 squad for Alcudia Int'l tourney named". JFA. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Japan U-19s out at group stage of Spanish tournament". JFA. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  6. ^ "AFC U-22 C'ship: Japan 3-3 Iran". Asian Football Confederation. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  7. ^ "AFC U-22 C'ship: Kuwait 0-0 Japan". Asian Football Confederation. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  8. ^ "AFC U-22 C'ship: Australia 0-4 Japan". Asian Football Confederation. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  9. ^ "AFC U-22 C'ship (QF): Iraq 1-0 Japan". Asian Football Confederation. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Iraq stifles Japan at Asian Games". The Japan Times. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Japan U-21 cruise past Nepal, clinch knockout stage at 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014". JFA. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Japan U-21 keep second straight clean sheet in Palestine win, advance to quarter finals". JFA. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Japan Under-21 squad fall to South Korea, fail to retain Asiad title". JFA. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Vietnam U23 vs Japan U23". WorldFootball. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Japan U23 vs Malaysia U23". 31 March 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time". The Japan Times. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  17. ^ a b "On This Day: Japan's U23 triumph in Doha". Asian Football Confederation. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Nakajima named AFC U23 Championship MVP". Asian Football Confederation. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Etebo stars as Nigeria win nine-goal thriller". FIFA. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Japan stay alive with Colombia fightback". FIFA. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Japan see off Sweden in vain". FIFA. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Nakajima and Honda called-up for SAMURAI BLUE's Belgium Tour". JFA. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Nakajima scores equaliser in his debut as SAMURAI BLUE draws with Mali". JFA. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  24. ^ Shoya Nakajima at Soccerway. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Shoya Nakajima". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  26. ^ a b "中島 翔哉 (Shoya Nakajima)" (in Japanese). Japan National Football Team Database. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Jonas e Rui Costa eleitos "Jogador do Mês"" [Jonas and Rui Costa elected "Player of the Month"] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Melhores de setembro: Phellype e Shoya em destaque" [Best of September: Phellype and Shoya highlighted] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  29. ^ "Nakajima é o autor do Melhor Golo de Novembro" [Nakajima is the author of November's Best Goal] (in Portuguese). SJPF. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Golo de Nakajima é o melhor de Fevereiro" [Nakajima's goal is the best of February] (in Portuguese). SJPF. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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