Nakajima with Porto in 2019
|Full name||Shoya Nakajima|
|Date of birth||23 August 1994|
|Place of birth||Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Position(s)||Winger / Second striker|
|Al Ain (on loan from Porto)|
|2014||→ Kataller Toyama (loan)||28||(2)|
|2017–2018||→ Portimonense (loan)||29||(10)|
|2021–||→ Al Ain (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 January 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019
Shōya Nakajima (中島 翔哉, Nakajima Shōya, born 23 August 1994) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays for Emirati club Al Ain, on loan from Portuguese club Porto, and the Japan national team. Primarily a left winger, he has also played on the right flank and as a central second striker.
On 27 August 2017, Nakajima moved abroad for the first time, signing a season-long loan with Portimonense S.C. of Portugal's Primeira Liga. After scoring 10 goals and as many assists in 32 total matches for the team from the Algarve, he signed a permanent deal in May 2018.
In February 2019, Nakajima joined Qatar Stars League side Al-Duhail SC for a reported transfer fee of €35 million. He played seven games for the eventual runners-up, and scored once in a 6–0 home win over Al Ahli SC on 28 February.
On 5 July 2019, FC Porto announced an agreement with Al-Duhail for the acquisition of Nakajima's sports rights, in a €12 million transfer fee (50% of the player economic rights). He signed a five-year contract, keeping him contractually linked until 30 June 2024, with an €80 million release clause.
Nakajima made his Porto debut on 13 August 2019 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round away to FC Krasnodar, playing the full 90 minutes of a 3–2 loss that eliminated the team on the away goals rule. He scored his first goal on 19 December 2019, the only one of a home win over C.D. Santa Clara in the fifth round of the Taça de Portugal, his 17th appearance.
Youth level and under-23 career
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. 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. In 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, and he scored in a 2–1 win against Argentina.
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 once against Iran and twice against Australia, as the team reached the quarter-finals. In September 2014, Nakajima was called for the 2014 Asian Games, scoring against Iraq and Nepal in the group stage. The team reached the quarter-finals.
In March 2015, he played two matches in the AFC U-23 Championship qualification and scored a double against Vietnam. 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 and eventually won the competition with a 3–2 triumph against South Korea. Nakajima was also crown the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
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 came third in the group stage.
On 15 March 2018, Nakajima was called by national manager Vahid Halilhodžić for upcoming matches against Mali and Ukraine. Eight days later, he debuted and scored his first goal for Japanese national team against Mali in a 1–1 draw.
Hajime Moriyasu named Nakajima in the squad for the 2019 Copa América in Brazil, which Japan guest entered with a mainly under-23 team. He scored the opening goal against Ecuador in the last group game in Belo Horizonte, but the 1–1 draw eliminated the team.
- As of 16 January 2021
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[c]||League Cup[d]||Continental||Total|
|Tokyo Verdy||2012||J2 League||8||4||2||0||0||0||—||10||4|
|Kataller Toyama||2014||J2 League||28||2||2||0||0||0||—||30||2|
|FC Tokyo||2014||J1 League||5||0||0||0||0||0||—||5||0|
|Al-Duhail||2018–19||Qatar Stars League||7||1||3||0||0||0||6[e]||1||16||2|
|Al Ain||2020–21||UAE Pro League||0||0||—||—||0||0||0||0|
- The Japanese under-20 national team comprises the U-19 and U-20 youth categories.
- The Japanese under-23 national team comprises the U-21, U-22 and U-23 youth categories.
- Appearances in Emperor's Cup, Taça de Portugal and Qatar Emir Cup
- Appearances in J.League Cup and Taça da Liga
- Appearances in AFC Champions League
- One appearance in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
|Japan national team|
- As of 10 September 2019 (score column indicates score after each Nakajima goal, Japan score listed second)
|1.||23 March 2018||Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium||Mali||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|2.||20 November 2018||Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan||Kyrgyzstan||4–0||4–0||2018 Kirin Challenge Cup|
|3.||26 March 2019||Noevir Stadium Kobe, Kobe, Japan||Bolivia||1–0||1–0||2019 Kirin Challenge Cup|
|4.||24 June 2019||Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Ecuador||1–0||1–1||2019 Copa América|
|5.||10 September 2019||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar||Myanmar||1–0||2–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Japan U-23
- AFC U-23 Championship Most Valuable Player: 2016
- Primeira Liga Forward of the Month: October/November 2017
- Primeira Liga Player of the Month: September 2018
- SPJF Goal of the Month: November 2017 vs Tondela
- SPJF Goal of the Month: February 2018 vs Feirense
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- "Japan U23 vs Malaysia U23". 31 March 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time". The Japan Times. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "On This Day: Japan's U23 triumph in Doha". Asian Football Confederation. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Nakajima named AFC U23 Championship MVP". Asian Football Confederation. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Etebo stars as Nigeria win nine-goal thriller". FIFA. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan stay alive with Colombia fightback". FIFA. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan see off Sweden in vain". FIFA. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Nakajima and Honda called-up for SAMURAI BLUE's Belgium Tour". JFA. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Nakajima scores equaliser in his debut as SAMURAI BLUE draws with Mali". JFA. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
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- Shoya Nakajima at Soccerway
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- "Al Duhail crush Al Sadd 4-1 to retain Amir Cup". The Peninsula. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.