|Full name||Shoya Nakajima|
|Date of birth||23 August 1994|
|Place of birth||Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Second Striker|
|2014||→ Kataller Toyama (loan)||28||(2)|
|2017–2018||→ Portimonense (loan)||29||(10)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019
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 a €80 million release clause.
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 of the competition. 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 but he managed to score a goal in the only victory of the competition for the Japanese, 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 one goal against Iran and two goals against Australia, therefore contributing to the team qualification for next round. In the quarter-finals, he played against Iraq but they were eliminated in a 1–0 defeat. 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. He then played the round 16 match against Palestine and advanced with his team to the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by rivals South Korea in a late 1–0 loss.
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 alongside his teammates with a 3–2 triumph against South Korea. Nakajima was also crown the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament thanks to his contributions to the team.
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.
On 15 March 2018, Nakajima was called by national manager Vahid Halilhodžić for upcoming matches against Mali and Ukraine. On the following 23 March, he debuted and scored his first goal for Japanese national team against Mali in a 1–1 draw.
- As of 20 May 2019
|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 (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|
- 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
|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|
|3.||26 March 2019||Noevir Stadium Kobe, Kobe, Japan||Bolivia||1–0||1–0|
|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
- "Shoya Nakajima Joins Al Duhail". duhailsc.com. 3 February 2019.
- "Shoya Nakajima makes record move to Qatar's Al-Duhail". The Japan Times Online. 4 February 2019.
- "Comunicado - Futebol Clube do Porto, SAD" [Press Release - Futebol Clube do Porto, SAD] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "Nakajima assina pelo FC Porto por cinco temporadas" [Nakajima signs for FC Porto for five seasons] (in Portuguese). RTP. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "Japan U-17s to play in Slovakia Cup in May". JFA. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Matsumoto edge lifts Japan". FIFA. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Seleção survive late scare to reach semis". FIFA. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan U-19 squad for Alcudia Int'l tourney named". JFA. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan U-19s out at group stage of Spanish tournament". JFA. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "AFC U-22 C'ship: Japan 3-3 Iran". Asian Football Confederation. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "AFC U-22 C'ship: Kuwait 0-0 Japan". Asian Football Confederation. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "AFC U-22 C'ship: Australia 0-4 Japan". Asian Football Confederation. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "AFC U-22 C'ship (QF): Iraq 1-0 Japan". Asian Football Confederation. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Iraq stifles Japan at Asian Games". The Japan Times. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan U-21 cruise past Nepal, clinch knockout stage at 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014". JFA. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan U-21 keep second straight clean sheet in Palestine win, advance to quarter finals". JFA. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Japan Under-21 squad fall to South Korea, fail to retain Asiad title". JFA. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Vietnam U23 vs Japan U23". WorldFootball. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "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.
- Shoya Nakajima at Soccerway
- "Shoya Nakajima". National Football Teams.
- "中島 翔哉 (Shoya Nakajima)" (in Japanese). Japan National Football Team Database.
- "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.