Takayuki Suzuki

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Takayuki Suzuki
鈴木 隆行
Personal information
Full name Takayuki Suzuki
Date of birth (1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2005 Kashima Antlers 87 (17)
1997CFZ (loan) 21 (7)
1998JEF United Ichihara (loan) 7 (0)
1999CFZ (loan) 5 (0)
2000Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 11 (0)
2002–2003Genk (loan) 19 (0)
2003–2004Heusden-Zolder (loan) 30 (5)
2006 Red Star Belgrade 6 (0)
2007 Yokohama F. Marinos 3 (0)
2008–2010 Portland Timbers 77 (4)
2011–2014 Mito HollyHock 126 (24)
2015 JEF United Chiba 2 (0)
Total 394 (57)
National team
2001–2005 Japan 55 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Takayuki Suzuki (鈴木 隆行, Suzuki Takayuki, born June 5, 1976) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Suzuki has spent the majority of his playing career with Kashima Antlers, playing six stints for the team over the course of ten years, in between short periods playing in Brazil and Belgium. Suzuki played 87 games in the J1 League for Kashima, scoring 17 goals, and helping the team win the J1 Championship in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

On January 28, 2006, Suzuki signed with Red Star Belgrade during the 2005/06 season winter break at the period Toyota was the main sponsor of the club.[1] Takayuki Suzuki had not scored for 1790 minutes/46 games consecutive, until he scored a couple of goals in an 11/4/06 Serbian Cup game against Radnički Niš as Red Star rolled to an easy 5-0 road victory. However, Suzuki's time in Serbia was a disappointment and his move back to J1 League to join Yokohama F. Marinos was announced on January 19, 2007.[2]

On 28 March 2008 it was revealed that he signed a one-year contract with Portland Timbers of the USL First Division, joining on a free transfer.[3]

On 8 June 2011 Suzuki agreed to join J2 League side Mito HollyHock. With the club and city in financial difficult following a massive earthquake, he promised to play for free in the 2011 season.[4]

After only one season with JEF United Chiba, he announces his retire from football at the age of 39.[5]

National team career[edit]

Suzuki made his international debut for Japan national team in 2001, and scored his first international goal on June 2, 2001, in a 2001 Confederations Cup game against Cameroon.[6]

He played all four of Japan's games at the 2002 World Cup on home soil, starting the first three and scoring in the 2–2 tie against Belgium; Japan were eliminated in the round of 16 following a 1–0 defeat to Turkey.[6]

He was also part of the Japanese team which won the 2004 Asian Cup. He played 55 games and scored 11 goals for Japan until 2005.[6]

Playing style[edit]

Suzuki is a no-nonsense physical player whose playing style is different compared to other forwards and strikers. He is well known for his defensive pressure on other defenders to force them to make mistakes. Suzuki was nicknamed the 'Japanese Blond Bomber' after his blond-dyed hair (the original blond bomber was legendary German striker Jürgen Klinsmann). As the result of world record about consecutive no goals, Japanese call Suzuki as 'Master No Goal'.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1995 Kashima Antlers J1 League 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
1996 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1997 Centro Futebol Zico Campeonato Carioca 3° 21 7 - - - 21 7
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1998 Kashima Antlers J1 League 3 1 0 0 1 0 - 4 1
1998 JEF United Ichihara J1 League 7 0 1 0 0 0 - 8 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1999 Centro Futebol Zico Campeonato Carioca 2° 5 0 - - - 5 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1999 Kashima Antlers J1 League 1 0 0 0 3 0 - 4 0
2000 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 11 0 0 0 2 0 - 13 0
2000 Kashima Antlers J1 League 5 2 5 2 5 3 - 15 7
2001 26 6 3 4 6 1 - 35 11
2002 8 0 0 0 0 0 - 8 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002/03 Genk First Division 19 0 2 0 - 6 0 27 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2003 Kashima Antlers J1 League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Heusden-Zolder First Division 30 5 4 2 - - 34 7
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2004 Kashima Antlers J1 League 14 5 3 0 0 0 - 17 5
2005 25 3 3 0 0 0 - 28 3
Serbia League Serbian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005/06 Red Star Belgrade SuperLiga 6 0 1 2 - - 7 2
2006/07 0 0 2 0 - - 2 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2007 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 3 0 0 0 1 0 - 4 0
United States League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 Portland Timbers USL First Division 26 1 1 0 - - 27 1
2009 27 2 2 0 - - 29 2
2010 D2 Pro League 24 1 2 1 - - 26 2
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2011 Mito HollyHock J2 League 20 5 3 1 - - 23 6
2012 36 4 2 0 - - 38 4
2013 37 12 1 0 - - 38 12
2014 33 3 2 0 - - 35 3
2015 JEF United Chiba J2 League 2 0 0 0 - - 2 0
Country Japan 236 41 23 7 18 4 0 0 277 52
Brazil 26 7 - - - 26 7
Belgium 49 5 6 2 - 6 0 61 7
Serbia 6 0 3 2 - - 9 2
United States 77 4 5 1 - - 82 5
Total 394 57 37 12 18 4 6 0 455 73

National team statistics[edit]

[6]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 10 3
2002 13 1
2003 4 0
2004 18 6
2005 10 1
Total 55 11

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 3 0 2 Runners-up
 Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Senior 3 1 1 Round of 16
 Japan 2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 1 Champions
 Japan 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 0 1 0 Round 1
 Japan 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 5 4 3 Qualified

National team goals[edit]

[6]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. June 2, 2001 Niigata, Japan  Cameroon 2-0 Won 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
2. June 2, 2001 Niigata, Japan  Cameroon 2-0 Won 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
3. October 7, 2001 Southampton, UK  Nigeria 2-2 Draw Friendly
4. June 4, 2002 Saitama, Japan  Belgium 2-2 Draw 2002 FIFA World Cup Group stage
5. June 9, 2004 Saitama, Japan  India 7-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. July 9, 2004 Hiroshima, Japan  Slovakia 3-1 Won Friendly
7. July 31, 2004 Chongqing, China  Jordan 1-1 Draw* 2004 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-finals
8. August 18, 2004 Shizuoka, Japan  Argentina 1-2 Lost Friendly
9. September 8, 2004 Kolkata, India  India 4-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. October 13, 2004 Muscat, Oman  Oman 1-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. February 2, 2005 Saitama, Japan  Syria 3-0 Won Friendly
  • Japan advanced to semi-final by penalty shootout

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Kashima Antlers
K.R.C. Genk
Red Star Belgrade
Portland Timbers

International[edit]

Japan

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

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