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 is a Japanese footballer. He currently plays for Urawa Red Diamonds as a striker


Takahara was born in Mishima, Shizuokamarker. He has previously played for Júbilo Iwata in Japan, Boca Juniors in Argentinamarker, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germanymarker.On December 3, 2006, he scored his first hat-trick in the German Bundesliga in a league game against Alemannia Aachen. In January 2008 he moved to Urawa Red Diamonds for a transfer fee of around ¥180 million (around $1.7 million).

Takahara had played for Japan in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydneymarker but missed the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by his home countrymarker and South Koreamarker, because of injury. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and played in all the six games involving Japan. He scored four goals and was a joint top scorer of the tournament.

Facts

  • His goals and performances are celebrated by Eintracht supporters by singing to the melody of Gala's Freed from desire. After successful matches Takahara often joins the faithful to jump up and down the same way.
  • Takahara was the first Japanese to play in the Argentine First Division league[229761].
  • Takahara is the third Japanese to play in Fußball-Bundesliga after Yasuhiko Okudera and Kazuo Ozaki.


Asian Cup 2007

Takahara finished top scorer after an impressive performance at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. He scored against Qatar in the first match, who Japan tied 1-1. Japan won the next match, against United Arab Emirates and Takahara impressed coach Ivica Osim with two goals. In the quarterfinal match against rivals Australia, Takahara scored the tying goal and sent the game in PKs. Although Takaharamissed his spot-kick, heroic saves from goalkeeper Yoshi Kawaguchi sent Japan through into the semifinals, where they lost to Saudi Arabia 2-3.

National team

  • (Champions)


Honors and awards

Individual Honors



Team Honors



Club Career Stats



International Goals



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1998 Júbilo Iwata J. League Division 1 20 5 2 0 6 4 - 28 9
1999 21 9 3 1 1 0 - 25 10
2000 24 10 0 0 2 0 - 26 10
2001 13 8 - 2 2 - 15 10

2001-02 Boca Juniors Primera División 6 1 - - - 6 1

2002 Júbilo Iwata J. League Division 1 27 26 3 0 - - 30 26

2002-03 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 16 3 - - - 16 3
2003-04 29 2 1 1 1 1 - 31 4
2004-05 31 7 1 0 1 0 - 33 7
2005-06 21 1 2 1 - 7 0 30 2
2006-07 Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 30 11 4 4 - 5 2 39 17
2007-08 8 1 2 0 - - 10 1

2008 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League Division 1 27 6 1 0 3 1 4 1 35 8
2009 23 4 8 2 - 31 6
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# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. February 16, 2000 Macaumarker, Chinamarker 9-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification
2. February 16, 2000 Macaumarker, Chinamarker 9-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification
3. February 20, 2000 Macaumarker, Chinamarker 3-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification
4. October 14, 2000 Sidonmarker, Lebanonmarker 4-1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
5. October 17, 2000 Sidonmarker, Lebanonmarker 8-1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
6. October 17, 2000 Sidonmarker, Lebanonmarker 8-1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
7. October 17, 2000 Sidonmarker, Lebanonmarker 8-1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
8. October 24, 2000 Beirutmarker, Lebanonmarker 4-1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals
9. March 27, 2002 Łódźmarker, Polandmarker 2-0 Won Friendly
10. August 20, 2003 Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 3-0 Won Friendly
11. August 20, 2003 Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 3-0 Won Friendly
12. March 31, 2004 Jalan Besar, Singaporemarker 2-1 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
13. September 7, 2005 Rifumarker, Japanmarker 5-4 Won Friendly
14. October 8, 2005 Rigamarker, Latviamarker 2-2 Draw Friendly
15. February 28, 2006 Dortmundmarker, Germanymarker 2-2 Draw Friendly
16. May 30, 2006 Leverkusenmarker, Germanymarker 2-2 Draw Friendly
17. May 30, 2006 Leverkusenmarker, Germanymarker 2-2 Draw Friendly
18. March 24, 2007 Yokohama, Japanmarker 2-0 Won Friendly
19. June 1, 2007 Fukuroimarker, Japanmarker 2-0 Won Friendly
20. July 9, 2007 Hanoimarker, Vietnammarker 1-1 Draw 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
21. July 13, 2007 Hanoimarker, Vietnammarker 3-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
22. July 13, 2007 Hanoimarker, Vietnammarker 3-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
23. July 21, 2007 Hanoimarker, Vietnammarker 1-1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals

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