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 is a Japanesemarker football  player who currently plays for J. League side Yokohama F. Marinos. He is a center back. He is captain of his team (Yokohama F. Marinos) and of his country. His nickname is "Bomber" because of his distinctive hairstyle.


Career

At a young age, Nakazawa was an obscure footballer who played for obscure school clubs. He was educated at and played for Yoshikawa Higashi Junior High School and Misato Technology High School, and attracted no scouts' eyes. Determined to be a pro, he decided to leave for Brazil to improve his football skills and trained with América Mineiro. During his time with América, he won the Campeonato Mineiro for the junior category and played a key role in coach Ricardo Drubscky's squad.

After a year, he came back to Japan and joined Verdy Kawasaki in 1998 as a trainee, which meant he received no compensation from the club. He impressed the club enough to win a full professional contract the following year.

His first J. League appearance came on March 13, 1999 against Cerezo Osaka at Todoroki Athletics Stadiummarker. He scored his first league goal on April 10, 1999 against Nagoya Grampus Eight also at Todoroki. That year, he received the J-League Young Player of the Year award and was selected a member of the J-League Team of the Year

Philippe Troussier called him up for Japan's Olympic team that Troussier managed along with Japan's national team. Nakazawa played in the qualifiers as well as the finals in Sydneymarker. Troussier promoted him to the full international. His first international appearance came on September 8, 1999 in a friendly against Iran at the International Stadium of Yokohamamarker. He scored his first goal on February 13, 2000 in an Asian Cup qualifier against Singapore in Macaumarker.

He was a member of the Japan team who won the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanonmarker. He played 3 games in the competition. However, he was not selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals as Yutaka Akita was preferred.

He was transferred to Yokohama F. Marinos in 2002 and contributed to the club winning two consecutive J. League championships in 2003 and 2004. He was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the league in 2004.

Under new national manager Zico, he partnered with Tsuneyasu Miyamoto at the back line. He participated in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup finals. He played all the Japan matches and scored 3 goals, one of which was a stoppage time equaliser in the semi-final against Bahrain, and Japan went on to win the title again.

He also played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germanymarker but the team failed to proceed to the knockout stage. After the tournament, he announced his retirement from the international football at the age of 28. However, six months later, he withdrew his decision and Ivica Osim played him in a friendly against Peru on March 24, 2007.

He played in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals but this time the team failed to defend the title and finished 4th in the tournament.

National team

  • (Champions)
  • (Champions)
  • (4th Place)


Personal honors



Team honors



Career Statistics

Last update: 6 December 2008



National Team Career Statistics

Appearances in major competitions



Goals for national team



References

  1. 横浜F・マリノス 公式サイト|Yokohama F-Marinos Official Website
  2. Fc Japan
  3. People's Daily Online - Japan's Yuji Nakazawa may retire from international soccer
  4. ESPN - Soccer-Disgruntled Nakazawa completes Japan U-turn - Soccer


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1999 Verdy Kawasaki

/Tokyo Verdy 1969
J. League Division 1 28 1 3 1 2 0 - 33 2
2000 29 4 2 0 3 0 - 34 4
2001 26 0 0 0 2 0 - 28 0
2002 Yokohama F. Marinos 27 1 2 0 0 0 - 29 1
2003 29 4 2 0 7 2 - 38 6
2004 27 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 30 1
2005 27 3 1 0 3 0 4 0 35 3
2006 23 1 3 0 2 0 - 28 1
2007 32 2 1 0 7 0 - 40 2
2008 33 4 3 1 3 0 - 39 5
2009 -
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Team
Competition
Category
Appearances
Goals
Team Record
Start
Sub
2000 Summer Olympics U-23 4 0 0 Quarter-finals
2000 AFC Asian Cup Senior 3 0 0 Champions
2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 3 Champions
2006 FIFA World Cup Senior 3 0 0 Round 1
2007 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 1 4th place
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. February 13, 2000 Macaumarker, Chinamarker 3-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification
2. February 13, 2000 Macaumarker, Chinamarker 3-0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Qualification
3. June 9, 2004 Saitama, Japanmarker 7-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
4. June 9, 2004 Saitama, Japanmarker 7-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
5. July 24, 2004 Chongqingmarker, Chinamarker 4-1 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
6. July 24, 2004 Chongqingmarker, Chinamarker 4-1 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
7. August 3, 2004 Jinanmarker, Chinamarker 4-3 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals
8. August 7, 2005 Daegumarker, Korea Republicmarker 1-0 Won East Asian Football Championship 2005
9. February 10, 2006 San Franciscomarker, United Statesmarker 2-3 Lost Friendly
10. June 1, 2007 Fukuroimarker, Japanmarker 2-0 Won Kirin Cup 2007
11. July 25, 2007 Hanoimarker, Vietnammarker 2-3 Lost 2007 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals
12. January 28, 2008 Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 3-0 Won Friendly
13. February 6, 2008 Saitama, Japanmarker 4-1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
14. June 2, 2008 Yokohama, Japanmarker 3-0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
15. June 14, 2008 Bangkokmarker, Thailandmarker 3-0 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
16. February 4, 2009 Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 5-1 Won Friendly
17. October 8, 2009 Shizuoka, Japanmarker 6-0 Won 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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