Tomi Shimomura

Position: MF
Born:18-Dec-1980
Height/Weight:181/76
Birthplace:Hokkaido
Previous Teams: Sapporo Daiichi HS, Osaka U. of H&SS, Cerezo Osaka, JEF United, Montediio Yamagata, Giravanz Kitakyushu
Matches (J1/J2):210/29 Goals: 5/1
First Appearance: 10-Apr-2004 Cerezo Osaka -vs- Jubilo Iwata (at Nagai Stadium)
First Goal : 13-Jun-2004 Cerezo Osaka -vs- Tokyo Verdy (at Nagai Stadium

Bio

 

 

Photo Year Team Uniform # League Matches Cup Matches
Caps Goals Caps Goals
2003 Cerezo Osaka 0 0 0 0
2004 Cerezo Osaka 24 1 6 1
2005 Cerezo Osaka 26 1 10 0
2006 Cerezo Osaka 23 1 8 0
2007 JEF United 26 0 5 0
2008 JEF United 33 0 8 0
2009 JEF United 25 1 8 1
2010 Montedio Yamagata 25 1 8 0
2011 Montedio Yamagata 20 0 2 1
2012 Shonan Bellmare 17 1 2 0
2013 Shonan Bellmare 8 0 3 0
2014 Giravanz Kitakyushu 12 0 1 0
TOTAL 239 6 62 3


 

Ryuzo Morioka

Position: DF
Born:07-Oct-1975
Height/Weight:180/71
Birthplace:Kanagawa
Previous Teams:Toin Gakuen Jr.HS, Toin Gakuen HS, Kashima Antlers, Shimizu S-Pulse, Kyoto Sanga
Matches (J1/J2):285/22 Goals: 9/1
First Appearance: 17-Aug-1994 Kashima Antlers - vs - Yokohama FC (at Mitsuzawa Stadium)
First Goal : 08-Nov-1995 Shimizu S-Pulse - vs - Kashima Antlers (at Nihondaira Stadium)

Bio

Ryuzo Morioka is a hardnosed defender who was the centerpiece of the Shimizu S-Pulse defence for most of his career. Morioka actually had some difficulty breaking into the lineup, at first. When he entered the league with Kashima Antlers, he could not find a spot in the lineup despite his obvious talents, and after his rookie season he requeste a transfer to Shimizu S-Pulse. At that time, S-Pulse fielded several national team players including Toshihide Saito and Katsumi Oenoki, so even there it was almost a year before he established himself as a regular starter.

But by 1998, Morioka was clearly a rising star in the league, and he was even briefly considered for inclusion in the 1998 World Cup squad. By the time Phillippe Troussier took over, Morioka was entering his prime, and his quick reflexes and positioning instincts made him an ideal choice to fill one of the slots in Troussier's "flat three" defence. Morioka played a central role in the Japanese national team throughout the Troussier Era, establishing himself as a regular starter by late 1999 and making a major contribution to Japan's victory in the 2000 Asian Cup.

But after serving as one of the most constant elements of Troussier Japan for three years, Morioka was felled by a string of bad luck. In early 2002 he injured his hamstring, and spend the months leading up to the 2002 World Cup struggling desperately to get back into shape in time to take part. June 4, 2002 was both the highlight of his career and its most tragic moment. The valiant effort he had made over the first six months of the year allowed him to win his way back into the lineup. When the national anthem played at the start of Japan's opening match against Belgium, Morioka stood proudly on the pitch, with the captain's armband proudly on his arm. But in the 73 minute -- just moments after Japan scored the go-ahead goal -- tragedy struck. As he lunged into a tackle, his hamstring tore once again, and he was forced to limp off the pitch, handing over the armband to Tsuneyasu Miyamoto. The injury prevented him from participating in the remainder of the tournament, and while Miyamto's career as Japan NT captain took off, Morioka faded into the shadows.

After the World Cup, Morioka was never the same. Injuries continued to dog him for the remainder of his career. He did get a few more chances to appear for the national team, but his era as a core member of the team was over. It took him nearly a year to return to complete health and regular duty for S-Pulse in 2004 as the defensive captain, and by that time he was clearly moving into the autumn of his playing career.

By 2006 SPulse had begun to adopt strategies that were not designed around his participation, and he had just 10 appearances over the course of the season. A move to Kyoto Sanga allowed Morioka to return to the starting lineup on a team where he could contribute much more, not only as a player, but also as a teacher and an example to younger defenders. At this point he also began studying to become a coach, and when he finally took off the cleats at the end of 2008, he was immediately hired as a youth coach for Sanga.

Though fate prevented him from achieving the World Cup fame of players like Miyamoto and Koji Nakata, Ryuzo Morioka was a key contributor to Japanese football during the critical period when the sport entered the modern era, and for that he will always hold a place in the annals of Japanese football history.


Photo Year Team Uniform # League Matches Cup Matches
Caps Goals Caps Goals
- 1994 Kashima Antlers 1 0 - -
- 1995 Shimizu S-Pulse 25 1
- 1996 Shimizu S-Pulse 23 0 - -
- 1997 Shimizu S-Pulse 30 1 - -
- 1998 Shimizu S-Pulse 26 0 - -
1999 Shimizu S-Pulse 26 1 - -
2000 Shimizu S-Pulse 27 0 - -
2001 Shimizu S-Pulse 30 1 - -
2002 Shimizu S-Pulse 3 1 - -
2003 Shimizu S-Pulse 25 3 - -
2004 Shimizu S-Pulse 29 0 - -
2005 Shimizu S-Pulse 23 1 - -
2006 Shimizu S-Pulse 10 0 - -
2007 Kyoto Sanga 22 1 - -
2008 Kyoto Sanga 7 0 - -
TOTAL 306 10 - -

National Team Data & History

NT Caps: 38
NT Goals: 0
Tournaments:
Copa America (1999)
Asian Cup (2000)
Confederations Cup (2001)
World Cup Korea/Japan (2002)
Confederations Cup (2003)
Date Vs. Score Location Status Min. G
3-31-1999 Brazil 0-2 Nagai Stadium Sub 27 0
6-3-1999 Belgium 0-0 Nat'l Stadium Start 90 0
6-6-1999 Peru 0-0 Nat'l Stadium Start 90 0
6-29-1999 Peru 2-3 Asuncion, Paraguay Start 90 0
7-2-1999 Paraguay 0-4 Asuncion, Paraguay Start 90 0
7-5-1999 Bolivia 1-1 Parapti, Paraguay Start 90 0
3-15-2000 China 0-0 Kobe Universiade Start 90 0
4-26-2000 Korea 0-1 Seoul, Korea Start 90 0
6-4-2000 France 2-2 Rabat, Morocco Start 90 0
6-6-2000 Jamaica 4-0 Rabat, Morocco Start 90 0
6-11-2000 Slovakia 1-1 Miyagi Stadium Start 90 0
6-18-2000 Bolivia 2-0 Yokohama Int'l Start 90 0
10-14-2000 Saudi Arabia 4-1 Sidon, Lebanon Start 90 0
10-17-2000 Uzbekistan 8-1 Sidon, Lebanon Start 90 0
10-20-2000 Qatar 1-1 Sidon, Lebanon Start 90 0
10-23-2000 Iraq 4-1 Beirut, Lebanon Start 90 0
10-26-2000 China 3-2 Beirut, Lebanon Start 90 0
10-29-2000 Saudi Arabia 1-0 Beirut, Lebanon Start 90 0
12-20-2000 Korea 1-1 National Stadium Start 75 0
3-25-2001 France 0-5 St.Denis,France Start 72 0
4-25-2001 Spain 0-1 Cordoba, Spain Start 90 0
5-31-2001 Canada 3-0 Niigata Stadium Start 90 0
6-2-2001 Cameroon 2-0 Niigata Stadium Start 90 0
6-7-2001 Australia 1-0 Yokohama Int'l Start 90 0
6-10-2001 France 0-1 Yokohama Int'l Start 90 0
7-1-2001 Paraguay 1-0 Sapporo Dome Start 90 0
7-4-2001 Yugoslavia 1-0 Oita "Big Eye" Start 90 0
8-15-2001 Australia 3-0 Shizuoka Stadium Start 90 0
10-4-2001 Senegal 0-2 Lens, France Start 90 0
11-7-2001 Italy 1-1 Saitama Stadium Start 90 0
5-25-2002 Sweden 1-1 Nat'l Stadium Start 74 0
6-4-2002 Belgium 2-2 Saitama Stadium Start 73 0
3-28-2003 Uruguay 2-2 Nat'l Stadium Start 90 0
4-16-2003 Korea 1-0 Seoul, Korea Start 90 0
5-31-2003 Korea 0-1 Nat'l Stadium Start 90 0
6-8-2003 Argentina 1-4 Nagai Stadium Start 90 0


 

Tadashi Nakamura

Position: MF
Born:10-Jun-1971
Height/Weight:175/69
Birthplace:Tokyo
Previous Teams:Yomiuri SC Youth, Yomiuri SC, Verdy Kawasaki, Urawa Reds, Kyoto Purple Sanga, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Kyoto Purple Sanga
Appearances (J1/J2):257/26 Goals: 4/2
First Appearance: 15-May-1993 Verdy Kawasaki -vs- Yokohama Flugels (at Tokyo Nat'l Stadium)
First Goal : 19-Aug-1993 Verdy Kawasaki -vs- Nagoya Grampus (at Tokyo Nat'l Stadium)

Bio

Tadashi Nakamura was never a flashy star player, and his offensive skills were never a strong point. Despite appearing in over 300 matches in his long career, most of those appearances at defensive midfield, he scored just six goals. Nevertheless, Nakamura was always one of the steadiest and most consistent players in the league. With one exception -- 1997, when he picked up an ankle injury midway through the season -- Nakamura consistently appeared in 20-30 mathches every season, and always had the energy to go the full distance.

Indeed, Nakamura's steady competence and longevity allowed him to establish himself as a team icon at not just one, but two separate clubs. He played at Verdy Kawasaki for over ten years (if one includes his time at Yomiuri SC, prior to the creation of the J.League) and by the time Verdy closed its doors in Kawasaki and reorganized, Nakamura had played more matches for the team than any other players except Tsuyoshi Kitazawa and Shinkichi Kikuchi.

After Verdy's reorganization, Nakamura found himself out in the cold, but he quickly found a spot at Kyoyo Purple Sanga, and remained with the team through two cycles of promotion and relegation, before finally calling a quit to his long and distinguished career, in 2004.


Photo Year Team Uniform # League Matches Cup Matches
Caps Goals Caps Goals
- 1993 Verdy Kawasaki 34 2 - -
- 1994 Verdy Kawasaki 21 0 - -
- 1995 Verdy Kawasaki 42 0 - -
- 1996 Verdy Kawasaki 27 1 - -
- 1997 Verdy Kawasaki 15 0 - -
- 1998 Verdy Kawasaki 31 1 - -
- 1999- Verdy Kawasaki 6 0 - -
  -1999 Urawa Reds 15 0 - -
2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga 25 0 - -
2001 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 26 2 - -
2002 Kyoto Purple Sanga 24 0 - -
2003 Kyoto Purple Sanga 17 0 - -
2004 Kyoto Purple Sanga 22 0 - -
J.League TOTAL 305 6 - -


 

Naoki Naruo

Position:FW
Born:5-Oct-1974
Height/Weight:174/70
Birthplace:Iwate
Previous Teams:Iwate U., Montedio Yamagata, Sony Sendai, Albirex Niigata, Jubilo Iwata, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Sagan Tosu
Matches (J1/J2): 3/120 Goals: 0/30
First Appearance: 14 Mar, 1999  Albirex Niigata -vs-  
First Goal : 4 Apr, 1999  Albirex Niigata -vs-

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Photo Year Team Uniform # League Matches Cup Matches
Caps Goals Caps Goals
- 1997 Montedio Yamagata (JFL) - 12 5 0 0
- 1998 Sony Sendai (JFL) - 28 13 2 1
- 1999 Albirex Niigata 36 8 5 0
- 2000 Albirex Niigata 36 17 3 0
2001 Jubilo Iwata 0 0 0 0
2002- Jubilo Iwata 0 0 0 0
- -2002 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3 0 0 0
2003 Sagan Tosu 38 5 1 0
2004 Sagan Tosu 0 0 10 0
J.League TOTAL 123 30 14 1
JFL Total 40 18   0


 

Yuta Abe

Position: MF
Born: 31 Jul, 1974
Height/Weight: 177/71
Birthplace: Yamaguchi
Previous Teams: Tatara Gakuen HS, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe
Matches (J1/J2): 76/- Goals: 3/-
First Appearance: 15 Jun, 1994  Sanfrecce -vs-
First Goal : 25 Mar, 1998  Vissel -vs- 

Bio

 

 

Photo Year Team Uniform # League Matches Cup Matches
Caps Goals Caps Goals
- 1993 Sanfrecce Hiroshima  - 0 0 2 0
- 1994 Sanfrecce Hiroshima - 1 0 0 0
- 1996 Sanfrecce Hiroshima - 3 0 9 1
- 1997 Sanfrecce Hiroshima - 6 0 0 0
- 1998 Vissel Kobe - 30 2 3 0
- 1999 Vissel Kobe - 25 1 2 0
- 2000 Vissel Kobe - 11 0 0 0
J.League TOTAL 76 3 16 1

 

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