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Shunsuke Nakamura

Shunsuke Nakamura
Complete Name: Shunsuke Nakamura
Nationality: Japanese
Place of Birth: Yokohama, Japan
Date of Birth: 24/06/1978
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 69 kg
National Team: Japan-A
Current Club: Celtic (Scotland)
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

Yokohama Marinos (Japan), Reggina (Italy), Celtic Glasgow (Scotland)

Shunsuke Nakamura Honours



Shunsuke Nakamura, born June 24, 1978) is a Japanese international football (soccer) player. He currently plays for Celtic of the Scottish Premier League and was voted "most valuable player" at the Asian Cup 2004. His first season at Celtic has been relatively successful so far, as he has helped them to climb to the top of the Scottish Premier League. His contributions to the Japanese football team include 15 goals, but most importantly his great vision and touch have produced many opportunities for his teammates to score as well.

He is best known for near-perfect long passes and is often described as a dead-ball specialist. He usually plays a commanding midfield role, just behind the main strikers. Nevertheless, Nakamura, who is 5ft 10", is criticized for lack of strength on the ball. Despite his weakness, these physical limitations are an acceptable compromise when they considering his contributions in creating opportunities for teammates out of midfield. His ability to unlock even the tightest defences and -- above all -- his deadly performance on set plays, make him a valuable member of any team.

His former clubs include Yokohama F. Marinos and Reggina, for whom he scored 37 and 11 goals respectively before moving to Celtic on 25 July 2005 for a fee of around 2.5 million pounds.

A song has been written about him, Fantasista!, by Christian "Ace" Codenotti, for a soccer-themed Eurobeat/Eurodance album released in 2002.

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