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Kengo Nakamura

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 14
  • Date of birth: 31 October, 1980 (29 years old)
  • Height: 5'9" (175cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
1 Kengo Nakamura
1|0 Kengo Nakamura
1 As substitute
16|19 Total Japan
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
4 Total Japan
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Kengo Nakamura
0 Kengo Nakamura
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|0 Kengo Nakamura
0|0 Kengo Nakamura
55|89 Total Japan
7|0 Total Japan
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Japan games played

  1. Japan 1-0 Cameroon
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Netherlands 1-0 Japan
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Denmark 1-3 Japan
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report

Player Profile

Kawasaki Frontale’s star midfielder is an excellent passer of the ball and is known for his distribution and ability to shoot powerfully from distance, although he has been criticized for being too lightweight.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a superb 2009 campaign as Kawasaki finished second. He has only recently returned to action after breaking his jaw in February in an Asian Champions League qualifier.

A one-club man, Nakamura is in his eighth season with Kawasaki. He has been named in the J-League Best XI four times (2006-2009) and was second behind compatriot Yasuhito Endo in the 2009 Asian Player of the Year award.

Nakamura models his game on former Barcelona and Spain great Pep Guardiola, although coach Takeshi Okada has urged him to assume a more attacking Steven Gerrard-type role.

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