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Marcus Tulio Tanaka

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 4
  • Date of birth: 24 April, 1981 (29 years old)
  • Height: 6'1" (185cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
0|3 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
0 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 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
0 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
4|6 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
0|0 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
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

Tulio is a Brazilian-born centre-back who will partner Yuji Nakazawa at the heart of Japan’s defence. A natural leader, Tulio is a tough tackler and a danger at set-pieces, but lacks speed.

He will become the third Brazilian-born player to represent Japan at the World Cup, following Wagner Lopes in 1998 and Alessandro Santos in 2002 and 2006.

Born in Sao Paolo to a Japanese father, Tulio moved to Japan aged 16 to attend high school and was naturalised in 2003. He joined J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2001 before signing for Urawa Reds in 2004.

During a six-year spell at Urawa, the 29-year-old won the J-League in 2006 and the Asian Champions League in 2007 and was named in the J-League's team of the season six times.

Despite being crowned the 2006 J-League Player of the Year, Tulio was ignored by Japan’s then-coach, Brazilian legend Zico, and missed out on the 2006 World Cup. He signed for Nagoya Grampus in January ahead of the 2010 season.

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