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Friday, 17 May, 2002, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK Japan
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Naoki Matsuda

Career
DOB:
 14.03.77
Caps:
 35
Goals:
 0

World Cup 2002
Appearances:
 4
Goals:
 0
Bookings:
 0
Sendings off:
 0
Naoki Matsuda
Club:Yokohama F Marinos
Position:Defender

The 25-year-old has been prone to moments of dire defending, most notably in the 2-2 draw with Nigeria in Southampton last October.

But since then, the Marinos captain has become a much more assured right back.

He has proved himself at major tournament level before, impressing at the Olympic Games in 1996.

A popular figure with coach Philippe Troussier and strong at closing players down, he looks certain to continue as a regular starter.



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