Akira Narahashi

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Akira Narahashi
名良橋 晃
Personal information
Full name Akira Narahashi
Date of birth (1971-11-26) November 26, 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Chiba, Chiba, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Bellmare Hiratsuka 199 (21)
1997–2006 Kashima Antlers 196 (16)
2007 Shonan Bellmare 1 (0)
Total 396 (37)
National team
1994–2003 Japan 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Akira Narahashi (名良橋 晃, Narahashi Akira, born November 26, 1971) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He mainly played as a right side-back. He was capped 38 times for the Japanese national team between 1994 and 2003, including three games at the 1998 World Cup.[1]

Club career

Narahashi was born in Chiba on November 26, 1971. After graduating from Chiba Eiwa High School in 1990, he joined Fujita Industries (later Bellmare Hiratsuka, Shonan Bellmare) playing in the Japan Soccer League Division 2. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and the club joined new league Japan Football League. The club won the champions in 1993 and was promoted to J1 League. In 1994, the club won Emperor's Cup. In Asia, the club also won 1995 Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

Narahashi moved to Kashima Antlers in 1997. The presence of Jorginho at Kashima propelled his decision to move as he aspired to learn the trade under the Brazilian international full back. In 2000, the club won all three major title in Japan; J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup first time in J.League history. The club won J1 League 3 times, J.League Cup 3 times and Emperor's Cup 2 times. From the mid 2000s, his opportunities to play decreased. At the end of the 2006 season, Kashima announced that they wouldn't renew his contract.

Narahashi returned to Bellmare in February 2007 but was released in August 2007. On February 1, 2008, he announced his retirement from professional football.[2]

National team career

On September 27, 1994, Narahashi debuted for Japan national team against Australia. He competed with Hiroshige Yanagimoto for regular of right side-back. Yanagimoto got hurt in 1997, Narahashi became a regular. At 1998 World Cup qualification, Japan won the qualify for 1998 World Cup first time in Japan's history. In 1998, he played in all 3 matches at 1998 World Cup.

After 2002 World Cup, in October, Narahashi was elected Japan by new manager Zico for the first time in 4 years. He was also elected Japan for 2003 Confederations Cup, but he did not play in the match. He played 38 games for Japan until 2003.[1]

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1990/91 Fujita Industries JSL Division 2 25 5 1 0 - 26 5
1991/92 25 3 3 0 - 28 3
1992 Football League 18 1 - - 18 1
1993 17 5 1 0 5 0 - 23 5
1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka J1 League 39 2 4 0 1 0 - 44 2
1995 46 4 2 0 - - 48 4
1996 29 1 3 0 14 1 - 46 2
1997 Kashima Antlers J1 League 17 1 5 0 7 1 - 29 2
1998 33 5 4 0 1 0 - 38 5
1999 15 2 2 1 7 1 - 24 4
2000 26 3 4 0 7 1 - 37 4
2001 27 3 3 0 6 0 - 36 3
2002 25 1 5 0 8 0 - 38 1
2003 27 1 0 0 4 0 3 0 34 1
2004 12 0 0 0 4 0 - 16 0
2005 11 0 3 0 0 0 - 14 0
2006 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
2007 Shonan Bellmare J2 League 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Country Japan 396 37 36 1 68 4 3 0 503 42
Total 396 37 36 1 68 4 3 0 503 42

National team

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
1995 9 0
1996 0 0
1997 13 0
1998 9 0
1999 0 0
2000 0 0
2001 0 0
2002 2 0
2003 4 0
Total 38 0

Honors and awards

Individual honors

Team honors

References

  1. ^ a b c Japan National Football Team Database
  2. ^ "Narahashi reportedly to retire". The Japan Times. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2012.

External links

  • Akira NarahashiFIFA competition record (archive)
  • Akira Narahashi at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Japan National Football Team Database
  • Akira Narahashi at J.League (in Japanese)
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