Takayuki Suzuki

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Takayuki Suzuki
鈴木 隆行
Personal information
Full nameTakayuki Suzuki
Date of birth (1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 44)
Place of birth Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
1992–1994 Hitachi Technical High School
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1995–2005 Kashima Antlers 87 (17)
1997CFZ (loan) 21 (7)
1998JEF United Ichihara (loan) 7 (0)
1999CFZ (loan) 5 (0)
2000Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 11 (0)
2002–2003Genk (loan) 19 (0)
2003–2004Heusden-Zolder (loan) 30 (5)
2006 Red Star Belgrade 6 (0)
2007 Yokohama F. Marinos 3 (0)
2008–2010 Portland Timbers 77 (4)
2011–2014 Mito HollyHock 126 (24)
2015 JEF United Chiba 2 (0)
Total394(57)
National team
2001–2005 Japan 55 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Takayuki Suzuki (鈴木 隆行, Suzuki Takayuki, born June 5, 1976) is a former Japanese football player. He made over 50 appearances for the Japanese national team and he played professionally for two decades in Japan, Brazil, Belgium, Serbia and the United States.

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Club career

Suzuki has spent the majority of his playing career with Kashima Antlers, playing six stints for the team over the course of ten years, in between short periods playing in Brazil and Belgium. Suzuki played 87 games in the J1 League for Kashima, scoring 17 goals, and helping the team win the J1 Championship in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Takayuki Suzuki had not scored for 1790 minutes/46 games consecutive, until he scored a goal against RSC Anderlecht in September 2003.

On January 28, 2006, Suzuki signed with Red Star Belgrade during the 2005/06 season winter break at the period Toyota was the main sponsor of the club. [1] . However, Suzuki's time in Serbia was a disappointment and his move back to J1 League to join Yokohama F. Marinos was announced on January 19, 2007. [2]

On 28 March 2008 it was revealed that he signed a one-year contract with Portland Timbers of the USL First Division, joining on a free transfer. [3]

On 8 June 2011 Suzuki agreed to join J2 League side Mito HollyHock. With the club and city in financial difficult following a massive earthquake, he promised to play for free in the 2011 season. [4]

After only one season with JEF United Chiba, he announces his retirement from football at the age of 39. [5]

National team career

Suzuki made his international debut for Japan national team in 2001, and scored his first international goal on June 2, 2001, in a 2001 Confederations Cup game against Cameroon. [6]

He played all four of Japan's games at the 2002 World Cup on home soil, starting the first three and scoring in the 2–2 tie against Belgium; Japan were eliminated in the round of 16 following a 1–0 defeat to Turkey. [6]

He was also part of the Japanese team which won the 2004 Asian Cup. He played 55 games and scored 11 goals for Japan until 2005. [6]

Playing style

Suzuki is a no-nonsense physical player whose playing style is different compared to other forwards and strikers. He is well known for his defensive pressure on other defenders to force them to make mistakes. Suzuki was nicknamed the "Japanese Blond Bomber" because of his blond-dyed hair (the original blond bomber was legendary German striker Jürgen Klinsmann). As the result of world record about consecutive no goals, Japanese call Suzuki as 'Master No Goal'.

Club statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1995 Kashima Antlers J1 League 0000--00
1996 100000-10
1997 000000-00
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1997 Centro Futebol Zico Campeonato Carioca 3° 217---217
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1998 Kashima Antlers J1 League 310010-41
1998 JEF United Ichihara J1 League 701000-80
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1999 Centro Futebol Zico Campeonato Carioca 2° 50---50
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1999 Kashima Antlers J1 League 100030-40
2000 Kawasaki Frontale J1 League 1100020-130
2000 Kashima Antlers J1 League 525253-157
2001 2663461-3511
2002 800000-80
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002/03 Genk First Division 19020-60270
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2003 Kashima Antlers J1 League 4000000040
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Heusden-Zolder First Division 30542--347
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2004 Kashima Antlers J1 League 1453000-175
2005 2533000-283
SerbiaLeague Serbian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005/06 Red Star Belgrade SuperLiga 6012--72
2006/07 0020--20
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2007 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 300010-40
United StatesLeague Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 Portland Timbers USL First Division 26110--271
2009 27220--292
2010 D2 Pro League 24121--262
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2011 Mito HollyHock J2 League 20531--236
2012 36420--384
2013 371210--3812
2014 33320--353
2015 JEF United Chiba J2 League 2000--20
CountryJapan236412371840027752
Brazil267---267
Belgium49562-60617
Serbia6032--92
United States77451--825
Total3945737121846045573

National team statistics

[6]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2001 103
2002 131
2003 40
2004 186
2005 101
Total5511

Appearances in major competitions

TeamCompetitionCategoryAppearancesGoalsTeam Record
StartSub
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior302Runners-up
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Senior311Round of 16
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior601Champions
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior010Round 1
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior543Qualified

National team goals

[6]

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.June 2, 2001 Niigata, Japan Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2-0Won 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
2.June 2, 2001 Niigata, Japan Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2-0Won 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
3.October 7, 2001 Southampton, UK Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 2-2DrawFriendly
4.June 4, 2002 Saitama, Japan Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2-2Draw 2002 FIFA World Cup Group stage
5.June 9, 2004 Saitama, Japan Flag of India.svg  India 7-0Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6.July 9, 2004 Hiroshima, Japan Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 3-1WonFriendly
7.July 31, 2004 Chongqing, China Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1-1Draw* 2004 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-finals
8.August 18, 2004 Shizuoka, Japan Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1-2LostFriendly
9.September 8, 2004 Kolkata, India Flag of India.svg  India 4-0Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
10.October 13, 2004 Muscat, Oman Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 1-0Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
11.February 2, 2005 Saitama, Japan Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 3-0WonFriendly

Honors

Club

Kashima Antlers
KRC Genk
Red Star Belgrade
Portland Timbers

International

Japan

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References

  1. Suzuki na Tojoti, B92, January 28, 2006
  2. ESPNsoccernet - Global - Ex-Japan striker leaves Red Star for Marinos
  3. portlandtimbers.com: Press Releases Archived 2008-04-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Former Japan striker Suzuki to play for free". Daily Times. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  5. http://www.footballchannel.jp/2015/12/02/post123935/
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 Japan National Football Team Database