Shunsuke Nakamura

Shunsuke Nakamura
Shunsuke Nakamura

 Shunsuke  is a Japanese football player who currently plays for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. He is one of the most prominent and successful Asian players to have played in Europe and on 13 September 2006 became the first Japanese player to score in the Champions League and the second Asian player to do so. He has won the Asian Cup in 2000 and 2004 with the Japanese national football team, and was named Most Valuable Player in the 2004 competition. He has also appeared in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, and the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the Japanese Under 23 team.

 
 
 

Nakamura is a playmaking midfielder usually deployed by Celtic on the right hand side of midfield. He had previously been positioned in the centre or on the left hand side of the pitch, since he is left-footed. He is known for his vision and touch, as well as being a free-kick specialist. He can create scoring opportunities for his teammates but is also more than capable of scoring himself. Former Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashiwa Reysol manager and Tottenham Hotspur player Steve Perryman once remarked that Nakamura was so good, he “could open a tin of beans with his left foot.

 

Nakamura
Nakamura

                                                              

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