Famous Japanese Football Players

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Shinji Kagawa
(Footballer)
Shinji Kagawa
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Birthdate: March 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tarumi-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo

Shinji Kagawa is a Japanese footballer who plays as a midfielder. He has the distinction of having played for top-notch European football clubs, such as Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. Known for agility on the field, Shinji Kagawa is currently part of the Greek club, PAOK Thessaloniki, after his contract with Spanish team, Zaragoza, was terminated. 

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Takumi Minamino
(Association football player)
Takumi Minamino
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Birthdate: January 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Izumisano

Inspired by Brazilian footballer Ronaldo, Takumi Minamino decided to make football his career and joined Cerezo Osaka at age 12. The Japanese football star now plays both for the Japanese national team and Liverpool. He has also had a successful stint at the Austrian club Salzburg.

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Keisuke Honda
(Football player)
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Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Settsu, Osaka, Japan

Keisuke Honda is a Japanese football player and manager. A versatile player, Honda can play as an attacking midfielder and as a winger. Renowned for his accuracy, dribbling skills, and powerful striking ability, Keisuke Honda helped the Japan national football team win the 2011 Asian Cup, where he was adjudged Player of the Tournament.       

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Kazuyoshi Miura
(Footballer)
Kazuyoshi Miura
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Birthdate: February 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan

Kazuyoshi Miura is a professional Japanese footballer for who age is truly just a number. He is above 50 and continues to be an active player , He holds the global record as the oldest player to score a goal in a professional soccer league. Associated with Yokohama FC, he played for Japan’s national team for a decade, scoring 55 goals from 89 matches.

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Shinji Okazaki
(Association football player)
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Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Takarazuka
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Takuma Asano
(Footballer)
Takuma Asano
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Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komono, Mie Prefecture
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Yuto Nagatomo
(Association football player)
Yuto Nagatomo
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Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saijo
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Maya Yoshida
(Association football player)
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Birthdate: August 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagasaki
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Shunsuke Nakamura
(Association football player)
Shunsuke Nakamura
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Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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Hidetoshi Nakata
(Association football player)
Hidetoshi Nakata
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Birthdate: January 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kofu

Considered one of the best Japanese footballers ever, Hidetoshi Nakata is not just a 2-time Olympian but also a 3-time World Cup player. He has also been part of Serie A and Premier League. Known as Gioiellino, or Little Jewel, he is also a fashion icon, known for his quirky and colorful hair-dos.

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Ryo Miyaichi
(Football player - Winger)
Ryo Miyaichi
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Birthdate: December 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
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Makoto Hasebe
(Association football player)
Makoto Hasebe
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Birthdate: January 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fujieda
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Takashi Inui
(Association football player)
Takashi Inui
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Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ōmihachiman
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Gaku Shibasaki
(Japanese footballer)
Gaku Shibasaki
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Birthdate: May 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Noheji, Aomori Prefecture
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Kunishige Kamamoto
(Former Footballer who won the bronze medal t the 1968 Summer Olympics)
Kunishige Kamamoto
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Birthdate: April 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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Eiji Kawashima
(Association football player)
Eiji Kawashima
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Birthdate: March 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yono
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Hiroki Sakai
(Japanese footballer)
Hiroki Sakai
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Birthdate: April 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture
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Shoya Nakajima
(Association football player)
Shoya Nakajima
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Birthdate: August 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
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Genki Haraguchi
(Association football player)
Genki Haraguchi
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Birthdate: May 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kumagaya
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Mike Havenaar
(Football player - Striker)
Mike Havenaar
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Birthdate: May 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
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Atsuto Uchida
(Association football player)
Atsuto Uchida
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Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kannami
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Homare Sawa
(Football player Midfielder)
Homare Sawa
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Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
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Shinji Ono
(Association football player)
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Birthdate: September 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Numazu
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Takashi Usami
(Football Winger Who Plays for Gamba Osaka in the J1 League)
Takashi Usami
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Birthdate: May 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan
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Junichi Inamoto
(Football player - Midfielder)
Junichi Inamoto
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Birthdate: September 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan
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Hotaru Yamaguchi
(Association football player)
Hotaru Yamaguchi
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Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nabari
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Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
(Japanese footballer)
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
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Birthdate: August 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture
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Hajime Hosogai
(Association football player)
Hajime Hosogai
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Birthdate: June 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maebashi
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Ryota Morioka
(Japanese football player)
Ryota Morioka
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Birthdate: April 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Joyo, Kyoto Prefecture
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Shūichi Gonda
(Association football player)
Shūichi Gonda
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Birthdate: March 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Setagaya-ku
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Ruy Ramos
(Association football player)
Ruy Ramos
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Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Yoichiro Kakitani
(Association football player)
Yoichiro Kakitani
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Birthdate: January 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ōsaka
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Arata Izumi
(Football player - Midfielder)
Arata Izumi
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Birthdate: July 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Japan
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Michael Fitzgerald
(Football Centre Back player)
Michael Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: September 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tokoroa, Waikato, New Zealand
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Ryang Yong-gi
(Football player)
Ryang Yong-gi
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Birthdate: January 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tadaoka, Osaka, Japan
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Kōji Nakata
(Association football player)
Kōji Nakata
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Birthdate: July 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ōtsu
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Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
(Football player)
Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
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Birthdate: August 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Machida, Tokyo, Japan
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Ippei Shinozuka
(Footballer midfielder)
Ippei Shinozuka
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Birthdate: March 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abiko, Japan
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Yūichi Komano
(Association football player)
Yūichi Komano
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Birthdate: July 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kainan
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Sōta Hirayama
(Association football player)
Sōta Hirayama
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Birthdate: June 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kitakyūshū
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Yōhei Kajiyama
(Association football player)
Yōhei Kajiyama
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Birthdate: September 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo
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Yōsuke Saito
(Japanese Football Forward Player)
Yōsuke Saito
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Birthdate: April 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Saburō Kawabuchi
(Football player)
Saburō Kawabuchi
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Birthdate: December 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Takaishi, Osaka, Japan
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Sergio Escudero
(Footballer attacking midfielder / Striker position)
Sergio Escudero
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Birthdate: September 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
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Marcus Tulio Tanaka
(Football player - Centre-back)
Marcus Tulio Tanaka
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Birthdate: April 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palmeira d'Oeste, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Alessandro Santos
(Football player - Midfielder)
Alessandro Santos
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Birthdate: July 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
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Wagner Lopes
(Football player - Forward, Football manager)
Wagner Lopes
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Birthdate: January 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Franca, Brazil
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Bruno Suzuki
(Football player - Forward)
Bruno Suzuki
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Birthdate: May 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castanhal, Pará, Brazil
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Nikki Havenaar
(Football player - Centre back)
Nikki Havenaar
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Birthdate: February 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
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Sai van Wermeskerken
(Football player - Right back)
Sai van Wermeskerken
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Birthdate: June 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands