Naohiro Takahara

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Naohiro Takahara
Takahara Naohiro, Omiya vs Shimizu 2012 (cropped).jpg
Takahara playing for Shimizu S-Pulse in 2012
Personal information
Full name Naohiro Takahara
Date of birth (1979-06-04) June 4, 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995–1997 Shimizu Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Júbilo Iwata 105 (58)
2001Boca Juniors (loan) 6 (1)
2002–2006 Hamburger SV 97 (13)
2006–2008 Eintracht Frankfurt 38 (12)
2008–2010 Urawa Reds 63 (10)
2010 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 12 (4)
2011–2012 Shimizu S-Pulse 46 (9)
2013–2014 Tokyo Verdy 41 (11)
2014–2015 Okinawa SV
Total 462 (129)
National team
1995 Japan U-17 3 (1)
1999 Japan U-20 7 (3)
2000 Japan U-23 4 (3)
2000–2008 Japan 57 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Naohiro Takahara (高原 直泰, Takahara Naohiro, born June 4, 1979) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Takahara was born in Mishima on June 4, 1979. After graduating from Shimizu Higashi High School, he joined J1 League club Júbilo Iwata in 1998. In 1998, the club won J.League Cup and he was selected "New Hero awards". In 1999, the club won J1 League and 1998–99 Asian Club Championship. The club also won the 2nd place 1999–00 and 2000–01 Asian Club Championship. In August 2001, he moved to Boca Juniors on loan. In February 2002, he returned to Júbilo Iwata. The club won the champions and he became a top scorer with 26 goals in 27 matches. End of 2002 season, he moved to German Bundesliga club Hamburger SV. In 2006, he moved to Eintracht Frankfurt. In 2008, he returned to Japan and joined Urawa Reds. However his opportunity to play decreased in 2010 and he moved to K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings in July. In 2011, he returned to Japan and joined Shimizu S-Pulse. From 2013, he played for Tokyo Verdy, SC Sagamihara and Okinawa SV.

In August 1995, Takahara was selected Japan U-17 national team for 1995 U-17 World Championship. He played all 3 matches and scored 1 goal. In April 1999, he was also selected Japan U-20 national team for 1999 World Youth Championship. He played all 7 matches and scored 3 goals. Japan won the 2nd place. In February 2000, he was selected Japan national team for 2000 Asian Cup qualification. At this qualification, on February 13, he debuted against Singapore. He played all 3 matches and 3 goals and Japan won the qualify for 2000 Asian Cup.

In September, he was selected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics. He played all 4 matches and scored 3 goals in first match and quarterfinal. In October, he played at 2000 Asian Cup. He played 5 matches and scored 5 goals. Japan won the champions. However he missed the 2002 World Cup, because of lung disease (venous thrombosis).

After 2002 World Cup, Takahara played at 2003 Confederations Cup. Although his convocation for Japan decreased due to the schedule, he played as regular player when he was elected Japan. In 2006, he was elected Japan for 2006 World Cup and he played all 3 matches. After 2006 World Cup, he played at 2007 Asian Cup. He played 6 matches and scored 4 goals, and became a top scorer. He played 57 games and scored 23 goals for Japan until 2008.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
1998 Júbilo Iwata J1 League 20 5 2 0 6 4 - 28 9
1999 21 9 3 1 1 0 - 25 10
2000 24 10 0 0 2 0 - 26 10
2001 13 8 0 0 2 2 - 15 10
ArgentinaLeague Cup League Cup South AmericaTotal
2001/02 Boca Juniors Primera División 6 1 - - - 6 1
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2002 Júbilo Iwata J1 League 27 26 3 0 0 0 - 30 26
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2002/03 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 16 3 0 0 0 0 - 16 3
2003/04 29 2 3 1 3 1 2 0 37 4
2004/05 31 7 1 0 - 1 0 33 7
2005/06 21 1 2 1 - 10 0 33 2
2006/07 Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 30 11 4 4 - 5 2 39 17
2007/08 8 1 2 0 - - 10 1
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2008 Urawa Reds J1 League 27 6 1 0 3 1 4 1 35 8
2009 32 4 0 0 8 2 - 40 6
2010 4 0 0 0 1 1 - 5 1
South KoreaLeague Korean FA Cup League Cup AsiaTotal
2010 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K-League 12 4 1 0 - 1 0 14 4
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2011 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 28 8 1 0 4 1 - 33 9
2012 18 1 0 0 2 0 - 20 1
2013 Tokyo Verdy J2 League 41 11 0 0 - - 41 11
2014 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2014 SC Sagamihara J3 League 21 5 - - - 21 5
2015 33 6 - - - 33 6
Country Japan 309 99 10 1 29 11 4 1 352 112
Argentina 6 1 - - - 6 1
Germany 135 25 12 6 3 1 18 2 168 34
South Korea 12 4 1 0 - 1 0 14 4
Total 462 129 23 7 32 12 23 3 540 151

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2000 11 8
2001 4 0
2002 4 1
2003 8 2
2004 5 1
2005 7 2
2006 5 3
2007 9 6
2008 4 0
Total 57 23

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