Shigetatsu Matsunaga

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Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Shigetatsu Matsunaga Nissan SC (cropped).jpg
Matsunaga at Nissan Motors
Personal information
Full name Shigetatsu Matsunaga
Date of birth (1962-08-12) August 12, 1962 (age 59)
Place of birth Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1978–1980 Hamana High School
1981–1984 Aichi Gakuin University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1995 Yokohama Marinos 334 (0)
1995–1996 Tosu Futures 54 (0)
1997 Brummell Sendai 15 (0)
1997–2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga 85 (0)
Total 488 (0)
National team
1988–1995 Japan 40 (0)
Honours
Yokohama Marinos
Winner Japan Soccer League 1988/89
Winner Japan Soccer League 1989/90
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1990/91
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1991/92
Winner J1 League 1995
Winner JSL Cup 1988
Winner JSL Cup 1989
Winner JSL Cup 1990
Runner-up JSL Cup 1985
Runner-up JSL Cup 1986
Winner Emperor's Cup 1985
Winner Emperor's Cup 1988
Winner Emperor's Cup 1989
Winner Emperor's Cup 1991
Winner Emperor's Cup 1992
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1990
Representing  Japan
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 1992 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shigetatsu Matsunaga (松永 成立, Shigetatsu Matsunaga, born August 12, 1962) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Matsunaga was educated at and played for Hamana High School and Aichi Gakuin University. After graduating from the university, he joined Japan Soccer League club Nissan Motors (later Yokohama Marinos) in 1985. The club also won 1985 Emperor's Cup. From 1988 to 1990, the club won all three major title in Japan; Japan Soccer League, JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup for 2 years in a row. In 1990s, the club won 1990 JSL Cup, 1991 and 1992 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, the club won 1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

When Japan's first-ever professional league J1 League started in 1993, Nissan Motors was transformed to Yokohama Marinos for whom he continued to play. The club won 1992 Emperor's Cup and 1992–93 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. After he lost his position to young Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi who would also replace him as the first-choice goalkeeper in the national team, he moved to Japan Football League (JFL) side Tosu Futures in 1995. He moved to fellow JFL side Brummell Sendai in 1997. He came back to J1 League to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1998 and spent 3 seasons there before he retired in 2000.

Matsunaga was capped 40 times for Japan national team between 1988 and 1995. He was the first-choice GK when Japan won the 1992 Asian Cup. However, he was sent off for retaliation in the semi-final against China and Kazuya Maekawa filled in for him for the rest of the competition. He was also tending the goal when Japan's hope to play in the 1994 World Cup finals was dashed by a late Iraqi equaliser in the 1994 World Cup qualification final qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the "Agony of Doha" (ドーハの悲劇).

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1985/86 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 15 0 15 0
1986/87 22 0 22 0
1987/88 22 0 1 0 23 0
1988/89 21 0 5 0 26 0
1989/90 22 0 4 0 26 0
1990/91 22 0 4 0 26 0
1991/92 21 0 3 0 24 0
1992 Yokohama Marinos J1 League - 4 0 9 0 13 0
1993 36 0 3 0 0 0 39 0
1994 43 0 4 0 3 0 50 0
1995 10 0 0 0 - 10 0
1995 Tosu Futures Football League 24 0 1 0 - 25 0
1996 30 0 3 0 - 33 0
1997 Brummell Sendai Football League 15 0 0 0 6 0 21 0
1997 Kyoto Purple Sanga J1 League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1998 34 0 2 0 4 0 40 0
1999 30 0 2 0 3 1 35 1
2000 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Country Japan 488 0 19 0 42 1 549 1
Total 488 0 19 0 42 1 549 1

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1988 1 0
1989 9 0
1990 0 0
1991 1 0
1992 9 0
1993 14 0
1994 0 0
1995 6 0
Total 40 0

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