Wagner Lopes

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Wagner Lopes
Wagner Lopes Nissan SC (cropped).jpg
Lopes at Nissan Motors
Personal information
Full name Wagner Lopes
Date of birth (1969-01-29) January 29, 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Franca, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 São Paulo
1987–1990 Nissan Motors 49 (12)
1990–1994 Kashiwa Reysol 96 (85)
1995–1996 Honda 60 (67)
1997–1998 Bellmare Hiratsuka 56 (36)
1999–2000 Nagoya Grampus Eight 51 (23)
2001 FC Tokyo 10 (3)
2001–2002 Avispa Fukuoka 27 (13)
Total 349 (228)
National team
1997–1999 Japan 20 (5)
Teams managed
2017 Albirex Niigata
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wagner Lopes (呂比須 ワグナー, Lopes Wagner, born January 29, 1969) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Lopes was born in Franca, Brazil on January 29, 1969. He moved to Japan and signed with Japan Soccer League club Nissan Motors in 1987. 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. He moved to Hitachi (later Kashiwa Reysol) in 1990. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and the club joined new league Japan Football League (JFL). The club won 2nd place in 1994 and was promoted to J1 League. He also many scored with Careca. However he left the club due to restrictions on foreign players because the club gains Müller. Lopes joined JFL club Honda in 1995. He became a top scorer for 2 years in a row (1995-1996). He moved to J1 League club Bellmare Hiratsuka in 1997. He played with Hidetoshi Nakata and scored many goals as striker. However, he left the club end of 1998 season due to financial strain and moved to Nagoya Grampus Eight. The club won the champions at 1999 Emperor's Cup. Toward end of his career, he played for FC Tokyo (2001) and Avispa Fukuoka (2001-02). He retired end of 2002 season.

In September 1997, Lopes obtained Japanese citizenship. Immediately after this, he was selected the Japan national team for 1998 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, on September 28, he debuted against South Korea. After the debut, he played 6 games and scored 3 goals at World Cup qualification and Japan won the qualify for 1998 World Cup first time Japan's history. At 1998 World Cup, he played all 3 matches. In third match against Jamaica, he assisted Masashi Nakayama goal. This goal is the first goal for Japan in the history of the World Cup. He also played at 1999 Copa América and scored 2 goals. He played 20 games and scored 5 goals for Japan until 1999.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1987/88 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 21 8 0 0 21 8
1988/89 15 3 1 1 16 4
1989/90 13 1 4 0 17 1
1990/91 Hitachi JSL Division 2 23 33 1 0 24 33
1991/92 JSL Division 1 20 4 3 4 23 8
1992 Football League 17 13 - 17 13
1993 Kashiwa Reysol Football League 18 18 0 0 0 0 18 18
1994 18 17 0 0 1 0 19 17
1995 Honda Football League 30 31 1 0 - 31 31
1996 30 36 2 1 - 32 37
1997 Bellmare Hiratsuka J1 League 27 18 3 4 6 8 36 30
1998 29 18 2 0 0 0 31 18
1999 Nagoya Grampus Eight J1 League 23 13 5 2 6 4 34 19
2000 28 10 1 1 4 0 33 11
2001 FC Tokyo J1 League 10 3 0 0 2 4 12 7
2001 Avispa Fukuoka J1 League 8 7 0 0 0 0 8 7
2002 J2 League 19 6 2 0 - 21 6
Country Japan 349 239 16 8 24 17 389 264
Total 349 239 16 8 24 17 389 264

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1997 6 3
1998 7 0
1999 7 2
Total 20 5

References[change | change source]

  1. Wagner Lopes at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Wagner Lopes at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Japan National Football Team Database

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