Hidetoshi Nakata

Date of birth22 January 1977
Place of birthYamanashi
NationalityJapanese
Weight72 kg
Height1.75 m
PositionMidfielder

The most famous Japanese player of recent times, Hide is one of the few to play outside his home nation.

He began his career at J-League side Bellmare Hiratsuka making his debut in 1995.

He played at the 1996 Olympic games and made his full debut in May 1997 against South Korea. While at Bellmare Hiratsuka, he won the Asian Player of the Year in 1998 and played in the 1998 World Cup Finals.

This persuaded Serie A team Perugia to sign him for the 1998-99 season and he was a sensation scoring 13 goals from midfield. AS Roma signed him in January 2000 but after a difficult spell, he left to join Parma for £18.5 million in the summer of 2001.

He became a key player for Japan where he made full use of his ability to keep the ball and set up chances for the team

Hidetoshi scored the second goal as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 in Osaka in their final 2002 Group H game to secure qualification to the last 16 of the World Cup finals for the first time.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Bellmare Hiratsuka 01 Jan 1995 01 Jul 1998
Perugia 01 Jul 1998 01 Jan 2000
AS Roma 01 Jan 2000 05 Jul 2001
Parma 05 Jul 2001 01 Jul 2004
Bologna 02 Jan 2004 31 May 2004 L
Fiorentina 01 Jul 2004
Bolton Wanderers 16 Aug 2005 31 May 2006 L

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 World XI FIGC Centenary
1
1999-00 AS Roma UEFA Cup 2
2000-01 AS Roma Serie A 5
10
2
2000-01 AS Roma UEFA Cup 5
2
1
2000-01 World XI Childrens Charity 1
2001-02 Parma Serie A 16
7
1
2
2001-02 Parma UEFA Champions League 2
1
2001-02 Parma UEFA Cup 5
1
1
1
2002-03 Parma Serie A 28
2
4
1
2002-03 Parma UEFA Cup 3
1
2003-04 Bologna Serie A 17
2
2003-04 Parma Serie A 6
6
2003-04 Parma UEFA Cup 2
1
1
2004-05 Fiorentina Serie A 14
6
1
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 3
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 2
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 14
7
1
1
1
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers UEFA Cup 5
1
3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Dec 1998 Italy v World XI L 6-2 FIGC CENTENARY
16 Aug 2000 France v World XI L 5-1 Childrens Charity


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1994-95 Japan World Youth Cup 4
2
1995-96 Japan Olympics 1
1
1995-96 Japan OT v A
1
1996-97 Japan FIFA World Cup 3
3
1996-97 Japan International Friendly 1
1996-97 Japan Kirin Japan Cup 2
1996-97 Japan Olympics 2
1997-98 Japan Dynasty Cup 3
2
1997-98 Japan FIFA World Cup 11
1
2
1997-98 Japan International Friendly 4
1997-98 Japan Kirin Cup 1
1997-98 Japan Optus World Series 1
1
1998-99 Japan International Friendly 2
1998-99 Japan Kirin Cup 2
1999-00 Japan Annual Match 1
1999-00 Japan Chinese New Year Tournament 1
1999-00 Japan Hassan II Tournament 2
1999-00 Japan International Friendly 1
1999-00 Japan Kirin Cup 1
1999-00 Japan Olympics 1
1
2000-01 Japan FIFA Confederations Cup 4
1
2000-01 Japan International Friendly 2
1
2000-01 Japan Olympics 3
1
2
2000-01 Japan OT 1
2001-02 Japan FIFA World Cup 4
1
2001-02 Japan International Friendly 3
1
1
2002-03 Japan FIFA Confederations Cup 3
1
1
2002-03 Japan International Friendly 1
2002-03 Japan Kirin Cup 3
2003-04 Japan FIFA World Cup 2
1
2003-04 Japan International Friendly 4
2003-04 Japan Kirin Cup 1
2004-05 Japan FIFA Confederations Cup 3
1
2004-05 Japan FIFA World Cup 3
1
2005-06 Japan FIFA World Cup 3
2005-06 Japan International Friendly 7
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Apr 1995 Chile v Japan D 2-2 World Youth Cup Group B
17 Apr 1995 Spain v Japan L 2-1 World Youth Cup Group B
19 Apr 1995 Japan v Burundi W 2-0 World Youth Cup Group B
23 Apr 1995 Brazil v Japan L 2-1 World Youth Cup Quarter-final
06 Mar 1996 Japan v Ecuador L 0-1 OT v A
18 Mar 1996 Japan v Oman W 4-1 Olympics Asia 2nd round group A
21 Jul 1996 Japan v Brazil W 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
23 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Japan L 2-0 Olympics Finals Group D
21 May 1997 Japan v Korea Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
08 Jun 1997 Japan v Croatia W 4-3 KIRIN JAPAN CUP Final
15 Jun 1997 Japan v Turkey W 1-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
22 Jun 1997 Japan v Macao W 10-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
25 Jun 1997 Japan v Nepal W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
28 Jun 1997 Japan v Oman D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
13 Aug 1997 Japan v Brazil L 0-3 International Friendly
07 Sep 1997 Japan v Uzbekistan W 6-3 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
19 Sep 1997 United Arab Emirates v Japan D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
28 Sep 1997 Japan v Korea Republic L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
04 Oct 1997 Kazakhstan v Japan D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
11 Oct 1997 Uzbekistan v Japan D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
26 Oct 1997 Japan v United Arab Emirates D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
02 Nov 1997 Korea Republic v Japan W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
08 Nov 1997 Japan v Kazakhstan W 5-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
16 Nov 1997 Japan v Iran W 3-2 FIFA World Cup Asia play-off
15 Feb 1998 Australia v Japan W 0-3 OPTUS WORLD SERIES
01 Mar 1998 Japan v Korea Republic W 2-1 DYNASTY CUP
04 Mar 1998 Japan v Hong Kong W 5-1 DYNASTY CUP
07 Mar 1998 Japan v China PR L 0-2 DYNASTY CUP
01 Apr 1998 Korea Republic v Japan L 2-1 International Friendly
24 May 1998 Japan v Czech Republic D 0-0 KIRIN CUP
31 May 1998 Mexico v Japan L 2-1 International Friendly
03 Jun 1998 Yugoslavia v Japan L 1-0 International Friendly
14 Jun 1998 Argentina v Japan L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
20 Jun 1998 Japan v Croatia L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
26 Jun 1998 Japan v Jamaica L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
28 Oct 1998 Japan v Egypt W 1-0 International Friendly
31 Mar 1999 Japan v Brazil L 0-2 International Friendly
03 Jun 1999 Japan v Belgium D 0-0 Kirin Cup
06 Jun 1999 Japan v Peru D 0-0 KIRIN CUP
09 Oct 1999 Kazakhstan v Japan W 0-2 Olympics Asia group C
05 Feb 2000 Mexico v Japan L 1-0 CHINESE NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT
15 Mar 2000 Japan v China PR D 0-0 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Korea Republic v Japan L 1-0 ANNUAL MATCH
04 Jun 2000 France v Japan D 2-2 Hassan II Tournament
06 Jun 2000 Japan v Jamaica W 4-0 HASSAN II Tournament
19 Jun 2000 Japan v Bolivia W 2-0 KIRIN CUP
02 Sep 2000 Japan v Kuwait W 6-0 OT
14 Sep 2000 South Africa v Japan W 1-2 Olympics Finals Group D
17 Sep 2000 Slovakia v Japan W 1-2 Olympics Finals Group D
23 Sep 2000 USA v Japan L 2-2 (4-5) Olympics Quarter-final
20 Dec 2000 Japan v Korea Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Mar 2001 France v Japan L 5-0 International Friendly
25 Apr 2001 Spain v Japan L 1-0 International Friendly
31 May 2001 Japan v Canada W 3-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
02 Jun 2001 Japan v Cameroon W 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
04 Jun 2001 Japan v Brazil D 0-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
07 Jun 2001 Japan v Australia W 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-final
07 Nov 2001 Japan v Italy D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Poland v Japan W 0-2 International Friendly
14 May 2002 Norway v Japan L 3-0 International Friendly
25 May 2002 Japan v Sweden D 1-1 International Friendly
04 Jun 2002 Japan v Belgium D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
09 Jun 2002 Japan v Russia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
14 Jun 2002 Tunisia v Japan W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
18 Jun 2002 Japan v Turkey L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
16 Oct 2002 Japan v Jamaica D 1-1 KIRIN CUP
28 Mar 2003 Japan v Uruguay D 2-2 International Friendly
08 Jun 2003 Japan v Argentina L 1-4 KIRIN CUP
11 Jun 2003 Japan v Paraguay D 0-0 KIRIN CUP
18 Jun 2003 New Zealand v Japan W 0-3 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
20 Jun 2003 France v Japan L 2-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
22 Jun 2003 Japan v Colombia L 0-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
20 Aug 2003 Japan v Nigeria W 3-0 International Friendly
10 Sep 2003 Japan v Senegal L 0-1 International Friendly
08 Oct 2003 Tunisia v Japan W 0-1 International Friendly
11 Oct 2003 Romania v Japan D 1-1 International Friendly
19 Nov 2003 Japan v Cameroon D 0-0 KIRIN CUP
18 Feb 2004 Japan v Oman W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Asia qualifying group 3
31 Mar 2004 Singapore v Japan W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Asia qualifying group 3
25 Mar 2005 Iran v Japan L 2-1 FIFA World Cup World Cup - AFC 3rd Round
30 Mar 2005 Japan v Bahrain W 1-0 FIFA World Cup World Cup - AFC 3rd Round
03 Jun 2005 Bahrain v Japan W 0-1 FIFA World Cup World Cup - AFC 3rd Round
16 Jun 2005 Japan v Mexico L 1-2 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
19 Jun 2005 Greece v Japan W 0-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
22 Jun 2005 Japan v Brazil D 2-2 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
07 Sep 2005 Japan v Honduras W 5-4 International Friendly
08 Oct 2005 Latvia v Japan D 2-2 International Friendly
12 Oct 2005 Ukraine v Japan L 1-0 International Friendly
16 Nov 2005 Japan v Angola W 1-0 International Friendly
28 Feb 2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Japan D 2-2 International Friendly
30 May 2006 Germany v Japan D 2-2 International Friendly
04 Jun 2006 Japan v Malta W 1-0 International Friendly
12 Jun 2006 Australia v Japan L 3-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
18 Jun 2006 Japan v Croatia D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
22 Jun 2006 Japan v Brazil L 1-4 FIFA World Cup Finals group F


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.