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2002-03 Japan Jersey Home Nakata #7

100% Authentic 2002-2003 Japan National Team home jersey. Nakata’s name and his number 7 are printed on the front and the back. JFA badge, adidas maker logo, and 3 lines on the shoulders are all thin rubber printed material. Made in Japan, Adidas Japan licensed jersey.

Hidetoshi Nakata is believed to be the most successful and famous Japanese football player in history. He received the Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year award twice in 1997 and 1998 and became the only Japanese player who scored goals at every generation’s National team soccer competition held by FIFA, such as U17 World Champion Ship, U20 World Cup, U23 Olympic, Confederations Cup and World Cup. The midfielder also won the Scudetto with AS Roma in 2001.

Nakata was born in Yamanashi Prefecture and joined Nirasaki High School. He was called up as a member for U17 World Cup held in Japan during high school days. After graduation, Hide started his professional career at Bellmare Hiratsuka, current Shonan Bellmare in 1995. And he secured a starter position in his first year, becoming the key player for Bellmare and Samurai Blue for 1995 U20 World Cup and 1996 Atlanta Olympic. Then he celebrated his senior team debut in 1997 and contributed to the first qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup by setting up all three goals in the qualification play off against Iran.

After the France World Cup, Hidetoshi Nakata singed for Perugia and showed outstanding performance there with scoring 10 goals in 1997-1998 season. In 2000, he transferred to AS Roma, helping the team win the scudetto, and also played for Parma, Bologna, Fiorentina and Bolton Wanderers.

In 2002, Japan hosted the FIFA World Cup with South Korea. Japan National team took on Belgium, Russia and Tunisia in group H at this World Cup. Samurai Blue settled for a 2-2 draw against Red Devils in their opening match of the tournament on 4th June in Saitama. They then defeated 1-0 to Russia on the 2nd match. The team booked a spot in the first round-16 with a 2-0 win to Tunisia on the last group match in Osaka with scoring 2 goals by Hiroaki Morishima and Nakata. But Japan eventually lost 1-0 to Turkey in Miyagi and finished their 2nd World Cup.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Nakata played all 3 group league matches for Japan. But sadly, the team was eliminated in this stage with losing to Australia, Brazil and drawing with Croatia. After the tournament, he announced his retirement from professional football and the Japanese national team on his personal website


Condition : Brand New with Tag
Material : Polyester 100%
Color : Blue
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