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11:43Nov 20th2015Miyamoto among former players to be recognised

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Miyamoto among former players to be recognised

The J.League on Tuesday announced that Tsuneyasu Miyamoto and four other former players will be awarded medals in recognition for their outstanding contributions to Japanese football.

Below is a list of recipients and their achievements:

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Total Appearances: 499 / J1: 337 appearances, 8 goals
- Served as Japan’s captain in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups
- Received J.League Outstanding Player Award in 2000
- Appointed to J.League’s board of directors

Atsushi Yanagisawa
Total Appearances: 573 / J1: 371 appearances, 108 goals
- Earned 58 caps for Japan NT, participated in 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups
- 1997 Rookie of the Year
- Named to J.League Best XI in 1998, 2001 and 2008

Koji Nakata
Total Appearances: 432 / J1: 266 appearances, 33 goals
- Earned 52 caps for Japan NT, participated in 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups
- Received J.League Outstanding Player Award from 2000 through 2002
- Named to J.League Best XI in 2001

Toru Araiba
Total Appearances: 574 / J1: 423 appearances, 22 goals
- Received J.League Outstanding Player Award in 2002, 2008 through 2010

Chikara Fujimoto
Total Appearances: 532 / J1: 385 appearances, 44 goals
- Served as captain at all six clubs over 19-year career

The medals will be conferred at the 2015 J.League Awards on December 21.


* Total appearances include the J.League/J1 League, J2 League, J.League Cup, Emperor’s Cup tournaments from 1992, International ‘A’ Matches and other officially recognised domestic and international matches

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