Position : Midfield
DOB : 1 Sep 1985
Height : 1.74m
Weight : 70kg
Nickname : Machi
A player brought back into football from Keio University for the 2010 season after an earlier spell with Shonan Bellmare he has gone straight into the problem area for Avispa; central midfield.
He had been very highly rated as a youngster, and ended up finishing second in J2 Player of the Year award after an incredible second half to the season. Going months without ever giving the ball away he managed to add some bite to his game while also starting to score goals on a regular basis.
Scoring spectacular goals with excellent technique he also has a knack of finding space in the box at free-kicks and using a good leap to score a surprising number of goals with his head.
Made Captain for 2011 he was Fukuoka’s most important player.
Didn’t do enough to keep us in J1, and jumped ship to Yokohama F Marinos when we got relegated. After a season of not to spectacular performances it was probably the right move for everyone.