When i think of the 4 year spell Shunsuke Nakamura had at Celtic it always lights up my day ,like other greats in the modern Celtic era aka Ľubomír Moravčík or Henrik Larsson these players remind us Celtic fans that were privileged not only to support Scotland’s most succesful and famous club but we get to see some of the finest footballers on the planet pull on the green and white hooped shirt…
Shunsuke Nakamura is and was one of those players ,naturally gifted as a footballer the Japanese playmaker came to Celtic and like many fans im sure id never really heard of him ,but seeing him being introduced to the crowd..he stood there taking it all in ,and at that point I think his love affair with the hoops began,if we didn’t know the guy then we were sure in for a treat because from day 1 he terrorized Opposition defences,with his direct style of play…
My most memorable moments will be like most others notably his goals against Manchester Utd home and away in the champions league and his free kicks against Kilmarnock in the premier league one of which to win the title ,also his stunner against Rangers at ibrox,goals apart Shunsuke Nakamuras main attribute was to create and he did this in abundance ,his setup play was wizard like and its the kind of stuff fans dream off when watching a match….
I’ve added some you tube clips on the post and some links to stuff that show the guys genius as a footballer ,he was a player i was privileged to see as a Celtic fan ,and when I tell my grandkids about Celtic its players like naka that will have them sitting up paying attention ,in Celtics history there’s an elite number of individuals who’s names run off the tongue because our memories we hold dear Shunsuke Nakamura is one such guy HH
2 goals v man utd champions league
winner against kilmarnock to win the league
free kick against killie
nakamura v rangers
Shunsuke Nakamura (中村 俊輔 Nakamura Shunsuke?, born 24 June 1978) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Yokohama F. Marinos in J. League Division 1. He is the first and only player to have been twice named J. League Most Valuable Player, receiving the award in 2000 and 2013. He is well known for his vision, touch, and free kick-taking abilities; Steve Perryman once remarked that Nakamura “could open a tin of beans with his left foot”.
His former clubs include Espanyol, Celtic, and Reggina. During his time at Celtic, he became one of the most prominent Asian players to have played in Europe; he was nominated for the 2007 Ballon d’Or, was named Scottish Player of the Year and SFWA Footballer of the Year in 2007, and became the first Japanese player to score in the UEFA Champions League. His team accomplishments at Celtic include winning the Scottish Premier League in 2006, 2007, and 2008, the Scottish League Cup in 2006 and 2009, and the Scottish Cup in 2007.
Nakamura has 98 caps and 24 goals for the Japanese national football team, including appearances in the FIFA World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010 and winning the AFC Asian Cup in 2000 and 2004; he was named Most Valuable Player in the 2004 competition. He also appeared in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship as a member of the Japanese Under-20 team and the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the Japanese Under-23 team.
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Honours with Celtic:
Scottish Premier League:
2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
Scottish League Cup:
SPFA (Scottish Professional Footballers Assoction):
Player’s Player of the Year 2007
Goal of the Season: 2007
Team of the Season: 2007
SFWA (Scottish Football Writers’ Association) :
Footballer of the Year 2007
SPL Player of the Year:
Celtic Player of The Year:
Celtic Fans Player of the Year: