Daisuke Matsui

Daisuke Matsui

Matsui in 2012
Personal information
Full name Daisuke Matsui[1]
Date of birth (1981-05-11) 11 May 1981
Place of birth Kyoto, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Júbilo Iwata
Number 22
Youth career
1997–1999 Kagoshima Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Kyoto Purple Sanga 127 (16)
2004–2008 Le Mans 120 (17)
2008–2009 Saint-Étienne 22 (1)
2009–2011 Grenoble 45 (5)
2010Tom Tomsk (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Dijon 3 (0)
2012–2013 Slavia Sofia 11 (0)
2013 Lechia Gdańsk 16 (4)
2014– Júbilo Iwata 56 (9)
National team
2002–2004 Japan U-23 25 (2)
2003–2011[2] Japan 31 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 December 2013.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 February 2011

Daisuke Matsui (松井 大輔 Matsui Daisuke, 11 May 1981 in Yamashina Ward, Kyoto City) is a Japanese footballer currently playing for Júbilo Iwata. He has previously played for Kyoto Purple Sanga, Le Mans FC, AS Saint-Etienne, FC Tom Tomsk, Dijon, Slavia Sofia and Lechia Gdańsk.

His wife is a Japanese actress Rosa Kato.


Early years

In 2000, Matsui graduated from Kagoshima Commercial High School (鹿児島実業高校 Kagoshima Jitsugyō Kōkō) and began his professional career with Kyoto Purple Sanga of the J. League.

Kyoto Purple Sanga

After his J. League rookie season Purple Sanga were relegated to J. League Division 2. However, the following season Matsui played a prominent role in helping his club finish first in Division 2, earning the club a promotion back to Division 1. In 2002 the club continued their success by having a strong season, finishing sixth in the league and winning the Emperor's Cup. The club's success and Matsui's increased exposure lead to Matsui being called up to the national team for the first time in 2003. However, his club was again relegated to Division 2 after the 2003 season, and could not earn a return to Division 1 after the 2004 season.

Le Mans UC 72

In 2004, after four and a half seasons in Kyoto, Matsui signed with Le Mans UC 72 of Ligue 2 in France. Matsui chose Le Mans, then a second division club, over Lazio, one of the top clubs in Serie A, because he believed that the style of Italian football was too defensive.[3]

In Japan, Matsui had been criticized for his small physique and mental weakness, but he adapted to the fast, physical style of French football by changing his style and holding on to the ball less. In his first season with Le Mans, he helped the club earn a runners-up finish in Ligue 2 and a promotion to Ligue 1. In 2005–06, in Matsui's first season playing in Ligue 1, Le Mans began undefeated in its first six matches of the season and finished 11th place in the league. Matsui was voted as the Player of the Month for January 2006.[4] Jean-Sébastien Grond of Football.fr has dubbed Matsui "the sun of Le Mans" (le soleil du Mans), while many Le Mans supporters and the media consider him the top player for the club.[5][6]

In the 2006–07 season Mastui appeared in 27 games and Le Mans finished 12th place in Ligue 1.

During the 2007–08 season Matsui expressed desire to transfer to a new club at the end of the season, when his contract with Le Mans was set to expire.[4] Among the teams which were believed to have shown interested in signing him at the time were Catania, Genoa, Lazio and Torino of Serie A, Celtic and Rangers of the Scottish Premier League, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga, and Lille of Ligue 1.[7][8][9][10]

AS Saint-Étienne

At the conclusion of the season 2007–08 season, after having played for Le Mans for four consecutive years, Matsui announced his transfer to AS Saint-Étienne of Ligue 1 on a three-year signing.[11]

In the beginning of the 2008–09 season Matsui was seeing very limited playing time, which was believed to have been due to his poor form combined with a rift with the manager, Laurent Roussey. However, on 10 November 2008 Roussey was released by Saint-Étienne due to the clubs poor performance.[12] At the time of Roussey's release the club had lost five consecutive matches and sat in 18th place in the 20-team league, with a record of three wins, nine losses and a draw. During the club's poor slide, Saint-Étienne co-president Roland Romeyer criticized several players including Matsui, whom Romeyer had questioned if he was a body-double for the 'real' Japanese star Sainté had brought in from Le Mans in the summer.[13]

On 11 November 2008, Saint-Étienne announced that Alain Perrin was appointed as the club's new manager.[14] Perrin had led Olympique Lyonnais to the domestic double in the previous season by winning the Ligue 1 title and the French Cup.

In 2009, Matsui again moved to a new club in the Ligue 1, this time to Grenoble Foot.[15]

Grenoble Foot 38

Matsui still showed his qualities by scoring 4 league goals in the campaign; one versus Lorient on 28 November 2009,[16] two goals against Auxerre on 6 February 2010[17] and one versus Sochaux on 17 April 2010.[18] However the season with Grenoble was reflected poorly as the team finished bottom of Ligue 1 and was relegated.[19]

Tom Tomsk

During the summer transfer window in the Russian Premier League, Matsui moved to the Siberian club on loan until the end of the Russian Championship of 2010.[20] He played his first match for his new team on 11 September against Zenit (St-Petersburg) and was substituted.

DFCO Dijon

On 5 July 2011, Matsui signed a two-year contract with the club in Dijon, a new entrant in France's Ligue 1.

Slavia Sofia

On 11 September 2012, Matsui joined Bulgarian A PFG club Slavia Sofia.[21][22] He made his debut in a 2–0 home win over Lokomotiv Sofia on 23 September, coming on as a half-time substitute for Pavle Popara.

Lechia Gdańsk

On 3 July 2013, it was announced by Lechia Gdańsk that he had signed a contract for one year with an option of extension.[23] On 22 July in his debut he scored goals in a 2–2 draw against Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała.

International career

Matsui made his national team debut on 22 June 2003 with Japan at Confederations Cup 2003 against Colombia and scored his international goal against Angola on 11 October 2005.[2] He also played for the U-23 national team at the 2004 Olympics.

Despite his performance at Le Mans, Matsui was not part of Zico's selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier criticized the decision stating that "Matsui was selected as one of the best foreign players in France and didn't make it into the squad of 23 Zico selected, which is a pity given his form and experience."[24]

Matsui was called up for the first time under Ivica Osim's reign to play in friendlies against Austria and Switzerland in September 2007. Matsui has continued to make national team appearances under Takeshi Okada, who has replaced Osim after Osim suffered a stroke in November 2007.

Career statistics


[25] Statistics accurate as of match played 15 April 2011

Club Season League Cup League Cup Other* Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kyoto Purple Sanga 2000 2211071-302
2001 3774020-437
2002 2345420-308
2003 272102010312
2004 182---182
Total 127161141311015221
Le Mans 2004–05 253-10-263
2005–06 333-20-353
2006–07 274-20-294
2007–08 3452032-397
Total 119152082-12917
AS Saint-Étienne 2008–09 221201020271
Total 221201020271
Grenoble Foot 38 2009–10 2942110-325
2010–11 20---20
Total 3142110-345
Tom Tomsk 2010 70---70
Total 70---70
Grenoble Foot 38 2010–11 141---141
Total 141---141
Dijon 2011–12 30---30
Total 30---30
Slavia Sofia 2012–13 11020--130
Total 11020--130
Lechia Gdańsk 2013–14 16420--184
Total 16420--184
Jubilo Iwata 2014 34610--356
2015 22300--223
Total 56910--579
Career total 406542452333045662

*Includes Japanese Super Cup, UEFA Cup.


National teamYearAppsGoals
Japan U-23
Japan 200310

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2003 FIFA Confederations CupSenior010Round 1
 Japan2004 Summer OlympicsU-23120Round 1
 Japan2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior620Qualified
 Japan2011 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior110Qualified
 Japan2010 FIFA World CupSenior400Round of 16
 Japan2011 AFC Asian CupSenior200Champions

International goals

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 October 2002 South Korea Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan  Bahrain
2002 Asian Games
2. 21 February 2004 Japan Nagai Stadium, Osaka  South Korea
Friendly Match (2004 Kirin Challenge Cup)

Senior team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 2005 Japan National Stadium, Tokyo  Angola 1–0 1–0 Friendly Match (2005 Kirin Challenge Cup)

Awards and honours




Kyoto Purple Sanga

Notes and references

  1. "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 16. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. 1 2 "MATSUI Daisuke". Japan National Football Team Database.
  3. Gorenflot, Julien (26 October 2005). "Matsui, l'étoile venue d'Asie" (in French). Maxifoot. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  4. 1 2 "Joueur du mois de Ligue 1" (in French). Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionnels. January 2006. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  5. Grond, Jean-Sébastien (13 January 2006). "Matsui, le soleil du Mans" (in French). Football.fr. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  6. "Little Le Mans thinking big". FIFA.com. 5 April 2006. Archived from the original on 9 October 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  7. "Torino step up push for Le Mans star Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  8. "Catania join interest for Le Mans winger Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  9. "Celtic, Werder Bremen join Bosman battle for Le Mans star Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  10. "Celtic, Rangers chasing Le Mans winger Daisuke Matsui". tribalfootball.com. 9 February 2007. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  11. "Matsui seals st etienne switch". football365.com. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  12. "Saint-Etienne fires coach Laurent Roussey". The International Herald Tribune. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  13. "Uefa Cup Preview: Saint-Étienne – Rosenborg". Goal.com. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  14. "Perrin named Saint-Etienne coach". The International Herald Tribune. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  15. "Grenoble sign Matsui". Sky Sports.
  16. "Lorient vs. Grenoble – 28 November 2009". Soccerway. 28 November 2009.
  17. "Grenoble vs. Auxerre – 6 February 2010". Soccerway. 6 February 2010.
  18. "Grenoble vs. Sochaux – 17 April 2010". Soccerway. 17 April 2010.
  19. "Summary – Ligue 1 – France – Results, fixtures, tables and news". Soccerway. 15 May 2010.
  20. "Matsui joins Tom Tomsk on loan". FIFA. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  21. "Japan's Matsui makes Bulgarian switch". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  22. . Slavia present Daisuke Matsui www.gong.bg.2012-09-12.
  23. "Daisuke Matsui zawodnikiem Lechii" [Daisuke Matsui plays for Lechii] (in Polish). Lechia Gdańsk. 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  24. Taylor, Stephen (17 June 2006). "Troussier positive on Japan's chances". Daily Yomiuri Online. Archived from the original on 22 June 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  25. J.League
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