Marcus Tulio Tanaka

Marcus Tulio Tanaka
Personal information
Full name Marcus Tulio Lyuji Murzani Tanaka[1]
Date of birth (1981-04-24) 24 April 1981
Place of birth Palmeira d'Oeste, SP, Brazil
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1998–2000 Shibuya Makuhari High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 39 (2)
2003 Mito HollyHock 45 (10)
2004–2009 Urawa Red Diamonds 210 (42)
2010–2015 Nagoya Grampus 178 (45)
2016 Nagoya Grampus 7 (0)
National team
2004 Japan U-23 7 (0)
2006–2010[2] Japan 43 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 February 2011
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Murzani and the second or paternal family name is Tanaka.
In this Japanese name, the family name is Tanaka.

Marcus Tulio Tanaka (田中 マルクス 闘莉王 Tanaka Marukusu Tūrio, born Marcus Túlio Lyuji Murzani Tanaka on 24 April 1981), commonly known as Tulio, is a Japanese footballer who last played for the J. League Division 1 club Nagoya Grampus.


Born in Palmeira d'Oeste, Brazil to a second generation Japanese-Brazilian father and Italian-Brazilian mother, Tulio moved to Japan at age 15 to complete his high school studies.[3] After graduation from Shibuya Makuhari High School in Chiba Prefecture in 2001, Tulio joined the J.League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

When Sanfrecce was relegated to J. League Division 2 after his second season in 2002, he was loaned to fellow J. League Division 2 side Mito Hollyhock. On 10 October 2003, Tulio obtained his Japanese citizenship. In 2004, after a season at Mito, Tulio returned to the J. League Division 1, joining Urawa Reds and played for Japan at the 2004 Olympic games.

Tulio made his debut for the Japan's senior national team on 9 August 2006, against Trinidad and Tobago.[2] He scored his first goal for Japan on 15 November 2006 in a 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.[2] After the strong performance in 2006 season, which led Urawa to win their first ever J. League Division 1 title, he received J-League Player of the Year. But he missed 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals due to an injury. His absence was a big blow to the Japan NT.

Tulio went on to score his second goal for the Japanese national team, on 22 August 2007, in an international friendly versus Cameroon – a header. On 17 July 2008, he scored his first hat-trick in J. League Division 1 in a league game against Tokyo Verdy. On 22 December 2009, after falling out with the management at Urawa as he was deployed in an unfamiliar position at the back, Tulio joined Nagoya Grampus.[4] He played 168 games and scored 37 goals for his ex-club.

On 30 May 2010, he scored for Japan against England in the 7th minute of a World Cup warm-up, and also scored for England against Japan in the form of an own goal 67 minutes later.[5] As Japan's captain Yuji Nakazawa later did the same thing, the game finished 2–1 for England.

On 4 June 2010, he scored for Côte d'Ivoire against Japan in the form of an own goal in the 13th minute of a friendly match. Three minutes later, he injured Côte d'Ivoire attacker Didier Drogba's elbow which was fractured by high challenge from Tulio.

He was a playmaker in his younger days, whose passes and headers helped his team score goals.

On 9 January 2016, Nagoya Grampus announced that the club and Tulio are parting ways.[6] Nearly nine-months later, on 28 August 2016, Tulio re-signed for Nagoya Grampus,[7] before leaving Nagoya Grampus at the end of the 2016 season upon the expatriation of his contract.[8]

Career statistics

As of 3 November 2016
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ. League Division 1171-50-221
Total 392-100-492
2003Mito HollyHockJ. League Division 2421030--4510
Total 421030--4510
2004Urawa Red DiamondsJ. League Division 12131061-284
Total 168376022414121042
2010Nagoya GrampusJ. League Division 1296-10-306
Total 185367519910222152
Career total 434851655113243525106
Japan national team

National team career statistics

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2004 Summer OlympicsU-23300Round 1
 Japan2007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior401Qualified
 Japan2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior803Qualified
 Japan2010 FIFA World CupSenior400Round 16

Goals for senior national team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2006 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan  Saudi Arabia 1–0 3–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 22 August 2007 Kyushu Sekiyu Dome, Oita, Japan  Cameroon 1–0 2–0 Friendly match (2007 Kirin Challenge Cup)
3. 14 June 2008 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 0–1 0–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 19 November 2008 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 0–3 0–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 17 June 2009 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia  Australia 0–1 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 8 October 2009 Outsourcing Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan  Hong Kong 4–0 6–0 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7. 11 February 2010 National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan  Hong Kong 2–0 3–0 2010 East Asian Football Championship
8. 30 May 2010 UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria  England 1–0 1–2 Friendly match

Awards and honours


2007, 2008, 2009


Urawa Red Diamonds
2005, 2006
Nagoya Grampus


2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


  1. "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 List of Players" (PDF). fifa. June 4, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "TANAKA Marcus Tulio". Japan National Football Team Database.
  3. "Brazilian Samurai ready to rumble for Japan". Zimbio. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. Reuters (22 December 2009). "Japan star Tulio swaps Urawa Red Diamonds for Nagoya Grampus Eight – Global – ESPN Soccernet". Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  5. Barry Glendenning (30 May 2010). "Football: England v Japan – as it happened | Football |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  7. "田中マルクス闘莉王選手、加入記者会見". (in Japanese). Nagoya Grampus. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  8. "田中 マルクス闘莉王選手、契約満了のお知らせ". (in Japanese). Nagoya Grampus. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
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