Masashi Nakayama

Masashi Nakayama
Personal information
Full name Masashi Nakayama
Date of birth (1967-09-23) September 23, 1967
Place of birth Fujieda, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Azul Claro Numazu
Number 39
Youth career
1986–1989 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–2009 Júbilo Iwata 419 (207)
2010–2012 Consadole Sapporo 13 (0)
2015– Azul Claro Numazu 0 (0)
Total 432 (207)
National team
1990–2003 Japan 53 (21)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2015.

Masashi Nakayama (中山 雅史 Nakayama Masashi, born 23 September 1967) is a Japanese football player. Born in Shizuoka, Gon Nakayama attended Fujieda Higashi High School and University of Tsukuba before he joined Yamaha Motors (currently; Júbilo Iwata) of the Japan Soccer League, a precursor to the J1 League, which consisted of company sponsored teams. He retired in December 2012 at age 45 after playing 3 seasons for Consadole Sapporo, then he came back almost three years later with Azul Claro Numazu in Japan Football League.


Playing as a Forward, Nakayama made his J1 League debut on 11 March 1994. From then until 2009, he was an ever-present part of the Júbilo Iwata lineup as they were consistently one of the top teams in the J1 League since its inception. With a strike-rate of more than a goal every two games throughout his career, Nakayama was the inspirational and talismanic leader for both Júbilo Iwata and the Japanese national team.

At the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, Nakayama scored the only goal of the tournament and the first goal for Japan in the history of the World Cup against Jamaica on 26 June 1998.[1] As of 2009, he has scored 21 goals in 53 appearances for the Japanese national team, which places him 8th all-time among goalscorers for his country.

Nakayama also holds the world record fastest hat-trick at international level. He managed three goals in an AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Brunei on 16 February 2000 in only three minutes and three seconds,[1] beating the previous record of Englishman George William Hall set in 1938 (against Northern Ireland) by 27 seconds. This striker becomes a record-holder with other hat-tricks, that he did it in four successive games of J1 League, from 15 to 29 April in 1998. He scored 16 times in these games.[1] The record is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records

Affectionately known as Gon, Nakayama is a fan favorite among many casual Japanese football fans for his outspoken and humorous nature. Now in the twilight of his career, injuries and age have taken a toll on Nakayama's skills but he still remains a favorite of the Jubilo faithful, as evidenced by the fact that he draws the loudest cheers by far from the home crowd at Yamaha Stadium when his name is announced during warm-ups or when he comes on as a substitute.

On 4 December 2012, he announced his retirement at the age of 45, citing injuries to his both knees, after making J1 League's all-time leading scores of 157 goals.[1] In September 2015, he began to train with Azul Claro Numazu and then he signed a contract with the Japan Football League's side.[2]


Last updated: December 31, 2015

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 J.League Cup Asia Total
1990/91Yamaha MotorsJSL Division 113421-155
1992Football League1613--1613
1994Júbilo IwataJ1 League1230000-123
2010Consadole SapporoJ2 League12010--130
2012J1 League100000-10
2015Azul Claro NumazuJFL00---00
Total 4322073412682751539247
Japan national team

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 August 1992 Beijing, China PR  South Korea 2–2 Draw Dynasty Cup 1992
2. 1 November 1992 Hiroshima, Japan  North Korea 1–1 Draw 1992 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
3. 6 November 1992 Hiroshima, Japan  China PR 3–2 Won 1992 AFC Asian Cup Semi-finals
4. 5 May 1993 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 18 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  Iran 1–2 Lost 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 21 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 3–0 Won 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 28 October 1993 Doha, Qatar  Iraq 2–2 Draw 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 28 May 1995 Tokyo, Japan  Ecuador 3–0 Won Friendly
9. 8 November 1997 Tokyo, Japan  Kazakhstan 5–1 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 16 November 1997 Johor Bahru, Malaysia  Iran 3–2 Won 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Play-off
11. 1 March 1998 Yokohama, Japan  South Korea 2–1 Won Dynasty Cup 1998
12. 1 April 1998 Korea Republic  South Korea 1–2 Lost Friendly
13. 26 June 1998 Lyon, France  Jamaica 1–2 Lost 1998 FIFA World Cup Group Stage
14. 28 October 1998 Osaka, Japan  Egypt 1–0 Won Friendly
15. 13 February 2000 Macau  Singapore 3–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
16. 16 February 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
17. 16 February 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
18. 16 February 2000 Macau  Brunei 9–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
19. 20 February 2000 Macau  Macau 3–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
20. 20 February 2000 Macau  Macau 3–0 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
21. 15 August 2001 Fukuroi, Japan  Australia 3–0 Won AFC/OFC Cup Challenge

National team

Honors and awards





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