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Pacific FC Kengo Nakamura

Japanese Icon Kengo Nakamura Learning To Coach With Pacific FC

By on April 18, 2024 0 859 Views

Former Japan national team midfielder Kengo Nakamura will join the Pacific FC coaching staff while he completes his Japan Football Association Class S coaching license.

The veteran midfielder was a one-club man for J-League side Kawasaki Frontale, tallying 546 appearances through an incredible 18-year-old period that also saw him earn 68 caps for the Japanese national team.

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Nakamuru hung up his boots after turning 40 back in 2020 and is now preparing to launch his own coaching career. His month-long stay at Pacific FC is part of the process as he aims to secure Japan’s highest coaching license.

Pacific FC James Merriman
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“We welcome Kengo to our club, this is an opportunity to host a player with great experience,” says PFC boss James Merriman, Head Coach, Pacific FC. “We will learn from each-other, he will join our staff and share his knowledge with our players.” 

There’s no doubt that Pacific can learn aplenty from the Japanese veteran, who won both the Japanese Footballer of the Year and the J League MVP award back in 2016. Aged 36 at the time, he became the oldest award recipient for both.

The coaching moves marks a departure from his first post-playing career stint, with Nakamura having worked in the J League front office in a media relations role.

Fans won’t have long to wait to see the storied coaching candidate: Nakamura will accompany the coaching staff for this Friday’s home match against Winnipeg’s Valour FC.

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