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Tomoyuki Sakai

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Full name  Tomoyuki Sakai
Years  Team
Weight  67 kg
1995–1997  JEF Ichihara
Height  1.70 m
Role  Footballer
Name  Tomoyuki Sakai

Date of birth  (1979-06-29) 29 June 1979 (age 36)

Playing position  Defensive midfielder
Place of birth  Misato, Saitama, Japan

Tomoyuki Sakai (酒井 友之, Sakai Tomoyuki, born June 29, 1979) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He was capped 1 time for the Japanese national team.


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Sakai was a starter for Japan at the 2000 Summer Olympics, who carried high hopes of the nation because Sakai's teammates included such household names as Hidetoshi Nakata, Shinji Ono and Naohiro Takahara. However, in the team's quarterfinal match, Sakai committed a foul inside his own box at the 90th minute, conceding the USA, Japan's opponents, a crucial penalty to make it 2-2. The Americans went on to win the penalty shootouts after 120 minutes of play could not separate the two teams.

Club honors

Urawa Red Diamonds
  • J1 League (1): 2006
  • Emperor's Cup (2): 2005, 2006
  • Country honors

  • FIFA World Youth Championship runner-up: 1999
  • References

    Tomoyuki Sakai Wikipedia