Kuala Lumpur: Japan’s Masashi Nakayama has one of the most glittering resumes in the history of Asian football having won the AFC Asian Cup, the Asian Club Championship and appeared at the FIFA World Cup, but for all his success, one failure in particular sticks in his mind.
Nearly two decades after he last pulled on the national team’s famous blue shirt, Nakayama’s name still resonates loudly within Japanese football. After a career spent as one of his country's footballing pioneers, his every utterance carries weight and significance.
Adored by fans for his never-say-die attitude, his professional and thorough approach always belied the fact his nickname ‘Gon’ was due to his resemblance to a comedy character on Japanese late-night television......
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