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Naohiro Takahara

Naohiro Takahara
Personal information
Full nameNaohiro Takahara
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11.3 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubShimizu S-Pulse

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|} is a Japanese footballer. He currently plays for J. League Division 1 side Shimizu S-Pulse as a striker

Takahara was born in Mishima, Shizuoka. He has previously played for Júbilo Iwata in Japan, Boca Juniors in Argentina, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

On December 3, 2006, he scored his first hat-trick in the German Bundesliga in a league game against Alemannia Aachen. In January 2008 he moved to Urawa Red Diamonds for a transfer fee of around ¥180 million (around $1.7 million).

Takahara had played for Japan in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney but missed the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by his home country and South Korea, because of injury. He was a member of the Japan team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and played in all the six games involving Japan. He scored four goals and was a joint top scorer of the tournament.

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