Naoki Soma

Defender, Football player

1971 –


Who is Naoki Soma?

Naoki Soma is a Japanese former football defender.

He was capped 58 times and scored 4 goals for the Japanese national team between 1995 and 1999, including three games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He played 289 games and scored 15 goals in J. League Division 1, and became one of the main player in glorious era of Kashima Antlers.

He retired at the end of the 2005 season. After working as a TV pundit, Soma managed the Japan Football League side F.C. Machida Zelvia in 2010. He held a managerial post in charge of J. League Division 1 side Kawasaki Frontale prior to the 2011 season.

On April 12, 2012, Kawasaki dismiss coach Naoki Soma after performing 'far below expectations'. The 40-year-old coach was sacked with the club's president stating the team were performing 'far below expectations' having aimed to win the title this term.

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Jul 19, 1971
Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka
  • Japan
Lived in
  • Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka

on July 23, 2013


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