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08.10.14

4 Reds Youth Players to Join First Team   

Naoki Yamada, Shunki Takahashi, Mizuki Hamada and Takuya Nagata of Urawa Reds Youth will join the first team from the next season.

◆Naoki Yamada, Midfielder
Date of birth: 4 July 1990, 18 years old
Place of birth: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Pref.
Height / Weight: 166 cm / 64 kg
<Previous Clubs>
Kita Urawa Soccer Sports Club→Urawa Reds Junior Youth→Urawa Reds Youth
・FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea 2007, Japan National Team player
・Takamadonomiya Cup, the 19th Japan Youth (U-18) Competition, Champions & Top scorer (8 goals)
・Appeared in one 2008 J.League game
・Appeared in one Yamazaki Nabisco Cup game
・J Satellite league 2007, appeared in 6 games and scored 1 goal / J Satellite league 2008, appeared in 5 games
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He is a very energetic midfielder with good ball control. He excels in reading game situations and has good vision on the field. This season, he was registered as a player who is eligible to play in the J.League on the 25th of April. His first appearance in the J.League was in the game against Kyoto Sanga held on the 26th of April.
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“I have been training in the first team and have become more used to it. I will work hard so that I will be able to play in a game as soon as possible. I also want to make the supporters feel happy by displaying my skills at Saitama Stadium.”

◆Shunki Takahashi, Midfielder
Date of birth: 4 May 1990, 18 years old
Place of birth: Asaka, Saitama Pref.
Height / Weight: 169 cm / 68 kg
<Previous Clubs>
Asaka Mihara FC→Urawa Reds Junior Youth→Urawa Reds Youth
・FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea 2007, Japan National Team player
・the 6th Sendai Cup International Youth Soccer Competition 2008, U-19 National Team Player
・Takamadonomiya Cup, the 19th Japan Youth (U-18) Competition, First place
・Appeared in three Yamazaki Nabisco Cup games
・J Satellite league 2007, appeared in 6 games and scored 1 goal / J Satellite league 2008, appeared in 5 games
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He is very fit physically and is able to play in many positions proficiently. In attack, dribbling is his strength. In defense, he is persistent and hardworking. This season, he was also registered as a player who is eligible to play in the J.League on the 25th of April together with Naoki Yamada. He appeared in 3 Yamazaki Nabisco Cup group league games, 1 for the full 90 minutes.
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“My dream is to play for Urawa Reds since when I was little. I will develop my skill by learning from the more experienced players in order to be one of Urawa Reds key players soon. Your support is much appreciated!”

◆Mizuki Hamada, Defender
Date of birth: 18 May 1990, 18 years old
Place of birth: New Jersey, USA
Height / Weight: 185 cm / 80 kg
<Previous Clubs>
FC Wako Little Eleven→De Anza Hearters→Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus→Urawa Reds Youth
・AFC U-17 Competition 2006, Japan National Player
・Takamadonomiya Cup, the 19th Japan Youth (U-18) Competition, First place
・J Satellite league 2007, appeared in 4 games / J Satellite league 2008, appeared in 2 games
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By making full use of his height of 185 cm, he is a center back who is strong in heading He is physical strong and can surely win 1 on 1 situations. Having improved his footwork, he also played as a defensive midfielder this season.
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“Urawa Reds have many great players which makes it difficult to appear in a game. I cherish every training and learn many things from the other players. I will work very hard to be able to play in a game as soon as possible.”

◆Takuya Nagata, Defender
Date of birth: 8 September 1990, 18 years old
Place of birth: Saitama, Saitama Pref.
Height / Weight: 169 cm / 58 kg
<Previous Clubs>
Mimuro Soccer Sports Club→Urawa Reds Junior Youth→Urawa Reds Youth
・J Satellite league 2007, appeared in 3 games / J Satellite league 2008, appeared in 1 game
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A natural left-footed wing back, Nagata may be small, but his speed and physical strength give him the advantage in 1 on 1 situations. He is very accurate when using his left foot to cross and creates many goal scoring opportunities.
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“I keep the challenge alive. I will work hard to show my play which people can feel something from.”