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Marcus Tulio Tanaka

, formerly name ; Marcus Túlio Lyuji Murzani Tanaka (until Marcus Tulio Tanaka obtained Japanese citizenship) is a Brazilian-born Japanese people football (soccer) who plays for the J. League Division 1 club Nagoya Grampus.

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Marcus Tulio Tanaka biography


, formerly name ; Marcus Túlio Lyuji Murzani Tanaka (until Marcus Tulio Tanaka obtained Japanese citizenship) is a Brazilian-born Japanese people football (soccer) who plays for the J. League Division 1 club Nagoya Grampus.

Career

Born in Palmeira d'Oeste, Brazil to a second generation Japanese Brazilian father and Italian Brazilian mother, Tulio moved to Japan at age 15 to complete Marcus Tulio Tanaka high school studies. After graduation from Shibuya Makuhari High School in Chiba Prefecture in 2001, Tulio joined the J.League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

When Sanfrecce was relegated to J. League Division 2 after Marcus Tulio Tanaka second season in 2002, Marcus Tulio Tanaka was loaned to fellow J. League Division 2 side Mito Hollyhock. On 10 October 2003, Tulio obtained Marcus Tulio Tanaka Japanese citizenship. In 2004, after a season at Mito, Tulio returned to the J. League Division 1, joining Urawa Reds and played for Japan national football team at the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Tulio made Marcus Tulio Tanaka debut for the Japan's senior national team on 9 August 2006, against Trinidad and Tobago national football team. Marcus Tulio Tanaka scored Marcus Tulio Tanaka first goal for Japan on 15 November 2006 in a 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia national football team. After the strong performance in 2006 J. League Division 1 season, which led Urawa to win their first ever J. League Division 1 title, Marcus Tulio Tanaka received List of J-League Player of the Year. But Marcus Tulio Tanaka missed 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals due to an injury. Marcus Tulio Tanaka absence was a big blow to the Japan NT.

Tulio went on to score Marcus Tulio Tanaka second goal for the Japanese national team, on 22 August 2007, in an international friendly versus Cameroon - a header.

On 17 July 2008, Marcus Tulio Tanaka scored Marcus Tulio Tanaka first hat-trick in J. League Division 1 in a league game against Tokyo Verdy.

On 22 December 2009, after falling out with the management at Urawa as Marcus Tulio Tanaka was deployed in an unfamiliar position at the back, Tulio joined Nagoya Grampus. Marcus Tulio Tanaka played 168 games and scored 37 goals for Marcus Tulio Tanaka ex-club.

On 30 May 2010, Marcus Tulio Tanaka scored for Japan against England in the 7th minute of a World Cup warm-up, and also scored for England against Japan in the form of an own goal 67 minutes later. As Japan captain Yuji Nakazawa later did the same thing, the game finished 2-1 for England.

On 4 June 2010, Marcus Tulio Tanaka scored for Côte d'Ivoire against Japan in the form of an own goal in 13th minute of a friendly match. Three minutes later, Marcus Tulio Tanaka injured Côte d'Ivoire attacker Didier Drogba's elbow which was fractured by high challenge from Tulio.

Marcus Tulio Tanaka was a playmaker in Marcus Tulio Tanaka younger days, whose passes and headers helped Marcus Tulio Tanaka team score goals .

Position

Marcus Tulio Tanaka is an offensive centre back/Libero, who can score goals.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Tulio_Tanaka

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