|Full name||Keita Suzuki|
|Date of birth||July 8, 1981|
|Place of birth||Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1997–1999||Tokai University Shoyo High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
After graduating from Tokai University Shoyo High School, he joined J2 League side Urawa Reds in 2000. His first professional appearance came in an Emperor's Cup match against Honda Lock SC on 3 December 2000. He broke into Urawa's first team in 2001 and became a mainstay in midfielder. He contributed to the club winning the J1 League championship in 2006 and was chosen as one of the 2006 J.League Best XI. In 2007, the club won the champions AFC Champions League and the 3rd place Club World Cup. He was also elected Japanese Footballer of the Year award. Although he played many matches every seasons, he lost opportunity to play in 2015. In October, he announced that he would be leaving his only club at the end of that season. After the last game of 2015 regular season in November, he announced his retirement from football.
National team careerEdit
Suzuki was captain for Japan U-23 national team throughout the 2004 Summer Olympics Qualifiers. However, he was not included in the final squad for the 2004 Summer Olympics as manager Masakuni Yamamoto favoured overage player Shinji Ono.
Japan national team manager Ivica Osim rated Suzuki highly and handed him his first senior cap on 9 August 2006, in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago. He was the only player who started all 20 matches under Osim's reign. Osim once referred to him as the Japanese answer to Claude Makelele. He played 28 games for Japan until 2008.
|Club||Season||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Champions League||Other1||Total|
National team statisticsEdit
Appearances in major competitionsEdit
|Japan U-23||2004 Summer Olympics Qualifiers||U-22~23||6||1||1||Qualified|
|Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Senior||5||0||0||Qualified|
|Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||6||0||0||4th place|
|Japan||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification||Senior||2||0||0||Qualified|
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|1.||10 October 2002||Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan, South Korea||Thailand||2002 Asian Games|
|2.||3 March 2004||Al Jazira Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE||Lebanon||2004 Summer Olympics Qualifiers|
- Urawa Red Diamonds
- J1 League: 1
- J1 League First Stage: 1
- J.League Cup: 1
- Japanese Footballer of the Year: 1