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Former Japan defender dies


Former Japan defender dies


Former Japan international Naoki Matsuda died in hospital on Thursday at the age of 34.

His death comes two days after collapsing from a suspected heart attack during a training session with his club Matsumoto Yamaga.

It was reported the player had initially collapsed with heatstroke and then later slipped into a coma.

The defender won 40 caps for Japan and represented his country at the 2002 World Cup. He also made 385 appearances for Yokohama F-Marinos, helping them win back-to-back J.League titles in 2003 and 2004.

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