Naoki Imaya

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Naoki Imaya
Personal information
Full name Naoki Imaya
Date of birth (1980-06-18) 18 June 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Blacktown City 25 (6)
2001 Canberra Cosmos 21 (3)
2002 Blacktown City 22 (6)
2002 Adelaide Galaxy 10 (4)
2003 Blacktown City 22 (1)
2003–2004 Neuchâtel Xamax 8 (0)
2004 La Chaux-de-Fonds 12 (0)
2005 Blacktown City 11 (4)
2005–2006 New Zealand Knights 11 (0)
2006 Marconi Stallions
2007–2008 VfB Lübeck 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Naoki Imaya (今矢 直城, Imaya Naoki, born 18 June 1980 in Tokyo) is a former Japanese footballer who played as a midfielder or forward.


As a child he moved to Sydney Australia with his parents at age 10, he played for various Australian clubs before moving to Switzerland. He played in the first season of the A-League with the New Zealand Knights before returning to NSW state league football with Marconi Stallions.[1]

In July 2007 he signed a contract with VfB Lübeck, a traditional club from Lübeck in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein playing in the 3rd German Regionalliga Nord,[2] he was released by the club after six months due to financial problems.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Imaya is now coaching football to young children in Japan and no longer pursuing a professional career.[4]


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