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Nagatomo Yuto


Yuto Nagatomo is a Japanese footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Inter Milan. Nagatomo started playing football in kindergarten, enriching his profile as the years went by. He attended Meiji University. In 2006, at the university football club he was moved to full-back and started to distinguish himself. He was quickly chosen for the All Japan University XI and represented Japan at the 2007 Universiade held in Bangkok. Nagatomo officially signed with F.C. Tokyo in 2008, while at Meiji. Five months later, he earned his first international cap on 24 May 2008 in a friendly against Côte d'Ivoire. Nagatomo was also a member of the Japan U-21 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics finals. In July 2010, Nagatomo was signed on loan by the Italian Serie A side A.C. Cesena, where he played the first half of the season as Cesena's starting left back. Due to his impressive performances for both Cesena and Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup, he was fully signed by Cesena in January 2011. He was sent out on loan to Inter Milan, becoming the first Japanese player in Inter's history. On 6 March 2011, Nagatomo scored his first goal for Inter in the 5-2 trashing against Genoa. He was called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Japan, and was named in Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger's best XI of the tournament.
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