Japan’s Shutaro Nakashima, one of the stars of the recent World Futsal Cup, has signed a professional contract with Intelli Orlandia in Brazil. The club is one of country’s most formidable teams and won the championship in 2012 and 2013. Their former players include 4-time World Player of the Year Falcão and 2012 World Cup winning captain Vinicius.
Intelli Head Coach Cidão has made regular trips to Japan to share his experience and was aware of the 18 year old for the last few years. He followed the young prodigy’s performances at the World Futsal Cup where he excelled, scoring 4 goals in 4 games for RAD/Bardral including against Orlandia’s rivals Corinthians. Shortly after the Brazilian coach decided it was time to make the move to sign the upcoming star.
“Shutaro has a big future, he has great technical quality and futsal understanding” commented the Brazilian coach. Nakashima has dedicated himself to futsal since he was young, a rarity in Japan where there are not yet youth leagues. The World Futsal Cup provided the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his talent at the highest level, and he is now being rewarded for his commitment to the game with this dream opportunity.