Mio Otani

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Mio Otani
Personal information
Full name Mio Otani
Date of birth (1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Koka, Shiga, Japan
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995–1996 Nishiyama High School
1997 Keimei Gakuin High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2008 Tasaki Perule FC 180 (150)
Total 180 (150)
National team
2000–2007 Japan 73 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mio Otani (大谷 未央, Otani Mio, born May 5, 1979) is a former Japanese football player. She played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Otani was born in Koka on May 5, 1979. After graduating from Keimei Gakuin High School, she joined Tasaki Perule FC in 1998. She became top scorer for 3 years in a row (2001-2003). In 2003 season, she was also selected MVP awards and the club won Nadeshiko League championship. In 2005 season, she became top scorer again. However, the club was disbanded in 2008 due to financial strain. So, she retired end of 2008 season. She scored 150 goals in 180 matches in Nadeshiko League. She was also selected Best Eleven for 6 years in a row (2001-2006).

On May 31, 2000, Otani debuted for the Japan national team against Australia. She was a member of Japan for 2003, 2007 World Cup and 2004 Summer Olympics. She scored a hat trick in Japan's victory over Argentina in the 2003 World Cup. She also played at 2001, 2003 AFC Championship, 2002 Asian Games and 2006 Asian Cup. She played 73 games and scored 31 goals for Japan until 2007.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 5 0
2001 11 9
2002 10 2
2003 14 13
2004 10 7
2005 7 0
2006 9 0
2007 7 0
Total 73 31

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