|Full name||Mitsuhisa Taguchi|
|Date of birth||February 14, 1955|
|Place of birth||Akita, Akita, Japan|
|Date of death||November 12, 2019(aged 64)|
|Place of death||Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1970–1972||Akita Commercial High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Biography[change | change source]
Taguchi was born in Akita on February 14, 1955. After graduating from Akita Commercial High School, he joined Japan Soccer League club Mitsubishi Motors in 1973. In 1973, the club won the champions at Japan Soccer League and Emperor's Cup. In 1975, he debuted as a starting goalkeeper for Japan national team, replacing established starter Kenzo Yokoyama.
In 1978, Taguchi was part of one of the club's most successful seasons, winning the Japanese treble; Japan Soccer League, JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup. The club also won 1980 Emperor's Cup, 1981 JSL Cup and 1982 Japan Soccer League. He retired in 1984. He played 161 games in the league. He was selected Best Eleven 8 times included for 7 years in a row (1977-1983).
On September 8, 1975, Taguchi debuted for the Japan national team against South Korea. In 1977, he became a regular goalkeeper and played at 1978 World Cup qualification, 1978 Asian Games and 1980 Summer Olympics qualification. From 1982, he became a captain and played at 1982 Asian Games and 1984 Summer Olympics qualification. He played 59 games for Japan until 1984.
Statistics[change | change source]
|1973||Mitsubishi Motors||JSL Division 1||1||0|
|Japan national team|