Mitsuhisa Taguchi

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Mitsuhisa Taguchi
Personal information
Full name Mitsuhisa Taguchi
Date of birth (1955-02-14)February 14, 1955
Place of birth Akita, Akita, Japan
Date of death November 12, 2019(2019-11-12) (aged 64)
Place of death Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1970–1972 Akita Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1984 Mitsubishi Motors 161 (0)
Total 161 (0)
National team
1975–1984 Japan 59 (0)
Honours
Mitsubishi Motors
Winner Japan Soccer League 1973
Winner Japan Soccer League 1978
Winner Japan Soccer League 1982
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1974
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1975
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1976
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1977
Winner JSL Cup 1978
Winner JSL Cup 1981
Winner Emperor's Cup 1973
Winner Emperor's Cup 1978
Winner Emperor's Cup 1980
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1979
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mitsuhisa Taguchi (田口 光久, Taguchi Mitsuhisa, February 14, 1955 – November 12, 2019) was a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

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.

Following his retirement from playing career, Taguchi worked as a coach for several high school teams, including those at Aomori Yamada High School and Kokusai Gakuin High School.

On November 12, 2019, Taguchi died of respiratory failure in Tokyo Metropolis at the age of 64.[1][2]

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
JapanLeague
1973 Mitsubishi Motors JSL Division 1 1 0
1974 0 0
1975 16 0
1976 18 0
1977 18 0
1978 18 0
1979 18 0
1980 18 0
1981 18 0
1982 18 0
1983 18 0
1984 0 0
Country Japan 161 0
Total 161 0

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1975 1 0
1976 3 0
1977 5 0
1978 13 0
1979 8 0
1980 4 0
1981 4 0
1982 8 0
1983 9 0
1984 4 0
Total 59 0

References[change | change source]

  1. hochi.news(in Japanese)
  2. sanspo.com(in Japanese)
  3. Mitsuhisa Taguchi at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  4. Japan National Football Team Database

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