Satoshi Tsunami

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Satoshi Tsunami
Personal information
Full name Satoshi Tsunami
Date of birth (1961-08-14) August 14, 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1977–1979 Yomiuri
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1995 Verdy Kawasaki 230 (5)
1996–1997 Avispa Fukuoka 21 (0)
1997–1998 Bellmare Hiratsuka 11 (0)
Total 262 (5)
National team
1980–1995 Japan 78 (2)
Teams managed
2005 Vegalta Sendai
2007 Cerezo Osaka
2008 Yokohama FC
Honours
Verdy Kawasaki
Winner Japan Soccer League 1983
Winner Japan Soccer League 1984
Winner Japan Soccer League 1986/87
Winner Japan Soccer League 1990/91
Winner Japan Soccer League 1991/92
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1981
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1989/90
Winner J1 League 1993
Winner J1 League 1994
Runner-up J1 League 1995
Winner JSL Cup 1985
Winner JSL Cup 1991
Winner J.League Cup 1992
Winner J.League Cup 1993
Winner J.League Cup 1994
Winner Emperor's Cup 1984
Winner Emperor's Cup 1986
Winner Emperor's Cup 1987
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1981
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1991
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1992
Representing  Japan
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 1992 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Satoshi Tsunami (都並 敏史, Tsunami Satoshi, born August 14, 1961) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team. His son Yuta Tsunami is also a footballer.

Biography[change | change source]

Tsunami was born in Setagaya, Tokyo on August 14, 1961. He joined Yomiuri (later Verdy Kawasaki) from their youth team in 1980. The club won the champions in Japan Soccer League 5 times, JSL Cup 3 times and Emperor's Cup 3 times. This was golden era in club history. He was also selected Best Eleven 3 times (1982, 1983 and 1984). In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and founded new league J1 League. However he lost opportunity to play after that. Toward the end of his career, he played for Avispa Fukuoka (1996–1997) and Bellmare Hiratsuka (1997–1998). He retired in 1998. He played 267 games and scored 5 goals in the league.

In December 1980, Tsunami was selected the Japan national team for 1982 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, he debuted against Singapore on December 22. He also played at 1984 Summer Olympics qualification, 1988 Summer Olympics qualification and 1986 World Cup qualification. After 1988 Summer Olympics qualification in 1987, he ceased to be selected Japan.

In May 1992, Tsunami was selected Japan for the first time in 5 years. He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 Asian Cup. He played all the Japan games except one for which he wasn't eligible due to suspension.

He also played all matches at 1994 World Cup qualification in spring 1993. However he injured his left ankle in domestic league match in May. So, he could not play any game in the final round that was centrally held in Doha, Qatar in October. Japan's hope to qualify for the finals was dashed by a stoppage time Iraqi equaliser in the last qualifying match. The Japanese fans now refer to this match as the "Agony of Doha" (ドーハの悲劇), and his absence was one of the main reasons why Japan's campaign ended up unsuccessful. He played 78 games and scored 2 goals for the Japan until 1995.

After the retirement, Tsunami started coaching career at Verdy Kawasaki (later Tokyo Verdy) in 1999. He mainly served as manager for the youth team. In 2005, he moved to Vegalta Sendai and became a top team manager. In 2006, he returned to Verdy and became an assistant coach for top team under manager Ruy Ramos. In 2007, he moved to Cerezo Osaka and became a manager. However the club results were sluggish and he was sacked in May. In 2008, he signed with Yokohama FC and managed the club in 1 season.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1980 Yomiuri JSL Division 1 12 2 3 0 2 1 17 3
1981 18 1 5 0 1 0 24 1
1982 17 0 3 0 1 0 21 0
1983 18 0 3 0 3 0 24 0
1984 18 1 5 0 0 0 23 1
1985/86 21 0 2 0 4 1 27 1
1986/87 19 0 3 0 1 0 23 0
1987/88 10 0 4 0 1 0 15 0
1988/89 21 0 3 0 3 1 27 1
1989/90 10 0 4 0 4 0 18 0
1990/91 21 1 2 0 2 0 25 1
1991/92 21 0 4 1 5 0 30 1
1992 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League - 3 0 11 1 14 1
1993 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1994 8 0 2 1 0 0 10 1
1995 16 0 0 0 - 16 0
1996 Avispa Fukuoka J1 League 21 0 1 0 11 0 33 0
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 Bellmare Hiratsuka J1 League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1998 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
Country Japan 267 5 47 2 53 4 367 11
Total 267 5 47 2 53 4 367 11

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1980 3 0
1981 7 0
1982 8 0
1983 10 0
1984 5 0
1985 7 0
1986 5 2
1987 10 0
1988 0 0
1989 0 0
1990 0 0
1991 0 0
1992 10 0
1993 10 0
1994 0 0
1995 3 0
Total 78 0

References[change | change source]

  1. Satoshi Tsunami at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Satoshi Tsunami at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Japan National Football Team Database

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