Shinji Tanaka

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Shinji Tanaka
Personal information
Full name Shinji Tanaka
Date of birth (1960-09-25) September 25, 1960 (age 61)
Place of birth Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Position(s) Defender, Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1978 Saitama Urawa Minami High School
1979–1982 Chuo University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1992 Nissan Motors 141 (0)
1992–1993 Urawa Reds 22 (0)
1994–1995 Kyoto Purple Sanga 6 (0)
Total 169 (0)
National team
1979 Japan U-20 3 (0)
1980–1985 Japan 17 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2006 Tokushima Vortis
Honours
Nissan Motors
Winner Japan Soccer League 1988/89
Winner Japan Soccer League 1989/90
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1983
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1984
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1990/91
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1991/92
Winner JSL Cup 1988
Winner JSL Cup 1989
Winner JSL Cup 1990
Runner-up JSL Cup 1983
Runner-up JSL Cup 1985
Runner-up JSL Cup 1986
Winner Emperor's Cup 1983
Winner Emperor's Cup 1985
Winner Emperor's Cup 1988
Winner Emperor's Cup 1989
Winner Emperor's Cup 1991
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1990
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shinji Tanaka (田中 真二, Tanaka Shinji, born September 25, 1960) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Tanaka was born in Saitama on September 25, 1960. After graduating from Chuo University, he joined Japan Soccer League club Nissan Motors in 1983. The club won 1983 and 1985 Emperor's Cup. From 1988 to 1990, the club won all three major title in Japan; Japan Soccer League, JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup for 2 years in a row. He was also selected Best Eleven in 1989/90. In 1990s, he lost opportunity to play in the match. He moved to J1 League club Urawa Reds in 1992 and Japan Football League club Kyoto Purple Sanga in 1994. He retired in 1995.

In August 1979, when Tanaka was a Chuo University student, he was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 1979 World Youth Championship and he played all 3 games. In March 1980, he was selected the Japan national team for 1980 Summer Olympics qualification. At this qualification, on March 30, he debuted against Malaysia. In December, he also played at 1982 World Cup qualification. In 1984, he played at 1984 Summer Olympics qualification for the first time in 3 years. In 1985, he also played at 1986 World Cup qualification. He played 17 games for Japan until 1985.

After retirement, Tanaka became a manager for Japan Football League club Otsuka Pharmaceutical (later Tokushima Vortis). The club won the champions in 2003 and 2004, and was promoted to J2 League. He was sacked in September 2006.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1983 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 18 0 18 0
1984 15 0 15 0
1985/86 22 0 22 0
1986/87 19 0 19 0
1987/88 22 0 22 0
1988/89 22 0 22 0
1989/90 22 0 4 0 26 0
1990/91 0 0 4 0 4 0
1991/92 1 0 0 0 1 0
1992 Urawa Reds J1 League - 4 0 9 0 13 0
1993 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
1994 Kyoto Purple Sanga Football League 6 0 3 0 - 9 0
1995 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Country Japan 169 0 7 0 17 0 193 0
Total 169 0 7 0 17 0 193 0

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1980 4 0
1981 8 0
1982 0 0
1983 0 0
1984 2 0
1985 3 0
Total 17 0

References[change | change source]

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

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