|Full name||Shinji Tanaka|
|Date of birth||September 25, 1960|
|Place of birth||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
|1976–1978||Saitama Urawa Minami High School|
|1994–1995||Kyoto Purple Sanga||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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]
|Club statistics||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Total|
|1983||Nissan Motors||JSL Division 1||18||0||18||0|
|1992||Urawa Reds||J1 League||-||4||0||9||0||13||0|
|1994||Kyoto Purple Sanga||Football League||6||0||3||0||-||9||0|
|Japan national team|