Yuji Sakakura

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Yuji Sakakura
Personal information
Full name Yuji Sakakura
Date of birth (1967-06-07) June 7, 1967 (age 54)
Place of birth Yokkaichi, Mie, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1983–1985 Yokkaichi Chuo Technical High School
1986–1989 Juntendo University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 JEF United Ichihara 65 (1)
1995 Nagoya Grampus Eight 18 (0)
1996–1997 Brummell Sendai 52 (0)
1998 Mind House TC
Total 135+ (1+)
National team
1990–1991 Japan 6 (0)
Teams managed
2001 Yokohama FC
2014–2015 Tochigi SC
2018 AC Nagano Parceiro
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yuji Sakakura (阪倉 裕二, Sakakura Yuji, born June 7, 1967) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Sakakura was educated at and played for Yokkaichi Chuo Technical High School and Juntendo University. After finishing the university, he joined Japan Soccer League side Furuawa Electric (later JEF United Ichihara). In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and the club joined new league, J1 League. He moved to Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1995, then Japan Football League side Brummell Sendai in 1996. He finished his playing career in 1998 at his home town club Mind House TC, a Regional Leagues side, after playing for them for one season.

On July 27, 1990, Sakakura debuted for the Japan national team against South Korea. He was selected Japan for 1990 Asian Games and played 2 matches. He played 6 games for Japan until 1991. He was also a member of the Japan which won the 1992 Asian Cup, but did not play in the tournament.

After the retirement, Sakakura started coaching career at new club Yokohama FC in 1999. He served as an assistant coach. He also managed the club as caretaker in 2001. In 2005, he moved to Kyoto Purple Sanga (later Kyoto Sanga FC) and served as a manager for the youth team. In 2008, he moved to Tochigi SC. He mainly served as assistant coach for top team. In 2014, he was promoted to a manager. He resigned in July 2015. In 2016, he signed with Shimizu S-Pulse and served as a assistant coach. In 2018, he moved to AC Nagano Parceiro and served as a assistant coach. In June, he became a manager and managed the club until end of 2018 season.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1990/91 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 20 0 5 0 25 0
1991/92 12 1 1 0 13 1
1992 JEF United Ichihara J1 League - 9 0 9 0
1993 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
1994 8 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
1995 Nagoya Grampus Eight J1 League 18 0 0 0 - 18 0
1996 Brummell Sendai Football League 26 0 3 0 - 29 0
1997 26 0 2 0 5 0 33 0
Country Japan 135 1 5 0 22 0 162 1
Total 135 1 5 0 22 0 162 1

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1990 5 0
1991 1 0
Total 6 0

References[change | change source]

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

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