Yutaka Akita

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Yutaka Akita
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Personal information
Full name Yutaka Akita
Date of birth (1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1986–1988 Aichi High School
1989–1992 Aichi Gakuin University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2003 Kashima Antlers 334 (20)
2004–2006 Nagoya Grampus Eight 57 (3)
2007 Kyoto Sanga FC 14 (0)
Total 405 (23)
National team
1995–2003 Japan 44 (4)
Teams managed
2010 Kyoto Sanga FC
2012–2013 FC Machida Zelvia
2020– Iwate Grulla Morioka
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yutaka Akita (秋田 豊, Akita Yutaka, born August 6, 1970) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Akita was born in Nagoya on August 6, 1970. After graduating from Aichi Gakuin University, he joined J1 League club Kashima Antlers in 1993. Although he played as right side back at first, he became a regular player as center back in the 1993 season. The club won the champions in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001 season. In 2000, the club won all three major title in Japan; J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup first time in J1 League history. In 2004, he moved to his local club Nagoya Grampus Eight and played in 3 seasons. In 2007, he moved to J2 League club Kyoto Sanga FC. He retired end of the 2007 season.

On October 24, 1995, Akita debuted for the Japan national team against Saudi Arabia. He played at 1996 Asian Cup. He became a regular from the middle of 1997 and at 1998 World Cup qualification in 1997, Japan won the qualify for 1998 World Cup first time Japan's history. He played at 1998 World Cup and 1999 Copa América. He played full-time in all matches at both competitions. In 2002, he was selected Japan for the first time in 3 years. He was also selected Japan for 2002 World Cup, but he did not play in the match. After 2002 World Cup, he became a regular player again under new manager Zico. On 8 June 2003, the match against Argentina is his last game for Japan. Although he was a member of Japan for 2003 Confederations Cup in June, he did not play in the match. He played 44 games and scored 4 goals for Japan until 2003.

After retirement, Akita started coaching career at Kyoto Sanga FC in 2008. In July 2010, he became a manager as Hisashi Kato successor. However the club was relegated to J2 League and he resigned end of the season. He signed with Tokyo Verdy in 2012. In November, he resigned and became a manager for FC Machida Zelvia. He was sacked in June 2013. In 2020, he signed with J3 League club Iwate Grulla Morioka.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
1993 Kashima Antlers J1 League 35 0 5 2 5 1 - 45 3
1994 38 4 0 0 1 0 - 39 4
1995 50 0 4 0 - - 54 0
1996 16 0 3 0 4 0 - 23 0
1997 21 3 5 1 2 2 - 28 6
1998 32 3 4 0 1 0 - 37 3
1999 28 2 2 0 6 1 - 36 3
2000 28 1 4 1 7 0 - 39 2
2001 29 2 2 0 6 1 - 37 3
2002 29 4 5 1 8 0 - 42 5
2003 28 1 4 1 5 0 3 0 40 2
2004 Nagoya Grampus Eight J1 League 26 0 2 0 7 0 - 35 0
2005 19 1 2 0 0 0 - 21 1
2006 12 2 1 0 3 0 - 16 2
2007 Kyoto Sanga FC J2 League 14 0 0 0 - - 14 0
Country Japan 405 23 43 6 55 5 3 0 506 34
Total 405 23 43 6 55 5 3 0 506 34

[3]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1995 2 1
1996 2 0
1997 16 2
1998 10 0
1999 7 0
2000 0 0
2001 0 0
2002 3 0
2003 4 1
Total 44 4

References[change | change source]

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

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