Kozo Tashima

Kozo Tashima (田嶋 幸三, Tashima Kōzō, born November 21, 1957) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He is current president of Japan Football Association.[1]

Kozo Tashima
田嶋 幸三
Personal information
Full name Kozo Tashima
Date of birth (1957-11-21) November 21, 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Amakusa District, Kumamoto, Japan
Playing position(s) Midfielder, Forward
Youth career
1973–1975 Saitama Urawa Minami High School
1976–1979 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Furukawa Electric 39 (6)
Total 39 (6)
National team
1979–1980 Japan 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Tashima was born in Amakusa District, Kumamoto on November 21, 1957. In 1976, he won the Japanese high school championship with his team from Urawa-South high school. After which he then studies sports science at the University of Tsukuba.[2] After graduating from University of Tsukuba, he joined Furukawa Electric in 1980. The club won the 2nd place in 1982 JSL Cup. Although he played as a regular player, he retired in 1982. He played 39 games and scored 6 goals in the league.

National team careerEdit

On June 27, 1979, when Tashima was a University of Tsukuba student, he debuted for Japan national team against Malaysia. He also played in 1980. He played 7 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1980.[3]

After retirementEdit

Afterwards, he studied from 1983 to 1986 at the German Sport University Cologne and received a B coaching license. As he returned, he was a technical coach for the football club of his alma mater, and taught for several years at Rikkyo University. In 2001, he coached the Japan U-17 national team, to which he led for the first time since 1995 in the first round of the 2001 U-17 World Championship.[2][4]

In July 2010, Tashima served as vice-president of Japan Football Association (JFA). Since January 2011, he has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation Executive Committee.[5] He has been a FIFA Council member since April 2015.[6] In March 2016, he became president of JFA. In April 2016, he also became president of East Asian Football Federation and served until March 2018.

Tashima was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 17 March 2020.[7]

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1980 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 14 4
1981 14 1
1982 11 1
Total 39 6

National team statisticsEdit


Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1979 4 0
1980 3 1
Total 7 1


  1. ^ Kano, Shintaro (2016-01-31). "JFA elects Tashima as new president". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  2. ^ a b "言語技術」が日本のサッカーを変える田嶋幸三/著" (in Japanese). Kōbunsha. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  3. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  4. ^ Pires, BC (2001-09-16). "Teenagers' togetherness". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  5. ^ "日本サッカー協会 田嶋幸三副会長兼専務理事 アジアサッカー連盟理事に" (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  6. ^ "Unofficial campaigns already starting for AFC presidency - Yahoo News". News.yahoo.com. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  7. ^ France-Press, Agence (2020-03-17). "Japan Olympic Committee deputy head has coronavirus: statement". Business Recorder. Retrieved 2020-03-17.

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