Makoto Tanaka (田中 誠, Tanaka Makoto, born August 8, 1975) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Makoto Tanaka
田中 誠
Personal information
Full name Makoto Tanaka
Date of birth (1975-08-08) August 8, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1991–1993 Shimizu Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2008 Júbilo Iwata 353 (10)
2009–2011 Avispa Fukuoka 66 (2)
Total 419 (12)
National team
1996 Japan U-23 3 (0)
2004–2006 Japan 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Tanaka was born in Shizuoka on August 8, 1975. After graduating from Shimizu Commercial High School, he joined Júbilo Iwata in 1994. From 1997, he became a regular player as center back and central player in golden era in club history. The club won many title 1997, 1999, 2002 J1 League, 1998 J.League Cup and 2003 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, the club won the champions 1998–99 Asian Club Championship and the 2nd place 1999–00 and 2000–01 Asian Club Championship. He left the club end of 2008 season for generational change. He moved to J2 League club Avispa Fukuoka in 2009. The club won the 3rd place in 2010 and was promoted to J1 League. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2011 season having played over 500 in his career.

National team careerEdit

In July 1996, Tanaka was selected Japan U-23 national team for 1996 Summer Olympics. He played as center back of 3 back defender in all 3 matches. Although Japan won 2 matches, Japan lost at First round. At this time, Japan won Brazil in first game. It was known as "Miracle of Miami" (マイアミの奇跡) in Japan.

On April 25, 2004, Tanaka debuted for Japan national team against Hungary. After the debut, he played many matches as center back. At 2004 Asian Cup, he played all 6 matches and Japan won the champions. In 2005, he also played many matches including 2006 World Cup qualification and 2005 Confederations Cup. In 2006, he was called up for Japan's 2006 World Cup team, but had to withdraw after sustaining a thigh injury in the run-up to the tournament.[1] He played 32 games for Japan until 2006.[2]

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1994 Júbilo Iwata J1 League 6 0 1 0 0 0 - 7 0
1995 21 0 2 0 - - 23 0
1996 18 0 1 0 7 0 - 26 0
1997 23 0 4 0 9 0 - 36 0
1998 32 2 3 0 5 0 - 40 2
1999 16 0 0 0 0 0 - 16 0
2000 26 1 3 0 4 0 - 33 1
2001 24 1 2 0 6 0 - 32 1
2002 25 0 3 0 1 0 - 29 0
2003 30 1 5 0 9 0 - 44 1
2004 28 1 5 0 1 0 4 0 38 1
2005 30 0 2 1 1 0 3 0 36 1
2006 25 2 1 0 3 1 - 29 2
2007 23 1 2 0 3 1 - 28 2
2008 26 1 0 0 5 0 - 32 1
2009 Avispa Fukuoka J2 League 29 0 0 0 - - 29 0
2010 29 2 1 0 - - 30 2
2011 J1 League 8 0 0 0 0 0 - 8 0
Total 419 12 30 3 54 1 7 0 510 14

National team statisticsEdit

[2]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 14 0
2005 16 0
2006 2 0
Total 32 0

National teamEdit

Honors and awardsEdit

Individual HonorsEdit

Team HonorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roundup: Japanese defender out of World Cup". The New York Times. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database

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