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Mitsuhisa Taguchi

Mitsuhisa Taguchi (田口 光久, Taguchi Mitsuhisa, February 14, 1955 – November 12, 2019)[1] was a Japanese footballer. A Japanese international, he spent his entire career with Mitsubishi Motors.

Mitsuhisa Taguchi
田口 光久
Personal information
Full name Mitsuhisa Taguchi
Date of birth (1955-02-14)February 14, 1955
Place of birth Akita, Akita, Japan
Date of death November 12, 2019(2019-11-12) (aged 64)
Place of death Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1970–1972 Akita Commercial High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1984 Mitsubishi Motors 161 (0)
Total 161 (0)
National team
1975–1984 Japan 59 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Taguchi was born in Akita on February 14, 1955.[2] After graduating from high school, he joined Mitsubishi Motors in 1973.[2] In 1973, the club won the champions at Japan Soccer League and Emperor's Cup.[2] In 1975, he debuted as a starting goalkeeper for Japan national team, replacing established starter Kenzo Yokoyama.[2][3]

In 1978, he was part of one of the club's most successful seasons, winning the Japanese treble; Japan Soccer League, JSL Cup and Emperor's Cup.[2] The club also won 1980 Emperor's Cup, 1981 JSL Cup and 1982 Japan Soccer League.[2] He retired in 1984.[2] He played 161 games in the league.[2] He was selected Best Eleven 8 times included for 7 years in a row (1977-1983).[4]

National team careerEdit

On September 8, 1975, Taguchi debuted for Japan national team against South Korea. In 1977, he became a regular goalkeeper and played at 1978 World Cup qualification, 1978 Asian Games and 1980 Summer Olympics qualification. From 1982, he became a captain and played at 1982 Asian Games and 1984 Summer Olympics qualification. He played 59 games for Japan until 1984.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

Following his retirement from playing career, Taguchi worked as a coach for several high school teams, including those at Aomori Yamada High School [ja] and Kokusai Gakuin High School [ja].[6]

On November 12, 2019, Taguchi died of respiratory failure in Tokyo at the age of 64.[7][8]

Club statisticsEdit

[2]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1973 Mitsubishi Motors JSL Division 1 1 0
1974 0 0
1975 16 0
1976 18 0
1977 18 0
1978 18 0
1979 18 0
1980 18 0
1981 18 0
1982 18 0
1983 18 0
1984 0 0
Total 161 0

National team statisticsEdit

[5]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1975 1 0
1976 3 0
1977 5 0
1978 13 0
1979 8 0
1980 4 0
1981 4 0
1982 8 0
1983 9 0
1984 4 0
Total 59 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ nikkansports.com(in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mitsuhisa Taguchi at National-Football-Teams.com  
  3. ^ National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ sakigake.jp/news(in Japanese)
  5. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  6. ^ sponichi.co.jp(in Japanese)
  7. ^ hochi.news(in Japanese)
  8. ^ sanspo.com(in Japanese)

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