|Full name||Susumu Watanabe|
|Date of birth||October 10, 1973|
|Place of birth||Hinode, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Watanabe was born in Hinode, Tokyo on October 10, 1973. After graduating from Komazawa University, he joined Japan Football League (JFL) club Consadole Sapporo in 1996. However he could not play many matches. In 1997, he moved to JFL club Ventforet Kofu. He became a regular player as center back from first season and the club was promoted to new league J2 League from 1999. Although he played as regular player, the club finished at bottom place for 2 years in a row (1999-2000). In 2001, he moved to J2 club Vegalta Sendai. He played many matches as regular center back with Ricardo and the club won the 2nd place and was promoted to J1 League from 2002. However the club gained Norio Omura and Watanabe could hardly play in the match behind Omura in 2002. Although he played many matches instead Omura in late 2003, the club was relegated to J2 from 2004. He could hardly play in the match in 2004 and retired end of 2004 season.
After retirement, Watanabe started coaching career at Vegalta Sendai in 2005. In 2008, he became a top team coach. In April 2014, the club results were bad and manager Graham Arnold was sacked. Watanabe became a new manager as Arnold successor.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||Total|
|1996||Consadole Sapporo||Football League||8||1||0||0||-||8||1|
|1997||Ventforet Kofu||Football League||22||8||3||1||-||25||9|
|2001||Vegalta Sendai||J2 League||36||3||3||1||1||0||40||4|
Update; December 31, 2015