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Susumu Watanabe (渡邉 晋, Watanabe Susumu, born October 10, 1973) is a former Japanese football player and manager. Currently he is in charge of J1 League club Vegalta Sendai.

Susumu Watanabe
渡邉 晋
Personal information
Full name Susumu Watanabe
Date of birth (1973-10-10) October 10, 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Hinode, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1992–1995 Komazawa University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Consadole Sapporo 8 (1)
1997–2000 Ventforet Kofu 120 (23)
2001–2004 Vegalta Sendai 53 (3)
Total 181 (27)
Teams managed
2014– Vegalta Sendai
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

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.

Coaching careerEdit

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 statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
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
1998 25 10 4 2 - 29 12
1999 J2 League 35 2 2 0 2 0 39 2
2000 38 3 4 0 1 0 43 3
2001 Vegalta Sendai J2 League 36 3 3 1 1 0 40 4
2002 J1 League 2 0 0 0 3 0 5 0
2003 13 0 1 0 1 0 15 0
2004 J2 League 2 0 0 0 - 2 0
Total Japan 181 27 17 4 8 0 206 31
Career total 181 27 17 4 8 0 206 31

Managerial statisticsEdit

Update; December 31, 2015[1]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Vegalta Sendai 2014 Present 62 18 17 27 029.03
Total 62 18 17 27 029.03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)

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