Tatsuya Tanaka (footballer)
Tanaka in 2011
|Full name||Tatsuya Tanaka|
|Date of birth||27 November 1982|
|Place of birth||Shunan, Yamaguchi, Japan|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|1998–2000||Teikyo High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season|
When he was at Shūyō Junior High School, he represented Yamaguchi Prefecture with future international teammate Seiichiro Maki. He went on to football powerhouse Teikyo High School. While at Teikyo, Tanaka was chosen as one of the Designated Players for Development by J.League and JFA. Because of this status, he was able to register as a FC Tokyo player while he was still eligible to play for his high school club.
After graduating Teikyo, he joined Urawa Reds. His first league appearance came on 29 April 2001 against Kashima Antlers. His first professional goal came on 21 May 2001 against Tokyo Verdy. He played many matches as forward from 2001 season. In 2003, Reds won the champions in J.League Cup. He was selected MVP award and New Hero award. However he suffered for repeated injuries from late 2005 while the club won many title, 2005 Emperor's Cup, 2006 J1 League, 2006 Emperor's Cup and 2007 AFC Champions League. In 2012, he could not play many matches and let the club end of 2012 season.
In 2013, Tanaka signed with Albirex Niigata. He played 32 matches in 2013 season, the most in his career. Although he played many matches every season, Albirex was relegated to J2 League end of 2017 season.
National team careerEdit
Tanaka represented Japan at several underage levels. He was part of the Japanese 2004 Olympic football team eliminated in the first round after finishing fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy, and Ghana.
He made his international debut on 31 July 2005 in an East Asian Championship against North Korea when he replaced Keiji Tamada in the 67th minute. He scored his first international goal on 3 August 2005 against China in the same tournament. His most recent goal came against Qatar on 19 November 2008. He played 16 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 2009.
|Club||Season||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Continental1||Other2||Total|
National team statisticsEdit
- As of 14 November 2013
Awards and honoursEdit
- Urawa Reds
- J1 League (1): 2006
- Emperor's Cup (2): 2005, 2006
- J.League Cup (1): 2003
- AFC Champions League (1): 2007
- Japanese Super Cup (1): 2006
- Tatsuya Tanaka at J.League (in Japanese)
- "Players-2013 J.League Division1 Albirex Niigata". J.League. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- Urawa Reds(in Japanese)
- Tatsuya Tanaka – FIFA competition record
- "Tanaka rescues point for Japan at East Asian championship". Kyodo News/Japan Times. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- "East Asian Championship 2005". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 160 out of 289)
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 122 out of 289)
- "Stats Centre: Tatsuya Tanaka Facts". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- Tatsuya Tanaka at National-Football-Teams.com