Satoshi Tsunami

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Satoshi Tsunami
Personal information
Full name Satoshi Tsunami
Date of birth (1961-08-14) 14 August 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1977–1979 Fukasawa High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1995 Yomiuri / Verdy Kawasaki 230 (5)
1996–1997 Avispa Fukuoka 21 (0)
1997–1998 Bellmare Hiratsuka 11 (0)
National team
1980–1995 Japan 78 (2)
Teams managed
2005 Vegalta Sendai
2007 Cerezo Osaka
2008 Yokohama FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Satoshi Tsunami (都並 敏史 Tsunami Satoshi?, born 14 August 1961 in Setagaya, Tokyo) is a former Japanese international football (soccer) player. He was a left full back.

Playing career[edit]

Tsunami was a product of Yomiuri Club's (current Tokyo Verdy 1969) youth system. He played for Japan Soccer League side Yomiuri Club, which was transformed to Verdy Kawasaki when J. League was founded, between 1980 and 1996. Toward the end of his career, he played for Avispa Fukuoka (1996–1997) and Bellmare Hiratsuka (1997–1998).

He was capped 80 times and scored 2 goals for the Japanese national team between 1980 and 1995. He made his first international appearance on 22 December 1980 in a World Cup qualifier against Singapore in Hong Kong. He scored his first international goal on 20 September 1986 in an Asian Games match against Nepal in Daejeon, South Korea.

He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 AFC Asian Cup. He played all the Japan games except one for which he wasn't eligible due to suspension.

He was such a key player that national coach Hans Ooft named him a member of the Japan squad for the AFC's final qualifying stage for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in spite of his injury. However, he could not play any game in the competition that was centrally held in Doha, Qatar as his recovery wasn't as good as Ooft had wished it to be. Japan's hope to qualify for the finals was dashed by a stoppage time Iraqi equaliser in the last qualifying match. The Japanese fans now refer to this match as the Agony of Doha, and his absence was one of the main reasons why Japan's campaign ended up unsuccessful.

Managerial career[edit]

After finishing his playing career, Tsunami worked as a pundit on television and as a coach at Tokyo Verdy's youth setup. He acquired the S-Class Coaching License that was a prerequisite to manage a J. League club in 2004.

In 2005, he was appointed the manager of J. League Division 2 side Vegalta Sendai.[1] Vegalta finished fourth and failed to gain the promotion. Tsunami was dismissed after one season. In 2006, he became an assistant coach to new manager Ruy Ramos at another J2 side Tokyo Verdy. Again the team failed to move up and he was sacked after one season. In 2007, he became the manager of newly relegated J2 side Cerezo Osaka but was dismissed in May after a bad start.

In 2008, he was appointed as the manager of Division 2 club Yokohama FC but was fired at the end of the 2008 season.

Club career statistics[edit]

[2]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1980 Yomiuri JSL Division 1 12 2 3 0 2 1 17 3
1981 18 1 5 0 1 0 24 1
1982 17 0 3 0 1 0 21 0
1983 18 0 3 0 3 0 24 0
1984 18 1 5 0 0 0 23 1
1985/86 21 0 2 0 4 1 27 1
1986/87 19 0 3 0 1 0 23 0
1987/88 10 0 4 0 1 0 15 0
1988/89 21 0 3 0 3 1 27 1
1989/90 10 0 4 0 4 0 18 0
1990/91 21 1 2 0 2 0 25 1
1991/92 21 0 4 1 5 0 30 1
1992 Verdy Kawasaki J. League 1 - 3 0 11 1 14 1
1993 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1994 8 0 2 1 0 0 10 1
1995 16 0 0 0 - 16 0
1996 Avispa Fukuoka J. League 1 21 0 1 0 11 0 33 0
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 Bellmare Hiratsuka J. League 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1998 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
Country Japan 267 5 47 2 53 4 367 11
Total 267 5 47 2 53 4 367 11

International career statistics[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1980 3 0
1981 7 0
1982 8 0
1983 10 0
1984 5 0
1985 7 0
1986 5 2
1987 10 0
1988 0 0
1989 0 0
1990 0 0
1991 0 0
1992 10 0
1993 10 0
1994 0 0
1995 3 0
Total 78 2

Honors and awards[edit]

Team honors[edit]

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