Kazuaki Tasaka

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Kazuaki Tasaka
田坂 和昭
Personal information
Full name Kazuaki Tasaka
Date of birth (1971-08-03) August 3, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1989 Tokai University Daiichi High School
1990–1993 Tokai University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Bellmare Hiratsuka 176 (3)
1999 Shimizu S-Pulse 13 (2)
2000–2002 Cerezo Osaka 76 (4)
Total 265 (9)
National team
1995–1999 Japan 7 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2015 Oita Trinita
2015 Shimizu S-Pulse
2017–2018 Fukushima United FC
2019– Tochigi SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kazuaki Tasaka (田坂 和昭, Tasaka Kazuaki, born August 3, 1971) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Tasaka was born in Hiroshima on August 3, 1971. He was educated at and played for Tokai University Daiichi High School and Tokai University. After graduating, he joined newly promoted J1 League side Bellmare Hiratsuka. He was immediately installed as a regular and received the J1 League Young Player of the Year award that year. Due to club's financial problem, he was released along with Nobuyuki Kojima, Wagner Lopes, Hong Myung-bo and Yoshihiro Natsuka at the end of the 1998 season. He moved to Shimizu S-Pulse (1999) and then to Cerezo Osaka (2000–2002) where he finished his playing career.[1]

National team career[edit]

Tasaka was capped 7 times for the Japanese national team between 1995 and 1999.[2] His first international appearance came on May 28, 1995 in a friendly against Ecuador at Tokyo National Stadium. In March 1999, he was selected Japan for the first time in 4 years by Philippe Troussier. He also played at 1999 Copa América.

Coaching career[edit]

Tasaka worked as a coach at Cerezo Osaka's youth setup from 2003. He was promoted to an assistant coach of the club's top team in the middle of the 2004 season and helped them to stay up at J1 League. He was offered a contract extension but he declined it to prepare for acquiring the S-Class Coaching License, a prerequisite to manage a J.League club, and study coaching skills abroad. He attained the S-Class License in 2005. He became a coach at Shimizu S-Pulse's satellite team in 2006, and was promoted to an assistant coach of club's top team in 2007.

In 2011, Tasaka moved to J2 League club Oita Trinita. In 2012, the club won the promotion playoff and was promoted to J1 for the first time in 4 years. Although he managed in J1 first time in his career, Trinita results were bad and returned to J2 in 1 year. Although Tasaka managed until 2015 season, he was sacked in June 2015 when the club was at the bottom place of 22 clubs in J2.

In July 2015, Tasaka returned to J1 club Shimizu S-Pulse and became an assistant coach under manager Katsumi Oenoki. However the club results were bad and Oenoki resigned in August when the club was at the 17th place of 18 clubs. Tasaka became a new manager as Oenoki successor. However the club performance did not improve and S-Pulse was relegated to J2 first time in the club history. Tasaka also resigned end of the season.

In 2016, Tasaka signed with J2 club Matsumoto Yamaga FC and became a coach under manager Yasuharu Sorimachi.

In 2017, Tasaka moved to J3 League club Fukushima United FC and became a manager.[3] He managed the club in 2 seasons.

In 2019, Tasaka signed with J2 club Tochigi SC.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

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
1994 Bellmare Hiratsuka J1 League 35 0 5 1 1 0 41 1
1995 47 1 0 0 - 47 1
1996 30 0 3 0 15 0 48 0
1997 31 2 3 0 5 0 39 2
1998 33 0 2 0 3 0 38 0
Total 176 3 13 1 24 0 213 4
1999 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 13 2 0 0 2 0 15 2
Total 13 2 0 0 2 0 15 2
2000 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 30 1 3 0 4 0 37 1
2001 29 1 4 0 2 0 35 1
2002 J2 League 17 2 1 0 - 18 2
Total 76 4 8 0 6 0 90 4
Career Total 265 9 21 1 32 0 318 10

National team statistics[edit]

[2]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 4 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 3 0
Total 7 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

Update; December 31, 2018[5]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Oita Trinita 2011 2015 172 54 47 71 031.40
Shimizu S-Pulse 2015 2015 12 1 4 7 008.33
Fukushima United FC 2017 2018 64 22 17 25 034.38
Tochigi SC 2019 present
Total 248 77 68 103 031.05

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: Kazuaki Tasaka Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
  2. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  3. ^ Fukushima United FC(in Japanese)
  4. ^ Tochigi SC(in Japanese)
  5. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)

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