Koji Tanaka

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Koji Tanaka
田中 孝司
Personal information
Full name Koji Tanaka
Date of birth (1955-11-02) November 2, 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1977 Meiji University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1988 NKK
National team
1982–1984 Japan 20 (3)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Japan U-20
1997–1999 Nagoya Grampus Eight
2001–2002 Shonan Bellmare
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Koji Tanaka (田中 孝司, Tanaka Kōji, born November 2, 1955) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Tanaka was born in Saitama on November 2, 1955. After graduating from Meiji University, he joined Nippon Kokan (later NKK) in 1978. The club won the champions at 1980 JSL Cup and 1981 Emperor's Cup. From 1985, the club won the 2nd place for 3 years in a row and won the champions 1987 JSL Cup. He retired in 1988.

National team career[edit]

On July 15, 1982, Tanaka debuted for Japan national team against Romania. In November, he played at 1982 Asian Games. In 1983 and 1984, he played at 1984 Summer Olympics qualification. He played 20 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 1984.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Tanaka started coaching career at NKK in 1989. In 1993, he became a manager for Japan U-20 national team. At 1995 World Youth Championship, he led U-20 Japan to advanced to the quarter-finals. In 1995, he signed with Nagoya Grampus Eight and became a coach. In November 1997, he became a manager as Carlos Queiroz successor. He was sacked in April 1999. In 2001, he signed with J2 League club Shonan Bellmare and managed the club until 2002.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1978 Nippon Kokan JSL Division 1 18 0
1979 16 1
1980 JSL Division 2
1981
1982 JSL Division 1 18 0
1983 JSL Division 2
1984 JSL Division 1 18 0
1985/86 15 0
1986/87 22 0
1987/88 22 0
1988/89 NKK JSL Division 1 14 0
Country Japan 143 1
Total 143 1

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1982 6 0
1983 8 3
1984 6 0
Total 20 3

Managerial statistics[edit]

[2]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1998 1999 40 25 1 14 062.50
Shonan Bellmare 2001 2002 88 36 20 32 040.91
Total 128 61 21 46 047.66

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