Takako Tezuka

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Takako Tezuka
手塚 貴子
Personal information
Full name Takako Tezuka
Date of birth (1970-11-06) 6 November 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
????–1992 Yomiuri Nippon Beleza
1996–1999 NTV Beleza 59 (21)
National team
1986–1991 Japan 41 (19)
Teams managed
2013 Urawa Reds
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Takako Tezuka (手塚 貴子, Tezuka Takako, born 6 November 1970) is a former Japanese football player and manager. She played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Tezuka was born in Utsunomiya on 6 November 1970. She played for Yomiuri Nippon Beleza (later NTV Beleza). The club won L.League for 3 years in a row (1990-1992). In 1991 season, she became top scorer with 29 goals and she was selected MVP awards. She was also selected Best Eleven for 4 years in a row (1989-1992). End of 1992 season, she retired. However, during 1996 season, she came back and played for NTV Beleza until 1999.

National team career[edit]

On 7 March 1986, when Tezuka was 15 years old, she debuted for Japan national team against Chinese Taipei. She played at 1986, 1989, 1991 AFC Championship and 1990 Asian Games. She was also a member of Japan for 1991 World Cup. This competition was her last game for Japan. She played 41 games and scored 19 goals for Japan until 1991.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Tezuka started coaching career in her local Tochigi Prefecture. In 2011, she became assistant coach for Japan U-20 and U-17 national team. In October, U-20 team won 2011 AFC U-19 Championship and in November, U-17 team won 2011 AFC U-16 Championship. She has been given the AFC Women's Coach Of The Year Award. In 2013, she was appointed manager for Urawa Reds. However, in June, she resigned for health reasons.[citation needed]

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1986 10 1
1987 4 0
1988 3 1
1989 9 6
1990 4 6
1991 11 5
Total 41 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Japan Football Association(in Japanese)

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