|Full name||Takeshi Okada|
|Date of birth||August 25, 1956|
|Place of birth||Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1972–1974||Tennoji High School|
|2003–2006||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Okada was born in Osaka on August 25, 1956. After graduating from Waseda University, he joined Japan Soccer League (JSL) club Furukawa Electric in 1980. In 1982, the club won 1982 JSL Cup. In 1986, the club won JSL and JSL Cup and he was elected Best Eleven. The club also won 1986 Asian Club Championship. This is the first Asian champions as Japanese club. He retired in 1990. He played 189 games and scored 9 goals in the league.
National team career
On June 9, 1980, Okada debuted for Japan national team against Hong Kong. In 1982, he elected Japan for 1982 Asian Games. At Asian Games, he played 2 games and scored a goal against South Korea. He also played at 1980 Summer Olympics qualification and 1986 World Cup qualification. He played 24 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1985.
After retirement, Okada started coaching career at Furukawa Electric (later JEF United Ichihara) in 1990. In 1995, he became a coach for Japan national team. During 1998 World Cup qualification Final round in Octorber 1997, Japan's manager Shu Kamo was sacked and Okada named new manager. In November, Okada led Japan to won qualify for 1998 World Cup first time in Japan's history. At 1998 World Cup, Japan lost all 3 matches and he resigned after the World Cup.
In 1999, Okada signed with J2 League club Consadole Sapporo. In 2000, he led the club to won J2 League and promoted the club to J1 League. He resigned end of 2001 season. In 2003, he signed with Yokohama F. Marinos. The club won the league chamoipns and he was also elected Best Manager for 2 years in a row in 2003 and 2004. From 2005, the club performance was sluggish and he resigned in August 2006.
In November 2007, Japan national team manager Ivica Osim was suffered a cerebral infarction. In December, Okada was named a new manager for Japan. In 2008, he elected new young player, Atsuto Uchida, Shinji Kagawa, Yuto Nagatomo, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki and so on. In 2009, Japan won to qualify for 2010 World Cup. Okada gained worldwide attention for leading Japan to ninth-place finish in the 2010 World Cup. He was commended for turning his Japanese team of young, inexperienced unknowns into a slick passing, talented squad of youngsters. He resigned after 2010 World Cup. In November, he was elected AFC Coach of the Year awards.
Okada signed a contract with Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown on 14 December 2011. He extended his contract for two years in the end of 2012 season. However, he resigned from Hangzhou on 5 November 2013.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||JSL Cup||Total|
|1980||Furukawa Electric||JSL Division 1||14||0||14||0|
National team statistics
|Japan national team|
|Japan national team||1997||1998||15||5||4||6||33.33|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||2003||2006||113||52||32||29||46.02|
|Japan national team||2007||2010||50||26||13||11||52.00|
Football Player and Manager
- Japan Soccer League Best Eleven: 1985-86
- J.League Manager of the Year: 2003, 2004
- AFC Coach of the Year : 2010