Toshiaki Imai

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Toshiaki Imai
今井 敏明
Personal information
Full name Toshiaki Imai
Date of birth (1954-12-29) December 29, 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth Saitama, Japan
Youth career
1973–1976 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 Fujitsu
Teams managed
1993–1994 Tokyo Gas
1996 Shiroki FC Serena
2000 Kawasaki Frontale
2005–2007 Chinese Taipei
2007 Chinese Taipei Women
2011–2012 FC Ganju Iwate
2016 Chinese Taipei
2016 Mongolia
2017 Global Cebu
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Toshiaki Imai (今井 敏明, Imai Toshiaki, born December 29, 1954) is a Japanese former football player and current manager.

Early life[edit]

Imai was born in Saitama Prefecture on December 29, 1954 and graduated from Waseda University.

Playing career[edit]

Imai played for Fujitsu (later Kawasaki Frontale) from 1977 to 1981.

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Imai became a manager for Tokyo Gas in 1993. He managed Shiroki FC Serena (1996), Kawasaki Frontale (2000).

In November 2005, Imai was appointed by Japan Football Association to coach Chinese Taipei national team and to help the football development in Taiwan. It was his first international assignment. He accepted the challenge and signed a one-year contract with Chinese Taipei Football Association in December. Under his guidance, although the team did not have any amazing performance in international competitions, it was believed[by whom?] that Imai did bring good influence on the team, as well as football activities in Taiwan.[citation needed]

On December 15, 2006, Imai extended his contract with CTFA.[1] In addition to men's national team, he also led Chinese Taipei women's national team in the 2008 Olympic Games qualification in February 2007.[citation needed] In 2008, he returned to Japan and became the manager of Waseda University.[citation needed]

In 2016, Imai became manager of Chinese Taipei again, but was fired in October of that year after complaints of team disunity.[2] By January 2017, he was already mentoring Global Cebu which is set to participate at the Philippines Football League as its head coach.[3]

Managerial statistics[edit]


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kawasaki Frontale 2000 2000 15 3 3 9 020.00
Total 15 3 3 9 020.00


  1. ^ 今井敏明續約 明年初先帶女足衝奧運 (in Chinese). Chinese Taipei Football Association. 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 7 January 2007. 
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  3. ^ Guerrero, Bob (20 January 2017). "Global FC aims for the big leagues of Asia". Rappler. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  4. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)

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