Tsukasa Hosaka

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Tsukasa Hosaka
保坂 司
Personal information
Full name Tsukasa Hosaka
Date of birth (1937-03-03)March 3, 1937
Place of birth Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan
Date of death January 21, 2018(2018-01-21) (aged 80)
Place of death Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1955–1958 Meiji University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1968 Furukawa Electric 47 (0)
Total 47 (0)
National team
1960–1964 Japan 19 (0)
Teams managed
1973–1977 Kofu SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tsukasa Hosaka (保坂 司, Hosaka Tsukasa, March 3, 1937 – January 21, 2018) was a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Hosaka was born in Kofu on March 3, 1937. After graduating from Meiji University, he joined Furukawa Electric in 1959. He won 1960, 1961 and 1964 Emperor's Cup. In 1965, Furukawa Electric joined new league Japan Soccer League. He retired in 1968. He played 47 games in the league.

National team career[edit]

In November 1960, he was elected Japan national team for 1962 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, on November 6, he debuted against South Korea. In 1962, he also played at 1962 Asian Games. He was a regular goalkeeper in the early 1960s. In 1964, he was elected Japan for 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, he did not compete, as he was the team's reserve goalkeeper behind Kenzo Yokoyama because Hosaka fractured his hand just before Olympics. He played 19 games for Japan until 1964.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Hosaka became a manager for his local club Kofu SC in 1973. He managed until 1977.

On January 21, 2018, Hosaka died of pneumonia in Kofu at the age of 80.[2]

National team statistics[edit]


Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1960 1 0
1961 6 0
1962 6 0
1963 5 0
1964 1 0
Total 19 0


  1. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  2. ^ "元サッカー日本代表の保坂司氏が死去 80歳" [Former Japanese national football player Takeshi Hosaka died, 80-years-old]. Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). 23 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.

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