Nobuhiro Takeda

Nobuhiro Takeda
Personal information
Full name Nobuhiro Takeda
Date of birth (1967-05-10) May 10, 1967
Place of birth Hamamatsu, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1983–1985 Shimizu Higashi High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1997 Verdy Kawasaki 243 (108)
1996Júbilo Iwata (loan) 24 (4)
1997 Kyoto Purple Sanga 16 (9)
1998–1999 JEF United Ichihara 57 (19)
2000–2001 Tokyo Verdy 19 (2)
2000Sportivo Luqueño (loan) 2 (0)
Total 359 (142)
National team
1987–1994 Japan 18 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nobuhiro Takeda (武田 修宏 Takeda Nobuhiro, born May 10, 1967) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He was a forward and known as a superb opportunistic goal-scorer, making most of his quick thinking and canny positioning. He currently works at Nippon Television and belongs to an entertainment agency Horipro as a sportscaster.[1]

Playing career


He was educated at and played for Shimizu Higashi High School. He joined Japan Soccer League side Yomiuri in 1986. When Japan's first-ever professional league J1 League started in 1993, Yomiuri was transformed to Verdy Kawasaki for whom he continued to play. His partnership with Kazuyoshi Miura up front was one of the key elements that brought successes to the club in the late 80's and early 90's. He was transferred to Júbilo Iwata for the 1996 season but came back to Verdy (1997), then moved to Kyoto Purple Sanga (July 1997-December 1997), JEF United Ichihara (1998–1999), again Verdy (2000), Paraguayan side Sportivo Luqueño (June 2000-December 2000), and finished his playing career at Verdy (2001).


He played 18 times for the Japanese national team between 1987 and 1994. He made his international debut on April 8, 1987 in a 1988 Olympics qualifier against Indonesia at the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium. He scored his sole international goal in the match. He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 AFC Asian Cup but he did not play in the tournament.

Under national coach Hans Ooft, Japan reached the AFC final qualifying stage for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He was on the pitch, after replacing Masashi Nakayama in the 81st minute, when Japan's hope to play in the finals in the U.S.A. was dashed by an injury-time Iraqi equaliser in the last qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha.

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1986/87YomiuriJSL Division 1221100532714
1992Verdy KawasakiJ1 League-51114165
1996Júbilo IwataJ1 League24410142396
1997Verdy KawasakiJ1 League400061101
1997Kyoto Purple SangaJ1 League16921001810
1998JEF United IchiharaJ1 League331310624015
2000Verdy KawasakiJ1 League00001010
2001Tokyo VerdyJ1 League1920020212
Country Japan 35914235146117455173
Total 35914235146117455173

National team statistics


Japan national team

Honors and awards

Team honors

Video games


  1. website by Horipro (Japanese)
  2. Nobuhiro Takeda at
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