Takuya Takagi

Takuya Takagi
Personal information
Full name Takuya Takagi
Date of birth (1967-11-12) November 12, 1967
Place of birth Minamishimabara, Nagasaki, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1986–1989 Osaka University of Commerce
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Fujita Industries 15 (3)
1991–1997 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 173 (62)
1998–1999 Verdy Kawasaki 40 (11)
2000 Consadole Sapporo 17 (0)
Total 245 (76)
National team
1992–1997 Japan 44 (27)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Yokohama FC
2009 Tokyo Verdy
2010–2012 Roasso Kumamoto
2013– V-Varen Nagasaki

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

Takuya Takagi (高木 琢也 Takagi Takuya, born November 12, 1967) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He is currently the manager at V-Varen Nagasaki in the J2 League. He was a physical forward and the Japanese media and fans dubbed him as the Cannon of Asia.

Playing career


He was educated at and played for Kunimi High School and Osaka University of Commerce. After finishing the university in 1990, he joined Japan Soccer League side Fujita Industries (current Shonan Bellmare). He moved to Mazda (current Sanfrecce Hiroshima) in 1991 and was awarded the JSL Young Player of the Year in 1992. His partnarship with Czech Ivan Hašek up front was so successful that Hiroshima won the second stage of J1 League in 1994.

Due to financial difficulties, Hiroshima was forced to release their key players including Takagi in 1998. He moved to Verdy Kawasaki. He was then transferred to J2 League side Consadole Sapporo in 2000 and retired there at the end of the season.

National team

He was capped 44 times and scored 27 goals for the Japanese national team.[1] He made his international debut in a friendly against Argentine on May 31, 1992[1] at the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium, the first match under Hans Ooft's reign. He scored his first international goal in a Dynasty Cup match against China national football team on August 24, 1992 in Beijing.[1] He became the ace striker for Ooft's Japan national team.

He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 AFC Asian Cup. He scored the lone goal in the final against Saudi Arabia and even though he is said to be awarded the Most Valuable Player of the competition, this is not true. The honor went to his team mate Kazuyoshi Miura. Takagi wasn't even elected into the Tournament Best Eleven.

He was also a member of the Japan squad who participated in the AFC final qualifying stage for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He was suspended for the crucial last match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha, and watched from the bench a late Iraqi equaliser dashed Japan's hope to qualify for the finals in the USA.

He also took part in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup hosted by UAE. He played 3 games and scored 1 goal against Syria in the competition.[1]

Managerial career


After finishing his playing career, he worked as a soccer commentator on television. He also acquired the S-Class Coaching License that was a prerequisite to manage a J.League club in 2004.

At the beginning of 2006, he was appointed an assistant coach at Yokohama FC. He was unexpectedly promoted to the manager of the club to replace Yusuke Adachi who was sacked only after the team lost to Ehime FC in the opening match of the season.[2] Takagi's lack of coaching experience and untimely dismissal of Adachi worried the fans who decided in protest to watch the second match of the season (the first match under Takagi) in silence.

However, Takagi quickly convinced the supporters as he guided the club unbeaten for the first fifteen matches under his reign. This was the record unbeaten run since appointment of a new manager in J.League. The club made another J.League record when they did not concede any goal for 770 consecutive minutes by breaking Shimizu S-Pulse's 731 minutes recorded in 1993. They kept 7 consecutive clean sheets which was also a tied J2 League record.

Yokohama FC, who had been languishing in the bottom half of the standing previous 5 seasons since their accession to J2, won the title and gained the first-ever promotion to J1 League.


The club made a drastic change in their squad before the beginning of the 2007 season in preparation for the fight in the top-flight. Eleven players left while another eleven joined the club. Those who left included the striking partners Shoji Jo and Alemão who scored 30 goals together out of club's 61 goals in the previous season. Long-serving Tomotaka Kitamura and Tsuyoshi Yoshitake also left. Takagi enhanced his squad by recruiting former Japanese internationals Tatsuhiko Kubo and Daisuke Oku (both from Yokohama F. Marinos), and Silva (from Tokyo Verdy).[3]

They beat Marinos in a Yokohama derby in the second match of the season, but otherwise the things didn't go well for Takagi.[4] New team leaders Oku and Kubo were sidelined due to injuries and the club was anchored at the bottom of the standing. The club signed high-profile former Japanese international midfielder Atsuhiro Miura in August. Apparently there was a conflict between the management and Takagi as he expressed disgruntlement on Miura's signing quoting that what the club needed at that point was a good defender or forward. He was sacked on August 27, 2007 and replaced by Brazilian Julio Cesar leal Junior.[5]


He became a coach at Tokyo Verdy under manager and his former international team mate Tetsuji Hashiratani.


He was promoted to the manager of the Verdy in 2009.


He was appointed the manager of Roasso Kumamoto in 2010, and managed until his resignation after 2012 season.


On 20 December 2012, V-Varen Nagasaki made an announcement that they appointed Takagi as the manager of newly promoted club to the 2013 J. League Division 2.[6]

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
1990/91Fujita IndustriesJSL Division 215300153
1991/92MazdaJSL Division 122900229
1992Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ1 League-007474
1998Verdy KawasakiJ1 League2293010269
2000Consadole SapporoJ2 League1703110211
Country Japan 2457620820628590
Total 2457620820628590

National team statistics


Japan national team

Managerial statistics

Update; December 31, 2015[7]

Team From To Record
Yokohama FC 2006 2007 69 29 17 23 42.03
Tokyo Verdy 2009 2009 44 17 9 18 38.64
Roasso Kumamoto 2010 2012 116 42 34 40 36.21
V-Varen Nagasaki 2013 Present 126 46 40 40 36.51
Total 355 134 100 121 37.75

National team

Honors and awards

Individual Honors

Team Honors


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