Tatsuya Tanaka (footballer)

Tatsuya Tanaka

Tanaka in 2011
Personal information
Full name Tatsuya Tanaka
Date of birth (1982-11-27) 27 November 1982
Place of birth Shūnan, Yamaguchi, Japan
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Albirex Niigata
Number 14
Youth career
1998–2000 Teikyo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2012 Urawa Red Diamonds 233 (56)
2013– Albirex Niigata 57 (4)
National team
2004 Japan Olympic[1] 3 (0)
2005–2009 Japan 16 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 January 2011

Tatsuya Tanaka (田中 達也, born 27 November 1982 in Shūnan, Yamaguchi) is a Japanese footballer who plays for Albirex Niigata as a striker.


When he was at Shūyō Junior High School, he represented Yamaguchi Prefecture with future international teammate Seiichiro Maki. He went on to football powerhouse Teikyo High School. While at Teikyo, Tanaka was chosen as one of the Designated Players for Development by J. League and JFA. Because of this status, he was able to register as a FC Tokyo player while he was still eligible to play for his high school club.

After graduating Teikyo, he joined Urawa. His first league appearance came on 29 April 2001 against Kashima Antlers.[2] His first professional goal came on 21 May 2001 against Tokyo Verdy 1969.[2]

He represented Japan at several underage levels. He was part of the Japanese 2004 Olympic football team eliminated in the first round after finishing fourth in group B, below group winners Paraguay, Italy, and Ghana.

He made his international debut on 31 July 2005 in an East Asian Cup against North Korea when he replaced Keiji Tamada in the 67th minute. He scored his first international goal on 3 August 2005 against China in the same tournament.[3][4] His most recent goal came against Qatar on 19 November 2008.

Career statistics


As of 1 January 2015[5]
Club Season League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Urawa Red Diamonds 2001 1930040233
2002 2351030275
2003 2611101043715
2004 23104464203518
2005 25800833311
2006 1841200196
2007 1890010832712
2008 152104120223
2009 1501000160
2010 2222020262
2011 2220010232
2012 702120111
Albirex Niigata2013 3321010352
2014 2422241305
Career total 2906016946131032036485

1Includes AFC Champions League and A3 Champions Cup.

2Includes J. League Championship and Japanese Super Cup.


As of 14 November 2013[6]

National teamYearAppsGoals

Awards and honours


Urawa Red Diamonds



  1. "FIFA Player Statistics: Tatsuya TANAKA". FIFA. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Players-2013 J.League Division1 Albirex Niigata". J. League. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. "Tanaka rescues point for Japan at East Asian championship". Kyodo News/Japan Times. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  4. "East Asian Championship 2005". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  5. "Stats Centre: Tatsuya Tanaka Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  6. Tatsuya Tanaka at National-Football-Teams.com
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