Kozo Tashima

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Kozo Tashima
田嶋 幸三
Personal information
Full name Kozo Tashima
Date of birth (1957-11-21) November 21, 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Amakusa District, Kumamoto, Japan
Playing position(s) Midfielder, Forward
Youth career
1973–1975 Saitama Urawa Minami High School
1976–1979 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Furukawa Electric 39 (6)
Total 39 (6)
National team
1979–1980 Japan 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kozo Tashima (田嶋 幸三, Tashima Kōzō, born November 21, 1957) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He is current president of Japan Football Association.[1]

Club career

Tashima was born in Amakusa District, Kumamoto on November 21, 1957. In 1976, he won the Japanese high school championship with his team from Urawa-South high school. After which he then studies sports science at the University of Tsukuba.[2] After graduating from University of Tsukuba, he joined Furukawa Electric in 1980. The club won the 2nd place in 1982 JSL Cup. Although he played as a regular player, he retired in 1982. He played 39 games and scored 6 goals in the league.

National team career

On June 27, 1979, when Tashima was a University of Tsukuba student, he debuted for Japan national team against Malaysia. He also played in 1980. He played 7 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1980.[3]

After retirement

Afterwards, he studied from 1983 to 1986 at the German Sport University Cologne and received a B coaching license. As he returned, he was a technical coach for the football club of his alma mater, and taught for several years at Rikkyo University. In 2001, he coached the Japan U-17 national team, to which he led for the first time since 1995 in the first round of the 2001 U-17 World Championship.[2][4]

In July 2010, Tashima served as vice-president of Japan Football Association (JFA). Since January 2011, he has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation Executive Committee.[5] He has been a FIFA Council member since April 2015.[6] In March 2016, he became president of JFA. In April 2016, he also became president of East Asian Football Federation and served until March 2018.

Tashima was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 17 March 2020.[7]

Club statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1980 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 14 4
1981 14 1
1982 11 1
Total 39 6

National team statistics


Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1979 4 0
1980 3 1
Total 7 1


  1. ^ Kano, Shintaro (2016-01-31). "JFA elects Tashima as new president". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  2. ^ a b "言語技術」が日本のサッカーを変える田嶋幸三/著" (in Japanese). Kōbunsha. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  3. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  4. ^ Pires, BC (2001-09-16). "Teenagers' togetherness". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  5. ^ "日本サッカー協会 田嶋幸三副会長兼専務理事 アジアサッカー連盟理事に" (in Japanese). Japan Football Association. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  6. ^ "Unofficial campaigns already starting for AFC presidency - Yahoo News". 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  7. ^ France-Press, Agence (2020-03-17). "Japan Olympic Committee deputy head has coronavirus: statement". Business Recorder. Retrieved 2020-03-17.

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