Former J1 and MLS Japanese Player in Malaysian League

Terukazu Tanaka began his football at Gamba Osaka U-15 together with Japanese top footballer Keisuke Honda. He officially started as a professional player with reserved team Omiya Ardija in 2004 and moved up to first team in 2007.

Tanaka with his first club Omiya Ardija


Tanaka had been called up to join the Japan National Team U-21 squad in 2006. In 2009 he joined J1 league club Yokohama on loan before signing officially with the club but later he was sent on loan to J2 league club Sagan Tosu and helped the club to be promoted to J1 league in 2011 season.

He then moved to America early 2012 as a trialist at first and signed by MLS club Real Salt Lake until 2013 season and has become the second Japanese footballer to play in MLS America. He returned back to Asia football scene joining Thailand Premier League clubs, playing for PTT Rayong FC and after that Sisaket FC until 2014.

DRB-Hicom squad: Tanaka (no.10) with his former Omiya Ardija team mate Hashimoto (no.50)

Currently Tanaka is playing as a midfielder for Malaysian Premier League club DRB Hicom, owned by automotive part manufacturer company. Right after he joined the club, Tanaka urged his former team mate at Omiya Ardija, Hayato Hashimoto who was playing for Thailand club Chonburi FC that time to join him at DRB Hicom. After undergoing a few test matches along with other foreign players, Hashimoto managed to become the second Japanese import player in DRB Hicom squad.


Tanaka in action challenging the ball

(By Takahiro)

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