Tatsuya Tanaka (footballer) : biography
- Scores and results list Japan’s goal tally first.
|1.||28 September 2002||South Korea}} Yangsan Stadium, Yangsan||PLE}}||1–0||2–0||2002 Asian Games|
|2.||1 October 2002||South Korea}} Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan||BHR}}||5–2||5–2||2002 Asian Games|
|3.||3 May 2003||JPN}} Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo||MYA}}||2–0||5–0||2004 Summer Olympics Qualification|
|4.||3 March 2004||UAE}} Al Jazira Stadium, Abu Dhabi||Lebanon}}||1–0||4–0||2004 Summer Olympics Qualification|
|5.||5 March 2004||UAE}} Al Jazira Stadium, Abu Dhabi||UAE}}||2–0||2–0||2004 Summer Olympics Qualification|
|6.||21 April 2004||GRE}} Kostas Davourlis Stadium, Patras||GRE}}||1–0||1–1||Friendly Match|
|7.||30 July 2004||JPN}} National Stadium, Tokyo||VEN}}||4–0||4–0||Friendly Match (2004 Kirin Challenge Cup)|
|1.||3 August 2005||South Korea}} Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon||CHN}}||2–2||2–2||2005 East Asian Football Championship|
|2.||19 November 2008||QAT}} Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha||QAT}}||1–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|3.||20 January 2009||JPN}} KKWing Stadium, Kumamoto||YEM}}||2–1||2–1||2011 AFC Asian Cup Qualification|
Awards and honours
- Urawa Red Diamonds
- J. League Division 1: 1
- Emperor’s Cup: 2
- 2005, 2006
- J. League Cup: 1
- AFC Champions League: 1
- Japanese Super Cup: 1
- J. League Cup MVP: 1
- J. League Cup New Hero Award: 1
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 April 29, 2001 against Kashima Antlers. His first professional goal came on May 21, 2001 against Tokyo Verdy 1969.
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 July 31, 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 August 3, 2005 against China in the same tournament. His most recent goal came against Qatar on November 19, 2008.