Position : Centre-back
DOB : 8 Aug 1975
Height : 1.78m
Weight : 76kg
Nickname : Mako
Tanaka was by far the most experienced, and most illustrious member of the Avispa squad having played over 350 games for Jubilo Iwata in the J-League, and 32 times for Japan. During his time at Jubilo he won numerous Championships and made the J-League best XI twice.
Getting a bit older he moved to Avispa in 2009 and when fit was an obvious first team choice. As a smaller defender who reads the game to take up good positions, rather than tear around the pitch his age doesn’t seem to be a problem and together with Daiki they made a very solid central defensive partnership.
He is composed and steady on the ball rather than dynamic, but he makes very few mistakes and the team look much better when he is playing.
Unfortunately he is quite small as a centre-back, and the defensive line struggles against tall strikers.
As the team got promoted to J1 time caught up with him a bit and he ended up getting destroyed on return to old club Jubilo and made his 40m yen salary start to look a little strong. Made the right decision to retire in 2011.