Akihiro Nishimura

Japanese association football player and manager

Akihiro Nishimura (西村 昭宏, Nishimura Akihiro, born August 8, 1958) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Akihiro Nishimura
Personal information
Full name Akihiro Nishimura
Date of birth (1958-08-08) August 8, 1958 (age 64)
Place of birth Osaka, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1976 Hokuyo High School
1977–1980 Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1991 Yammer Diesel 148 (3)
Total 148 (3)
National team
1980–1988 Japan 49 (2)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Japan U-20
2001–2003 Cerezo Osaka
2004 Kyoto Purple Sanga
Honours
Yanmar Diesel
Winner JSL Cup 1983
Winner JSL Cup 1984
Runner-up JSL Cup 1982
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1983
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

BiographyEdit

Nishimura was born in Osaka Prefecture on August 8, 1958. After graduating from Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, he joined his local club Yammer Diesel in 1981. The club won 1983 and 1984 JSL Cup. He retired in 1991. He played 148 games and scored 3 goals in the league. He was selected Best Eleven in 1982.

On June 18, 1980, when Nishimura was an Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences student, he debuted for the Japan national team against Hong Kong. He played at 1984 Summer Olympics qualification, 1986 World Cup qualification, 1982 Asian Games and 1988 Summer Olympics qualification. He played 49 games and scored 2 goals for Japan until 1988.

After retirement, Nishimura started coaching career at Matsushita Electric (later Gamba Osaka) in 1991. In 1999, he became a manager for the Japan U-20 national team. He managed U-20 Japan at the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina. In September 2001, he signed with Cerezo Osaka and became an assistant coach. In December, he became a manager as João Carlos successor and he led the club to won the 2nd place in 2001 Emperor's Cup. In October 2003, he was sacked. In 2004, he signed with Kyoto Purple Sanga. He was sacked in June.

StatisticsEdit

[1]

Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
JapanLeague
1981 Yammer Diesel JSL Division 1 18 0
1982 14 1
1983 12 0
1984 17 0
1985/86 21 1
1986/87 21 0
1987/88 5 0
1988/89 10 0
1989/90 15 1
1990/91 15 0
Country Japan 148 3
Total 148 3

[2]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1980 1 0
1981 13 0
1982 2 0
1983 10 0
1984 1 0
1985 8 2
1986 5 0
1987 8 0
1988 1 0
Total 49 2

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