Former Cerezo Osaka forward Yuzo Tashiro has announced his retirement from professional football on his Instagram account today.

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Tashiro was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1982 and when playing in the world of university football, he made his debut at a professional level in 2003 as a specially designated player for Oita Trinita. He also played for Sagan Tosu next year and in 2005, he signed a professional contract with Kashima Antlers. He was called up to Japan national team for the first time in 2008 and has 3 caps at international level.

He joined Cerezo Osaka in 2015 after he left Vissel Kobe because he wanted to play overseas. With his enormous ability as a forward, especially in aerial and post play, he made a huge contribution to the team who were struggling in the second division and after helping the team go back to the J1 League, he left Cerezo and finally found a place to play overseas, Wollongong Wolves in 2017.

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“About 30 years since I started playing football, 14 years since I became a professional footballer. I, Yuzo Tashiro, have decided to retire from professional football,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I’ve really had a happy life as a footballer as I learned a lot and met a lot of people through football.”

“Teammates, staff, people involved, supporters of the teams. Coaches who taught me football. My wife and children who have been the closest to me and supported me no matter when. My father and mother who have supported my football life for 30 years. Thank you so much! It was a great football life.”

Wish you good luck with your future, Tashiro!