Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
Special Selection: 16th Japan Football Hall of Fame in 2019
- Born in Osaka on 25 August 1956
In 1997, Okada, who was an assistant coach for the Japan National Team, took over the head coach position after coach KAMO Shu had left the team. He led the team to their first ever FIFA World Cup (France) appearance. Then, he coached the J2 side, Consadole Sapporo, and helped the team get promoted to J1. He has also led Yokohama F. Marinos to win the J1 title. In 2007, he was once again appointed as the head coach of Japan National Team. In his second tenure with the Japan National Team, he led the team to the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. In the same year, he was named as the AFC Coach of the Year. In 2012, he took the coaching job for Zhejiang Greentown FC at the Chinese Super League. He became the owner of FC Imabari in 2014, while serving as the CEO of the club’s operating company, Imabari. Yume Sports Inc.. With the JFA, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee, Vice President, and in 2018, he was appointed as the Senior Advisor.