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Former Japan defender Makoto Tanaka will retire at the end of the season, his team Avispa Fukuoka said on Wednesday.

Tanaka, 36, joined Jubilo Iwata in 1994 and contributed to three league championships. He was part of the “Miami Miracle” team that beat Brazil at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and has been capped 32 times for Japan.

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