Hajime Moriyasu (森保 一 Moriyasu Hajime, born 23 August 1968) is a Japanese football manager and former player. He made more than 250 appearances in 14 years with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, including a year on loan to Kyoto Purple Sanga, before spending his final season as a professional with Vegalta Sendai. He also played 35 times for the Japan national team. His brother Hiroshi and his sons Shohei and Keigo are also footballers. He is current manager of Japan senior and olympic teams.
Moriyasu in 2019
|Full name||Hajime Moriyasu|
|Date of birth||23 August 1968|
|Place of birth||Kakegawa, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1998||→ Kyoto Purple Sanga (loan)||32||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Moriyasu was educated at and played for Nagasaki Nihon Daigaku Gakuen High School. After finishing his school, he joined Japan Soccer League side Mazda in 1987. New manager Hans Ooft rated him highly and established him as an anchoring midfielder of the team. In April 1990, Moriyasu had a trial at Manchester United. When Japan's first ever professional league, J.League, started in 1993, Mazda was transformed to Sanfrecce Hiroshima for whom he continued to play. Together with Yahiro Kazama, he controlled Hiroshima's midfield and contributed to the club winning the second stage of the 1994 J1 League season.
In 1998, Ooft became the manager of Kyoto Purple Sanga and recruited Moriyasu on a loan deal. The deal was initially meant to be a permanent one but infuriated Hiroshima supporters collected signatures against the deal, which forced the clubs to settle for a loan. He was the linchpin of Kyoto for the 1998 season.
Moriyasu came back to Hiroshima for the 1999 season but find out his opportunities to play gradually decreasing mainly because of young Kazuyuki Morisaki's challenge for the place.
He was offered a coaching position at Hiroshima in 2002 but turned it down to continue to play. He moved to Vegalta Sendai and retired there at the end of the 2003 season.
Ooft became the national coach of Japan national team in 1992. Moriyasu called up and played Moriyasu for his first match in charge against Argentina held on 31 May 1992 at the Tokyo National Stadium. Moriyasu was still a low-profile player at that time and many international teammates didn't know how to pronounce his name. What Ooft asked him to do throughout his reign was a simple task, to "win the ball and pass it to playmaker Ruy Ramos".
Under Ooft, Japan progressed to the 1994 World Cup qualification for the 1994 World Cup. Moriyasu was on the pitch when Japan's hope to play in the finals was dashed by an injury time Iraqi equaliser in the last qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha.
Moriyasu served as a coach for Sanfrecce Hiroshima from the 2004 season. He also coached the Japan national youth team which participated in the 2006 AFC Youth Championship and the 2007 U-20 World Cup. He was a coach for the Hiroshima first team from 2007 to 2009 before a spell coaching at Albirex Niigata.
It was confirmed on 8 December 2011 that Moriyasu would return to Sanfrecce Hiroshima as manager for the 2012 season. Since then, he has won the J1 league title for both the 2012 season and the 2013 season. He left the club in July 2017 after poor results in the league campaign.
Moriyasu is the coach of the under-23 national team preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He will stay on even as his duties were broadened by his new appointment.
Moriyasu assisted coach Akira Nishino in the last 16 in the recent World Cup finals in Russia. On 26 July 2018, with the current coach stepping down, the Japan Football Association appointed Hajime Moriyasu as the new coach of the men's national team, with an eye to the World Cup in 2022. He led Japan to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final after defeated Iran 3–0 at semi-finals, but defeated at the final 3–1 to Qatar to mark Japan's first defeat at a continental final.
Moriyasu's son, Keigo Moriyasu, currently plays as a striker for Edgeworth FC in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW. Another son Shohei also played football professionally for J2 League side Kamatamare Sanuki.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|1987–88||Mazda||JSL Division 1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1988–89||JSL Division 2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1991–92||JSL Division 1||18||4||0||0||0||0||18||4|
|1992||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J1 League||—||0||0||8||1||8||1|
|1998||Kyoto Purple Sanga||J1 League||32||1||2||0||4||0||38||1|
|1999||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J1 League||27||1||0||0||3||1||30||2|
|2002||Vegalta Sendai||J1 League||27||0||2||0||6||1||35||1|
National team statisticsEdit
Update; 10 September 2019
Honors and awardsEdit
- Sanfrecce Hiroshima
- J1 League (3): 2012, 2013, 2015
- Japanese Super Cup (2): 2013, 2014
- FIFA Club World Cup: Third Place 2015
- Japan U23
- J.League Manager of the Year (3): 2012, 2013, 2015
- Hajime Moriyasu – FIFA competition record
- Japan National Football Team Database
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- J.League Data Site(in Japanese)