Masahiko Inoha (伊野波 雅彦 Inoha Masahiko, born 28 August 1985) is a Japanese football player. He plays as a defender or a holding midfielder.
|Full name||Masahiko Inoha|
|Date of birth||28 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Miyazaki, Japan|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Centre-back / Full-back|
|2001–2003||Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School|
|2011–2012||HNK Hajduk Split||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:04, 30 May 2019 (UTC)|
He was educated at and played for Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School and Hannan University. He was on trial with several J. League clubs before the graduation from his high school but failed to convince any club to sign him. He decided to continue his study and football at Hannan University. When he was at the university, he was a member of the Japan team that won the 23rd Universiade football competition hosted by İzmir, Turkey.
His good form in the Kansai university League was recognised by Japan's youth team coach Kiyoshi Okuma who included him in the squad for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship finals.
He signed with F.C. Tokyo after a successful trial and he took a leave of absence from the university with which he is still enrolled as of April 2008. Manager Alexandre Gallo immediately established him as a starting member in his midfield.
He was transferred to reigning J. League champions Kashima in 2008. He was a key member of the Japan's Under 23 team, however he failed to join the U-23 squad to compete the Beijing Olympics football competition.
He was included in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals and made his full international debut on 17 January 2011 against Saudi Arabia. In a game against Qatar, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, he scored a goal in minute 89' of the game. The game ended 3–2, a win for Japan.
In the summer transfer window of 2011 he moved to Croatian giant Hajduk Split. He scored his only goal for Hajduk in a 3–0 away from home victory over newly promoted side Lučko on 21 October 2011. He struggled to adapt to Croatian life, stating reasons such as difficulty to learn the new language and no other Asian players in the side as main factors. On 17 January 2012, he skipped training for the first time due to unpaid wages. The unpaid wages were due to the debt of Hajduk Split and many players were unpaid during his stay at the club. He was fined by the club for missing three training sessions before finally rescinding his contract and returning to Japan in late January 2012. He made 16 appearances in his single season for Hajduk Split. Upon leaving, Masahiko stated: "In my entire career, I have never been as sad as I was in the last two weeks."
Masahiko signed for Vissel Kobe as a free agent in early 2012. After Vissel Kobe's relegation from the top tier in Japan in 2012, Inoha then moved to Jubilo Iwata in January 2013 for an undisclosed fee. He made 25 appearances and scored a single goal in his first season for Iwata in the Japanese first division but unfortunately they finished in 17th place and were relegated. After three seasons spent in Shizuoka, he was released at the end of the 2015 season after helping Jubilo Iwata gain promotion. He signed for Vissel Kobe in February 2016.
Updated to 23 February 2017.
2Includes J. League Cup.
4Includes Japanese Super Cup.
|Japan national team|
National team career statisticsEdit
Appearances in major competitionsEdit
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||1||1||1||Pending|
|1.||21 January 2011||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
Awards and honoursEdit
- Kashima Antlers
- "INOHA Masahiko". Japan National Football Team Database. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013.
- "Inoha to join Croatia's Hajduk Split". The Japan Times. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 61 out of 289)