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Masami Ihara
Personal information
Full nameMasami Ihara
Date of birth (1967-09-18) September 18, 1967 (age 53)
Place of birthKoka, Shiga, Japan
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
1983–1985Moriyama High School
1986–1989University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1990–1999Yokohama F. Marinos267(5)
2000Júbilo Iwata20(1)
2001–2002Urawa Reds54(1)
Total341(7)
National team
1988–1999Japan122(5)
Teams managed
2009Kashiwa Reysol
2015–2018Avispa Fukuoka
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Masami Ihara (井原 正巳 Ihara Masami?, born September 18, 1967) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography

Ihara was born in Koka on September 18, 1967. After graduating from University of Tsukuba, he joined Japan Soccer League club Nissan Motors (later Yokohama Marinos, Yokohama F. Marinos) in 1990. The club won the 2nd place in 1990/91 and 1991/92 season. He was also selected Best Eleven in 1991/92. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and the club joined new league J1 League. The club won the champions in 1995 season. He was selected Best Eleven for 5 years in a row (1993-1997). He played 267 matches for the club until 1999. Toward the end of his career, he played for Júbilo Iwata (2000) and Urawa Reds (2001-2002).

On January 27, 1988, when Ihara was a University of Tsukuba student, he debuted for the Japan national team against United Arab Emirates. After debut, he became a regular player and he played at 1990 World Cup qualification and 1990 Asian Games. In 1992, Japan won Asian Cup first time. However, at 1994 World Cup qualification, Japan failed to won for qualify to 1994 World Cup. After that, Ihara became a captain for Japan and played at 1995 King Fahd Cup and 1996 Asian Cup. In 1997, at 1998 World Cup qualification, Japan won for qualify 1998 World Cup first time. During the 1998 World Cup in France, the veteran sweeper's experience was crucial to Japan's survival in their very first World Cup appearance, forming a flat back three defence with strong centre-back Yutaka Akita as well as speedy fullbacks Eisuke Nakanishi (or strong centre-back Norio Omura). Young Marinos goalkeeper, Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was Japan's first choice goalkeeper at the time. After 1998 World Cup, he played at 1999 Copa América. This competition was his last game for Japan. He played 122 games and scored 5 goals for Japan until 1999.

In 2006, Ihara became an assistant coach for the Japan U-23 national team and spent two years. In 2009, he became an assistant coach for club Kashiwa Reysol and coached until end of 2014 season. He also managed the club as caretaker in July 2009. In 2015, he signed with J2 League club Avispa Fukuoka and became a manager. In 2015, Avispa won the 3rd place and was promoted to J1 League. However the club was relegated to J2 in a year. He resigned end of 2018 season.

Statistics

[1][2]

Club performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1990/91 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 22 2 4 0 26 2
1991/92 22 0 3 0 25 0
1992 Yokohama Marinos J1 League - 5 0 8 0 13 0
1993 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
1994 41 1 4 0 2 0 47 1
1995 47 1 2 0 - 49 1
1996 29 1 1 0 13 0 43 1
1997 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
1998 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
1999 Yokohama F. Marinos J1 League 25 0 3 0 6 0 34 0
2000 Júbilo Iwata J1 League 20 1 0 0 3 0 23 1
2001 Urawa Reds J1 League 26 1 4 0 6 0 36 1
2002 28 0 0 0 9 1 37 1
Country Japan 341 7 23 0 54 1 418 8
Total 341 7 23 0 54 1 418 8

[3]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1988 5 0
1989 11 0
1990 6 0
1991 2 0
1992 11 0
1993 15 2
1994 9 1
1995 16 1
1996 13 0
1997 21 1
1998 10 0
1999 3 0
Total 122 5

References

  1. Masami Ihara at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. Masami Ihara at J.League (in Japanese)
  3. Japan National Football Team Database

Other websites

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