Masahiko Inoha

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Masahiko Inoha
Masahiko Inoha 2007.jpg
Personal information
Full name Masahiko Inoha
Date of birth (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Miyazaki, Japan
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back / Full-back
Club information
Current team
Júbilo Iwata
Number 19
Youth career
2001–2003 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School
2004–2005 Hannan University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 F.C. Tokyo 48 (1)
2008–2011 Kashima Antlers 89 (2)
2011-2012 HNK Hajduk Split 15 (1)
2012 Vissel Kobe 22 (0)
2013- Júbilo Iwata 47 (2)
National team
2005 Japan U-20
2006–2007 Japan U-21
2011–[2] Japan 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014

Masahiko Inoha (伊野波 雅彦 Inoha Masahiko?, born 28 August 1985) is a Japanese football player who plays for Jubilo Iwata. He plays as a defender or a holding midfielder.

Playing career[edit]

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 recoginised 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 received a call-up twice in 2006 for the national squad. Then he was a late replacement for injured Ryuji Bando for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals but did not play in the competition.

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.[2] In a game against Qatar, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, he scored a goal in minute 89' of the game.[2] The game ended 3–2, a win for Japan.

In the summer transfer window of 2011 he moved to Croatian giant Hajduk Split.[3] 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 he 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 September 2012
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
F.C. Tokyo 2006 28 1 2 0 5 0 - - 35 1
2007 20 0 0 0 4 0 - - 24 0
Total 48 1 2 0 9 0 - - 59 1
Kashima Antlers 2008 23 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 - 28 0
2009 30 1 4 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 43 1
2010 26 0 5 0 2 0 5 0 - 38 0
2011 10 1 - - 3 0 - 13 1
Total 89 2 11 0 5 0 16 0 1 0 122 2
Hajduk Split 2011–12 15 1 3 0 - 1 0 - 19 1
Total 15 1 3 0 - 1 0 - 19 1
Vissel Kobe 2012 22 0 0 0 1 0 - - 23 0
Total 22 0 0 0 1 0 - - 23 0
Career Total 174 4 16 0 15 0 17 0 1 0 223 4

1Includes Emperor's Cup and Croatian Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

4Includes Japanese Super Cup.

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 9 1
2012 7 0
2013 4 0
Total 20 1

National team career statistics[edit]

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup Senior 1 1 1 Pending

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar
3–2
3–2
2011 AFC Asian Cup

Awards and honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Kashima Antlers

Japan[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Team Squad". jfa.or.jp. Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "INOHA Masahiko". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  3. ^ "Inoha to join Croatia's Hajduk Split". The Japan Times. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 

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