Masami Ihara

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Masami Ihara
Personal information
Full name Masami Ihara
Date of birth (1967-09-18) September 18, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Minakuchi, Shiga, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1983–1986 Moriyama High School
1986–1990 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1999 Nissan Motors
Yokohama Marinos
Yokohama F. Marinos
267 (5)
2000 Júbilo Iwata 20 (1)
2001–2002 Urawa Red Diamonds 54 (1)
National team
1988–1999[1] Japan 122 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Masami Ihara (井原 正巳 Ihara Masami?, born September 18, 1967 in Minakuchi, Shiga) is a former Japanese football player. The influential defender was captain of the Japan national football team for more than a decade in the 1990s, together with striker Kazuyoshi Miura and Brazilian-born midfielder Ruy Ramos. Ihara's long standing record of 122 national team appearances was bested by Yasuhito Endo on October 16, 2012 among male footballers.[2] (Homare Sawa has surpassed that total among Japanese women).

Career[edit]

Ihara was rarely out of the spotlight in the emerging J. League throughout the 1990s. He spent most of his career with Yokohama Marinos and formed a key defensive partnership with the flamboyant Tsuyoshi Kitazawa at club level. After graduating from Tsukuba University, Ihara joined Nissan Motors SC (now known as Yokohama F. Marinos) and rapidly rose through the Marinos youth ranks to become a key player. The long-serving Ihara was so important to his club that he was nicknamed Mister Marinos by many Japanese fans.[3] He formed the backbone of the club and also helped to bring on talented youngsters like Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi and Shunsuke Nakamura.

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 four defence with strong centre-back Yutaka Akita as well as speedy fullbacks Naoki Soma and Akira Narahashi (all from Kashima Antlers). Young Marinos goalkeeper, Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was Japan's first choice goalkeeper at the time.

After leaving Marinos, Ihara also spent a season with Júbilo Iwata and his last 2 seasons with Urawa Red Diamonds prior to becoming a coach.

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1990/91 Nissan Motors JSL Division 1 22 2 4 0 26 2
1991/92 22 0 3 0 25 0
1992 Yokohama Marinos J. League 1 - 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 J. League 1 25 0 3 0 6 0 34 0
2000 Júbilo Iwata J. League 1 20 1 0 0 3 0 23 1
2001 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League 1 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

International career statistics[edit]

[4]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
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

Coach career[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

National team[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IHARA Masami". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  2. ^ "SOCCER/ Endo's Japan record ruined by Brazil thumping". Asahi Shimbun. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Masami Ihara". J-League Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  4. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/ihara-intl.html

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