|Full name||Takashi Hirano|
|Date of birth||July 15, 1974|
|Place of birth||Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Defender / Defensive Midfielder|
|1993–2000||Nagoya Grampus Eight||213||(43)|
|2000||Kyoto Purple Sanga||5||(1)|
|2003–2005||Tokyo Verdy 1969||53||(17)|
|2006||Yokohama F. Marinos||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 24, 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Hirano attended Shimizu Commercial High School, where he won the All-Japan High School Championship in 1991.
Hirano began his professional career in the J. League in 1993 with Nagoya Grampus Eight, winning the Emperor's Cup in 1995 and 1999 and the Japanese Super Cup in 1996, and scoring 43 goals in 213 appearances for the team. He transferred to Kyoto Purple Sanga in 2000, and although his team won promotion from the J. League Division 2 in 2001, he played just 5 league games before moving on to Jubilo Iwata.
After brief and largely unremarkable stints at Vissel Kobe, Tokyo Verdy 1969, Yokohama F. Marinos and Omiya Ardija, Hirano moved to North America and signed for Vancouver Whitecaps in the USL First Division in 2008.
On September 30, 2008, Hirano was called up to the USL First Division All-League Team, and on October 12, 2008, helped the Whitecaps capture their second USL First Division Championship by beating the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 in the USL1 Championship game.
On January 20, 2009 the Whitecaps announced a contract extension for Hirano for the 2009 season.
Hirano announced his retirement from the game in January 2011.
Hirano played for the Japanese U-19 team which competed at the 1992 AFC Youth Championship, and received his first callup to the senior Japanese national team in 1997. He played two games as a substitute at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
 Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Total|
|1993||Nagoya Grampus Eight||J. League 1||19||4||3||1||3||1||25||6|
|2000||Kyoto Purple Sanga||J. League 1||7||1||1||0||4||0||12||1|
|2001||Júbilo Iwata||J. League 1||3||0||1||0||0||0||4||0|
|2002||Vissel Kobe||J. League 1||28||1||1||0||5||0||34||1|
|2003||Tokyo Verdy||J. League 1||25||4||3||1||5||0||33||5|
|2006||Yokohama F. Marinos||J. League 1||9||0||0||0||6||0||15||0|
|2007||Omiya Ardija||J. League 1||3||1||1||0||0||0||4||1|
|United States||League||Open Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2008||Vancouver Whitecaps||USL First Division||22||1||22||1|
|2010||D2 Pro League||15||0||15||0|
 International career statistics
|Japan national team|
 Nagoya Grampus Eight
 Tokyo Verdy 1969
 Vancouver Whitecaps
- USL First Division Championship (1): 2008
- Vancouver Whitecaps Outstanding Defender: 2009
- Vancouver Whitecaps Newcomer of the Year: 2008