Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

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Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Personal information
Full name Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Date of birth (1977-02-07) February 7, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Tondabayashi, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
1989–1991 Kongo FC
1992–1994 Gamba Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2006 Gamba Osaka 295 (7)
2007–2008 Red Bull Salzburg 21 (0)
2008 Red Bull Salzburg II 3 (0)
2009–2011 Vissel Kobe 42 (1)
National team
1993 Japan U17 4 (0)
1997 Japan U20 5 (0)
2000 Japan U23 1 (0)
2000–2006[1] Japan 71 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 January 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 January 2010

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (宮本 恒靖 Miyamoto Tsuneyasu?, born February 7, 1977 in Osaka) is a retired Japanese footballer who was active from 1995 until 2011.[2]

A central defender, Miyamoto went on to make 71 international appearances and led the Japan national team in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups as well as the 2004 Asian Cup. Miyamoto also captained Gamba Osaka during their 2005 J. League championship season.

He is also a graduate of the 13th edition of FIFA Master.[3]

Career[edit]

He continued to study at Doshisha University well into his professional career, graduating and finishing his studies. Miyamoto speaks fluent English, with a little French also in his canon, after spending time with Gamba team mates Claude Dambury and Patrick Mboma in the past, as well as coach Frédéric Antonetti. While in Austria, he studied German.

While he was the de facto team captain of Gamba Osaka in 2004 and 2005, Gamba's coach was unhappy at the time spent with the national team by Miyamoto and handed the captaincy of Gamba to Satoshi Yamaguchi. Miyamoto continued to captain Japan for a while, ironically, often sitting on the bench for Gamba Osaka. But his professionalism shone through, and he took it all in stride. With Ivica Osim taking over the national team from Zico in 2006, Japan saw a clean sweep and Miyamoto was one of many who had probably played his last game for the Japan national team. In December 2006, Miyamoto signed for 1 season with Red Bull Salzburg with an option for another season.[4] In December 2007, he signed a new deal with the Austrian club through 2009.[5]

On, 15 January 2009, he signed for Vissel Kobe.[6]

On 19 December 2011, Vissel Kobe centre-back Tsuneyasu Miyamoto confirmed his retirement in a press conference on Monday afternoon in Kobe, Japan.[7]

International[edit]

He played in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2000 Olympic football tournament. As a centre back, he served as captain for Japan in the 2002 World Cup, after an injury to Ryuzo Morioka, who had begun the tournament as captain. He then continued to captain his country through the 2004 AFC Asian Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[8] "Tsune" played the first two group matches of the cup, but was suspended for the third and last match against Brazil after he received yellow cards against Australia and Croatia. Yuji Nakazawa wore the armband in his place.

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual Honors[edit]

Team Honors[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 January 2011

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1995 Gamba Osaka J. League 1 11 0 4 0 15 0
1996 13 0 2 0 7 0 22 0
1997 26 1 3 0 4 0 33 1
1998 32 0 1 0 4 0 37 0
1999 30 0 2 0 2 0 34 0
2000 29 0 0 0 4 0 33 0
2001 24 0 3 0 2 0 29 0
2002 20 1 2 0 2 0 24 1
2003 26 1 2 0 5 1 33 2
2004 24 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2005 30 3 2 0 4 0 36 3
2006 30 1 5 0 0 0 5 1 40 2
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006-07 Red Bull Salzburg Bundesliga 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2007-08 12 0 0 0 3 0 15 0
2008-09 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2008-09 Red Bull Salzburg II First League 3 0 0 0 3 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009 Vissel Kobe J. League 1 32 1 2 0 5 0 39 1
2010 6 0 2 0 4 0 12 0
2011 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total Japan 337 8 32 0 43 1 5 1 417 10
Austria 24 0 3 0 3 0 30 0
Career total 361 8 35 0 43 1 8 1 447 10

[9] [10]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 2 0
2001 3 0
2002 11 0
2003 10 0
2004 19 2
2005 15 1
2006 11 0
Total 71 3

National team Career Stats[edit]

Major International Tournament Appearances[edit]

Year Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
1993 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship U-17 4 0 0 Quarterfinals
1997 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship U-20 5 0 0 Quarterfinals
2000 2000 Olympics U-23 1 0 0 Quarterfinals
2002 2002 FIFA World Cup Senior 3 1 0 Round of 16
2003 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 3 0 0 Round 1
2004 2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior 6 0 0 Champion
2005 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 3 0 0 Round 1
2004–2005 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Senior 12 0 1 Qualified
2006 2006 FIFA World Cup Senior 2 0 0 Round 1
2006 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Senior 1 0 0 Qualified

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