Tomokazu Myojin

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Tomokazu Myojin
明神 智和
Personal information
Full name Tomokazu Myojin
Date of birth (1978-01-24) 24 January 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AC Nagano Parceiro
Number 17
Youth career
1993–1995 Kashiwa Reysol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2005 Kashiwa Reysol 252 (12)
2006–2015 Gamba Osaka 250 (14)
2016 Nagoya Grampus 15 (0)
2017– AC Nagano Parceiro 30 (0)
Total 547 (26)
National team
1997 Japan U-20 5 (0)
2000 Japan U-23 4 (0)
2000–2002 Japan 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2018 season

Tomokazu Myojin (明神 智和, Myōjin Tomokazu, born 24 January 1978) is a Japanese football player.[1] He plays for J3 League club AC Nagano Parceiro. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Myojin was born in Kobe on 24 January 1978. He joined J1 League club Kashiwa Reysol from youth team in 1996. He played many matches as defensive midfielder from first season. He became a regular player under manager Akira Nishino in 1998. In 1999, Reysol won the champions in J.League Cup and the 3rd place in J1 League. In 2000, Reysol won the 3rd place in J1 League for 2 years in a row and he was selected Best Eleven award. However the club results were sluggish from 2002 and was relegated to J2 League end of 2005 season.

In 2006, Myojin moved to Gamba Osaka which was managed by Akira Nishino. He played as regular player with many Japan national team player and Gamba won the many title, 2007 J.League Cup, 2008 and 2009 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, Gamba also won the champions in 2008 AFC Champions League and the 3rd place in 2008 Club World Cup. This is the golden era in the club history and he was one of the central player under manager Nishino. However manager Nishino left Gamba end of 2011 season and the club performance deteriorated soon. In 2012, Gamba finished at the 17th place of 18 clubs and was relegated to J2 League. Although his opportunity to play decreased from 2013, Gamba won the champions in 2013 J2 League and was returned to J1. In 2014, Gamba won all three major title in Japan, J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. He resigned end of 2015 season.

In 2016, Myojin moved to Nagoya Grampus.[2] However he could not play many matches. Grampus also finished at the 16th place and was relegated to J2.

In 2017, Myojin moved to J3 League club AC Nagano Parceiro.

National team career[edit]

In June 1997, Myojin was selected Japan U-20 national team for 1997 World Youth Championship. At this tournament, he played full time in all 5 matches as defensive midfielder. In September 2000, he was selected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics. At this tournament, he played full time in all 4 matches as defensive midfielder with Junichi Inamoto.

He was capped 26 times and scored 3 goals for the Japanese national team between 2000 and 2002. He played three games at the 2002 World Cup.

Club statistics[edit]

Update; end of 2018 season[3][4]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
1996 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 11 0 0 0 2 0 - - 13 0
1997 13 1 1 0 6 0 - - 20 1
1998 28 0 2 0 4 1 - - 34 1
1999 30 1 3 0 4 0 - - 37 1
2000 29 2 2 0 2 0 - - 33 2
2001 29 0 1 0 4 0 - - 34 0
2002 27 1 0 0 1 0 - - 28 1
2003 29 1 2 1 4 0 - - 35 2
2004 28 5 0 0 6 0 - - 34 5
2005 28 1 1 0 4 0 - - 33 1
Total 252 12 12 1 37 1 - - 301 14
2006 Gamba Osaka J1 League 25 0 5 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 36 0
2007 33 2 2 0 10 0 - 1 0 46 2
2008 32 3 5 0 4 0 14* 1 - 55 4
2009 31 2 5 2 2 1 5 0 1 0 44 5
2010 29 4 3 0 1 0 6 0 - 39 4
2011 27 2 1 0 0 0 5 0 - 33 2
2012 31 1 5 1 2 0 5 0 - 43 2
2013 J2 League 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 21 0
2014 J1 League 12 0 4 0 5 0 - - 21 0
2015 10 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 20 0
Total 250 14 32 3 29 1 42 1 5 0 358 19
2016 Nagoya Grampus J1 League 15 0 0 0 3 0 - - 18 0
Total 15 0 0 0 3 0 - - 18 0
2017 AC Nagano Parceiro J3 League 16 0 1 0 - - - 17 0
2018 14 0 0 0 - - - 14 0
2019 - - -
Total 30 0 1 0 - - - 31 0
Career total 530 26 45 4 69 2 42 1 4 0 690 33

1 = Japanese Super Cup and Suruga Bank Championship appearances.

  • Look at FIFA Club World Cup

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Season Team Apps Goals
2008 Gamba Osaka 3 0

National Team career[edit]

Competition[edit]

Competition Team Record
1997 World Youth Championship Quarterfinal
2000 Summer Olympics Quarterfinal 
2000 Asian Cup Champions
2001 Confederations Cup Runner-up
2002 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
2003 Confederations Cup Round 1

Appearances[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 9 2
2001 7 0
2002 10 1
Total 26 3

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon  Iraq 4–1 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals
2. 26 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon  China PR 3–2 Won 2000 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals
3. 17 April 2002 Yokohama, Japan  Costa Rica 1–1 Draw Friendly
Correct as of 6 November 2016[5]

Personal honors[edit]

Team honors[edit]

Kashiwa Reysol
Gamba Osaka
Japan National Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tomokazu Myojin at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Gamba Osaka(in Japanese)
  3. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "J1&J2&J3選手名鑑ハンディ版 2018 (NSK MOOK)", 7 February 2018, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411529 (p. 255 out of 289)
  4. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 251 out of 289)
  5. ^ MYOJIN Tomokazu

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