Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

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Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
宮本 恒靖
Personal information
Full name Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Date of birth (1977-02-07) February 7, 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Tondabayashi, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1992–1994 Gamba Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2006 Gamba Osaka 295 (7)
2007–2008 Red Bull Salzburg 21 (0)
2009–2011 Vissel Kobe 42 (1)
Total 358 (8)
National team
1993 Japan U-17 4 (0)
1997 Japan U-20 5 (0)
2000 Japan U-23 1 (0)
2000–2006 Japan 71 (3)
Teams managed
2017–2018 Gamba Osaka U-23
2018– Gamba Osaka
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (宮本 恒靖, Miyamoto Tsuneyasu, born February 7, 1977) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

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.[1] Miyamoto also captained Gamba Osaka during their 2005 J1 League championship season.

He is also a graduate of the 13th edition of FIFA Master.[2]

Club career[edit]

Miyamoto was born in Tondabayashi on February 7, 1977. He joined Gamba Osaka from youth team in 1995. He also 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 M'Boma in the past, as well as coach Frédéric Antonetti. While in Austria, he studied German.

Initially, Miyamoto had few opportunities to play as defender, he also played defensive midfielder. From late 1990's, he played as central defender. While he was the de facto team captain of Gamba Osaka in 2004, 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. In 2005, the club won 2005 J1 League. 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.[3] In December 2007, he signed a new deal with the Austrian club through 2009.[4]

On, 15 January 2009, he signed for Vissel Kobe.[5] In 2009, he became a captain and played as center-back and defensive midfielder. However his opportunity to play decreased from 2010. On 19 December 2011, Vissel Kobe centre-back Tsuneyasu Miyamoto confirmed his retirement in a press conference on Monday afternoon in Kobe, Japan.[6]

National team career[edit]

Miyamoto played for Japan U-17 national team in the 1993 U-17 World Championship and Japan U-20 national team in the 1997 World Youth Championship. He played full time in all matches in both tournaments. In September 2000, he was also elected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics.

On June 18, 2000, Miyamoto debuted for Japan national team against Bolivia. 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 Asian Cup and the 2006 World Cup.[7] At 2004 Asian Cup, he played full time in all 6 matches and Japan won the champions. At 2006 World Cup, he 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. This competition was his last game for Japan. He played 71 games and scored 3 goals for Japan until 2006.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Miyamoto started coaching career at Gamba Osaka in 2015. He became a manager for Gamba Osaka U-23 in 2017.

On 23 July 2018, Miyamoto was named as the caretaker manager of the top team of Gamba Osaka after the club sacked the head coach Levir Culpi.[9]

Club statistics[edit]

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 J1 League 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
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009 Vissel Kobe J1 League 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 21 0 3 0 3 0 27 0
Career total 358 8 35 0 43 1 8 1 444 10

National team statistics[edit]

[8] [10] [11]

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

Honors and awards[edit]

Individual Honors[edit]

Team Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIYAMOTO Tsuneyasu". Japan National Football Team Database.
  2. ^ "Miyamoto: Japan could be world champions within 20 years". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  3. ^ Red Bull Salzburg - Soccer
  4. ^ Miyamoto signs new contract | The Japan Times Online
  5. ^ "Miyamoto leaves Salzburg for Kobe". The Japan Times. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  6. ^ Former Japan national team captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto retires at 34
  7. ^ FIFA.com
  8. ^ a b Japan National Football Team Database
  9. ^ "Gamba Osaka hires Tsuneyasu Miyamoto after firing manger Levir Culpi". Japan Times. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  10. ^ "Tsuneyasu Miyamoto". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  11. ^ RSSSF

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