Hajime Moriyasu

Hajime Moriyasu
Personal information
Full name Hajime Moriyasu
Date of birth (1968-08-23) August 23, 1968
Place of birth Kakegawa, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–2001 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 271 (34)
1998Kyoto Purple Sanga (loan) 32 (1)
2002–2003 Vegalta Sendai 45 (0)
Total 348 (35)
National team
1992–1996 Japan 35 (1)
Teams managed
2012– Sanfrecce Hiroshima

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Hajime Moriyasu (森保 一 Moriyasu Hajime, born August 23, 1968) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He was a defensive midfielder. He is now manager of J1 League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima. His son is Shohei Moriyasu.

Personal life

Moriyasu's son, Keigo Moriyasu, currently plays as a striker for Edgeworth FC in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW.[1]



Moriyasu was educated at and played for Nagasaki Nihon Daigaku Gakuen High School. After finishing his school, he joined Japan Soccer League side Mazda in 1987. New manager Hans Ooft rated him highly and established him as an anchoring midfielder of the team. In April 1990, Moriyasu had a trial at Manchester United. When Japan's first ever professional league J1 League started in 1993, Mazda was transformed to Sanfrecce Hiroshima for whom he continued to play. Together with Yahiro Kazama, he controlled Hiroshima's midfield and contributed to the club winning the second stage of the 1994 J1 League season.

In 1998, Ooft became the manager of Kyoto Purple Sanga and recruited Moriyasu on a loan deal. The deal was initially meant to be a permanent one but infuriated Hiroshima supporters collected signatures against the deal, which forced the clubs to settle for a loan. He was the linchpin of Kyoto for the 1998 season.

Moriyasu came back to Hiroshima for the 1999 season but find out his opportunities to play gradually decreasing mainly because of young Kazuyuki Morisaki's challenge for the place.

He was offered a coaching position at Hiroshima in 2002 but turned it down to continue to play. He moved to Vegalta Sendai and retired there at the end of the 2003 season.

National team

Ooft became the national coach of Japan in 1992. He called up and played Moriyasu for his first match in charge against Argentina held on May 31, 1992 at the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium. Moriyasu was still a low-profile player at that time and many international teammates didn't know how to pronounce his name. What Ooft asked him to do throughout his reign was a simple task, to "win the ball and pass it to playmaker Ruy Ramos".

He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 AFC Asian Cup and played all the Japan games except the final against Saudi Arabia for which he was ineligible due to suspension.

Under Ooft, Japan progressed to the final qualifying stage of the AFC for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Moriyasu was on the pitch when Japan's hope to play in the finals was dashed by an injury time Iraqi equaliser in the last qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha.[2]

He was capped 35 times between 1992 and 1996.[3] He scored one goal for his country in a friendly against Australia on February 10, 1996.


He served as a coach for Sanfrecce Hiroshima from the 2004 season. He also coached the Japan national youth team which participated in the 2006 AFC Youth Championship and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He was a coach for the Hiroshima first team from 2007 to 2009 before a spell coaching at Albirex Niigata.


It was confirmed on 8 December 2011 that Moriyasu would return to Sanfrecce Hiroshima as manager for the 2012 season.[4] Since then, he has won the J league title for both the 2012 season and the 2013 season.

Club statistics

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
1987/88MazdaJSL Division 100000000
1988/89JSL Division 200000000
1991/92JSL Division 11840000184
1992Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ1 League-008181
1998Kyoto Purple SangaJ1 League3212040381
1999Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ1 League2710031302
2002Vegalta SendaiJ1 League2702061351
Country Japan 3574025152743448
Total 3574025152743448

National team statistics


Japan national team

Managerial statistics

Update; December 31, 2015[6]

Team From To Record
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2012 Present 136 74 29 33 54.41
Total 136 74 29 33 54.41

Honors and awards




Sanfrecce Hiroshima


  1. Ormond, Aidan. "YouTube sensation set for Cairns FFA Cup clash". FFA Cup. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. Hajime MoriyasuFIFA competition record
  3. Mamrud, Roberto (29 October 2009). "Japan - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  4. 森保一 新監督就任のお知らせ (in Japanese). Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC Official Web Site. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  5. Hajime Moriyasu at National-Football-Teams.com
  6. J.League Data Site(Japanese)
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