Masahiko Inoha

Masahiko Inoha
Personal information
Full name Masahiko Inoha
Date of birth (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985
Place of birth Miyazaki, Japan
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Centre-back / Full-back
Club information
Current team
Vissel Kobe
Number 39
Youth career
2001–2003 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School
2004–2005 Hannan University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 FC Tokyo 48 (1)
2008–2011 Kashima Antlers 89 (2)
2011-2012 HNK Hajduk Split 15 (1)
2012 Vissel Kobe 22 (0)
2013–2015 Júbilo Iwata 82 (3)
2016– Vissel Kobe 14 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Japan U-23
2011–[2] Japan 21 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014

Masahiko Inoha (伊野波 雅彦 Inoha Masahiko, born 28 August 1985) is a Japanese football player who plays for Vissel Kobe. He plays as a defender or a holding midfielder.

Playing career

He was educated at and played for Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School and Hannan University. He was on trial with several J. League clubs before the graduation from his high school but failed to convince any club to sign him. He decided to continue his study and football at Hannan University. When he was at the university, he was a member of the Japan team that won the 23rd Universiade football competition hosted by İzmir, Turkey.

His good form in the Kansai university League was recoginised by Japan's youth team coach Kiyoshi Okuma who included him in the squad for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship finals.

He signed with F.C. Tokyo after a successful trial and he took a leave of absence from the university with which he is still enrolled as of April 2008. Manager Alexandre Gallo immediately established him as a starting member in his midfield.

He received a call-up twice in 2006 for the national squad. Then he was a late replacement for injured Ryuji Bando for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals but did not play in the competition.

He was transferred to reigning J. League champions Kashima in 2008. He was a key member of the Japan's Under 23 team, however he failed to join the U-23 squad to compete the Beijing Olympics football competition.

He was included in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals and made his full international debut on 17 January 2011 against Saudi Arabia.[2] In a game against Qatar, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, he scored a goal in minute 89' of the game.[2] The game ended 3–2, a win for Japan.

In the summer transfer window of 2011 he moved to Croatian giant Hajduk Split.[3] He scored his only goal for Hajduk in a 3–0 away from home victory over newly promoted side Lučko on 21 October 2011. He struggled to adapt to Croatian life, stating reasons such as difficulty to learn the new language and no other Asian players in the side as main factors. On 17 January 2012, he skipped training for the first time due to unpaid wages. The unpaid wages were due to the debt of Hajduk Split and many players were unpaid during his stay at the club. He was fined by the club for missing three training sessions before finally rescinding his contract and returning to Japan in late January 2012. He made 16 appearances in his single season for Hajduk Split. Upon leaving, Masahiko stated: "In my entire career, I have never been as sad as I was in the last two weeks."

Masahiko signed for Vissel Kobe as a free agent in early 2012. After Vissel Kobe's relegation from the top tier in Japan in 2012, Inoha then moved to Jubilo Iwata in January 2013 for an undisclosed fee. He made 25 appearances and scored a single goal in his first season for Iwata in the Japanese first division but unfortunately they finished in 17th place and were relegated. After three seasons spent in Shizuoka, he was released at the end of the 2015 season after helping Jubilo Iwata gain promotion. He signed for Vissel Kobe in February 2016.[4]

Career statistics


As of 13 February 2016
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
F.C. Tokyo 2006 2812050--351
2007 2000040--240
Total 4812090--591
Kashima Antlers 2008 230201020-280
2009 30140206010431
2010 260502050-380
2011 101--30-131
Total 89211050160101222
Hajduk Split 2011–12 15130-10-191
Total 15130-10-191
Vissel Kobe 2012 2200010--230
Total 2200010--230
Jubilo Iwata 2013 2510040--291
2014 25110---261
2015 32100---321
Total 8231040--873
Vissel Kobe 2016 000000--00
Total 000000--00
Career Total 2567170190170103107

1Includes Emperor's Cup and Croatian Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes AFC Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

4Includes Japanese Super Cup.

Japan national team

National team career statistics

Appearances in major competitions

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan2011 AFC Asian CupSenior111Pending

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar
2011 AFC Asian Cup

Awards and honours


Kashima Antlers



  1. "National Team Squad". Japan Football Association. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 "INOHA Masahiko". Japan National Football Team Database.
  3. "Inoha to join Croatia's Hajduk Split". The Japan Times. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
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