Masahiro Wada

Masahiro Wada
Personal information
Full name Masahiro Wada
Date of birth (1965-01-21) January 21, 1965
Place of birth Kobe, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Youth career
1983–1986 Juntendo University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1995 Gamba Osaka
1995–1998 Vissel Kobe 46 (2)
Teams managed
2009 Vissel Kobe (caretaker)
2010–2012 Vissel Kobe
2014 Chonburi
2015 Kyoto Sanga FC
2015–2016 Port
2016 Sisaket

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

Masahiro Wada (和田 昌裕 Wada Masahiro, born January 21, 1965) is a former Japanese football player and manager.

Managerial career

After the retirement from football, Wada remained as the coaching staff of Vissel Kobe. In 2009, he was appointed as the senior team caretaker after the resignation of Caio Júnior. Wada managed the team for five games in J1 and stepped down from the head coach position after the appointment of Toshiya Miura. He still worked as the assistant coach for the club.

On 12 September 2010, after the dismissal of Miura, Wada was promoted to be the club head coach again. In the later season, Masahiro Wada led Vissel Kobe to finish in the ninth position on J1 League, the highest rank in the club history. However, Wada was sacked by the club in 2012 season after 8 games with 3 wins and 5 losses in J1 since the club had aimed for the top four position for the continental football.

He still worked as the executive staff for Vissel Kobe until November 2013.


In 2014, Masahiro Wada has become the first foreign head coach of Chonburi in Thai Premier League, followed the invitation of Wittaya Laohakul who was the director of Chonburi and his teammate at Matsushita Electric. Wada finished his season in Thailand with the second place of 2014 Thai Premier League, runner-up of 2014 Thai FA Cup and received the TPL Coach of the Year award. However, he decided to turn down the new contract from Chonburi and return to Japan.

Return to Japan

In December 2014, Mashiro Wada has returned to Japan and become the manager of Kyoto Sanga FC in J2 League. He later stepped down from his position on 10 July 2015 after dropping the club to the relegation zone.

Second spell on Thailand

On 22 October 2015, Port F.C. made the official appointment of Masahiro Wada for the last nine games of relegation avoiding in Thai Premier League. Wada made the impressive run with Port but could not save them from relegation. He has maintained his role as the club head coach down in Division 1. Wada was sacked by Port F.C. on 11 July 2016 when the club was in third place and has 5 points away from leading position after 19 games. He was replaced by Jadet Meelarp.[1]

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
1987/88Matsushita ElectricJSL Division 2
1988/89JSL Division 1201201
1992Gamba OsakaJ1 League-9090
1995Vissel KobeFootball League16230-192
1997J1 League00202040
Country Japan 17661202402126
Total 17661202402126

Managerial statistic

As of 24 September 2016
Nat. Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Japan Vissel Kobe[2] 2009 2012 63 23 14 26 0 0 +0 36.51
Thailand Chonburi 2 December 2013 10 November 2014 48 27 14 7 80 42 +38 56.25
Japan Kyoto Sanga FC[3] 16 December 2014 10 July 2015 22 6 4 12 0 0 +0 27.27
Thailand Port 22 October 2015 11 July 2016 32 16 10 6 58 36 +22 50.00
Thailand Sisaket 1 September 2016 Present 3 1 0 2 8 8 +0 33.33
Career totals 168 73 42 53 146 86 +60 43.45

1 A win or loss by the penalty shoot-out is counted as the draw in time.


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