Masami Ihara

Masami Ihara
Personal information
Full name Masami Ihara
Date of birth (1967-09-18) September 18, 1967
Place of birth Kōka, Shiga, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1986–1989 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1999 Yokohama F. Marinos 267 (5)
2000 Júbilo Iwata 20 (1)
2001–2002 Urawa Reds 54 (1)
Total 341 (7)
National team
1988–1999 Japan 122 (5)
Teams managed
2006–2008 Japan U-23 (assistant)
2009–2014 Kashiwa Reysol (assistant)
2015– Avispa Fukuoka

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

Masami Ihara (井原 正巳 Ihara Masami, born September 18, 1967) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

The influential defender was captain of the Japan national football team for more than a decade in the 1990s, together with striker Kazuyoshi Miura and Brazilian-born midfielder Ruy Ramos. Ihara's long standing record of 122 national team appearances was bested by Yasuhito Endo on October 16, 2012 among male footballers.[1][2] (Homare Sawa has surpassed that total among Japanese women).


Playing career

Ihara was rarely out of the spotlight in the emerging J1 League throughout the 1990s. He spent most of his career with Yokohama Marinos and formed a key defensive partnership with the flamboyant Tsuyoshi Kitazawa at club level. After graduating from University of Tsukuba, Ihara joined Nissan Motors (now known as Yokohama F. Marinos) and rapidly rose through the Marinos youth ranks to become a key player. The long-serving Ihara was so important to his club that he was nicknamed Mister Marinos by many Japanese fans.[3] He formed the backbone of the club and also helped to bring on talented youngsters like Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi and Shunsuke Nakamura.

During the 1998 World Cup in France, the veteran sweeper's experience was crucial to Japan's survival in their very first World Cup appearance, forming a flat back four defence with strong centre-back Yutaka Akita as well as speedy fullbacks Naoki Soma and Akira Narahashi (all from Kashima Antlers). Young Marinos goalkeeper, Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was Japan's first choice goalkeeper at the time.

After leaving Marinos, Ihara also spent a season with Júbilo Iwata and his last 2 seasons with Urawa Red Diamonds

Managing career

In 2006, Ihara became the assistant coach for the Japan U-23 national team and spent two years.

He then became the assistant coach for club Kashiwa Reysol in 2009, being the caretaker on two occasions.

After a horrible three years of being at the bottom half of the table in the J2 League, Avispa Fukuoka then hired Ihara as their coach, repplacing the former Marijan Pušnik. Under Ihara, then club went on to win 24 games out of 42 and collected a total of 82 points, ending their regular season in third place. Avispa then went on to the playoffs, where they beat V-Varen Nagasaki 1-0 and then drew 1-1 against Cerezo Osaka. Avispa eventually ended up getting promoted to the J1 League as they were the higher-seeded team.

Ihara's first match in charge of Avispa in the 2016 J1 League was a 2-1 away loss against Sagan Tosu. The first win in the league was on their eighth match in a 0-1 away win in Tokyo against FC Tokyo.

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
1990/91Nissan MotorsJSL Division 122240262
1992Yokohama MarinosJ1 League-5080130
1999Yokohama F. MarinosJ1 League2503060340
2000Júbilo IwataJ1 League2010030231
2001Urawa RedsJ1 League2614060361
Country Japan 34172305414188
Total 34172305414188

National team statistics


Japan national team

Managerial statistics

Update; December 31, 2015[5]

Team From To Record
Kashiwa Reysol 2009 2009 2 0 1 1 00.00
Avispa Fukuoka 2015 Present 42 24 10 8 57.14
Total 44 24 11 9 54.55

Honors and awards

National team

See also


  1. "IHARA Masami". Japan National Football Team Database.
  2. "SOCCER/ Endo's Japan record ruined by Brazil thumping". Asahi Shimbun. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. "Masami Ihara". J-League Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
  5. J.League Data Site(Japanese)
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