Takashi Hirano

Takashi Hirano
Personal information
Full name Takashi Hirano
Date of birth (1974-07-15) July 15, 1974
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2000 Nagoya Grampus Eight 222 (43)
2000 Kyoto Purple Sanga 5 (1)
2001 Júbilo Iwata 3 (1)
2002 Vissel Kobe 28 (1)
2003–2005 Tokyo Verdy 80 (8)
2006 Yokohama F. Marinos 9 (0)
2007 Omiya Ardija 3 (1)
2008–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 65 (1)
Total 415 (56)
National team
1997–2000 Japan 15 (4)

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

Takashi Hirano (平野 孝 Hirano Takashi, born July 15, 1974) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.



Hirano attended Shimizu Commercial High School, where he won the All-Japan High School Championship in 1991.

Hirano began his professional career in the J1 League in 1993 with Nagoya Grampus Eight, winning the Emperor's Cup in 1995 and 1999 and the Japanese Super Cup in 1996, and scoring 43 goals in 213 appearances for the team. He transferred to Kyoto Purple Sanga in 2000, and although his team won promotion from the J2 League in 2001, he played just 5 league games before moving on to Júbilo Iwata.

After brief and largely unremarkable stints at Vissel Kobe, Tokyo Verdy 1969, Yokohama F. Marinos and Omiya Ardija, Hirano moved to North America and signed for Vancouver Whitecaps in the USL First Division in 2008.

On September 30, 2008, Hirano was called up to the USL First Division All-League Team,[1] and on October 12, 2008, helped the Whitecaps capture their second USL First Division Championship by beating the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 in the USL1 Championship game.[2]

On January 20, 2009 the Whitecaps announced a contract extension for Hirano for the 2009 season.[3]

Hirano announced his retirement from the game in January 2011.


Hirano played for the Japanese U-19 team which competed at the 1992 AFC Youth Championship, and received his first callup to the senior Japanese national team in 1997. He played two games as a substitute at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

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
1993Nagoya Grampus EightJ1 League1943131256
2000Kyoto Purple SangaJ1 League711040121
2001Júbilo IwataJ1 League30100040
2002Vissel KobeJ1 League2811050341
2003Tokyo VerdyJ1 League2543150335
2006Yokohama F. MarinosJ1 League900060150
2007Omiya ArdijaJ1 League31100041
Canada League Open Cup League Cup Total
2008Vancouver WhitecapsUSL First Division221221
2010D2 Pro League150150
Country Japan 35254296631244472
Canada 651651
Total 41755296631250973

National team statistics

Japan national team


Nagoya Grampus Eight

Tokyo Verdy 1969

Vancouver Whitecaps


  1. "USL-1 All-League Teams announced". September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on October 3, 2008.
  2. "Schedule". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008.
  3. "Whitecaps re-sign Hirano, Lyall". January 20, 2009. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011.
  4. 2009 Whitecaps men's team awards
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