Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Personal information
Full name Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Date of birth (1977-02-07) February 7, 1977
Place of birth Tondabayashi, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1992–1994 Gamba Osaka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2006 Gamba Osaka 295 (7)
2007–2008 Red Bull Salzburg 21 (0)
2009–2011 Vissel Kobe 42 (1)
Total 358 (8)
National team
1993 Japan U-17 4 (0)
1997 Japan U-20 5 (0)
2000 Japan U-23 1 (0)
2000–2006 Japan 71 (3)

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

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (宮本 恒靖 Miyamoto Tsuneyasu, born born February 7, 1977) is a former Japanese football player.[1] He played for Japan national team.

A central defender, Miyamoto went on to make 71 international appearances and led the Japan national team in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups as well as the 2004 Asian Cup.[2] Miyamoto also captained Gamba Osaka during their 2005 J1 League championship season.

He is also a graduate of the 13th edition of FIFA Master.[3]


He continued to study at Doshisha University well into his professional career, graduating and finishing his studies. Miyamoto speaks fluent English, with a little French also in his canon, after spending time with Gamba team mates Claude Dambury and Patrick M'Boma in the past, as well as coach Frédéric Antonetti. While in Austria, he studied German.

While he was the de facto team captain of Gamba Osaka in 2004 and 2005, Gamba's coach was unhappy at the time spent with the national team by Miyamoto and handed the captaincy of Gamba to Satoshi Yamaguchi. Miyamoto continued to captain Japan for a while, ironically, often sitting on the bench for Gamba Osaka. But his professionalism shone through, and he took it all in stride. With Ivica Osim taking over the national team from Zico in 2006, Japan saw a clean sweep and Miyamoto was one of many who had probably played his last game for the Japan national team. In December 2006, Miyamoto signed for 1 season with Red Bull Salzburg with an option for another season.[4] In December 2007, he signed a new deal with the Austrian club through 2009.[5]

On, 15 January 2009, he signed for Vissel Kobe.[6]

On 19 December 2011, Vissel Kobe centre-back Tsuneyasu Miyamoto confirmed his retirement in a press conference on Monday afternoon in Kobe, Japan.[7]

National team

He played in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2000 Olympic football tournament. As a centre back, he served as captain for Japan in the 2002 World Cup, after an injury to Ryuzo Morioka, who had begun the tournament as captain. He then continued to captain his country through the 2004 AFC Asian Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[8] "Tsune" played the first two group matches of the cup, but was suspended for the third and last match against Brazil after he received yellow cards against Australia and Croatia. Yuji Nakazawa wore the armband in his place.

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
1995Gamba OsakaJ1 League11040150
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006-07Red Bull SalzburgBundesliga901000100
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009Vissel KobeJ1 League3212050391
Total Japan 33783204315141710
Austria 2103030270
Career total 35883504318144410

National team statistics

[9] [10]

Japan national team

National team Career Stats

Major International Tournament Appearances

Year Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
19931993 FIFA U-17 World ChampionshipU-17400Quarterfinals
19971997 FIFA World Youth ChampionshipU-20500Quarterfinals
20002000 OlympicsU-23100Quarterfinals
20022002 FIFA World CupSenior310Round of 16
20032003 FIFA Confederations CupSenior300Round 1
20042004 AFC Asian CupSenior600Champion
20052005 FIFA Confederations CupSenior300Round 1
2004–20052006 FIFA World Cup qualificationSenior1201Qualified
20062006 FIFA World CupSenior200Round 1
20062007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationSenior100Qualified

Honors and awards

Individual Honors

Team Honors


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