Hiroshi Ochiai

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Hiroshi Ochiai
Personal information
Full name Hiroshi Ochiai
Date of birth (1946-02-28) February 28, 1946 (age 75)
Place of birth Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Youth career
1961–1963 Saitama Urawa High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Toshiba
1966–1984 Mitsubishi Motors 267 (56)
Total 267 (56)
National team
1974–1980 Japan 63 (9)
Honours
Mitsubishi Motors
Winner Japan Soccer League 1969
Winner Japan Soccer League 1973
Winner Japan Soccer League 1978
Winner Japan Soccer League 1982
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1970
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1971
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1974
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1975
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1976
Runner-up Japan Soccer League 1977
Winner JSL Cup 1978
Winner JSL Cup 1981
Winner Emperor's Cup 1971
Winner Emperor's Cup 1973
Winner Emperor's Cup 1978
Winner Emperor's Cup 1980
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1967
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1968
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1979
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hiroshi Ochiai (落合 弘, Ochiai Hiroshi, born February 28, 1946) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Ochiai was born in Saitama on 28 February 1946. After graduating from Saitama Urawa High School, he joined Toshiba in 1964. He played at offensive position. In 1966, he moved to his local club Mitsubishi Motors played in Japan Soccer League (JSL). He played in all 260 league matches in the league until 1981. In 1969, he became a top scorer and the club won the champions at JSL first time. In the 1970s he was converted to defensive position. In 1973, the club won JSL and Emperor's Cup. In 1978, the club won all three major title in Japan; JSL, JSL Cup, Emperor's Cup and he was selected "Japanese Footballer of the Year" awards. He retired in 1984. He played 267 games and scored 56 goals in the league. This 267 games is the second record in JSL after Yoshikazu Nagai (272 games). He was selected Best Eleven 10 times included for 9 years in a row (1973-1981). The club won the league champions 2 times, JSL Cup 2 times and Emperor's Cup 4 times.

In September 1974, Ochiai was selected the Japan national team for 1974 Asian Games. At this competition, on 7 September, he debuted against Israel. After his debut, he played in most games included 1976 Summer Olympics qualification, 1978 World Cup qualification and 1978 Asian Games. In 1980, 1980 Summer Olympics qualification was his last game for Japan. He played 63 games and scored 9 goals for Japan until 1980.

After retirement, in 1988, Ochiai became an assistant coach for Japan national team under manager Kenzo Yokoyama who was teammate at Mitsubishi Motors. In 1992, Ochiai became an assistant coach for Urawa Reds (former Mitsubishi Motors) under manager Takaji Mori.

In 2010, Ochiai was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1]

Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
JapanLeague
1966 Mitsubishi Motors JSL Division 1 14 6
1967 14 13
1968 14 5
1969 14 12
1970 14 2
1971 14 4
1972 14 1
1973 18 2
1974 18 2
1975 18 3
1976 18 1
1977 18 1
1978 18 1
1979 18 2
1980 18 1
1981 18 0
1982 5 0
1983 2 0
1984 0 0
Country Japan 267 56
Total 267 56

[2]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1974 2 0
1975 13 3
1976 15 2
1977 5 0
1978 14 3
1979 9 1
1980 5 0
Total 63 9

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