|Full name||Hiroshi Ochiai|
|Date of birth||February 28, 1946|
|Place of birth||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|1961–1963||Saitama Urawa High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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]
|1966||Mitsubishi Motors||JSL Division 1||14||6|
|Japan national team|