Masakiyo Maezono

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Masakiyo Maezono
Masakiyo Maezono in Okinawa, 2012.jpg
Maezono in 2012
Personal information
Full name Masakiyo Maezono
Date of birth (1973-10-29) October 29, 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth Satsumasendai, Kagoshima, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Forward, Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1991 Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Yokohama Flügels 128 (25)
1997–1998 Tokyo Verdy 63 (9)
1998Santos (loan) 5 (1)
1999Goiás (loan) 0 (0)
2000Shonan Bellmare (loan) 38 (11)
2003 Anyang LG Cheetahs 16 (0)
2004 Incheon United 13 (1)
Total 263 (47)
National team
1996 Japan U-23 3 (2)
1994–1997 Japan 19 (4)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Masakiyo Maezono (前園 真聖, Maezono Msakiyo, born October 29, 1973) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Maezono was born in Satsumasendai on October 29, 1973. After graduating from Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School, he joined J1 League club Yokohama Flügels in 1992. He debuted in June 1993 and he became a regular player after his debut. The club won the 1993 Emperor's Cup, their first major title. In Asia, the club also won the 1994–95 Asian Cup Winners' Cup, their first Asian title. In 1997, he moved to Verdy Kawasaki (later Tokyo Verdy). In October 1998, he moved to Brazil and played for Santos (1998) and Goiás (1999). In 2000, he returned to Japan and joined J2 League club Shonan Bellmare. In 2001, he returned to Tokyo Verdy. In 2003, he moved to South Korea and played for Anyang LG Cheetahs (2003) and Incheon United (2004). He announced his retirement in May 2005.

On May 22, 1994, Maezono debuted for the Japan national team against Australia. He also played at the 1994 Asian Games.

From 1995, Maezono prioritized the Japan U-23 national team. He played as captain for U-23 Japan. In the 1996 Summer Olympics Qualifiers, Japan qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics for the first time in 28 years since the 1968 Summer Olympics where Japan won the bronze medal. At the 1996 Olympics, although Japan won 2 matches, they exited in the first round. At the Olympics Japan beat Brazil in the first game. It was known as the "Miracle of Miami" (マイアミの奇跡) in Japan. He played 3 games at the Olympics and scored 2 goals against Hungary.

After the 1996 Summer Olympics, in August 1996, Maezono was selected by the Japan senior team for the first time in years. On August 25, he played and scored a goal against Uruguay. This goal was his first goal for Japan. In December, he played at the 1996 Asian Cup. He played 19 games and scored 4 goals for Japan until 1997.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1992 Yokohama Flügels J1 League - 0 0 0 0
1993 24 2 5 1 5 0 34 3
1994 38 8 2 0 2 0 42 8
1995 40 7 2 0 - 42 7
1996 26 8 2 0 11 7 39 15
1997 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League 28 5 2 0 0 0 30 5
1998 22 3 0 0 2 1 24 4
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League CupTotal
1998 Santos Série A 5 1 5 1
1999 Goiás Série B 0 0 0 0
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
2000 Shonan Bellmare J2 League 38 11 3 2 2 0 43 13
2001 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 13 1 0 0 2 0 15 1
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South KoreaLeague Korean FA Cup League CupTotal
2003 Anyang LG Cheetahs K-League 16 0 16 0
2004 Incheon United K-League 13 1 13 1
Country Japan 229 45 16 3 24 8 269 56
Brazil 5 1 5 1
South Korea 29 1 29 1
Total 263 47 16 3 24 8 303 58

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1994 6 0
1995 4 0
1996 7 4
1997 2 0
Total 19 4

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