Sota Hirayama

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Sota Hirayama
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Hirayama playing for FC Tokyo
Personal information
Full name Sota Hirayama
Date of birth (1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2001–2003 Kunimi High School
2004–2005 University of Tsukuba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Heracles Almelo 32 (8)
2006–2016 FC Tokyo 169 (33)
2017 Vegalta Sendai 0 (0)
Total 201 (41)
National team
2003–2005 Japan U-20 8 (3)
2004 Japan U-23 1 (0)
2010 Japan 4 (3)
Honours
FC Tokyo
Winner J.League Cup 2009
Winner Emperor's Cup 2011
Representing  Japan
AFC U-20 Asian Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Malaysia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sota Hirayama (平山 相太, Hirayama Sota, born June 6, 1985) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Hirayama was born in Kitakyushu on June 6, 1985. After dropped out from University of Tsukuba, he joined Dutch Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo in summer 2005. he played many matches and scored 8 goals. In September 2006, he returned to Japan and signed with J1 League club FC Tokyo. He played many matches and FC Tokyo won the champions in the 2009 J.League Cup. However FC Tokyo was relegated to J2 League end of the 2010 season. In April 2011, he also broke his leg and he could only play one game. In 2012, the club returned to J1, however he broke his leg again in May and he could hardly play in the match. From 2013 he played many matches as substitute. He moved to Vegalta Sendai in 2017. However he got hurt on the day after the opening game. He could not play for the injury in this season. In January 2018, he announced his retirement for many injuries.

In November 2003, when Hirayama was 18 years old, he was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2003 World Youth Championship. He played 4 matches and scored 2 goals. In 2004, he was selected for the Japan U-23 national team for 2008 Summer Olympics and played one game. In 2005, he played for U-20 Japan at 2005 World Youth Championship again. He played all 4 matches and score one goal. In January 2010, he was selected the Japan national team for 2011 Asian Cup qualification. At this qualification, he debuted against Yemen on January 6. He scored a hat trick to help Japan to a 3–2 victory. It was the first time in 80 years and the second time overall for a Japan player to score three goals on his debut. Takeo Wakabayashi last managed that in 1930. He played 4 games and scored 3 goals for Japan in 2010.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2005/06 Heracles Almelo Eredivisie 31 8 0 0 - - 31 8
2006/07 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
2006 FC Tokyo J1 League 7 2 0 0 0 0 - 7 2
2007 20 5 3 2 2 0 - 25 7
2008 24 2 3 2 8 4 - 35 8
2009 26 4 3 1 9 4 - 38 9
2010 30 7 4 4 6 1 - 40 12
2011 J2 League 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
2012 J1 League 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
2013 21 5 3 1 3 0 - 27 6
2014 19 3 2 2 6 1 - 27 6
2015 2 0 0 0 2 0 - 4 0
2016 15 5 2 1 2 0 2 0 21 6
2017 Vegalta Sendai J1 League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Country Netherlands 32 8 0 0 - - 32 8
Japan 169 33 20 13 39 10 3 0 231 56
Total 201 41 20 13 39 10 3 0 263 64

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2010 4 3
Total 4 3

References[change | change source]

  1. Sota Hirayama at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Sota Hirayama at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Japan National Football Team Database

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