Tomokazu Myojin

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Tomokazu Myojin
Personal information
Full name Tomokazu Myojin
Date of birth (1978-01-24) January 24, 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1993–1995 Kashiwa Reysol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2005 Kashiwa Reysol 252 (12)
2006–2015 Gamba Osaka 250 (14)
2016 Nagoya Grampus 15 (0)
2017–2019 AC Nagano Parceiro 38 (0)
Total 555 (26)
National team
1997 Japan U-20 5 (0)
2000 Japan U-23 4 (0)
2000–2002 Japan 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomokazu Myojin (明神 智和, Myojin Tomokazu, born January 24, 1978) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Myojin was born in Kobe on January 24, 1978. He joined J1 League club Kashiwa Reysol from their youth team in 1996. He played many matches as defensive midfielder from first season. He became a regular player under manager Akira Nishino in 1998. In 1999, Reysol won the champions in J.League Cup and the 3rd place in J1 League. In 2000, Reysol won the 3rd place in J1 League for 2 years in a row and he was selected Best Eleven award. However the club results were sluggish from 2002 and was relegated to J2 League end of 2005 season.

In 2006, Myojin moved to Gamba Osaka which was managed by Akira Nishino. He played as regular player with many Japan national team player and Gamba won the many title, 2007 J.League Cup, 2008 and 2009 Emperor's Cup. In Asia, Gamba also won the champions in 2008 AFC Champions League and the 3rd place in 2008 Club World Cup. This is the golden era in the club history and he was one of the central player under manager Nishino. However manager Nishino left Gamba end of 2011 season and the club performance deteriorated soon. In 2012, Gamba finished at the 17th place of 18 clubs and was relegated to J2 League. Although his opportunity to play decreased from 2013, Gamba won the champions in 2013 J2 League and was returned to J1. In 2014, Gamba won all three major title in Japan, J1 League, J.League Cup and Emperor's Cup. He resigned end of 2015 season.

In 2016, Myojin moved to Nagoya Grampus. However he could not play many matches. Grampus also finished at the 16th place and was relegated to J2. In 2017, Myojin moved to J3 League club AC Nagano Parceiro; after three seasons, he retired at the end of 2019.

In June 1997, Myojin was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 1997 World Youth Championship. At this tournament, he played full time in all 5 matches as defensive midfielder. In September 2000, he was selected Japan U-23 national team for 2000 Summer Olympics. At this tournament, he played full time in all 4 matches as defensive midfielder with Junichi Inamoto.

He was capped 26 times and scored 3 goals for the Japanese national team between 2000 and 2002. He played three games at the 2002 World Cup.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
1996 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 11 0 0 0 2 0 - 13 0
1997 13 1 1 0 6 0 - 20 1
1998 28 0 2 0 4 1 - 34 1
1999 30 1 3 0 4 0 - 37 1
2000 29 2 2 0 2 0 - 33 2
2001 29 0 1 0 4 0 - 34 0
2002 27 1 0 0 1 0 - 28 1
2003 29 1 2 1 4 0 - 35 2
2004 28 5 0 0 6 0 - 34 5
2005 28 1 1 0 4 0 - 33 1
2006 Gamba Osaka J1 League 25 0 5 0 2 0 3 0 35 0
2007 33 2 2 0 10 0 - 45 2
2008 32 3 5 0 4 0 11 1 52 4
2009 31 2 5 2 2 1 5 0 43 5
2010 29 4 3 0 1 0 6 0 39 4
2011 27 2 1 0 0 0 5 0 33 2
2012 31 1 5 1 2 0 5 0 43 2
2013 J2 League 20 0 1 0 0 0 - 21 0
2014 J1 League 12 0 4 0 5 0 - 21 0
2015 10 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 18 0
2016 Nagoya Grampus J1 League 15 0 0 0 3 0 - 18 0
2017 AC Nagano Parceiro J3 League 16 0 1 0 - - 17 0
2018 14 0 0 0 - - 14 0
2019 8 0 2 0 - - 10 0
Country Japan 555 26 47 4 69 2 39 1 701 33
Total 555 26 47 4 69 2 39 1 701 33

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2000 9 2
2001 7 0
2002 10 1
Total 26 3

References[change | change source]

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

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