Yuji Hironaga

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Yuji Hironaga
Personal information
Full name Yuji Hironaga
Date of birth (1975-07-25) July 25, 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Osaka, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1993 Toin Gakuen High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2001 Tokyo Verdy 91 (3)
1998–1999Gamba Osaka (loan) 33 (4)
2002 Yokohama FC 32 (5)
2003–2004 Cerezo Osaka 19 (0)
Total 175 (12)
National team
1996 Japan U-23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yuji Hironaga (廣長 優志, Hironaga Yuji, born July 25, 1975) is a former Japanese football player.

Biography[change | change source]

Hironaga was born in Osaka Prefecture on July 25, 1975. After graduating from Toin Gakuen High School, he joined Verdy Kawasaki (later Tokyo Verdy) in 1994. He played as defensive midfielder and center back. In 1994, the club won the championships for the J1 League and J.League Cup. He moved to his local club Gamba Osaka in 1998. He played many matches at Gamba, and returned to Verdy in June 1999. He played as a forward as well as a midfielder. His opportunity to play decreased in 2001 and he moved to the J2 League club Yokohama FC. He played many matches as defensive midfielder. He moved to Cerezo Osaka in 2003. He retired at the end of the 2004 season.

In July 1996, Hironaga was selected the Japan U-23 national team for 1996 Summer Olympics. At this tournament, he played 2 matches as defensive midfielder. Although Japan won 2 matches, Japan lost at First round. At this time, Japan won Brazil in first game. It was known as "Miracle of Miami" (マイアミの奇跡) in Japan.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League CupTotal
1994 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League 18 1 2 0 3 0 23 1
1995 9 0 2 0 - 11 0
1996 8 0 0 0 4 0 12 0
1997 18 0 1 0 5 0 24 0
1998 Gamba Osaka J1 League 26 3 1 1 2 0 29 4
1999 7 1 0 0 4 0 11 1
1999 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2000 24 2 2 0 3 1 29 3
2001 Tokyo Verdy J1 League 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
2002 Yokohama FC J2 League 32 5 3 0 - 35 5
2003 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 19 0 0 0 3 0 22 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Country Japan 175 12 11 1 26 1 212 14
Total 175 12 11 1 26 1 212 14

References[change | change source]

  1. Yuji Hironaga at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata

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