Facts of Hajime Moriyasu
|Full Name||Hajime Moriyasu|
|Birth City||Kakegawa, Shizuoka|
|No Of Children||2|
|Education||Nagasaki Nihon University High School|
|Date of Birth||August 23,1968|
Hajime Moriyasu is a renowned Japanese football manager and a former player who is the current manager of Japan national football team and Olympic teams.
His early career
Born in Kakegawa, Shizuoka, Moriyasu began his youth career at Nagasaki Nihon University High School, where he studied.
After completing his studies, he joined the Japan Soccer League side Mazda and became an established anchoring midfielder of the team under the manager Hans Ooft.
Mazda was later transformed into Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
He continued to play for the club, the club which he later managed between 2012-2017, and led the team to titles in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
He was offered the coaching position back in 2002, but he turned it down because of his willingness to play.
Moriyasu was on loan from Sanfrecce Hiroshima for Kyoto Purple Sanga after Ooft became the manager of Kyoto.
In his 14 years with the club, he made more than 250 appearances for the club. He hung up his boots at the end of the 2003 season at Vegalta Sendai.
He is the first Japanese coach to be put in charge four years before World Cup
Moriyasu assisted coach Akira Nishino in the last 16 rounds of the World Cup finals in Russia before he replaced Nishino, who stepped down following Japan’s elimination against Belgium in round 16 of the World Cup in Russia.
He became the first Japanese coach to be put in charge of the national team for the World Cup 2022.
The Japan Football Association has been appointing foreigners to manage the national team at the start of every World Cup since 1998.
After being appointed as the manager, Moriyasu, during the press conference, said that as a manager, he cannot forget and that he is now carrying the weight of representing Japan on his shoulders.
Moriyasu led Japan to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final.
Moriyasu was criticized for failing to guide a strong Olympic Japanese Olympic squad to the podium at the Tokyo Games in the summer of 2021, to which he responded by saying that he disregards the criticisms directed towards him but accepts the support he receives from any corner.
He further stated that everything is about Japan winning and making progress; it’s not about him.
Under his management, he led the national team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.
Moriyasu was part of the squad when Japan drew 2-2 with Iraq in Doha, Qatar, in the final round of matches of the Asian qualification final round for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the match which Japanese fans refer to as “Agony of Doha.”
Japan will have qualified for World Cup for the first time if they have won the match.
Both of his sons are professional footballers
Moriyasu is a married man though the exact date of his wedding is not known.
He is the father of two children, sons Keigo Moriyasu and Shohei, whom he shares with his beloved wife.
Both of his sons are professional footballers. Keigo played as a striker for Edgeworth FC in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW.
He played professionally for JPV Marikina during the Philippines Football League season in 2018.
His other son, Shohei, played professionally for J2 League side Kamatamare Sanuki. Besides that, his brother Hiroshi is also a professional footballer.
As of 2022, Moriyasu’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million to $5 million, which he amassed from his career as a manager.
- He was born on the 23rd of August, 1968. He is currently 54 years old.
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