Masato Morishige

Japanese association football player

Masato Morishige (森重 真人, Morishige Masato, born May 21, 1987) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Masato Morishige
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Morishige playing for FC Tokyo
Personal information
Full name Masato Morishige
Date of birth (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Tokyo
Youth career
2003–2005 Hiroshima Minami High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Oita Trinita 73 (5)
2010– FC Tokyo 339 (30)
National team
2007 Japan U-20 3 (0)
2008 Japan U-23 3 (0)
2013–2017 Japan 41 (2)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2020 season

BiographyEdit

Morishige was born in Hiroshima on May 21, 1987. After graduating from Hiroshima Minami High School, he joined J1 League club Oita Trinita in 2006. Although he original position was defensive midfielder, he played many matches as center back from 2007. Oita won the champions in the 2008 J.League Cup with young players, Shusaku Nishikawa, Hiroshi Kiyotake and Mu Kanazaki. However Oita was relegated to J2 League end of the 2009 season and Oita released their main players including Morishige due to their financial problems. In 2010, Morishige moved to FC Tokyo. Although he played many matches as center back, Tokyo was relegated to J2 end of the 2010 season. In 2011, Tokyo won the champions and was returned to J1 in a year. Tokyo also won the champions in the 2011 Emperor's Cup.

In 2007, Morishige was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2007 U-20 World Cup and played 3 matches as midfielder. In 2008, also played at 2008 Summer Olympics. At this tournament, he played 3 matches as defender. In July 2013, he was selected the Japan national team for 2013 East Asian Cup. At this tournament, he debuted against China on July 21. After the debut, he played many matches as center back with Maya Yoshida. He played at 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup. He played 41 games and scored 2 goals for Japan until 2017.

StatisticsEdit

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Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2006 Oita Trinita J1 League 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 0
2007 20 1 2 1 3 0 - 25 2
2008 28 3 0 0 7 1 - 35 4
2009 23 1 0 0 2 0 - 25 1
2010 FC Tokyo J1 League 30 3 5 0 8 1 - 43 4
2011 J2 League 37 6 6 3 - - 43 9
2012 J1 League 33 2 1 0 4 0 7 0 45 2
2013 33 1 2 0 5 0 - 40 1
2014 33 1 2 1 3 0 - 38 2
2015 32 7 1 0 4 0 - 37 7
2016 32 4 1 0 0 0 7 2 40 6
2017 17 1 0 0 4 1 - 21 2
2018 30 2 3 0 0 0 - 33 2
2019 34 2 0 0 4 0 - 38 2
2020 28 1 - 3 0 6 0 37 1
2021
Country Japan 412 35 23 5 47 3 20 2 502 45
Total 412 35 23 5 47 3 20 2 502 45

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2013 6 0
2014 11 1
2015 12 1
2016 10 0
2017 2 0
Total 41 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. Masato Morishige at National-Football-Teams.com  
  2. Masato Morishige at J.League (in Japanese)  
  3. Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)

Other websitesEdit