Hiroaki Morishima

Date of birth30 April 1972
NationalityJapanese
PositionMidfielder

A veteran of J-League football he is often referred to as the 'Japanese Edgar Davids'. He has played all his club football at Cerazo Osaka making his debut in March 1995. He started as a striker playing there for the national team but converted to an attacking midfielder playing just behind the front two. He vies for his position with Hidetoshi Nakata but has still played for the national side over 50 times. He has a legendary engine which may be useful from the bench if the team play with two strikers, but he will start if the team plays with a lone front man.

Coming on as a half time sub, Hiroaki opened the scoring in Japan's 2-0 defeat of Tunisia - a result that meant they reached the second phase of the World Cup finals for the first time.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Cerezo Osaka

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1994-95 Japan Kirin Japan Cup 2
1994-95 Japan Umbro Cup 2
1995-96 Japan AFC Asian Cup 2
1
1995-96 Japan Carlsberg Cup
2
1995-96 Japan International Friendly 4
2
1995-96 Japan Kirin Japan Cup 2
1
1996-97 Japan FIFA World Cup 3
2
3
1996-97 Japan International Friendly 4
1
1
1996-97 Japan Kings Cup 1
2
1996-97 Japan Kirin Japan Cup 1
1
2
1997-98 Japan FIFA World Cup 1
3
1997-98 Japan International Friendly 1
1997-98 Japan Kirin Cup 1
1998-99 Japan International Friendly
1
1999-00 Japan AFC Asian Cup 5
1
1999-00 Japan Annual Match
1
1999-00 Japan Hassan II Tournament 1
1
1999-00 Japan Kirin Cup 1
2
2000-01 Japan FIFA Confederations Cup 2
3
1
1
2000-01 Japan International Friendly 2
1
2001-02 Japan Asia Oceania Champions 1
2001-02 Japan FIFA World Cup
3
1
2001-02 Japan International Friendly 3
1
2001-02 Japan Kirin Cup 4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
21 May 1995 Japan v Scotland D 0-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
28 May 1995 Japan v Ecuador W 3-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
03 Jun 1995 England v Japan L 2-1 Umbro Cup
06 Jun 1995 Japan v Brazil L 0-3 UMBRO CUP
06 Aug 1995 Japan v Costa Rica W 3-0 International Friendly
09 Aug 1995 Japan v Brazil L 1-5 International Friendly
20 Sep 1995 Japan v Paraguay L 1-2 International Friendly
24 Oct 1995 Japan v Saudi Arabia W 2-1 International Friendly
28 Oct 1995 Japan v Saudi Arabia W 2-1 International Friendly
10 Feb 1996 Australia v Japan W 1-4 International Friendly
19 Feb 1996 Japan v Poland W 5-0 Carlsberg Cup Semi-final
22 Feb 1996 Sweden v Japan L 1-1 (5-6) CARLSBERG CUP Final
26 May 1996 Japan v Yugoslavia W 1-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
29 May 1996 Japan v Mexico W 3-2 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
25 Aug 1996 Japan v Uruguay W 5-3 International Friendly
11 Sep 1996 Japan v Uzbekistan W 1-0 International Friendly
13 Oct 1996 Japan v Tunisia W 1-0 International Friendly
06 Dec 1996 Japan v Syria W 2-1 AFC Asian Cup Group C
09 Dec 1996 Japan v Uzbekistan W 4-0 AFC Asian Cup Group C
15 Dec 1996 Kuwait v Japan L 2-0 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-final
09 Feb 1997 Thailand v Japan D 1-1 KINGS CUP
11 Feb 1997 Japan v Romania D 1-1 Kings Cup
13 Feb 1997 Sweden v Japan L 1-0 KINGS CUP
15 Mar 1997 Thailand v Japan L 3-1 International Friendly
23 Mar 1997 Oman v Japan W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
25 Mar 1997 Japan v Macao W 10-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
27 Mar 1997 Japan v Nepal W 6-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
21 May 1997 Japan v Korea Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
08 Jun 1997 Japan v Croatia W 4-3 KIRIN JAPAN CUP Final
15 Jun 1997 Japan v Turkey W 1-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
22 Jun 1997 Japan v Macao W 10-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
25 Jun 1997 Japan v Nepal W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 4
19 Sep 1997 United Arab Emirates v Japan D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
11 Oct 1997 Uzbekistan v Japan D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
08 Nov 1997 Japan v Kazakhstan W 5-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
17 May 1998 Japan v Paraguay D 1-1 KIRIN CUP
31 May 1998 Mexico v Japan L 2-1 International Friendly
20 Jun 1998 Japan v Croatia L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
28 Oct 1998 Japan v Egypt W 1-0 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Korea Republic v Japan L 1-0 ANNUAL MATCH
04 Jun 2000 France v Japan D 2-2 Hassan II Tournament
11 Jun 2000 Japan v Slovakia D 1-1 KIRIN CUP
18 Jun 2000 Japan v Bolivia W 2-0 KIRIN CUP
19 Jun 2000 Japan v Bolivia W 2-0 KIRIN CUP
16 Aug 2000 Japan v United Arab Emirates W 3-1 International Friendly
04 Oct 2000 Japan v J LEAGUE FOREIGNERS W 2-0 International Friendly
14 Oct 2000 Japan v Saudi Arabia W 4-1 AFC Asian Cup Group C
17 Oct 2000 Japan v Uzbekistan W 8-1 AFC Asian Cup Group C
24 Oct 2000 Japan v Iraq W 4-1 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-final
26 Oct 2000 China PR v Japan W 2-3 AFC Asian Cup Semi-final
29 Oct 2000 Japan v Saudi Arabia W 1-0 AFC Asian Cup Final
31 May 2001 Japan v Canada W 3-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
02 Jun 2001 Japan v Cameroon W 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
04 Jun 2001 Japan v Brazil D 0-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B
07 Jun 2001 Japan v Australia W 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-final
10 Jun 2001 Japan v France L 0-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
01 Jul 2001 Japan v Paraguay W 2-0 Kirin Cup
04 Jul 2001 Japan v Yugoslavia W 1-0 KIRIN CUP
15 Aug 2001 Japan v Australia W 3-0 ASIA OCEANIA CHAMPIONS Final
07 Nov 2001 Japan v Italy D 1-1 International Friendly
21 Mar 2002 Japan v Ukraine W 1-0 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Japan v Costa Rica D 1-1 International Friendly
29 Apr 2002 Japan v Slovakia D 3-3 KIRIN CUP
02 May 2002 Japan v Honduras D 3-3 KIRIN CUP
25 May 2002 Japan v Sweden D 1-1 International Friendly
04 Jun 2002 Japan v Belgium D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
14 Jun 2002 Tunisia v Japan W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
18 Jun 2002 Japan v Turkey L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.