Hisashi Kato

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Hisashi Kato
加藤 久
Personal information
Full nameHisashi Kato
Date of birth (1956-04-24) April 24, 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Rifu, Miyagi, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
1972–1974 Sendai Daini High School
1975–1978 Waseda University
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1980–1993 Verdy Kawasaki 216 (11)
1993–1994 Shimizu S-Pulse 20 (0)
1994 Verdy Kawasaki 7 (0)
Total243(11)
National team
1978–1987 Japan 61 (6)
Teams managed
1997 Verdy Kawasaki
2000 Shonan Bellmare
2004–2007 Kyoto Sanga FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hisashi Kato (加藤 久, Kato Hisashi, born April 24, 1956) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

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Club career

Kato was born in Rifu, Miyagi on April 24, 1956. After graduating from Waseda University, after a year's blank, he joined Yomiuri (later Verdy Kawasaki) in 1980. The club won the champions in Japan Soccer League 5 times, JSL Cup 2 times and Emperor's Cup 3 times. This was golden era in club history. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and founded new league J1 League. The club won 1992 J.League Cup. J1 League first season in 1993, although he played in opening match, he lost opportunity to play after that. So, he moved to Shimizu S-Pulse in July. In July 1994, he returned to Verdy Kawasaki. The club won J1 League and retired end of 1994 season. He was 38 years old. He played 243 games and scored 11 goals in the league. He was selected Best Eleven 9 times.

National team career

On November 19, 1978, when Kato was a Waseda University student, he debuted for Japan national team against Soviet Union. He played at 1978 and 1982 Asian Games. From 1984, he served as captain and played at 1984 Summer Olympics qualification, 1986 World Cup qualification, 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Summer Olympics qualification. At 1988 Olympics qualification in 1987, Japan failed to qualify for 1988 Summer Olympics and he retired from national team. He played 61 games and scored 6 goals for Japan until 1987. [1]

Coaching career

After retirement, Kato became a manager for Verdy Kawasaki in 1997. But he resigned in July. In 2000, he signed with J2 League club Shonan Bellmare. However the club finished 8th place, he was sacked end of 2000 season. In 2007, he signed with J2 club Kyoto Sanga FC and became a general manager. However he sacked manager Naohiko Minobe and Kato became new manager in October. He led the club to won 3rd place in 2007 and promoted to J1 League. In July 2010, he was sacked.

In 2018, Kato was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Club statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1980 Yomiuri JSL Division 1 1403120191
1981 1835110244
1982 1803000210
1983 1803031241
1984 1605100211
1985/86 1622041223
1986/87 2215000271
1987/88 2225010282
1988/89 2003131262
1989/90 1001010120
1990/91 2132020253
1991/92 2005000250
1992 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League -5091141
1993 10001020
1993 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 1403000170
1994 60000060
1994 Verdy Kawasaki J1 League 70000070
Total2431150427432019

National team statistics

[1]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1978 51
1979 00
1980 30
1981 81
1982 80
1983 71
1984 61
1985 80
1986 50
1987 112
Total616

Managerial statistics

[2]

TeamFromToRecord
GWDLWin %
Verdy Kawasaki 1997199712408033.33
Shonan Bellmare 200020004015124037.50
Kyoto Sanga FC 2007201090282339031.11
Total142472471033.10

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