Japan Football Hall of Fame
Known as the "Iron Man" of the JSL era after achieving a record of 260 consecutive appearances over 16 seasons.
Performs superbly in the All-Japan High School Tournament as part of a strong Urawa Municipal High School side, and is named as Player of the Tournament for two years in a row.
Appears in the Asian Youth Championship with the Japanese national youth team for three years in a row from 1963 to 1965, scoring five goals in 13 appearances. As an attacking midfielder presenting a powerful goal threat both aerially and from outside the penalty area, Ochiai becomes the subject of much attention - leading to a debut with the full national team on a tour of Europe in 1966. Is later converted to a defender, where he learns strong covering and one-on-one skills to complement his attacking abilities, and fulfils a variety of roles including full-back, centre-back, and defensive midfielder.
Represents Japan in qualifying for the Montreal Olympic Games (1976), the FIFA World Cup in Argentina (1978), and the Moscow Olympic Games (1980). Earns a total of 126 Japan caps (63 in "A" matches) up to 1980, scoring 17 goals (9 in "A" matches).
Makes a total of 267 appearances in his JSL career (the second most in JSL history) with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries between 1966 and 1984, scoring 56 goals. Finishes as the league's top scorer as Mitsubishi win their first ever JSL Division 1 title in 1969.
Ultimately wins four JSL Division 1 titles and four Emperor's Cup All-Japan Championship Tournaments, and is named in the JSL's annual best XI on ten different occasions. Helps Mitsubishi complete a treble of JSL Division 1, Emperor's Cup, and JSL Cup titles in 1978, and additionally receives the personal honour of being named Player of the Year.
Leaves a great impression throughout Japanese footballing circles - continuing to lead the way for the Japanese national team throughout a difficult period in its history, and delivering a multitude of titles for his Mitsubishi club side.
Serves as coach of the Japanese national team between 1988 and 1992, and of Urawa Reds from 1992 to 1993.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
The portrait of Hiroshi Ochiai framed in the Japan Football Museum's Hall of Fame.
The 7th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame on 10 September 2010. From left: JFA President Junji Ogura, Seiichi Yoshimura (eldest son of the late Nelson Yoshimura), Hiroshi Ochiai, Ryozo Suzuki, Toshio Asami, Nozomu Ohata, Hiroshi Kagawa
Ochiai receives a replica of the face plate from Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura (left). (supplied by Hirofumi Kimura)
(supplied by Hirofumi Kimura)
(From left) Hiroshi Ochiai and Hiroshi Kagawa, two of the seventh group of inductees to the Japan Football Hall of Fame.
On 1 January 1972, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries beat Yanmar Diesel 3-1 to clinch victory in the final of the 51st Emperor's Cup (at the National Stadium). Second from the right is the captain, Hiroshi Katayama. To his left is the goalkeeper, Yokoyama, (two to his left) Okubo, Daini, Mori, Ochiai, Ashikaga, Hosotani, Takada, Takahashi, and Ryuichi Sugiyama. (supplied by Hiroshi Katayama)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries embarked on a tour on South America in 1970. From right: Ryuichi Sugiyama, Kuniya Daini, (three to his left) Takaji Mori, Ichiro Hosotani, Hiroshi Ochiai, (two to his left) Kenzo Yokoyama, Hiroshi Katayama(Captain). (supplied by Hiroshi Katayama)