Makoto Hasabe, born in January 18th 1984, is a professional soccer player from Shizuoka prefecture Fujieda city. He is captain of the Japanese national team and presently also a central figure in Eintracht Frankfurt. Able to freely play in any position, from center to wing-back, he is indispensable to the team as a utility player.
After graduating the Fujieda Higashi High School, which is famous for its soccer club, he joined the Urawa Red Diamonds. In 2003, after his second year he became a regular as a defensive midfielder and developed into a player that could support the golden age of the Reds. From 2005 to 2007 he contributed to winning the J1 championships, the AFC Asian Champions League final and other Urasawa Reds titles.
In 2008 he transferred to Bundesliga’s VfL Wolfsburg. On his second year with the new team, during the 2008-2009 season he contributed a lot to the team as an all-rounder, by playing in every position. As a Japanese player he is the second to experience winning Bundesliga’s championship after Yasuhiko Okudera 31 years ago.
After that, he played for 1. FC Nurnberg and then transferred to Eintracht Frankfurt from the 2014 season. During the 2016-2017 season he broke Yasuhiko Okudera’s record for most games played in the Bundesliga as a Japanese player.
He first stood out in the Japan national team after 2008. He was a major contributor to the team during the 2009 South Africa World Cup Asian qualification matches. In the actual World Cup he led his team as captain and made it past the group stages to the best of 16 round.
After the tournament, he was again named captain of the national team by the new manager Alberto Zaccheroni, who deeply trusted Hasabe. During the 2011 AFC Asian Cup that was held in Qatar, he played in the entire 6 matches and felt like he was on top of the world. However he wasn’t able to lead the team to the long awaited victories at 2014 World Cup Brazil. They lost in the group stages and Hasabe was left with a harsh stain of defeat.
In 2016 he played his 100th match for the national team, making him 6th in Japan national team history with the most international games played. People are expecting him to continue leading the team in the future.