Makoto Hasebe (長谷部 誠 Hasebe Makoto, born 18 January 1984) is a Japanese footballer. He is a defensive midfielder who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. He was the captain of the Japan national football team.
Urawa Red Diamonds
After graduating from Fujieda Higashi High School in 2002, he joined Urawa Red Diamonds. He became a regular of their first team in the 2003 season. In 2004, he was honoured with the J. League Cup New Hero Award and selected as a member of J. League team of the year. He was also the Urawa Fans' Player of the Year that season.
It was reported in October 2007 that Italian Serie A side A.C. Siena was keen to sign Hasebe the following January.
Hasebe before a Wolfsburg game in 2008
However, he signed for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg becoming the first Japanese player ever to play for the Wolves. In 2009, he became the second Japanese player to win the Bundesliga title.
On 29 April 2010, it was announced that Hasebe extended his contract with Wolfsburg until 2012.
On 17 September 2011, Hasebe played in goal for the final nine minutes of an away match against 1899 Hoffenheim. Wolfsburg lost the match 3–1, with Hasebe conceding Hoffenheim's third goal on 85 minutes. On 3 December 2011, he played his 100th Bundesliga match against 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Hasebe made his senior national team debut on 11 February 2006, in a friendly match against the USA at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
He was the onfield captain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was the reserve third string goalkeeper, and was captain in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He captained the team for three World Cup campaigns, until he announced his international retirement after Japan lost 3–2 against Belgium in the Round of 16 of 2018 FIFA World Cup.