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Hiroyama makes history again

Published: Thursday 24 July 2003, 12.58CET
Nozomi Hiroyama will become the first Japanese player in France after joining Montpellier Hérault SC.

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Published: Thursday 24 July 2003, 12.58CET

Hiroyama makes history again

Nozomi Hiroyama will become the first Japanese player in France after joining Montpellier Hérault SC.
Montpellier Hérault SC have signed Japanese international Nozomi Hiroyama from Portuguese club SC Braga for an undisclosed fee.

Historic achievements
The 26-year-old midfield player, who will become the first Japanese player to appear in France's top division having achieved the same distinction in Portugal, has agreed a one-year contract. Montpellier finished 16th in Ligue 1 last season.

Injury blow
Hiroyama began his career with J-League side JEF United before joining Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño and then Braga. His attacking contributions from midfield won him a first international cap, but he missed the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals through injury.

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