Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
- Born in Dortmund Germany on 4 April 1925
Comes to Japan in 1960 to take role of coach of Japan national team, in order to strengthen and lead the side ahead of the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo). After his arrival, strengthens the sport in the country, trains other coaches, and lays the foundations for youth development, earning the title of father of Japanese football. Performs advisory role to Japan at the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City), and contributes greatly to Japan's bronze medal achievement.
Takes role of schoolmaster at the 1st FIFA Coaching School, held in Chiba in 1969, before embarking on global coaching tour as FIFA-employed coach. Performs role of instructor at FIFA/Coca-Cola World Youth Academy held in Ibaraki in 1988, and makes ninth visit to Japan in 1989 at the invitation of the JFA. Works as special coach for two years. Positions taken in his home country include coach appointed by Deutscher Fußball-Bund (West Germany), and manager at major clubs such as Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. Two successive victories in European Champions' Cup (now UEFA Champions League) (1975, 1976).
Later, takes management roles including Saudi Arabia national team, and Korean Olympic team as well as top Greece and Saudi Arabia teams.
Awarded 3rd Class Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1971, and Japan Football Association 75th Anniversary Special Achievement Award in 1996.