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JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

HIRAKI Ryuzo
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HIRAKI Ryuzo
Born in Osaka on 7 October 1931

Joins Furukawa Electric after graduating from Osaka Prefectural Kishiwada High School and Kansai Gakuin University, and working for Yuasa Battery Company. Appears in six JSL matches (for Furukawa Electric).
Appears at FISU International Sports Week (Now the Universiade) in Dortmund as a member of the Japanese national students' team while still at university.

Appears at the Games of the 16th Olympiad (1956, Melbourne) and the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) with the full national team. Takes the role of captain in his home country for the Tokyo Games, and leads the team to the last eight. Also appears at the 2nd (1962, Manilla), 3rd (1958, Tokyo) and 4th (1962, Jakarta) editions of the Asian Games. Makes 30 appearances in "A" matches for the national team, scoring once.
Supports Coach Naganuma as coach at the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City), leading the team to third place. As manager of the Japanese national youth team and the Japanese national B team, contributes to the development of the youth generation through many international matches, leading the team to the first place at the 3rd Malaharim Cup (Indonesia) for the first time.

Performs the role of assistant to schoolmaster Dettmar Cramer at a FIFA coaching school held in Chiba in 1969.
Domestically, serves as manager of Furukawa Electric when the JSL first opens in 1965, and as the first manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight when the J League starts in 1992.
Also serves on the board and on the permanent operating committee of the Japan Soccer League.
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