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JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

KAWAMOTO Taizo
Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
KAWAMOTO Taizo
Born in Aichi on 17 January 1914

Graduates from Waseda University.
After joining the Domei News Agency (now Kyodo News), he was called up to the army in 1941, returns home from one's detention in a Siberian labor camp in 1949. Japan’s legendary striker before and after WWII era.

While still a student at Waseda University, appears as a player with the Japanese national team at the 10th Far Eastern Championship Games (1934, Manila) and the Games of the 11th Olympiad (1936, Berlin). Represents Japan as a striker both before and after the war. Scores the first Japanese goal at the Berlin Olympics in the match against Sweden.

Leads the Japanese team as coach at the Games of the 16th Olympiad (1956, Melbourne). Becomes manager of the Japan national team in 1958, which appears at the 3rd Asian Games held in Tokyo.
Holds various other positions, including executive director of the JFA, president of the Kansai Football Association, and president of the Osaka Football
Association. Passes away in 1985.

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