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JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

TAMAI Misao
Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
TAMAI Misao
Born in Hyogo on 16 December 1903

Graduates from Waseda University.
Plays football at Meiji Gakuin Junior High School, Waseda First Higher School, and Waseda University. Becomes one of the coaching successors to Kyaw Din, and one of the key members of the foundation period of football at the university. Appeared at the 8th Far Eastern Championship Games (Shanghai) in 1927 while still a student, and scored a goal in the match against the Republic of China. Appointed as director of the Hyogo Branch of the Kansai Football Association in 1931, before later becoming the first president of the Hyogo Football Association (appointed in 1939) and the president of Kansai Football Association (appointed in 1957). Focuses efforts into the promotion of football in the Kansai region and in Hyogo Prefecture.

Appointed as standing director of the JFA in 1951, before serving as vice-president for almost 20 years from 1957 to 1976, focusing attention on promoting the Games of the 18th Olympiad (Tokyo) and on various areas of footballing activities, and supporting the recovery and development of the sport in Japan.

Also appointed as first head of the Kobe Boys' Soccer School, which the Kobe Soccer Friends Association established ahead of the rest of the country back in 1965. Promotes the development of the Friends Association in 1970 with the foundation of Kobe Football Club Co., the first football club in Japan to be an incorporated institution, to which he is appointed as first president. Contributes to the spread and development of boys' football.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1966, the 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun in 1974, and the Silver Cup in 1978.
Passes away in 1978.
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