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Ken NAGANUMA

Japan Football Hall of Fame

1st group of inductees, 2005
8th JFA President (term: 1994-1998)
Born in Hiroshima Prefecture on September 5, 1930.
Graduates from Kwansei Gakuin University.
Appears at the Games of the 16th Olympiad (1956, Melbourne), the 2nd Asian Games (1954, Manila), and the 3rd Asian Games (1958, Tokyo) as a player with the Japanese national team. Shines as a player domestically with Furukawa Electric, and is names as (the first ever) annual player of the year in 1961.
Appointed as manager of the Japan national team at the tender age of 32 in 1962. Continues to serve as manager through the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City), leading the team to third place in Mexico City.
Serves as technical committee director, executive director, and vice-president, before being appointed as JFA president in 1994. Overseas awarding to Japan in 1996 of co-hosting rights to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Also serves as vice-president of the Japanese World Cup bidding committee, and of the Japan World Cup Organising Committee for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, pouring efforts into the World Cup bidding process and hosting itself.
Also oversees the Japanese national team's first World Cup qualification, for the 1998 World Cup in France.
Previously served on the permanent organising committee of the Japan Soccer League and on the board of the J League.
Also served as board member and vice-chairman of the Japan Sports Association, and as member of the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Contributes to the development of sport in Japan in many different ways, including as member of the organising committees for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games and for world championships in sports such as softball and swimming.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1990, and the 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun in 2004, as well as many other honours.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum

Introduction

Profile

  • 5 September 1930 - Born in Hiroshima Prefecture.
  • April 1937 - Enters the Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated Elementary School.
  • April 1943 - Enters the Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated Junior High School.
  • August 1945 - World War II ends.
  • December 1947 - The Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated Junior High School takes victory in the 26th All-Japan Junior High School Football Championship Tournament. The deadly forward line of Kimura, Naganuma, and Tarutani was a class above everybody else.
  • October 1948 - The Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated High School takes victory at the 3rd National Sports Festival.
  • 1949 - Enters Kwansei Gakuin University.
  • 1950 - Kwansei Gakuin University wins the Kansai Student League. Draws with Waseda University in the University Challenge Match, but goes on to secure the Kansai Student League title three times in a row, and wins the University Challenge Match in 1951.
  • 1953 - Graduates from Kwansei Gakuin University, and moves to Chuo University. That summer, he participates in the Summer International University Sports Week (now the Universiade) with the Japanese national team.
  • March 1954 - Appears for the Japanese national team in their first meeting with South Korea in the Asian qualifying section for the 5th World Cup.
    May - Appears at the 2nd Asian Games with the Japanese national team.
  • March 1955 - Graduates Chuo University, and joins Furukawa Electric.
  • November 1956 - Appears for the Japanese national team at the Olympic Games in Melbourne.
  • May 1958 - Appears at the 3rd Asian Games with the Japanese national team.
  • May 1960 - At the 40th Emperor's Cup, Furukawa Electric becomes the first ever corporate team to take the title.
  • December 1962 - Appointed as manager of the Japanese national football team.
  • October 1964 - As manager, leads the Japanese national team to the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • May 1965 - Japan Soccer League inaugurated. Naganuma is closely involved in the founding of this dedicated national league.
  • October 1968 - Manages the Japan national team to third place and the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Team is awarded awards for fair play from both FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and UNESCO.
  • October 1969 - Resigns as manager of the Japanese national team after losing in the qualifying tournament for the 1970 World Cup (in Seoul, South Korea).
  • 1972 - Returns to the helm as manager of the Japanese national team after the resignation of Shunichiro Okano. Leaves the post again four years later, in June 1976, after failing to qualify for the Olympic Games. His successor is Hiroshi Ninomiya.
  • 1976 - Appointed as executive director of the JFA, and works hard to promote reforms.
  • 1978 - Revises JFA registration to replace social distinctions (company employee or student) with age categories.
  • 1980 - Forms the Amateur and Professional Research Committee. Later becomes the Invigoration Committee, and seeks to establish professional football in Japan.
  • 1987 - Appointed as vice-president of the JFA.
  • 1993 - J League kicks off.
  • 1994 - Appointed as president of the JFA.
  • 1998 - Japan makes its first ever appearance at the World Cup in France. Naganuma resigns as JFA president after the tournament, and is replaced by Shunichiro Okano.
  • 2003 - Serves as advisor to the JFA, vice-president of the Japan Sports Association, director of the Japan Junior Sports Clubs Association, and head operator of Saitama Stadium 2002.
  • 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.
  • 2 June 2008 - Passes away.


  • Titles won by Ken Naganuma
    • As a player

    • * One title in the All-Japan Junior High School Football Championship Tournament (now the All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament; with the Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated Junior High School)
      * One title in the high school football tournament at the 3rd National Sports Festival (with the Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated High School)
      * Three consecutive Kansai Student League titles, and one win in the University Challenge Match (with Kwansei Gakuin University)
      * Two consecutive titles in the 40th and 41st Emperor's Cups (with Furukawa Electric)
      * Shared title in the 44th Emperor's Cup after a draw in the final against Yawata Steel (with Furukawa Electric)

    • As a manager

    • * Quarter-finals of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, bronze medal (and fair play awards) in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City
      * Third place and bronze medal in the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok