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Taizo KAWAMOTO

Japan Football Hall of Fame

1st group of inductees, 2005
Born in Aichi Prefecture on January 17, 1914.
Graduates from Waseda University.
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.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of first group of inductees in 2005.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum

Introduction

Profile

  • 17 January 1914 - Born in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture.
  • 1921 - Moves to Osaka with his father, Kengo, and his mother, Aki.
  • 1926 - Enters the Osaka Prefecture-run Ichioka Junior High School.
  • January 1930 - Appears at the 12th All-Japan Junior High School Football Championship Tournament (now the All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament), where his school is knocked out in the semi-finals.
  • March 1931 - Graduates from Ichioka Junior High School, and enters Waseda University. Plays for the university football team from his year with the university's high (preparatory) school, achieving a third place finish in the Kanto University League.
  • 1932 - Waseda University finishes second (behind Keio University) in the Kanto University League.
  • February 1933 - Plays for the all-Kanto XI in the East-West Select XI Challenge Match, helping his team win 3-2. Waseda University wins the Kanto University League.
  • May 1934 - Represents Japan at the 10th Far Eastern Championship Games in Manila (Japan wins one game and loses two). Waseda University and Keio University share the Kanto University League title.
  • July 1935 - Waseda University is selected to represent Japan in a series of seven goodwill matches throughout Manchuria, of which it wins six and draws one. The university also wins the Kanto University League title, and the East-West University 1st Place Challenge Match - both for the third year in a row.
  • August 1936 - Appears for the Japanese national team at the Berlin Olympic Games (beating Sweden 3-2, before losing 8-0 to Italy). Waseda University wins both the Kanto University League title and the East-West University 1st Place Challenge Match for the fourth year in succession.
  • March 1937 - Graduates from Waseda University.
    April - Joins the Domei News Agency (now Kyodo News).
  • June 1940 - Appears for the Japanese national team at the 1st East Asian Games. Japan beats Manchuria (7-0), China (6-0), and the Philippines (1-0) to win the title.
  • February 1941 - Selected to appear in the 10th East-West Select XI Challenge Match. March - Appears for the Kansai Select XI in the 11th East-West Old Boys' Select XI Challenge Match.
    August - Called up for military duty.
  • 1945 - Second World War comes to an end, but Kawamoto remains in detention in Siberia.
  • December 1949 - Returns home from Siberia.
  • May 1950 - Appointed as representative director of Kawaso Electric Industrial.
  • 1951 - Founds Osaka Soccer Club.
    May - Appears in the 31st Emperor's Cup, leading his team to the runners-up spot.
  • May 1952 - Osaka Club loses in the final of the Emperor's Cup.
  • May 1953 - Osaka Club loses in the final of the Emperor's Cup.
  • March 1954 - The Japanese national team loses to South Korea in the Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Switzerland.
    May - Japan are eliminated in the opening group stage of the 2nd Asian Games (in Manila).
  • June 1956 - Coaches the Japanese team at the Melbourne Olympic Games. Beats South Korea in qualification to qualify for the main competition (in November, where the team is eliminated in the first round).
  • 1957 - Appointed as executive director of the Japan Football Association.
  • 1958 - Manages the Japanese national team at the 3rd Asian Games (knocked out in the opening group stage).
  • October 1964 - Helps organise the 5th/6th place match for the Tokyo Olympics (at a tournament in Osaka, hosted by FIFA).
  • 1975 - Appointed as vice-president of the Kansai Football Association.
  • 1978 - Appointed as president of the Kansai Football Association.
  • 1981 - Falls ill.
  • September 1985 - Passes away.
  • 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.