Japan Football Hall of Fame
Graduates from Keio University.
Plays football at Kobe First Junior High School (now Hyogo Prefectural Kobe High School) and Keio University, becoming one of the best centre forwards in the country. Achieves victories at four tournaments with Kobe First Junior High School, including the All-Japan Junior High School Invitational Championship in 1934.
Wins many titles at Keio University, including four Kanto University League titles in a row from 1937, and inspires a golden age for the Keio Football Club. Achieves the astonishing statistic of seven All-Japan Championship Tournament titles as a key player in the Keio University and Keio BRB sides both before and after the war.
Appears as player-manager at Japan's first major international tournament after the war, the 1st Asian Games in 1951 (New Delhi), winning a bronze medal. Also appears in the Asian qualifying tournament for the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, and at the 2nd Asian Games (Manila) the same year. Later joins the Japanese national team coaching staff ahead of the Melbourne Olympic Games. Achieves great results not only as player but also as national team manager, displaying outstanding coaching abilities and working to improve the technical level of Japanese soccer. Appears in 5 "A" matches for the national team, scoring one goal.
In addition, Ninomiya wins the Kanto University League and East-West Students' Challenge Match in 1952 as manager of the Keio University team, and the All-Japan University Championship Tournament in 1962 as general manager.
Serves variously as JFA board member and auditor, Kanto Football Association board member, Kansai Football Association board member, Japan Club Youth Football Federation (U-18) president, Japan Club Junior Youth Football Federation (U-15) president, and chairman of the board of the Japan Football Supporters' Association.
Passes away in 2000.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of second group of inductees in 2006.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
- 22 November 1917 - Born in Hyogo Prefecture.
- 1923 - Enters the Mikage Normal School-Affiliated Elementary School.
- 1929 - Enters the old Kobe First Junior High School.
- 1934 - Plays in a nationwide invitational tournament for junior high schools during the summer of his fifth year at Kobe First Junior High School. The school wins the competition, remaining unbeaten in all 15 of its tournament matches.
- 1935 - Enters Keio University (preparatory course). Appears for the university football team in the Kanto University League (finishing fourth) during his first year on the preparatory course.
- June 1936 - Wins the All-Japan Championship Tournament (now the Emperor's Cup) with Keio BRB.
Autumn - Keio University loses out to a Waseda University team, containing several members of the Japanese national team at the Berlin Olympics, to finish second in the Kanto University League (with a record of 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 defeat).
- June 1937 - Wins the All-Japan Championship Tournament with Keio University.
Autumn - Keio University wins the Kanto University League title, and goes on to beat Kyoto University in the East-West University 1st Place Challenge Match.
- 1938 - Completes the preparatory course and becomes a fully-fledged student of Keio University. The university football team loses to Waseda University in the final of the All-Japan Championship Tournament.
Autumn - Keio University wins the Kanto University League title for the second year in a row, but is beaten 3-2 by Kwansei Gakuin University in the East-West University 1st Place Challenge Match.
- June 1939 - Wins the All-Japan Championship Tournament with Keio BRB.
Autumn - Keio BRB are beaten 3-0 by Songhung Football Club (representatives of Korea) in the final of the Meiji Shrine Tournament. The university does, however, win its third consecutive Kanto University League title, before beating Kwansei Gakuin University 4-2 in the East-West University 1st Place Challenge Match.
- May 1940 - Keio BRB wins its second consecutive title in the All-Japan Championship Tournament.
Autumn - Keio University wins the Kanto University League title for the fourth year in a row, and goes on to beat Kwansei Gakuin University 3-0 in the East-West University 1st Place Challenge Match.
- 1941 - Graduates from Keio University.
- 1942 - Represents the Japanese national football team and wins the 1st Greater East Asia Championship title.
Joins the army, and is appointed as an officer following time in the reserve academy in Maebashi.
- 1945 - Discharged from military service.
- March 1951 - Competes in the 1st Asian Games as player-manager with the Japanese national football team. Plays in the team's matches as Japan finishes in third place.
May - Keio BRB wins the 31st Emperor's Cup, held in Sendai.
- May 1952 - The All-Keio team wins the 32nd Emperor's Cup.
- May 1953 - The All-Keio team finishes in third place in the 33rd Emperor's Cup.
- March 1954 - Plays for the Japanese national team against South Korea in the Far Eastern qualifying matches for the World Cup in Switzerland.
May - Appears for Japan at the 2nd Asian Games (in Manila).
May - Keio BRB wins the 34th Emperor's Cup, beating Toyo Industries 5-3 after four periods of extra time in a final lasting some three hours.
Ninomiya brings an end to his full-time playing career later the same year.
- 1976 - Appointed as auditor of the Japan Football Association (serving until 1986). Also serves as chairman of the board of the Japan Football Supporters' Association, and as president of the Japan Club Youth Football Federation.
- 7 March 2000 - Passes away.
- 23May 2006 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the second group of inductees.
The portrait of Hirokazu Ninomiya framed in the Japan Football Museum's Hall of Fame. (C) J. LEAGUE PHOTOS
March 1937 saw the hosting of the 1st Kobe First Junior High School Club East-West Challenge Match of Kobe Junior High School. Haruo Kawamoto is on the far left of the front row, with Shiro Otani second from left in the central row. Tenth from left in the back row is Hirokazu Ninomiya.
The Japanese national team players at the 1st Asian Games.
The front cover of "The History of Football at Kobe First Junior High School" by Haruo Kawamoto (1937)
The Keio University eleven that secured their second Kanto University League title in a row in 1938. On the far left of the back row is Ninomiya(taken from Asahi Sports, December 1938, Issue 2).
The Keio University eleven that won the Kanto University League title for the fourth time in a row in 1940. The team remained unbeaten throughout the entire year, and also added victories in the Emperor's Cup and the East-West University Challenge Match.
The first post-war training camp for the Japanese national team, in August 1948.
The initial squad for the Japanese national team at the 1st Asian Games in 1951.
The Japanese national team players at the 1st Asian Games in 1951.
The Japanese national team players at the 1st Asian Games.
The Japanese national team for the 2nd Asian Games in Manila in 1954, pictured at their training camp in Tokyo.