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Ryuichi SUGIYAMA

Japan Football Hall of Fame

1st group of inductees, 2005
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture on July 4, 1941.
Joins Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after graduating from Shimizu Higashi Senior High School and Meiji University. Makes 115 appearances in the JSL (all with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries), scoring 40 goals. Records highest number of assists in the league on three occasions. Named in the annual best XI eight times. Named as player of the year on three occasions.
Appears in the first three editions of the Asian Youth Championships with the Japan youth national team.
With the full Japan national team, appears at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Records assists for five of Japan's nine goals at the Mexico City Games, contributing greatly to the team's third place finish. Also appears at the 5th (third place) and 6th Asian Games. Appears in a total of 56 "A" matches for the Japan national team, scoring 15 goals.
Appointed as manager of Yamaha in the Shizuoka Prefecture Company League's second division in 1974. Subsequently leads the team to promotion to the JSL First Division, achieving a JSL Second Division title and an Emperor's Cup title along the way before leaving the position in 1987. As general manager in the 1987/88 season, helps the team achieve its ambition of a JSL First Division title, laying the foundations for the modern-day Jubilo Iwata.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of first group of inductees in 2005.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum

Introduction

Profile

  • 4 July 1941 - Born in Shimizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Joins the Sodeshi Junior High School football club during his first year at the school, before moving on to Shimizu Higashi Senior High School.
  • 1958 - Appears at the National Sports Festival in Toyama in autumn, during his first year at senior high school. Gains fame by scoring the winning goal in the final against Sanyo High School as Shimizu Higashi Senior High School claims its first ever title.
  • April 1959 - Represents his country as the Japan youth national team finishes third in the first Asian Youth Championship (in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Also appears in the second edition of the championship in 1960 (also in Kuala Lumpur), and in the third edition in 1961 (Bangkok, Thailand).
  • May 1961 - Makes his debut for the full Japan national team as a substitute against Malaysia, at the age of 19.
  • 1962 - Moves to Meiji University. Plays in the 4th Asian Games in August and in the Merdeka Tournament (in Malaysia) in September, establishing himself as a regular in the Japanese national team.
  • October 1964 - Helps the Japan national team to the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games (scoring two goals in four games). Meiji University wins its first ever title in the Kanto University League in the autumn.
  • April 1966 - Joins Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, where he becomes a star player in the Japan Soccer League (JSL) in his second year.
  • October 1967 - The Japanese national team wins its Asian preliminary qualifying group to earn a place in the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
  • October 1968 - The Japanese national team finishes third at the Olympic Games in Mexico City to claim the bronze medal. Sugiyama sets up five of Japan's nine goals (in six games) throughout the Games.
  • 1969 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wins its first JSL title.
  • 1972 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wins its first Emperor's Cup title, beating Yanmar Diesel in the final on New Year's Day.
  • 1973 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wins its second JSL title.
  • 1974 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries beats Hitachi in the final of the Emperor's Cup on New Year's Day to claim its second title, and crown the last match of Sugiyama's playing career before his retirement. Over eight seasons in the Japan Soccer League, Sugiyama appeared in 115 matches, scoring 40 goals and recording 45 assists.
  • 1974 - Appointed as manager of the Yamaha Motor Company's football club (in the Shizuoka Prefecture League's second division). Leads the team to promotion to the league's first division in his first year.
  • 1975 - Leads Yamaha to Shizuoka Prefecture League First Division title, and to third place in the All Japan Senior Football Championship.
  • 1976 - Yamaha Motors wins the Shizuoka Prefecture Company First Division title again, before beating Toyota Machine Works in a playoff to claim promotion to the Tokai Football League.
  • 1977 - Yamaha Motors wins both the Tokai Football League and a regional league champions' tournament, but loses to Tanabe Seiyaku in a playoff match for promotion to the Japan Soccer League Second Division.
  • 1978 - Yamaha Motors wins its second successive titles in both the Tokai Football League and the regional league champions' tournament, before gaining promotion to the Japan Soccer League Second Division by beating Kyoto Shiko Soccer Club in a playoff.
  • 1979 - Yamaha Motors finishes in second place in the Japan Soccer League Second Division, before overcoming Nippon Kokan in a playoff to gain promotion to the First Division.
  • 1980 - Yamaha Motors finishes in ninth place in the Japan Soccer League First Division, but ensures its survival in the top flight with a win and a draw against Fujitsu in the relegation/promotion playoff.
  • 1981 - Yamaha Motors finishes in tenth (and last) place in the Japan Soccer League First Division, suffering automatic relegation to the Second Division as a result.
  • 1982 - Yamada Motors wins the Japan Soccer League Second Division title to secure a return to the First Division.
  • 1983 - Yamada Motors wins its first ever Emperor's Cup title, beating Fujita Industries 1-0 with a goal at the end of extra time in the final on New Year's Day. The team finishes fourth in the Japan Soccer League First Division.
  • 1984 - Yamaha Motors finishes in third place in the Japan Soccer League First Division, behind Yomiuri Club and Nissan.
  • 1985 - Yamaha Motors finishes in sixth place in the Japan Soccer League First Division.
  • 1986 - Yamaha Motors finishes in tenth place in the Japan Soccer League First Division.
  • 1987 - Leaves his post as team manager to become the football club's vice-chairman and general manager. Former coach Kikuo Konagaya is appointed as team manager as the both playing and coaching staffs undergo major changes. Two Brazilian players, Andre and Adilson, are signed, while Wilson Fernando Rizzatto is invited to the club as a special team coach. The new signings' performances help the team achieve its ambition of a JSL First Division title.
  • 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.