Japan Football Hall of Fame
Joins Furukawa Electric after graduating from the Prefectural Morioka First High School, Chuo University, and Waseda University. Wins the rookie of the year award in the Kanto University League while at Chuo University. Later joins Waseda University, where Koichi Kudo, an older acquaintance from the same home town, is manager. Contributes greatly to a number of victories for Waseda, which is said to be the number one university team of the time. Plays in 51 games in the JSL (for Furukawa Electric), scoring 14 goals. Named in the annual best XI on three occasions. Receives the annual player of the year award in 1963.
Called up to the full Japan national team while still a student at Waseda University, and appears at the Games of the 16th Olympiad (1956, Melbourne). Later achieves the distinction of appearing at three separate Olympic Games, as part of the Japan team at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Captains the side in Mexico City, and provides strong mental support to lead the team to the bronze medal. Plays in a total of 44 "A" matches for the Japan national team, scoring 11 goals.
Works as assistant to the schoolmaster, Dettmar Cramer, at a FIFA coaching school held in Chiba in 1969.
Appointed as manager of the Japanese national youth team in 1970. Leads the team at the Asian Youth Championships.
Appointed as manager of the Furukawa Electric team in 1967 (while continuing as a player). Appointed as manager of the Fujitsu team in 1977. Leaves the post in 1978, but returns to the helm as Fujitsu manager again between 1985 and 1988.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of first group of inductees in 2005.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
- 24 March 1933 - Born in Daejon on the Korean peninsula (now part of South Korea).
- August 1945 - The Pacific War comes to an end during Yaegishi's first year at Daejon Junior High School. His family relocate to the town of Towa (now Hanamaki City) in Iwate Prefecture, where he joins Morioka Junior High School (now Morioka First High School) and plays football for the first time.
- January 1951 - Morioka First High School represents the Tohoku region in the 29th All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament. Yaegishi plays as a forward, but his team are eliminated in the first round by Kochi High School of Agriculture.
May - Plays in the 31st Emperor's Cup (at the Miyagino Soccer Stadium in Sendai) as a member of Morioka Soccer Club, but again suffers defeat in the first round.
- March 1952 - Graduates from Morioka First High School and enters Chuo University.
- 1954 - Moves to Waseda University, where he wins three Kanto University League titles, two East-West University Challenge Match victories, and one University Tournament title. Plays a leading role as Waseda University dominates Japanese student football.
- June 1956 - Helps Japan overcome South Korea in Asian qualifying to win a place at the Olympic Games in Melbourne.
November - Plays as part of the Japan side that loses 2-0 to Australia in the first round of the Olympic Games proper.
- March 1958 - Graduates from Waseda University and joins Furukawa Electric, where he helps the company's football club enter a golden era.
May - Represents the Japanese national team at the 3rd Asian Games (in Tokyo; Japan loses both of its matches).
- August 1960 - Meets Dettmar Cramer at a Sportschule in Duisburg, West Germany, and receives his coaching for the first time.
- August 1962 - Represents the Japanese national team at the 4th Asian Games (in Jakarta; Japan wins one and loses two of its matches).
- October 1964 - The Japanese national team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo comes from behind to beat Argentina 3-2 in the opening group round, before losing 4-0 to Czechoslovakia in the quarter final.
- April 1965 - The first Japan Soccer League season kicks off. At the age of 32, Yaegishi demonstrates the experience of a veteran to help support his Furukawa Electric team.
- December 1966 - Represents the Japanese national team at the 5th Asian Games (in Bangkok; Japan finishes third, winning the bronze medal).
- September-October 1967 - The Japanese national team wins the Asian Zone 1 qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
- October 1968 - Japan finishes third in the football tournament at the Mexico City Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal. The team is also presented with the Fair Play Award.
- July-October 1969 - Works as assistant coach to Dettmar Cramer at the 1st FIFA Coaching School.
- 1977 - Appointed as manager of the Fujitsu Soccer Club, where he builds the foundations for the team in the Japan Soccer League, and paves the way towards its professional era as Kawasaki Frontale.
- 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.
Official member program of Europe tour in 1960
Official member program of Europe tour in 1960
The match programme for an international friendly match played between Japan and West Germany at Nishikyogoku Stadium on 20 October 1963 (member list).
The match programme for an international friendly match played between Japan and West Germany at Nishikyogoku Stadium on 20 October 1963.
The Japanese national team drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow at the National Stadium in Tokyo on 2 December 1967. Holding the ball in the centre of the picture is the referee, Yoshiyuki Maruyama. (supplied by Yoshiyuki Maruyama)
The referee for the match between CSKA Moscow and the Japanese national team at the National Stadium on 2 December 1967 was a Japanese, Yoshiyuki Maruyama. (supplied by Yoshiyuki Maruyama)
Member list of Japan, the official programme for the "Anglo-Japanese Football Matches" between Arsenal and Japan (held at the National Stadium and other venues in 1968).
The front cover of the official programme for the "Anglo-Japanese Football Matches" between Arsenal and Japan (held at the National Stadium and other venues in 1968).
With his face plate at the Hall of Fame. (C) J. LEAGUE PHOTOS
The 1st inauguration ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame. In the front row are inductees (from left) Kamamoto, Yaegashi, Naganuma, Murakata, Cramer, Okano, Hiraki, and Sugiyma. On the far left of the back row is Captain Kawabuchi of the JFA.
The Japanese national team joins Korean executives during their first visit to South Korea after the Second World War. From left: Lee Shi-Dong, S.Yaegashi, deputy team manager K.Kudo, unknown, S.Kawabuchi, M.Miyamoto, Pae Jong-Ho
After Japan's 2nd leg match with South Korea in qualifying for the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956. The Japanese national team celebrates having eventually qualified for the Games proper on the drawing of lots. In the centre is team coach Kawamoto.
Ryuzo Hiraki, leaning his hand against the wall, during a half-time team talk with Furukawa Electric. Sitting on the bench, to his right, are Mitsuo Kamata and Shigeo Yaegashi (topless).
Before a match against South Korea in the Asian qualifying for the 1962 World Cup (Chile). Shigemaru Takenokoshi, the manager, is left of centre. On his right is the coach, Dettmar Cramer.
Japan national team meeting at Tokyo Olympic athletes' village - On far left is manager Ken Naganuma, with Dettmar Cramer in white shirt on his right
In Duisburg in summer 1963. Back row (from left): Team manager S.Takenokoshi, M.Miyamoto, M.Ozawa, (two to his right) K.Yokoyama, Dettmar Cramer, M.Kamata, K.Naganuma, T.Hosaka, R.Suzuki (two to his right) S.Kawabuchi, K.Kamamoto, H.Katayama, and A.Ogi. Front row (from left): S.Okano, (two to his right) H.Kami, Y.Yamaguchi, T.Miyamoto, R.Sugiyama, S.Tomisawa, S.Tsugitani, S.Yaegashi, and M.Watanabe.
Ghana attack the Japan goal in the sides' second Group B match at the Tokyo Olympic Games (Komazawa Stadium) on 16 October 1964. In the white strips, from front to back, are Hiroshi Katayama (shirt number 2), Hisao Kami, Yoshitada Yamaguchi, Mitsuo Kamata, and Ryozo Suzuki. Wearing number 21 is the goalkeeper, Kenzo Yokoyama.
Japan 3-3 South Korea. Kamamoto dribbles through the Korean defences and scores with a powerful near-post finish to put Japan 3-2 in front.
On 10 October 1967, Japan beat South Vietnam in their final Asian regional qualifying game for the Olympic Games in Mexico City. The national team players accept the applause of the stands as they carry the Hinomaru flag on their lap of honour.
Official program of Mexico Olympic Asian Qualifiers
Official program of Mexico Olympic Asian Qualifiers.