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Japan Football Hall of Fame

3rd group of inductees, 2006
Born in Hiroshima Prefecture on December 26, 1940.
Joins Yawata Iron & Steel (Nippon Steel from 1970) from Sanyo High School in Hiroshima.
Appears at the 1st Asian Youth Championships in 1959 as Japan enters a high school select squad, ultimately finishing third. Displays a combination of precision passing, delicate ball control, and accurate shooting, and is called up to the full Japan national team in 1960. Appears in all of Japan's matches at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Plays a major role in the midfield system in Mexico City, both offensively and defensively, and makes a major contribution to Japan's achievement of the bronze medal. Continues to represent that national team until 1971, appearing in the qualifying tournaments for the FIFA World Cups in Chile and Mexico, in the Asian Games (recording third place in the 5th edition in 1966), and in the qualifying tournament for the Munich Olympics. Plays in 58 "A" matches in total, scoring 18 goals.
Also performs solidly for Yawata Iron & Steel after joining the company in 1959, becoming a key member of the football team during its golden age and contributing to two successive titles in the All-Japan Company Football Tournament in 1963 and 1964, as well as an Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament title in 1964. Plays 138 games in the JSL, scoring 68 goals (1965-76). Captains the side in 1969-73. Leads the JSL in assists in 1970, ranks sixth in the JSL's all-time goalscoring charts (68 goals), and is named in the annual best XI on six occasions. Named as player of the year in 1967.
Coaches the Nippon Steel team in 1974-75, and manages the team in 1976-79 (continuing as player-manager in 1976).
Manages the Fukuoka Prefecture representative team at the National Sports Festival of Japan in 1981-85.
Appointed as manager of Kyushu Kyoritsu University in 1996, and leads the team to promotion to the Kyushu University League Division 1 within two years.
Passes away in 2002.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum



  • 26 December 1940 - Born in Hiroshima City.
  • March 1953 - Graduates from Senda Elementary School.
    April - Joins Kokutaiji Junior High School.
  • March 1956 - Graduates from Kokutaiji Junior High School.
    April - Joins Sanyo High School.
  • 1957 - During the autumn of his second year, Miyamoto helps the Sanyo High School football team to the final of the high school football tournament at the National Sports Festival in Shizuoka, where they lose to Fujieda Higashi High School.
  • 1958 - Picks up a second consecutive runners-up medal at the National Sports Festival in Toyama in the autumn of his third year, as Sanyo High School loses out in the final to Shimizu Higashi Senior High School.
  • March 1959 - Graduates from Sanyo High School, and joins Yawata Steel.
    April - Plays at the 1st Asian Youth Championship (held in Kuala Lumpur on 18-25 April for U-20 teams) with the Japanese national team, which finishes third to claim the bronze medal.
  • October 1960 - Selected for the full Japanese national squad to play against South Korea in the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup in Chile. Does not feature in the first match in Seoul (played on 6 November), but does appear in a 2-2 draw with an All-Korean XI the following day. The game is not a full "A" match, but nonetheless marks Miyamoto's debut with the national team at the age of 19 years and 317 days.
  • 11 June 1961 - Appears in the second match with South Korea in the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup in Chile, which Japan loses 2-0. The game marks Miyamoto's first full "A" international match, and the start of a career in which he goes on to play 58 "A" matches for the full national team until 1971, scoring 19 goals (making him Japan's ninth highest ever scorer).
  • 1964 - Appears for the Japanese national team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Japan makes it through the group stage after a 3-2 win over Argentina and a 3-2 defeat to Ghana. The team's progress ends, however, at the last eight stage after a 4-0 quarter final loss to Czechoslovakia. Japan then goes on to lose 6-1 in the first round of a post-Olympic tournament in Osaka to determine the fifth and sixth placed teams.
  • April 1965 - The first Japan Soccer League (JSL) season kicks off. Yawata Steel is one of the eight founder teams, and finishes second behind Toyo Industries in the inaugural JSL season that year with a record of 11 wins, two draws, and one defeat. The team also shares victory in the 44th Emperor's Cup, held in January, after a 0-0 draw after extra time with Furukawa Electric.
  • January 1966 - Yawata Steel makes it through to the final of the Emperor's Cup in January for the second consecutive year, but loses 3-2 to Toyo Industries. The team finishes second behind Toyo Industries again in the JSL season later in the year.
    December - Represents the Japanese national team at the 5th Asian Games in Bangkok, which finishes third to claim the bronze medal.
  • September-October 1967 - Plays in all five of the Japanese national team's matches in the Asian qualifying section for the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Japan wins the regional tournament to secure a place at the Games proper.
  • October 1968 - Plays in all six of the Japanese national team's matches at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, helping his country claim third place and the bronze medal.
  • October 1969 - Appears for the Japanese national team in the Asia and Oceania qualifying tournament (held in Seoul) for the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, but Japan fails to progress after two draws and two defeats in two matches each against Australia and South Korea. The team that had won the Olympic bronze medal the year before had struggled to maintain its form due to the absence of Kunishige Kamamoto. Miyamoto plays in three of the four matches, scoring two goals.
  • December 1970 - Kunishige Kamamoto returns to the Japanese national team in time for the 6th Asian Games in Bangkok, but defeat in the semi final against South Korea is followed by another loss against India in the third place playoff, leaving Japan in fourth. Miyamoto appears in six of Japan's seven games, scoring once.
  • 1971 - In the East Asian qualifying tournament (held in Seoul between 23 September and 2 October) for the Olympic Games in Munich, the Japanese national team records wins over the Philippines and Taiwan, but loses to both Malaysia and South Korea to suffer elimination with a record of two wins and two losses. Miyamoto plays his last international match during the tournament, after a national team career that lasted for ten years and 113 days. Ryuichi Sugiyama, Hiroshi Katayama, and Masakatsu Miyamoto all retire from the national team as well.
  • 1976 - Ends his career with Nippon Steel (formerly Yawata Steel), and retires from playing at the age of 36, with a record of 138 appearances, 68 goals, and 31 assists in 12 seasons in the JSL. Manages the Nippon Steel teams for three years, before going on to coach university football teams.
  • 2 February 2002 - Passes away.
  • 2006 - Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of third group of inductees.