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Aritatsu OGI

Japan Football Hall of Fame

3rd group of inductees, 2006
Born in Hiroshima Prefecture on December 10, 1942.
Graduates from Hiroshima University Faculty of Education-Affiliated High School and Chuo University, before joining Toyo Kogyo.
Selected for national youth team in 1961, appearing at the 3rd Asian Youth Championships. Performs as a well-balanced midfielder at Chuo University after entering the same year, and shines as the university achieves the quadruple honours in 1962 of the Kanto University League, the East-West Students' Championship Game, the National University Championship, and the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament.
Wins first cap with the full Japan national team in 1963. Appears in all the country's matches at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Scores the decisive goal against a strong Argentina side to contribute to qualification for the best 8 at the Tokyo Olympics. Performs at the centre of the defence in the Mexico City Olympics as Japan wins the bronze medal. Also appears at the Asian Games (achieving third place at the 5th Asian Games in 1966) and in the qualifying tournaments for the World Cups in Mexico and West Germany and the Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal, remaining active in the Japan national team until 1976. Appears in a total of 62 "A" matches, scoring 11 goals. His total of 213 appearances in Japan national team matches of all levels is the second highest ever (correct as of July 2006).
Makes 163 appearances in the JSL (with Toyo Kogyo, 1965-76), scoring 57 goals. Captains the side in 1971-75. Wins the JSL First Division five times, including four in a row in 1965-68, and wins the Emperor's Cup three times. Top scorer in the JSL in 1966, and named in the league's annual best XI on seven occasions. Voted annual player of the year in 1965 and 1970.
Appointed as coach of the Toyo Kogyo team in 1976 (while remaining a player), and as manager of the team from 1977 to 1980.
Appointed as president of the Hiroshima Football Association after spells on the board and as vice-president. Vice-president of the Chugoku Football Association. Appointed to the chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Amateur Sports Association after spells as board member and chair of the strengthening committee.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of second group of inductees in 2006.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum



  • 10 December 1942 - Born.
  • April 1949 - Joins the Hiroshima University-Affiliated Elementary School.
  • 1955 - Moves on to the Hiroshima University-Affiliated Junior High School, where he plays rubber-ball baseball.
  • 1958 - Moves to the Hiroshima University-Affiliated High School, where he joins the football club (due to the absence of a baseball club).
  • January 1959 - Appears for the school football team at the 37th All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament, but suffers a 2-1 defeat in the final at the hands of Yamashiro High School.
  • 1961 - The Hiroshima University-Affiliated High School reaches the last eight of the 39th All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament.
    April - Enters Chuo University. The university's football team achieves its first ever Kanto University League title that autumn.
  • 1962 - Chuo University wins the 42nd Emperor's Cup in Kyoto, with Ogi playing in midfield. The school goes on to win the Kanto University League title in the autumn. Ogi is called up to the Japanese national team, where he meets coach Dettmar Cramer.
  • October 1964 - Plays for the Japanese national team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Scores the winning goal in the match against Argentina, as Japan eventually reaches the last eight.
  • May 1965 - Graduates from Chuo University and joins Toyo Industries (now Mazda).
    Toyo Industries becomes the inaugural champions of the Japan Soccer League (JSL) - the first national league in Japan for a sport other than professional baseball.
  • January 1966 - Toyo Industries wins its first ever title in the 45th Emperor's Cup to complete the double that season.
    November - Toyo Industries wins the league in the second (1966) season of the JSL. Ogi finishes as the competition's top scorer.
    December - The Japanese national team wins the bronze medal at the 5th Asian Games.
  • January 1967 - Toyo Industries loses 3-2 to Waseda University in the final of the 46th Emperor's Cup to finish as runners-up.
    December - Toyo Industries clinches its third consecutive title in the third season of the JSL.
  • January 1968 - Toyo Industries wins the 47th Emperor's Cup to take its second ever title in the competition.
    October - The Japanese national team wins the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
    November - Toyo Industries clinches its fourth consecutive title in the fourth season of the JSL.
  • 1969 - Toyo Industries is eliminated in the semi finals of the first ever Emperor's Cup tournament to have its final played on New Year's Day (with all other rounds taking place during the previous December).
    January - Toyo Industries finishes third in the 2nd Asian Club Championship, having become the first ever Japanese team to take part in the competition.
    October - Appears in the Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Mexico.
    November - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wins its first ever title in the 5th JSL season. Toyo Industries finishes second.
  • January 1970 - Toyo Industries defeats Rikkyo University 4-1 in the final of the Emperor's Cup on New Year's Day to claim the trophy for the third time.
    November - Toyo Industries regains its status as JSL champions, winning its fifth title in the league's sixth season.
  • January 1971 - Toyo Industries loses 2-1 to Yanmar Diesel in the final of the Emperor's Cup on New Year's Day.
    September-October - The Japanese national team is eliminated in qualifying for the Olympic Games in Munich.
    December - Toyo Industries finishes sixth in the 7th JSL season. This heralds the start of an unsuccessful period for the club.
  • May 1972 - Pele's Santos FC visits Japan for a match against the Japanese national team. Ogi and Yoshitada Yamaguchi are both given the role of marking Pele (Santos FC eventually wins 3-0).
    July - Japan finishes third in the 6th Merdeka Tournament (held to celebrate Malaysian independence).
  • 1973 - The Japanese national team is eliminated in qualifying for the World Cup in West Germany.
  • September 1974 - The Japanese national team fails to make it out of Group C in the opening round of the 7th Asian Games in Tehran.
  • 1 February 1976 - Retires from the national team after a final match against Bulgaria at the National Stadium in Tokyo, ending an international career in which he made 212 appearances (62 in "A" matches), scoring 39 goals (11 in "A" matches).
    6 February - Brings an end to his playing career with Toyo Industries after the 18th game of the JSL campaign. In 12 seasons in the JSL, Ogi made 163 appearances, scoring 57 goals and registering 23 assists.
  • 1977 - Appointed as manager of the Toyo Industries club (serving until 1980).
  • 2003 - Serves as president of the Hiroshima Football Association, as a member of the Chugoku Football Association technical committee, and as a match commissioner for the Japan Soccer League.
  • 2006 - Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of third group of inductees.