Japan Football Hall of Fame
Joins Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after graduating from Saitama Prefectural Kawaguchi High School and Rikkyo University.
Converted to goalkeeper in his third year of high school in 1961, and appeared in the 3rd Asian Youth Championships the same year. Wins first cap for the full Japan national team while still a university student, in 1963. Appears in all of Japan's matches at the Games of the 18th Olympiad in 1964 (Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad in 1968 (Mexico City), protecting his goal with assuring saving and analytical ability from beginning to end, and contributing to Japan's progression to the last eight in the Tokyo Olympics and to the bronze medal in the Mexico City Olympics. Continues to play in goal for the national team until 1975, appearing in the Asian Games (achieving third place in the 5th edition in 1966), and the qualifying tournaments for the FIFA World Cups in Mexico and West Germany, as well as for the Munich Olympics. Appears in a total of 49 "A" matches.
Appears in 136 games in the JSL (for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, between 1966 and 1977). Captains the side in 1973-75. Achieves two title victories in the JSL First Division, including the team's first ever in 1969. Wins the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament title in 1971. Named in the annual best XI on seven occasions.
Manages the Mitsubishi team from 1976 to 1983 (continuing as player-manager until 1977), and wins the JSL First Division, the JSL Cup, and the Emperor's Cup on two occasions each, including a treble triumph in 1978.
Appointed as manager of the Japanese national team in 1988, achieving Japan's first success in the Kirin Cup in 1991. Jointly holds the role of general manager to the U-23 national team in 1991-92, contributing to the strengthening of the full side. Additionally sits on the board of the JFA and chairs the strengthening committee at the same time.
Urawa Reds manager in 1994 and general manager in 1995. Later becomes assistant to the president of the club after spells as executive director and as director of the business division. Devotes energies to the development of the club, involved not only in team strengthening but also in general operations.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of second group of inductees in 2006.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
The portrait of Kenzo Yokoyama framed in the Japan Football Museum's Hall of Fame. (C) J. LEAGUE PHOTOS
Japanese delegation list of the 3rd Asian Youth Football Tournament
Japanese delegation list of the 3rd Asian Youth Football Tournament (front cover)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries embarked on a tour on South America in 1970. From right: Ryuichi Sugiyama, Kuniya Daini, (three to his left) Takaji Mori, Ichiro Hosotani, Hiroshi Ochiai, (two to his left) Kenzo Yokoyama, Hiroshi Katayama(Captain). (supplied by Hiroshi Katayama)
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).
On 1 January 1972, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries beat Yanmar Diesel 3-1 to clinch victory in the final of the 51st Emperor's Cup (at the National Stadium). Second from the right is the captain, Hiroshi Katayama. To his left is the goalkeeper, Yokoyama, (two to his left) Okubo, Daini, Mori, Ochiai, Ashikaga, Hosotani, Takada, Takahashi, and Ryuichi Sugiyama. (supplied by Hiroshi Katayama)
The Japan national team for the Mexico City Olympics assembles upon Dettmar Cramer's arrival in Japan. From left: Kenzo Yokoyama, Yoshinobu Ishii, Shunichiro Okano, Ken Naganuma, Dettmar Cramer, Tsukasa Hosaka, Mitsuo Kamata, Ryozo Suzuki.
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.
Official program of Mexico Olympic Asian Qualifiers
Official program of Mexico Olympic Asian Qualifiers.
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.