Japan Football Hall of Fame
Joins the Furukawa Electric Company after graduating from the Ibaraki Prefectural Hitachi First Senior High School and Chuo University. During his time at university, Kamata achieves victory in the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament in 1957 (with the Chuo University Club), and as captain in the National University Championship in 1959.
Makes his debut for the Japanese national team against Hong Kong in 1958. Subsequently becomes the cornerstone of the national team's defence, boasting calm, precise judgement and strong covering skills. Accumulates experience in the qualifying tournaments for the Rome Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in Chile, as well as in the 4th Asian Games, before appearing in all of Japan's games at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Skilfully provides cover in the most dangerous areas of the pitch as sweeper in the Mexico City Olympics, and contributes to Japan winning the bronze medal. Continues to play for the national team until 1970, making 44 appearances in "A" matches and scoring two goals.
After joining Furukawa Electric in 1960, plays in the final of the Emperor's Cup on three occasions (1960, 1961, and 1964), and achieves victories in the All-Japan Company Football Tournament twice (1961 and 1962). Makes 106 appearances in the JSL (all with Furukawa Electric), and scores six goals (between 1965 and 1974). Named in the annual best XI three times in a row (1967-69).
Serves as manager of the Japanese national youth team (1975), the Japanese university select team (leading the team to the best eight at the 5th World University Championship in 1976), and the Japanese national B team (achieving second place in the 6th Marahalim Cup in 1977), and is also appointed as manager of the Furukawa Electric team in 1976. Wins the double of JSL First Division and 56th Emperor's Cup, and also achieves victory in the JSL Cup of 1977.
Serves as manager of Daikyo Petroleum (now Cosmo Oil) football club in 1981-89.
Heads the board of directors of the Mie Football Association from 1994, and is appointed as vice-president in 2002. Sits on the JFA board of directors in 1996-98.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of fourth group of inductees in 2007.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
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.
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).
Mitsuo Kamata (left) and Hiroshi Kagawa enjoy the jovial conversation at a party following the 6th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame.
4th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame ; September 10, 2007 (C)Photo Kishimoto
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.
Furukawa Electric (in stripes) follow up their success of the previous year to win a second successive title in the 41st Emperor's Cup. From left: Goalkeeper Tsukasa Hosaka (in black), defender Mitsuo Kamata, and (in the background) Ryuzo Hiraki.
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
Training with the Japanese national team. At the front-left of the picture is Hiroshi Katayama, to his right is Mitsuo Kamata, and in the centre (in white) is Shigeo Yaegashi.
Attacking the opposing goal with determination during a match between an all-Japan XI and the German Olympic team. Hiraki chases an aerial ball in front of goal.
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.
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.