Japan Football Hall of Fame
Joins Hitachi after graduating from the Prefectural Fujieda-Higashi High School and Chuo University.
Selected as a candidate for the youth national team while still at high school, and appears at the 4th and 5th editions of the Asian Youth Championships in 1962 and 1963. Achieves title success in the Kanto University League in 1966 as captain of the Chuo University team.
Makes the major switch from forward to defender while at university, and is called up for the full Japan national team in 1964. Gains his first full cap in the game against Ghana in the Tokyo Olympics, and excels at the back with solid defending, tight and fierce marking, and precise technique.
Appears at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 and in Mexico City in 1968, contributing to the team's achievements from the left full back position. Curbs the threat center forward in the game with France in the Mexico City Olympics, helping the side reach the last four in the Olympic Games for the first time, and ultimately contributing to Japan's bronze medal achievement. Continues to represent Japan until 1974, appearing in the Asian Games (achieving third place in the 5th edition in 1966), and the qualifying tournaments for the World Cup in West Germany and the Olympic Games in Munich. Appears in a total of 49 "A" matches for his country.
Appears in a total of 121 JSL games (for Hitachi), scoring 15 goals (between 1967 and 1975). Wins the JSL First Division title in 1972, and the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament title in 1972 and 1975. Captains the side in 1974. Named in the league's annual best XI for seven consecutive seasons (1968-74).
Serves as manager of the Japanese junior national team, Universiade national team, and national "B" team, leading the latter to victory in the Marahalim Cup in 1988. Becomes manager of the national side aiming to qualify for the Barcelona Olympics in 1989, ultimately reaching the final Asian qualifying round.
Manages Kashiwa Reysol in 1993. Later contributes to the development of young players as manager of the club's youth development section.
Appointed as manager of the Chuo University football club in 2000, remaining at the helm until 2005.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of fourth group of inductees in 2007.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
Japanese delegation list of the 5th Asian Youth Football Tournament (front cover)
Japanese delegation list of the 5th Asian Youth Football Tournament
Program of Japan-Germany Friendry Match in 1973 (front cover).
Member list of All Japan Team. Japan-Germany Friendry Match in 1973
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).
Yoshitada Yamaguchi. On the left is Captain Saburo Kawabuchi. 4th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame ; September 10, 2007. (supplied by Yoshitada Yamagudhi)
(From left) Nozomu Ohata and Hiroshi Kagawa, two of the seventh group of inductees to the Japan Football Hall of Fame, with Yoshitada Yamaguchi, one of the fourth group of inductees. At a party following the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (C)STUDIO AUPA
4th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame ; September 10, 2007 (C)Photo Kishimoto
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.