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Japan Football Hall of Fame

6th group of inductees, 2009
Born in Fukushima Prefecture on 11 April 1916.
First plays football in his fourth year at elementary school, before playing at Kariya Junior High School, Waseda University Senior High School, Waseda University, and then at Hitachi from 1941.
Appointed as manager of the Waseda University football club in 1955, and leads the team to two consecutive Kanto University League titles. Leads the Japanese national team on a tour of China to help them prepare for the 3rd Asian Games in 1957, before taking the first ever Japanese national youth team assembled to third plays in the 1st Asian Youth Championships in 1959. Officially appointed as manager of the Japanese national team in 1960. Leads the national team in competitions including the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in Chile, the 5th Merdeka Tournament, and the 4th Asian Games, before spending two years alongside coach Dettmar Cramer training the Japanese national team ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Appointed as manager of the struggling Hitachi club in 1966. Following four consecutive titles for Toyo Industries, the JSL was beginning to become dominated by the quick-paced Mitsubishi Heavy Industries team and the individual talents of Yanmar Diesel, but Takahashi emphasises the key element of "running". He quickly leads a team of no star players from the relegation zone to the upper reaches of the league, before winning the team's first ever titles in both the JSL First Division and the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament in 1972 that reminds Japanese football of the importance of the basics. Achieves further glory in the 55th Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament in 1975 and revitalises a Hitachi football club with which he had been involved from the very beginning. Builds foundations for the future Kashiwa Reysol club, before retiring in 1976.
Serves as general secretary of the JSL from 1979 to 1986 and focuses efforts on revitalising the league, moving its offices away from the Japan Football Association and causing a stir with originally designed league posters.
Passes away in 2000.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of sixth group of inductees in 2009.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum


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  • 11 April 1916 - Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
  • April 1929 - Enters Kariya Junior High School in Aichi Prefecture.
  • March 1934 - Graduates from Kariya Junior High School.
    April - Enters Waseda High School.
  • 1935 - Waseda High School wins 2nd University of Tokyo Preparatory School Tournament.
  • January 1936 - Waseda High School are knocked out in the third round of the 13th All-Japan High School Football Tournament (the old Inter-High).
    October - Waseda University suffers a narrow 4-3 defeat in their opening match of the Kanto University League against Tokyo University of Commerce, having fielded a back-up team due to the absence of key players called up for the Japanese national team to play in the qualifiers for the Berlin Olympic Games. Despite the loss, Takahashi shines as a forward.
  • June 1938 - Waseda University wins the 18th All-Japan Championship Tournament (now the Emperor's Cup), taking its second title but the first for ten years.
  • March 1941 - Graduates from Waseda University.
    April - Joins Hitachi. Helps the football team to a runners-up spot in the company section of the Meiji Shrine Tournament that autumn.
  • 1955 - Appointed as manager of the Waseda University association football club. Leads the team to their 11th Kanto University League, but their first in four years, that autumn.
  • 1956 - Waseda University wins both the Kanto University League and the East-West University Challenge Match, but finishes as runners-up in the University Tournament.
  • 1957 - Appointed as coach of the Japanese national team.
  • April 1959 - Manages the Japanese national youth team at the 1st Asian Youth Championship.
  • August 1960 - Appointed as manager of the Japanese national team (serving until September 1962).
  • March 1969 - Appointed as manager of the Hitachi Head Office football team.
  • 5 February 2000 - Dies of pneumonia at the age of 83.
  • 11 August 2009 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of sixth group of inductees.