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Daishiro Nelson YOSHIMURA

Japan Football Hall of Fame

7th group of inductees, 2010
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 16 August 1947.
The first Japanese-Brazilian to play in the Japan Soccer League (JSL).
Joins Yanmar Diesel in 1967, where he inspires the team with his delicate touch and technique. His passing abilities make him an ideal foil for forward Kunishige Kumamoto, who is rapidly emerging as a leading player at the time.
Helps Yanmar to their first ever titles in the 1968 Emperor's Cup All-Japan Championship Tournament and in JSL Division 1 in 1971, and leads the league in assists in 1972. Leads the team to the greatest era in their history, with four JSL Division 1 titles and three Emperor's Cup crowns (including a league-and-cup double in 1978) before announcing his playing retirement in 1980. Plays in a total of 189 JSL matches, scoring 30 goals and recording 54 assists. Named in the annual best XI on four occasions.
Aside from his career at Yanmar, Yoshimura takes Japanese citizenship in 1970 and goes on to contribute to the Japan national team. His valuable technical qualities allow him to play a leading attacking role as a committed member of the team for the next seven years.
Yoshimura's aesthetically pleasing play shows the nation that "even Japanese players" are capable of demonstrating the individual skills of Brazilian football. This serves as a major source of encouragement as Japanese football leans more towards the Brazilian style in later years.
Retires with a Japanese national team record of 101 appearances (46 in "A" matches) and ten goals (seven in "A" matches).
Becomes a coach after his retirement, and works hard to support the development of Japanese football in areas such as youth training and talent spotting.
After serving as a coach from 1981 to 1989, becomes manager of Yanmar between 1990 and 1994, and builds the foundations for what would become Cerezo Osaka.
Passes away in 2003.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum


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  • 16 August 1947 - Born in Brazil to Japanese parents.
  • June 1967 - Joins Yanmar Diesel Football Club.
    Becomes a key part of the team alongside Kunishige Kamamoto, who had graduated from Waseda University and joined two months earlier. Yanmar Diesel becomes one of the top clubs in Japan.
  • January 1969 - Wins the Emperor's Cup. Yanmar Diesel later go on to win the tournament on two further occasions (1971 and 1975), and finish as runners-up five times.
  • 1970 - Takes Japanese citizenship. Becomes part of the Japanese national team, for which he makes 101 appearances and scores ten goals (45 appearances and seven goals in "A" matches) until his international retirement in 1976.
  • 1971 - Yanmar win the Japan Soccer League for the first time. The club goes on to win the title again in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1980; as well as finishing second on four occasions (1968, 1972, 1978, 1982).
  • 1980 - Announces playing retirement and becomes a coach at Yanmar.
  • 1990 - Appointed as manager of Yanmar (signs Hiroaki Morishima on a professional contract in 1991).
  • 1996 - Appointed as school coach at Osaka Football Club (Cerezo Osaka).
  • 2000 - Appointed as general scout at Osaka Football Club.
  • 1 November 2003 - Passes away suddenly.
  • 10 Sep 2010 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the seventh group of inductees.