Japan Football Hall of Fame
A defender who propped up the national team's back line throughout a period of dramatic growth for Japanese football, from the Tokyo Olympic Games to the Mexico City Olympic Games.
First plays football at the Saitama Prefectural Urawa Nishi High School, helping the team to glory at the 35th All-Japan High School Tournament in 1956. Joins Rikkyo University (Saint Paul's University), who win both the Kanto University League (with a 100% record) and the East-West University Challenge Match in 1959. Joins Hitachi in 1962, and helps the team both to a runner-up finish in the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Championship Tournament and to victory in the National Cities' Challenge Tournament in 1963.
Called up to the senior Japanese national squad while still at Rikkyo University, and makes his full debut against Indonesia in August 1961. Appears in all of Japan's matches at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, helping the team reach the quarter-finals. Demonstrates a powerful heading ability and physical strength to compare with any foreign opponent, putting in a series of dogged performances as a stopper to tightly mark the top players in each of the teams Japan face. Plays as part of the Japan team that finishes third at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok. Starts for Japan in a match played against the top Brazilian professional club Palmeiras at Komazawa Stadium in Tokyo in June 1967, frustrating the dangerous forward Dario with persistent close marking as the national team achieves its first ever victory over a professional opponent. Also selected for the Japanese national team at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968, before retiring from international duty later that year. Capped a total of 98 times for the senior side.
Makes a total of 67 appearances in his JSL career with Hitachi up to 1970, scoring five goals, and is named in the 1965 JSL Select (annual best XI).
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
The portrait of Ryozo Suzuki framed in the Japan Football Museum's Hall of Fame.
Suzuki receives a replica of the face plate from Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura (left). (supplied by Hirofumi Kimura)
(supplied by Hirofumi Kimura)
The 7th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame on 10 September 2010. From left: JFA President Junji Ogura, Seiichi Yoshimura (eldest son of the late Nelson Yoshimura), Hiroshi Ochiai, Ryozo Suzuki, Toshio Asami, Nozomu Ohata, Hiroshi Kagawa
(supplied by Hirofumi Kimura)
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado joins the various inductees in listening to a greeting from "Captain" Saburo Kawabuchi at a party following the 7th induction ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame. (C)STUDIO AUPA
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.
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.
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)
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.
The match programme for an international friendly match played between Japan and West Germany at Nishikyogoku Stadium on 20 October 1963 (member list).
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).
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).