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Ken Naganuma (長沼 健, Naganuma Ken, September 5, 1930 – June 2, 2008) was a Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. He also managed Japan national team. He was the president of the Japan Football Association from 1994 to 1998.

Ken Naganuma
長沼 健
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Personal information
Full name Ken Naganuma
Date of birth (1930-09-05)September 5, 1930
Place of birth Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Date of death June 2, 2008(2008-06-02) (aged 77)
Place of death Japan
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1949–1952 Kwansei Gakuin University
1953–1954 Chuo University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1967 Furukawa Electric 19 (8)
Total 19 (8)
National team
1954–1961 Japan 4 (1)
Teams managed
1959–1961 Furukawa Electric
1962–1969 Japan
1972–1976 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Naganuma was born in Hiroshima on September 5, 1930. After graduating from Kwansei Gakuin University and Chuo University, he joined Furukawa Electric in 1955. Furukawa Electric won 1960, 1961 and 1964 Emperor's Cup. In 1961, he was elected first Japanese Footballer of the Year awards. In 1965, Furukawa Electric joined new league Japan Soccer League. He played 19 games and scored 8 goals in the league. He retired in 1967.

National team careerEdit

In March 1954, Naganuma was elected Japan national team for 1954 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, on March 7, he debuted and scored a goal against South Korea. He also played at 1954 Asian Games. In 1956, He was elected Japan for 1956 Summer Olympics. However, he could not play for physical condition.[1] He played 4 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1961.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

In 1959, when Naganuma was player, he became a manager for Furukawa Electric. In 1960, he led the club won to 1960 Emperor's Cup champions. This was the first Emperor's Cup champions as a works team. In 1962, when he was 32 years old, he named a manager for Japan national team as Hidetoki Takahashi successor. He managed Japan with assistant coach Shunichiro Okano at 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. At 1968 Summer Olympics, Japan won Bronze Medal. This is the first time an Asian team won a medal at Olympics. He also managed at 1966 Asian Games. In 1969, he resigned after 1970 World Cup qualification and Okano was promoted to new manager.

At 1972 Summer Olympics qualification, following Japan's failure to qualify for 1972 Summer Olympics, Okano resigned and Naganuma became a manager again in 1972. He managed 1974 World Cup qualification and 1974 Asian Games. At 1976 Summer Olympics qualification in April 1976, following Japan's failure to qualify for 1976 Summer Olympics, Naganuma resigned.

Naganuma became a vice-president of Japan Football Association (JFA) in 1987 and a president of JFA in 1994. He also served as vice-president World Cup bidding committee and Japan World Cup Organizing Committee for 2002 World Cup. In 1998, he resigned a president of JFA. In 2005, he was elected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

On June 2, 2008, Naganuma died of pneumonia at the age of 77.

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1965 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 6
1966 2
1967 0 0
Country Japan 19 8
Total 19 8

National team statisticsEdit


Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1954 2 1
1955 0 0
1956 0 0
1957 0 0
1958 1 0
1959 0 0
1960 0 0
1961 1 0
Total 4 1

National team goalsEdit


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 March 1954 Meiji Jingu Gaien Stadium, Tokyo, Japan   South Korea 1-5 Lost 1954 FIFA World Cup Q.


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