Kunishige Kamamoto (釜本 邦茂, Kamamoto Kunishige, born April 15, 1944) is a former Japanese football player, manager and politician. He won the bronze medal with the Japan national team at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, finishing as the tournament's top scorer with seven goals, and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Japan. He served as a member of the House of Councillors between 1995 and 2001.
|Full name||Kunishige Kamamoto|
|Date of birth||April 15, 1944|
|Place of birth||Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|1960–1962||Yamashiro High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kamamoto was born in Kyoto on April 15, 1944. He grew up in Kyoto and attended Yamashiro High School. Then, he was on to Waseda University School of commerce. He became a top scorer in the Kanto university league for 4 years in a row. He also won the 1963 and the 1966 Emperor's Cup at university. This was the last time a university team won the Emperor's Cup. His major was commerce and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Waseda University in 1966.
After graduating from Waseda University, Kamamoto joined Japan Soccer League club Yanmar Diesel (currently Cerezo Osaka) in 1967. He played all games in league from first season. In 1968, he became a top scorer in the league. The club won their 1st title 1968 Emperor's Cup with his winning goal in final. The club also won 1970 Emperor's Cup. In 1971, the club won their 1st league champions and he also became a top scorer Second time. In 1974 and 1975, the club won the league for 2 years in a row and also won 1974 Emperor's Cup. In 1978, he became a playing manager. The club won the league champions in 1980. In 1982, he ruptured his Achilles tendon 2 times. In 1984, when he was 40 years old, he retired. He became a top scorer 7 times and was selected Best Eleven 14 times. He was also selected Japanese Footballer of the Year awards 7 times.
National team careerEdit
On March 3, 1964, when Kamamoto was a Waseda University student, he debuted and scored a goal for Japan national team against Singapore. In October, he was selected by Japan for 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He played all matches and scored 1 goal. In 1968, he also was selected Japan for 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Japan won Bronze Medal and he became a top scorer. He played all matches and scored 7 goals. In 2018, this team was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, after many Olympic players left national team, he continued being selected national team. He also played at 1966, 1970 and 1974 Asian Games. In 1977, he retired from national team. He played 76 games and scored 75 goals for Japan until 1977.
In 1978, when Kamamoto played for Yanmar Diesel, he became a playing manager. He led the club to won first league champions in 1980. The club also won 1983 and 1984 JSL Cup. In 1984, he resigned at the same time he retired from playing career. In 1991, he signed with across town to the Yanmar Diesel rivals, Matsushita Electric (later Gamba Osaka). He resigned in 1994.
Kamamoto was selected as a member of the House of Councillors in July 1995, then served until July 2001.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||JSL Cup||Total|
|1967||Yanmar Diesel||JSL Division 1||14||14||3||7||–||17||21|
- Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
|Japan national team|
- Summer Olympics football top scorer : 1968
- Japanese Footballer of the Year (7): 1966, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981
- Japan Soccer League Top Scorer (7): 1968, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976 (on his own), 1978 (shared with Carvalho).
- Japan Soccer League Best Eleven (14): 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981.
- Japan Soccer League Assists leader (2): 1973, 1975
- Japan Soccer League Star Ball Award (5): 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972
- Japan Soccer League Fighting Spirit Award (1): 1968
- Japan Soccer League 100 goals Award: 1974
- Japan Soccer League 200 goals Award: 1981
- Kunishige Kamamoto - Goals in International Matches
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- "Top 10 Japanese Athletes". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- Japan National Football Team Database
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- J.League Data Site(in Japanese)
- Kunishige Kamamoto – FIFA competition record
- Kunishige Kamamoto at National-Football-Teams.com
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Kunishige Kamamoto at J.League (in Japanese)
- Japan Football Hall of Fame at Japan Football Association
- Japan Football Hall of Fame (Japan team at 1968 Olympics) at Japan Football Association
- Japan Soccer Archive: Biography and action photos