Kunishige Kamamoto

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,[2] and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Japan.[3] He served as a member of the House of Councillors between 1995 and 2001.

Kunishige Kamamoto
釜本 邦茂
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Personal information
Full name Kunishige Kamamoto
Date of birth (1944-04-15) April 15, 1944 (age 76)
Place of birth Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1960–1962 Yamashiro High School
1963–1966 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1984 Yanmar Diesel 251 (202)
Total 251 (202)
National team
1964–1977 Japan 76[1] (75)
Teams managed
1978–1984 Yanmar Diesel
1991–1994 Gamba Osaka
2009 Fujieda MYFC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

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.

Club careerEdit

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.[4] 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.

Coaching careerEdit

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.

Kamamoto was also served the vice-president of the Japan Football Association from July 1998 to July 2008. In 2005, he was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Club statisticsEdit

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup JSL Cup Total
1967 Yanmar Diesel JSL Division 1 14 14 3 7 17 21
1968 14 14 3 5 17 19
1969 12 10 3 7 15 17
1970 14 16 3 5 17 21
1971 14 11 3 5 17 16
1972 14 11 4 5 18 16
1973 16 17 2 0 18 17
1974 18 21 4 3 22 24
1975 17 9 3 2 20 11
1976 18 15 3 2 1 0 22 17
1977 18 20 4 4 3 2 25 26
1978 18 15 3 4 3 4 24 23
1979 18 7 3 2 2 1 22 11
1980 18 10 2 0 3 2 23 12
1981 18 11 2 0 0 0 20 11
1982 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
1983 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1984 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 251 202 48 51 12 9 311 262

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Japan's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 March 1964 Tokyo, Japan   Singapore 2–1 Won Friendly
2. 14 March 1965 Tokyo, Japan   Hong Kong 2–1 Won Friendly
3. 14 March 1965 Tokyo, Japan   Hong Kong 2–1 Won Friendly
4. 22 March 1965 Tokyo, Japan   Burma 1–1 Draw Friendly
5. 11 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand   Iran 3–1 Won 1966 Asian Games
6. 14 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand   Malaysia 1–0 Won 1966 Asian Games
7. 16 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand   Singapore 5–1 Won 1966 Asian Games
8. 16 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand   Singapore 5–1 Won 1966 Asian Games
9. 17 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand 5–1 Won 1966 Asian Games
10. 19 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand   Singapore 2–0 Won 1966 Asian Games
11. 27 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Philippines 15–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
12. 27 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Philippines 15–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
13. 27 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Philippines 15–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
14. 27 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Philippines 15–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
15. 27 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Philippines 15–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
16. 27 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Philippines 15–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
17. 30 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Taiwan 4–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
18. 30 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Taiwan 4–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
19. 30 September 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Taiwan 4–0 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
20. 3 October 1967 Tokyo, Japan   Lebanon 3–1 Won Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
21. 7 October 1967 Tokyo, Japan   South Korea 3–3 Draw Qualification 1968 Summer Olympics
22. 30 March 1968 Tokyo, Japan   Australia 2–2 Draw Friendly
23. 30 March 1968 Tokyo, Japan   Australia 2–2 Draw Friendly
24. 4 April 1968 Tokyo, Japan   Australia 3–1 Won Friendly
25. 4 April 1968 Tokyo, Japan   Australia 3–1 Won Friendly
26. 14 October 1968 Puebla, Mexico   Nigeria 3–0 Won 1968 Summer Olympics
27. 14 October 1968 Puebla, Mexico   Nigeria 3–0 Won 1968 Summer Olympics
28. 14 October 1968 Puebla, Mexico   Nigeria 3–0 Won 1968 Summer Olympics
29. 10 December 1970 Bangkok, Thailand   Malaysia 1–0 Won 1970 Asian Games
30. 16 December 1970 Bangkok, Thailand   Indonesia 2–1 Won 1970 Asian Games
31. 16 December 1970 Bangkok, Thailand   Indonesia 2–1 Won 1970 Asian Games
32. 28 July 1971 Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 2–3 Lost Friendly
33. 28 July 1971 Copenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 2–3 Lost Friendly
34. 27 September 1971 Bangkok, Thailand   Philippines 8–1 Won Qualification 1972 Summer Olympics
35. 27 September 1971 Bangkok, Thailand   Philippines 8–1 Won Qualification 1972 Summer Olympics
36. 27 September 1971 Bangkok, Thailand   Philippines 8–1 Won Qualification 1972 Summer Olympics
37. 29 September 1971 Bangkok, Thailand   Taiwan 5–1 Won Qualification 1972 Summer Olympics
38. 29 September 1971 Bangkok, Thailand   Taiwan 5–1 Won Qualification 1972 Summer Olympics
39. 29 September 1971 Bangkok, Thailand   Taiwan 5–1 Won Qualification 1972 Summer Olympics
40. 12 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Khmer 4–1 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
41. 12 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Khmer 4–1 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
42. 12 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Khmer 4–1 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
43. 12 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Khmer 4–1 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
44. 16 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
45. 16 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
46. 16 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
47. 16 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
48. 16 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Sri Lanka 5–0 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
49. 18 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Philippines 5–1 Won 1972 Merdeka Tournament
50. 18 July 1972 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Malaysia 1–3 Lost 1972 Merdeka Tournament
51. 4 August 1972 Bangkok, Thailand   Philippines 4–1 Won Pesta Sukan Tournament
52. 4 August 1972 Bangkok, Thailand   Philippines 4–1 Won Pesta Sukan Tournament
53. 14 September 1972 Tokyo, Japan   South Korea 2–2 Draw Japan-Korea Annual Match
54. 14 September 1972 Tokyo, Japan   South Korea 2–2 Draw Japan-Korea Annual Match
55. 20 May 1973 Seoul, Korea Republic   South Vietnam 4–0 Won Qualification 1974 FIFA World Cup
56. 20 May 1973 Seoul, Korea Republic   South Vietnam 4–0 Won Qualification 1974 FIFA World Cup
57. 3 September 1974 Tehran, Iran   Philippines 4–0 Won 1974 Asian Games
58. 3 September 1974 Tehran, Iran   Philippines 4–0 Won 1974 Asian Games
59. 3 September 1974 Tehran, Iran   Philippines 4–0 Won 1974 Asian Games
60. 28 September 1974 Tokyo, Japan   South Korea 4–1 Won Japan-Korea Annual Match
61. 28 September 1974 Tokyo, Japan   South Korea 4–1 Won Japan-Korea Annual Match
62. 4 August 1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Bangladesh 3–0 Won Merdeka Tournament
63. 4 August 1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Bangladesh 3–0 Won Merdeka Tournament
64. 7 August 1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Indonesia 4–1 Won Merdeka Tournament
65. 7 August 1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Indonesia 4–1 Won Merdeka Tournament
66. 14 August 1975 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Burma 2–0 Won Merdeka Tournament
67. 25 January 1976 Tokyo, Japan   Bulgaria 1–3 Lost Asahi International Soccer Tournament
68. 27 March 1976 Tehran, Iran   South Korea 2–2 Draw Qualification 1976 Summer Olympics
69. 27 March 1976 Tehran, Iran   South Korea 2–2 Draw Qualification 1976 Summer Olympics
70. 8 August 1976 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   India 5–1 Won Merdeka Tournament
71. 10 August 1976 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Indonesia 6–0 Won Merdeka Tournament
72. 13 August 1976 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Burma 2–2 Won Merdeka Tournament
73. 16 August 1976 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Thailand 2–2 Won Merdeka Tournament
74. 16 August 1976 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Thailand 2–2 Won Merdeka Tournament
75. 20 August 1976 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Malaysia 2–2 Won Merdeka Tournament
Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1964 2 1
1965 3 3
1966 7 6
1967 5 11
1968 4 7
1969 0 0
1970 6 3
1971 6 8
1972 8 15
1973 3 2
1974 5 5
1975 7 5
1976 16 9
1977 4 0
Total 76 75

Managerial statisticsEdit

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Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Gamba Osaka 1993 1994 80 31 0 49 038.75
Total 80 31 0 49 038.75

HonoursEdit

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kunishige Kamamoto - Goals in International Matches
  2. ^ "Flashback: Kunishige Kamamoto recalls Japan's 1968 Olympic bronze medal | AFC". cms.the-afc.com. Archived from the original on 2018-01-23. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Japanese Athletes". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  4. ^ Japan National Football Team Database
  5. ^ "Kamamoto, Kunishige". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  6. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)

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