|Full name||Masashi Watanabe|
|Date of birth||January 11, 1936|
|Place of birth||Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan|
|Date of death||December 7, 1995(aged 59)|
|Place of death||Chiba, Chiba, Japan|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1951||Sotoku High School|
|1951–1953||Hiroshima Motomachi High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Watanabe was born in Hiroshima on January 11, 1936. After graduating from high school, he joined Yawata Steel (later Nippon Steel) in 1954. In 1958, he left Yawata Steel and entered Rikkyo University. After graduating from Rikkyo University, he joined Yawata Steel again in 1962. In 1965, Yawata Steel joined new league Japan Soccer League. He retired in 1971. He played 79 games and scored 19 goals in the league. He was selected Best Eleven in 1968.
National team careerEdit
On December 25, 1958, when Watanabe was a Rikkyo University student, he debuted for Japan national team against Hong Kong. He played at 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. At 1968 Summer Olympics, he played 5 games and scored 2 goals against Brazil and France. Japan also won Bronze Medal. In 2018, this team was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. He also played at 1962 and 1966 Asian Games. He played 39 games and scored 19 goals for Japan until 1969.
In 1969, when Watanabe played for Yawata Steel (later Nippon Steel), he became a playing manager. He managed the club until 1975. In 1979, he became an assistant coach for Japan national team under manager Yukio Shimomura. At 1980 Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in April 1980, following Japan's failure to qualify for 1980 Summer Olympics, Shimomura resigned a manager. In May, Watanabe was promoted to manager as Shimomura successor. However, just before 1982 World Cup qualification in December, he suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage and replaced to Saburo Kawabuchi.
National team statisticsEdit
|Japan national team|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Masashi Watanabe – FIFA competition record
- Masashi Watanabe at National-Football-Teams.com
- Japan National Football Team Database
- Japan Football Hall of Fame at Japan Football Association
- Japan Football Hall of Fame (Japan team at 1968 Olympics) at Japan Football Association
- Masashi Watanabe at the International Olympic Committee
- Masashi Watanabe at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
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