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Taizo Kawamoto (川本 泰三, Kawamoto Taizō, January 17, 1914 – September 20, 1985) was a Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. He also managed Japan national team.

Taizo Kawamoto
川本 泰三
Personal information
Full name Taizo Kawamoto
Date of birth (1914-01-17)January 17, 1914
Place of birth Seto, Aichi, Japan
Date of death September 20, 1985(1985-09-20) (aged 71)
Place of death Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1931–1937 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Waseda WMW
Osaka SC
National team
1934–1954 Japan 9 (4)
Teams managed
1958 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

Kawamoto was born in Seto on January 17, 1914. He played for Waseda WMW was consisted of his alma mater Waseda University players and graduates. The club won the 2nd place at 1940 Emperor's Cup.

In 1941, Kawamoto served in the military for World War II and was detained in the Soviet Union following the war for 4 years (Japanese prisoners of war in the Soviet Union). In December 1949, when he was 35 years old, he returned to Japan and came back as player at Osaka SC. Osaka SC won the 2nd place at Emperor's Cup 3 times (1951, 1952 and 1953).

National team careerEdit

Miracle of Berlin (1936 Olympics 1st round v Sweden on August 4)

In May 1934, when Kawamoto was a Waseda University student, he was elected Japan national team for 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games in Manila. At this competition, on May 13, he debuted and scored a goal against Dutch East Indies. In 1936, he was elected Japan for 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and scored a goal against Sweden. Japan completed a come-from-behind victory against Sweden. The first victory in Olympics for the Japan and the historic victory over one of the powerhouses became later known as "Miracle of Berlin" (ベルリンの奇跡) in Japan. In 2016, this team was elected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

After World War II, Kawamoto played at 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification and 1954 Asian Games. He was also a member of Japan as player and assistant coach for 1956 Summer Olympics, but he did not compete. He played 9 games and scored 4 goals for Japan until 1954.[1] On May 3, 1954, he made history by becoming the oldest player to play for Japan national team at the age of 40 years and 106 days.

Coaching careerEdit

In 1956, Kawamoto served as assistant coach under manager Shigemaru Takenokoshi for 1956 Summer Olympics. In 1958, Kawamoto namaed a manager for Japan national team as Hidetoki Takahashi successor for 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo. At 1958 Asian Games, Japan fought against Philippines and Hong Kong. However Japan lost both games and he resingned after the competition.

On September 20, 1985, Kawamoto died of stomach cancer in Osaka at the age of 71. In 2005, he was elected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

National team statisticsEdit

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1934 3 2
1935 0 0
1936 2 1
1937 0 0
1938 0 0
1939 0 0
1940 1 1
1941 0 0
1942 0 0
1943 0 0
1944 0 0
1945 0 0
1946 0 0
1947 0 0
1948 0 0
1949 0 0
1950 0 0
1951 0 0
1952 0 0
1953 0 0
1954 3 0
Total 9 4

National team goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 May 1934 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines   Dutch East Indies 1–7 Lost 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games
2. 15 May 1934 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines   Philippines 4–3 Won 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games
3. 4 August 1936 Hertha-BSC-Platz, Berlin, Germany   Sweden 3–2 Won 1936 Summer Olympics
4. 16 June 1940 Koshien South Ground, Nishinomiya, Japan   Philippines 1–0 Won 2600th National Foundation Festival

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