|Full name||Taizo Kawamoto|
|Date of birth||January 17, 1914|
|Place of birth||Seto, Aichi, Japan|
|Date of death||September 20, 1985(aged 71)|
|Place of death||Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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. 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.
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.
National team statisticsEdit
|Japan national team|
National team goalsEdit
|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|
- Taizo Kawamoto – FIFA competition record
- Taizo Kawamoto 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 1936 Olympics) at Japan Football Association
- Profile at Archive.footballjapan.jp