Koichi Kudo

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Koichi Kudo
Personal information
Full name Koichi Kudo
Date of birth (1909-02-04)February 4, 1909
Place of birth Iwate, Iwate, Japan
Date of death September 21, 1971(1971-09-21) (aged 62)
Place of death Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Years Team
1927–1929 Waseda University High School
1930–1933 Waseda University
Teams managed
Years Team
1942 Japan

Koichi Kudo (工藤 孝一, Kudo Koichi, February 4, 1909 – September 21, 1971) was a Japanese football player and manager. He managed for Japan national team.

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Kudo was born in Iwate, Iwate on February 4, 1909. In 1933, he graduated from Waseda University and he became manager for Waseda University. In 1936, he became assistant coach for Japan national team for 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. 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 selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. In 1942, he became manager for Japan national team.[1] In 1957, he managed Waseda University again until 1966.

On September 21, 1971, Kudo died of heart failure in Suginami, Tokyo at the age of 62.

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