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Koichi Oita

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Koichi Oita
Personal information
Full name Koichi Oita
Date of birth (1914-04-09)April 9, 1914
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Date of death September 11, 1996(1996-09-11) (aged 82)
Place of death Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Years Team
???? Mito High School
????–1937 Tokyo Imperial University
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936 Japan 2 (0)
Teams managed
Years Team
1947–1956 Sumitomo Metal

Koichi Oita (種田 孝一, Oita Koichi, April 9, 1914 – September 11, 1996) was a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

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Oita was born in Tokyo Metropolis on April 9, 1914. In 1936, when he was a Tokyo Imperial University student, he was selected the Japan national team for 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. At this competition, on August 4, he debuted against Sweden. Although he was a midfielder, he played as a defender. 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. On August 7, he also played against Italy. He played 2 games for Japan in 1936.

After retirement, in 1947, Oita became a manager for new club Sumitomo Metal and managed until 1956.

September 11, 1996, Oita died of heart failure in Bunkyo, Tokyo at the age of 82.

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Japan national team
1936 2 0
Total 2 0

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