Rihei Sano

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Rihei Sano
Personal information
Full name Rihei Sano
Date of birth (1912-09-21)September 21, 1912
Place of birth Shizuoka, Japan
Date of death March 26, 1992(1992-03-26) (aged 79)
Place of death Japan
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Waseda WMW
National team
1936 Japan 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rihei Sano (佐野 理平, Sano Rihei, September 21, 1912 – March 26, 1992) was a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

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Sano was born in Shizuoka Prefecture on September 21, 1912. He played for Waseda WMW which was consisted of his alma mater Waseda University players and graduates.

In 1936, when Sano was a Waseda 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. 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.

Sano died on March 26, 1992 at the age of 79.

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Japan national team
1936 2 0
Total 2 0

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