|Full name||Rihei Sano|
|Date of birth||September 21, 1912|
|Place of birth||Shizuoka, Japan|
|Date of death||March 26, 1992(aged 79)|
|Place of death||Japan|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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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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