Ryuichi Sugiyama

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Ryuichi Sugiyama
Ryuichi Sugiyama and Dettmar Cramer 1964.jpg
Sugiyama (left) with coach Dettmar Cramer at the 1964 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Ryuichi Sugiyama
Date of birth (1941-07-04) July 4, 1941 (age 80)
Place of birth Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1957–1960 Shimizu Higashi High School
1962–1965 Meiji University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1973 Mitsubishi Motors 115 (41)
Total 115 (41)
National team
1961–1971 Japan 56 (15)
Teams managed
1974–1987 Yamaha Motors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ryuichi Sugiyama (杉山 隆一, Sugiyama Ryuichi, born July 4, 1941) is a former Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

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Sugiyama was born in Shizuoka on July 4, 1941. After graduating from Meiji University, he joined Japan Soccer League club Mitsubishi Motors in 1966. The club won the champion in 1969 and 1973. The club also won 1971 and 1973 Emperor's Cup. He retired in 1973. In his 8 seasons, he played all matches except 1 game in 1970 season and he was selected Best Eleven in all seasons. He was also selected "Japanese Footballer of the Year" 3 times (1964, 1969 and 1973).

On May 28, 1961, during Rōnin for university, Sugiyama debuted for the Japan national team against Malaya. He played at 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. At 1964 Summer Olympics, he played 3 games and scored 2 goals against Argentina and Ghana. At 1968 Summer Olympics, he played 6 matches and assisted 5 goals and Japan won bronze medal. In 2018, 1968 Olympics team was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. He also played at 1962, 1966 and 1970 Asian Games. At 1972 Summer Olympics qualification in 1971, Japan's failure to qualify for 1972 Summer Olympics. This qualification was his last game for Japan. He played 56 games and scored 15 goals for Japan until 1971.

After retirement, Sugiyama became a manager for Yamaha Motors in 1974. He led the club to the Japan Soccer League Division 1. He is their longest-serving manager, having led the club from 1974 to 1987.

In 2005, Sugiyama was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
JapanLeague
1966 Mitsubishi Motors JSL Division 1 14 11
1967 14 8
1968 14 4
1969 14 1
1970 13 4
1971 14 4
1972 14 3
1973 18 6
Country Japan 115 41
Total 115 41

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1961 3 0
1962 6 0
1963 5 1
1964 2 1
1965 4 3
1966 6 2
1967 5 4
1968 4 1
1969 4 0
1970 11 1
1971 6 2
Total 56 15

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