|Full name||Ryuichi Sugiyama|
|Date of birth||July 4, 1941|
|Place of birth||Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6+1⁄2 in)|
|1957–1960||Shimizu Higashi High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Biography[change | change source]
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]
|1966||Mitsubishi Motors||JSL Division 1||14||11|
|Japan national team|
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Ryuichi Sugiyama at Olympedia
- Ryuichi Sugiyama at FIFA
- Ryuichi Sugiyama at National Football Teams.com
- Ryuichi Sugiyama at Transfermarkt (player)
- Ryuichi Sugiyama at Transfermarkt (manager)
- Japan Football Hall of Fame at Japan Football Association
- Japan Football Hall of Fame (Japan team at 1968 Olympics) at Japan Football Association