|Full name||Taizo Kawamoto|
|Date of birth||January 17, 1914|
|Place of birth||Seto, Aichi, Japan|
|Date of death||September 20, 1985(aged 71)|
|Place of death||Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|1926–1930||Ichioka High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Biography[change | change source]
Kawamoto was born in Seto on January 17, 1914. He played for Waseda WMW which was consisted of his alma mater Waseda University players and graduates. The club won the 2nd place at 1940 Emperor's Cup.
In 1941, Kawamoto served in the military for World War II and was detained in the Soviet Union following the war for 4 years (Japanese prisoners of war in the Soviet Union). In December 1949, when he was 35 years old, he returned to Japan and came back as player at Osaka SC. Osaka SC won the 2nd place at Emperor's Cup 3 times (1951, 1952 and 1953).
In May 1934, when Kawamoto was a Waseda University student, he was selected the Japan national team for Far Eastern Championship Games in Manila. At this competition, on May 13, he debuted and scored a goal against Dutch East Indies. In 1936, he was selected Japan for 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and scored a goal 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.
After World War II, Kawamoto played at 1954 World Cup qualification and 1954 Asian Games. On May 3, 1954, he made history by becoming the oldest player to play for Japan national team at the age of 40 years and 106 days. He played 9 games and scored 4 goals for Japan until 1954. He was also a member of Japan as player and assistant coach for 1956 Summer Olympics, but he did not play in the match.
In 1958, Kawamoto named a manager for Japan national team as Hidetoki Takahashi successor for 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo. At 1958 Asian Games, Japan fought against Philippines and Hong Kong. However Japan lost both games and he resigned after the competition.
Statistics[change | change source]
|Japan national team|
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Taizo Kawamoto at Olympedia
- Taizo Kawamoto at FIFA
- Taizo Kawamoto at National Football Teams.com
- Taizo Kawamoto at Transfermarkt (player)
- Taizo Kawamoto at Transfermarkt (manager)
- Japan Football Hall of Fame at Japan Football Association
- Japan Football Hall of Fame (Japan team at 1936 Olympics) at Japan Football Association