Takeo Wakabayashi

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Takeo Wakabayashi
Personal information
Full name Takeo Wakabayashi
Date of birth (1907-08-29)August 29, 1907
Place of birth Hyogo, Japan
Date of death August 7, 1937(1937-08-07) (aged 29)
Place of death Hyogo, Japan
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Kobe Daiichi High School
Tokyo Imperial University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kobe Icchu Club
National team
1930 Japan 2 (4)
Kobe Icchu Club
Winner Emperor's Cup 1927
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Takeo Wakabayashi (若林 竹雄, Wakabayashi Takeo, August 29, 1907 – August 7, 1937) was a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

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Wakabayashi was born in Hyogo Prefecture on August 29, 1907. He played for his local club Kobe Icchu Club which was consisted of his alma mater Kobe Daiichi High School players and graduates. At the club, he won 1927 Emperor's Cup with Tadao Takayama and so on.

In May 1930, when Wakabayashi was a Tokyo Imperial University student, he was selected the Japan national team for Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo and Japan also won the championship. At this competition, on May 25, he debuted and scored 4 goals against Philippines. He was the first player in Japan national team to score a hat-trick in debut. The same feat would be achieved 80 years later by Sota Hirayama. On May 29, he also played against Republic of China. He played 2 games and scored 4 goals for Japan in 1930.

On August 7, 1937, Wakabayashi died of lung disease in Hyogo Prefecture at the age of 29.

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Japan national team
1930 2 4
Total 2 4

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