|Full name||Tokutaro Ukon|
|Date of birth||September 23, 1913|
|Place of birth||Kobe, Hyogo, Japan|
|Date of death||March 1944 (aged 30)|
|Place of death||Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Position(s)||Defender, Midfielder, Forward|
|Kobe Daiichi High School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Biography[change | change source]
Ukon was born in Kobe on September 23, 1913. When he was a Keio University student, he won the 1932 Emperor's Cup with Teiichi Matsumaru and so on as a member of Keio BRB which was consisted of Keio University players and graduates. He also played for his local club Kobe Club. He played in many positions defender, midfielder and forward.
In May 1934, when Ukon was a Keio University student, he was selected the Japan national team for Far Eastern Championship Games in Manila. At this competition, on May 15, he debuted against Philippines. In 1936, he was also 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. He played 5 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1940.
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|Japan national team|