Yukio Shimomura

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Yukio Shimomura
Personal information
Full name Yukio Shimomura
Date of birth (1932-01-25) January 25, 1932 (age 89)
Place of birth Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1948–1949 Shudo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1961 Toyo Industries
National team
1955 Japan 1 (0)
Teams managed
1964–1970 Toyo Industries
1972–1974 Towa Real Estate
1979–1980 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yukio Shimomura (下村 幸男, Shimomura Yukio, born January 25, 1932) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for the Japan national team. He also managed Japan national team.

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Shimomura was born in Hiroshima on January 25, 1932. After graduating from Shudo High School, he joined his local club Toyo Industries in 1950. The club won the 2nd place at 1954 and 1957 Emperor's Cup. At the 1954 Emperor's Cup, it was first Emperor's Cup finalist as a works team. He retired in 1961.

On October 9, 1955, Shimomura debuted for Japan national team against Burma. In 1956, he was selected Japan for 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. But did not play in the match, as he was the team's reserve goalkeeper behind Yoshio Furukawa.[1]

After retirement, Shimomura became a manager for Toyo Industries in 1964. In 1965, Toyo Industries joined new league Japan Soccer League. In 1965 season, the club won first champions in the league. He led the club through their first golden era as five-time champions of the league (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1970). He led the club to win the 1965, 1967 and 1969 Emperor's Cup. He resigned in 1970. In 1972, he signed with Towa Real Estate which was promoted to new division, Japan Soccer League Division 2 from 1972. He managed the club for three seasons until 1974. In 1979, he was named manager for the Japan national team as successor to Hiroshi Ninomiya. However, at 1980 Summer Olympics qualifying, following Japan's failure to qualify for 1980 Summer Olympics, he resigned.

In 2015, Shimomura was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Statistics[change | change source]

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1955 1 0
Total 1 0

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