Kunishige Kamamoto

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Kunishige Kamamoto
Personal information
Full name Kunishige Kamamoto
Date of birth (1944-04-15) April 15, 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Kyoto, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1960–1962 Yamashiro H.S.
1963–1966 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1984 Yanmar Diesel 251 (202)
National team
1964–1977 Japan 84 (80)
Teams managed
1978–1984 Yanmar Diesel
1991–1994 Gamba Osaka
2009 Fujieda MYFC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 1968 Mexico City Team competition

Kunishige Kamamoto (釜本 邦茂 Kamamoto Kunishige, born April 15, 1944) is a former association football player from Japan, who won the bronze medal with the Japan national team at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, finishing as the tournament's top scorer with seven goals. Kamamoto is often considered to be the greatest Japanese football player of all-time.[1]

He was born in Kyoto on April 15, 1944. He grew up in Kyoto and attended Yamashiro High School. Then, he was on to Waseda University School of commerce. His major was commerce and earned bachelor of arts degree from Waseda University in 1966. He was selected Japan national football team in his college year. He joined the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Tokyo and the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico city, Mexico.

Kamamoto was the first Japanese league superstar, being the Japan Soccer League's top scorer 6 times with his club Yanmar Diesel, the forerunner to today's Cerezo Osaka. Upon retirement he became a manager and went across town to the local rivals, Gamba Osaka. Later, he became a member of the House of Councilors.

Kamamoto has been a politician since 1995 and the vice chairman of the Japan Football Association since July 1998.

Club statistics[edit]

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1967 Yanmar Diesel JSL Division 1 14 14 3 7 - 17 21
1968 14 14 3 5 - 17 19
1969 12 10 3 7 - 15 17
1970 14 16 3 5 - 17 21
1971 14 11 3 5 - 17 16
1972 14 11 4 5 - 18 16
1973 16 17 2 0 - 18 17
1974 18 21 4 3 - 22 24
1975 17 9 3 2 - 20 11
1976 18 15 3 2 1 0 22 17
1977 18 20 4 4 3 2 25 26
1978 18 15 3 4 3 4 24 23
1979 18 7 3 2 2 1 22 11
1980 18 10 2 0 3 2 23 12
1981 18 11 2 0 0 0 20 11
1982 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
1983 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1984 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Country Japan 251 202 48 51 12 9 311 262
Total 251 202 48 51 12 9 311 262

National team statistics[edit]

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Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1964 5 2
1965 3 3
1966 7 6
1967 5 11
1968 9 11
1969 0 0
1970 6 3
1971 6 8
1972 8 15
1973 3 2
1974 5 5
1975 7 5
1976 16 9
1977 4 0
Total 84 80

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