Saburō Kawabuchi

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Saburō Kawabuchi
Personal information
Full name Saburō Kawabuchi
Date of birth (1936-12-03) December 3, 1936 (age 77)
Place of birth Takaishi, Osaka, Japan
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1957–1960 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1970 Furukawa Electric 68 (10)
National team
1958–1965 Japan 26 (8)
Teams managed
1973–1975 Furukawa Electric
1980-1981 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Saburō Kawabuchi (川淵三郎, born 3 December 1936 in Osaka city, Osaka, Japan) is a former Japanese football player and Head coach for Japan national football team. He is the founder of the Japan Professional Soccer League. Now, he is the honorable chairman of the league. He is ex-president of the Japan Football Association between 2002 and 2008.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Osaka city, Osaka. At first, when he was in Takaishi elementary school and Takaishi Junior high school, he played baseball. He was on to Mikunigaoka High School, Osaka and became a member of football team at the high school. He graduated from Mikunigaoka High School, Osaka in 1955. He went on to Waseda University School of commerce in 1957. He played for Waseda University football team. He earned Bachelor of arts degree in commerce from Waseda University.


Kawabuchi played for Furukawa Electric football team, forerunner to JEF United Ichihara Chiba, in the early days of the Japan Soccer League. In the initial league season, he was the first player to score a hat-trick, against Nagoya Bank.[1] He became a player for Japan national football team. He joined the 1964 Summer Olympis in Tokyo. He retired as a player in 1970, he used to work for Furukawa Electric Corpolation. In 1980, he became Head coach for Japan national football team for short time.

In 1993, he established Japan professional soccer league and became the first chairman of the league. He was in the office between 1993 and 2002. He was the president of the Japan Football Association between 2002 and 2008.

He was selected for a member of Japan Football Hall of fame by Japan Football Association in 2005.

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1965 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 14 3
1966 14 4
1967 14 1
1968 14 1
1969 12 1
1970 0 0
Country Japan 68 10
Total 68 10

National team statistics[edit]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1958 2 2
1959 9 3
1960 1 0
1961 6 1
1962 6 2
1963 0 0
1964 0 0
1965 2 0
Total 26 8



  • J's career – With Japan football, Nihon Keizai Shimbun Shuppan, 2009


  • Wife: Yasuko
  • Daughters: Junko and Hideko


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