Hiroshi Ninomiya

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Hiroshi Ninomiya
二宮 寛
Personal information
Full name Hiroshi Ninomiya
Date of birth (1937-02-13) February 13, 1937 (age 82)
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1955–1958 Keio University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1968 Mitsubishi Motors 45 (8)
Total 45 (8)
National team
1958–1961 Japan 12 (9)
Teams managed
1967–1975 Mitsubishi Motors
1976–1978 Japan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hiroshi Ninomiya (二宮 寛, Ninomiya Hiroshi, born February 13, 1937) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team. He also managed Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Ninomiya was born in Tokyo on February 13, 1937. After graduating from Keio University, he joined Mitsubishi Motors in 1959. In 1965, Mitsubishi Motors joined new league Japan Soccer League. He retired in 1968. He played 45 games and scored 8 goals in the league.

National team career[edit]

On December 25, 1958, when Ninomiya was a Keio University student, he debuted for Japan national team against Hong Kong. In 1959, he played 9 games and scored 9 goals as a regular player. He played 12 games and scored 9 goals for Japan until 1961.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1967, Ninomiya played for Mitsubishi Motors, he became a playing manager as Tomohiko Ikoma successor and managed until 1975. In 9 seasons, the club won the champions 2 times (1969 and 1973) and 2nd place 4 times. The club also 1971 and 1973 Emperor's Cup. After Japan national team failed to qualify for 1976 Summer Olympics in April 1976, Ninomiya became a manager for Japan national team as Ken Naganuma successor. Ninomiya managed at 1978 World Cup qualification and 1978 Asian Games. He resigned after 1978 Asian Games.

In 2015, Ninomiya was elected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

National team statistics[edit]


Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1958 2 0
1959 9 9
1960 0 0
1961 1 0
Total 12 9


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