Mitsuo Kamata (鎌田 光夫, Kamata Mitsuo, born December 16, 1937) is a former Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.
Kamata was born in Ibaraki Prefecture on December 16, 1937. After graduating from Chuo University, he joined Furukawa Electric in 1960. He won 1960, 1961 and 1964 Emperor's Cup. In 1965, Furukawa Electric joined new league Japan Soccer League. He retired in 1974. He played 106 games and scored 6 goals in the league. He was selected Best Eleven in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
National team career
On December 25, 1958, when Kamata was a Chuo University student, he debuted for Japan national team against Hong Kong. He played at 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He played in all match at both tournament and Japan won Bronze Medal in 1968. In 2018, this team was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. He also played at 1962 Asian Games. He played 44 games and scored 2 goals for Japan until 1958.
After retirement, Kamata became a manager for Furukawa Electric as Saburo Kawabuchi successor in 1976 and managed until 1978. The club won the champions in 1976 Japan Soccer League, 1976 Emperor's Cup and 1977 JSL Cup. In 1981, he signed with Japanese Regional Leagues club Daikyo Oil (later Cosmo Oil). He led the club to won league champions 4 times and promoted the club to Japan Soccer League Division 2 in 1986. He resigned in 1991. In 2007, he was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.
National team statistics
National team goals