Mitsuo Kamata

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Mitsuo Kamata
鎌田 光夫
Personal information
Full name Mitsuo Kamata
Date of birth (1937-12-16) December 16, 1937 (age 80)
Place of birth Ibaraki, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1956–1959 Chuo University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1974 Furukawa Electric 106 (6)
Total 106 (6)
National team
1958–1969 Japan 44 (2)
Teams managed
1976–1978 Furukawa Electric
1981–1991 Cosmo Oil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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.

Club career[edit]

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 elected Best Eleven in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

National team career[edit]

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.[1] He played in all match at both tournament and Japan won Bronze Medal in 1968. He also played at 1962 Asian Games. He played 44 games and scored 2 goals for Japan until 1958.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

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 elected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1965 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 14 2
1966 14 0
1967 14 1
1968 13 0
1969 14 1
1970 13 1
1971 14 1
1972 7 0
1973 3 0
1974 0 0
Country Japan 106 6
Total 106 6

National team statistics[edit]

[2]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1958 2 0
1959 10 0
1960 0 0
1961 7 1
1962 7 1
1963 4 0
1964 2 0
1965 3 0
1966 0 0
1967 2 0
1968 3 0
1969 4 0
Total 44 2

National team goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 August 1961 Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  South Vietnam 1–0 Won 1961 Merdeka Tournament
2. 21 September 1962 Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang, Singapore  Singapore 2–1 Lost Friendly
Correct as of 6 November 2016[3]

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