Ryuzo Hiraki

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Ryuzo Hiraki
平木 隆三
Personal information
Full name Ryuzo Hiraki
Date of birth (1931-10-07)October 7, 1931
Place of birth Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Date of death January 2, 2009(2009-01-02) (aged 77)
Place of death Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1951–1956 Kwansei Gakuin University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957 Yuasa Batteries
1958–1966 Furukawa Electric 6 (0)
Total 6 (0)
National team
1954–1962 Japan 30 (1)
Teams managed
1962–1965 Furukawa Electric
1965 Japan U-20
1967–1969 Japan U-20
1992–1993 Nagoya Grampus Eight
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ryuzo Hiraki (平木 隆三, Hiraki Ryūzō, October 7, 1931 – January 2, 2009) was a Japanese football player and manager. He played for Japan national team.

Club career[edit]

Hiraki was born in Sakai on October 7, 1931. After graduating from Kwansei Gakuin University, he joined Yuasa Batteries in 1957. In 1958, he moved to Furukawa Electric. Furukawa Electric won 1960, 1961 and 1964 Emperor's Cup. In 1965, Furukawa Electric joined new league Japan Soccer League. He played 6 games in the league. He retired in 1966.

National team career[edit]

In March 1954, when Hiraki was a Kwansei Gakuin University student, he was elected Japan national team for 1954 World Cup qualification. At this qualification, on March 14, he debuted against South Korea. In 1956, he was elected Japan for 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. He also played at 1954, 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. In 1964, he was elected Japan as captain for 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, he could not play for injury. After 1964 Summer Olympics, he retired from national team. He played 30 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1962.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1962, when Hiraki played for Furukawa Electric, he became a playing manager as Ken Naganuma successor for the club and managed until 1965. He also served a coach for Japan national team and a manager for Japan U-20 national team. In 1968, he participated as a coach in 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and Japan team won Bronze Medal. In 1992, he signed with Nagoya Grampus Eight joined new league J.League and he managed until 1993.

In 2005, Hiraki was elected Japan Football Hall of Fame. On January 2, 2009, he died of pneumonia in Toyota at the age of 77.

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1965 Furukawa Electric JSL Division 1 6 0
1966 0 0
Country Japan 6 0
Total 6 0

National team statistics[edit]

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1954 3 0
1955 4 0
1956 3 0
1957 0 0
1958 4 0
1959 10 1
1960 1 0
1961 2 0
1962 3 0
Total 30 1

Managerial statistics[edit]

[2]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1993 1993 36 12 0 24 033.33
Total 36 12 0 24 033.33

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