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Shigeyoshi Suzuki

Biographical information

TypeCoach
SexMale
Full nameShigeyoshi•Suzuki
Used nameShigeyoshi•Suzuki
Original name鈴木 •重義
Born13 October 1902 in ?, Fukushima (JPN)
Died20 December 1971
NOC Japan

Biography

In 1920, Shigeyoshi Suzuki entered Waseda Senior High School where he received training from the Burmese soccer player and coach Kyaw Din, who attended Waseda at the time. Three years later, Suzuki enrolled in Waseda University and founded the university’s soccer club. In 1927, he was selected as captain for the Japanese national team competing at the 8th Far Eastern Games. In the game against the Philippines, he scored his only international goal contributing to the first victory of a Japanese national team. Suzuki was then appointed manager of the Waseda team and coached the Japanese team at the 9th Far Eastern Games in 1930. For some time, his home served as headquarter of the predecessor of the Japan Football Association.

For the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Suzuki was made team manager, and in this position, largely responsible for the “Miracle of Berlin”. The Japanese team managed to beat the heavy favorite Sweden after Suzuki adopted the European WM formation system. Later, he was managing director and chief of staff at the Japan Football Association, as well as managing director of the Japan Athletic Association. In addition, Suzuki continued to hold an important position at the Waseda soccer club. After World War II, he worked for Dowa Fire and later for Kyoei Fire insurance companies. In 2007, Suzuki was posthumously inducted into the Japan Soccer Hall of Fame.

Coaching results

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Football (Football) JPN Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Football, Men (Olympic) Japan =5