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 Kunishige KAMAMOTO 1970-1977 
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Name: Kunishige Kamamoto


Country: :JAP: Japan
Club: Yanmar Diesel
Position: *CF
Number: 9
Side: RF/BS
Age: 26-33 years (15/04/1944)

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Attack: 90
Defence: 41
Balance: 84
Stamina: 81
Top Speed: 82
Acceleration: 81
Response: 86
Agility: 81
Dribble Accuracy: 82
Dribble Speed: 79
Short Pass Accuracy: 80
Short Pass Speed: 77
Long Pass Accuracy: 75
Long Pass Speed: 73
Shot Accuracy: 88
Shot Power: 89
Shot Technique: 90
Free Kick Accuracy: 70
Curling: 71
Header: 89
Jump: 85
Technique: 85
Aggression: 89
Mentality: 82
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 79

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 8
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard / Lasting

S03: 1-on-1 Finish
S05: 1-touch play
P15: Free Roaming
P13: Goal Poacher

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Reaction - Positioning - 1-1 Scoring - 1-Touch Pass

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


He won the bronze medal with the Japan national football team at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, finishing as the tournament's top scorer with seven goals. He was born in Kyoto on April 15, 1944. He grew up in Kyoto and attended Yamashiro High School. Then, he was on to Waseda University School of commerce. His major was commerce and earned bachelor of arts degree from Waseda University in 1966. He was selected Japan national football team in his college year. He joined the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Tokyo and the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico city, Mexico. Kamamoto was the first Japanese league superstar, being the Japan Soccer League's top scorer 6 times with his club Yanmar Diesel, the forerunner to today's Cerezo Osaka. Upon retirement he became a manager and went across town to the local rivals, Gamba Osaka. Later, he became a member of the House of Councilors.
Kamamoto has been a politician since 1995 and the vice chairman of the Japan Football Association since July 1998.

(His scoring quote was outstanding, I will still poste the stats for it)


Kunishige Kamamoto was the greatest striker produced by Japanese football in the entire 20th century, and his name was known throughout the world. With seven goals (in six games) as a forward with the Japanese national team at the Mexico City Olympic Games in 1968, he both took the title as the tournament's top scorer and contributed to Japan's success in achieving third place and the bronze medal.

His record of 75 goals in "A" matches (76 matches) throughout his 14-year career with the Japanese national team, from 1964 to 1977, remains unbeaten to this date. In domestic football, he scored 202 goals (in 251 games) in 17 seasons (1967-83) with Yanmar Diesel in the Japan Soccer League (JSL), and a total of 60 goals (in 59 games) in the Emperor's Cup between 1964 and 1984 (with Waseda University and Yanmar Diesel). Such prolific figures helped him achieve winners' medals four times in the JSL and seven times in the Emperor's Cup.

Despite remaining amateur, Kamamoto also managed to score goals in matches against top-class professional opposition such as Palmeiras (Brazil), Arsenal (England), Borussia Monchengladbach (then West Germany), and Benfica (Portugal). Having played against him, global superstars such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, and Wolfgang Overath were all quick to offer their high praise for his performances.

Further evidence of the regard in which he was held overseas came in his selection for a World Select XI in a UNICEF charity match (to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Barcelona FC's foundation) in 1980 at the relatively advanced age of 36, and in the fact that two real stars of the world game, Pele and Overath, presented him with flowers at his retirement game in Tokyo in August 1984.

The year after "Mexico", Kamamoto spent time sidelined in hospital with hepatitis, which ultimately served as a fatal blow to the hopes of the JFA and of Dettmar Cramer to build on this Olympic bronze medal and take Japan to the World Cup. Following his recovery, Kamamoto did return to the national team from 1970, but some of the momentum of the "Mexico generation" had been lost, and without proper preparations to bring through the next generation of players, Japanese football entered a lengthy period of stagnation.

However, even throughout the 1970s, Kamamoto lost none of his desire for goals and hatred for losing. On the contrary, he even managed to refine his goalscoring technique even further, and a Kamamoto goal was always something that brought much pleasure to Japanese football fans.

In 1977, I worked with Kamamoto as his book, "Kunishige Kamamoto - Striker Techniques and Strategies", was published by Kodansha. Though this was the year that he finally retired from the Japanese national team, his playing career in the JSL was still going strong.

The video recorder had not yet entered people's homes by this point, but I decided that I wanted to make a visual record of Kamamoto's playing style. I used a 25 frames-per-second, motor drive camera to take a huge succession of photographs, and recorded a commentary to describe his own, individual technique.

Around the same time, I looked back on negatives of similar photographs taken by two cameramen to record all of his matches throughout an entire year. It was astonishing to see just how this player's approach to the ball, steps, impact, and follow-through when shooting were always exactly the same. His technique and posture when heading was similar - always stable and beautiful - from his vision to ready himself for the moment the crosser played the ball, to his determination of the ball's point of fall, his steps, his jump, and finally his contact with the ball in the air.

His body was unusually well-built for a Japanese, he had developed his own precise techniques for shooting and heading, and he knew how to use all of this to help his team, but the area in which Kamamoto had the most self-confidence of all was his ability to shoot and simply kick the ball. Having played alongside men such as Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Bernd Schuster in the World Select XI in Barcelona, Kamamoto said "seeing players like these showed me just how good the world's best footballers really were. Having said that, I still thought that I could shoot and kick the ball at least as well as any of them".

Since his retirement, Japan is still yet to produce a taller striker than Kunishige Kamamoto. This may make it seem as if Kamamoto was something of a freak of nature within Japanese football, but if we look back at the technical history of the sport within Japan - and at the succession of strikers from Shiro Teshima, the small centre-forward at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games; to Taizo Kawamoto (another centre-forward), one of the heroes of the dramatic victory at the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936; and Hirokazu Ninomiya, the centre-forward at the 1st Asian Games in 1951 - we can see that Kamamoto was undoubtedly a player that had developed in the wake of the general improvement in Japanese football throughout this time.


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