Japan National Football Team Results: 1930-1939

Outer Precincts of Meiji Shrine Athletic Grounds (Courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Library)


Ninth Far Eastern Games

25/05/1930 Empire of Japan
Wakabayashi 10′, 12′, 22′, 51′
Own Goal 16′
Teshima 32′
Ichihashi 86′
7 (5) Philippines
2 (2)
Japan XI: Saizo Saito; Teizo Takeuchi, Yukio Goto, Nagayasu Honda, Shigemaru Takenokoshi (c), Masao Nozawa, Yasuo Haruyama, Takeo Wayabayashi, Shiro Teshima, Hideo Shinojima, Tadao Takayama
Substitutes: Tokizo Ichihashi, Tameo Ide, Shozaburo Sugimura, Abe
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Outer Precincts of Meiji Shrine Athletic Grounds, Tokyo, Japan
29/05/1930 Empire of Japan
Teshima 23′
Takayama 57′
Shinojima 73′
3 (1) Republic of China
3 (1)
Japan XI: Saizo Saito; Teizo Takeuchi, Yukio Goto, Nagayasu Honda, Shigemaru Takenokoshi (c), Masao Nozawa, Yasuo Haruyama, Takeo Wayabayashi (Sub 77′, Ichihashi), Shiro Teshima, Hideo Shinojima, Tadao Takayama
Substitutes: Tokizo Ichihashi, Tameo Ide, Shozaburo Sugimura, Abe
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Outer Precincts of Meiji Shrine Athletic Grounds, Tokyo, Japan


Tenth Far Eastern Games

13/05/1934 Empire of Japan
1 (0) Dutch East Indies
7 (2)
Japan XI: Shunichi Kumai (Sub 68′, Kanazawa); Yukio Goto, Teruo Abe, Takashi Kawanishi, Teiichi Matsumaru (Sub 66′, Misaki), Motoo Tatsuhara, Ichiji Otani, Shoichi Nishimura, Taizo Kawamoto, Akira Nozawa, Hideo Sakai
Substitutes: Shiro Misaki, Hiroshi Kanazawa, Yasuo Suzuki, Tadao Horie, Tokutaro Ukon, Takeshi Natori
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines
15/05/1934 Philippines
3 (3) Empire of Japan
Kawamoto 30′
Otani 47′
Nishimura 52′
Nozawa 67′
4 (1)
Japan XI: Hiroshi Kanazawa; Yasuo Suzuki (Sub 70′, Abe), Tadao Horie, Takashi Kawanishi, Teiichi Matsumaru (Sub 15′, Misaki), Tokutaro Ukon, Ichiji Otani, Shoichi Nishimura, Taizo Kawamoto, Akira Nozawa, Hideo Sakai
Substitutes: Shiro Misaki, Teruo Abe, Shunichi Kumai, Motoo Tatsuhara, Yukio Goto, Takeshi Natori
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines
20/05/1934 Empire of Japan
Nozawa 60′, 72′
Natori 74′
3 (0) Republic of China
4 (2)
Japan XI: Shunichi Kumai; Yukio Goto, Tadao Horie, Shiro Misaki, Motoo Tatsuhara, Tokutaro Ukon, Ichiji Otani, Takeshi Natori, Taizo Kawamoto, Akira Nozawa, Hideo Sakai
Substitutes: Takashi Kawanishi, Teiichi Matsumaru, Hiroshi Kanazawa, Shoichi Nishimura, Yasuo Suzuki, Teruo Abe
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines

Photo taken of the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Philippines, in the 1940s. The stadium was used for all football matches at the 1934 Far Eastern Games (Image courtesy Flickr user John Tewell)


Friendly Matches

14/07/1936 SC Wacker 04 Berlin
3 (3) Empire of Japan
Kamo T
1 (1)
Japan XI: Rihei Sano; Teizo Takeuchi (c), Koichi Oita, Yasuo Suzuki, Tokutaro Ukon, Motoo Tatsuhara, Shogo Kamo, Taizo Kawamoto, Toyoji Takahashi (Sub, Takenokoshi), Akira Matsunaga, Takeshi Kamo
Substitutes: Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Sei Fuwa, Tadao Horie, Kim Yong-Sik, Shoichi Nishimura, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Berlin, Germany

Kim Yong-Sik, a Korean born in Sinch’ŏn, Korea, who played three times for the Japanese national team during the occupation, including the 1936 Olympic Games team, and following the Second World War then featured for the South Korean national side. Kim made his first start for Japan in the stunning 1936 Olympic Games victory over Sweden (Image courtesy Yonhap News)

22/07/1936 Sport-Club Minerva 93 Berlin
4 (4) Empire of Japan
Kamo S
Kawamoto
Ukon
3 (2)
Japan XI: Rihei Sano; Teizo Takeuchi (c), Tadao Horie, Yasuo Suzuki, Koichi Oita, Motoo Tatsuhara, Shogo Kamo, Taizo Kawamoto, Takeshi Kamo, Tokutaro Ukon, Akira Matsunaga
Substitutes: Sei Fuwa, Toyoji Takahashi, Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Kim Yong-Sik, Shoichi Nishimura, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Berlin, Germany
27/07/1936 SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin
3 (1) Empire of Japan
Kawamoto (2)
2 (2)
Japan XI: Rihei Sano; Teizo Takeuchi (c), Tadao Horie, Kim Yong-Sik, Koichi Oita (Sub 46′, Suzuki), Motoo Tatsuhara, Shogo Kamo, Takeshi Kamo, Taizo Kawamoto, Tokutaro Ukon, Toyoji Takahashi
Substitutes: Yasuo Suzuki, Sei Fuwa, Akira Matsunaga, Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Shoichi Nishimura, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Berlin, Germany


1936 Olympic Games

(Japan mount an extraordinary comeback against one of the 1936 Olympic Games football tournament favourites, Sweden, who were leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to two goals from Erik Persson. Arika Matsunaga scored in the 85th minute to give his side their first victory in any major competition. Footage of the match within the documentary begins at 5:10, and the second part can be viewed here. The victory was received a rapturous reception from the crowd and media, but it was a victory not to be repeated in the second round as they fell 8-0 to Italy. A full transcript of the documentary and interviews will follow in due course)

04/08/1936 Empire of Japan
Kawamoto 49′
Ukon 62′
Matsunaga 85′
3 (0) Sweden
Persson 24′, 37′
2 (2)
Japan XI: Rihei Sano; Tadao Horie, Teizo Takeuchi (c), Motoo Tatsuhara, Koichi Oita, Kim Yong-Sik, Akira Matsunaga, Tokutaro Ukon, Taizo Kawamoto, Takeshi Kamo, Shogo Kamo
Substitutes: Sei Fuwa, Toyoji Takahashi, Yasuo Suzuki, Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Shoichi Nishimura, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Hertha-BSC-Platz, Berlin, Germany
07/08/1936 Empire of Japan
0 (0) Italy
Frossi 14′, 75′, 80′
Biagi 32′, 57′, 81′, 82′
Cappelli 89′
8 (2)
Japan XI: Rihei Sano; Yasuo Suzuki, Teizo Takeuchi (c), Motoo Tatsuhara, Koichi Oita, Kim Yong-Sik, Akira Matsunaga, Tokutaro Ukon, Taizo Kawamoto, Takeshi Kamo, Shogo Kamo
Substitutes: Sei Fuwa, Toyoji Takahashi, Tadao Horie, Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Shoichi Nishimura, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Mommsenstation, Berlin, Germany


Friendly Matches

12/08/1936 Lower Rheingau Selection
6 (2) Empire of Japan
Kim Y-S
Kamo S
2 (1)
Japan XI: Rihei Sano; Teizo Takeuchi (c), Yasuo Suzuki, Motoo Tatsuhara, Koichi Oita, Kim Yong-Sik, Shogo Kamo, Takeshi Kamo, Taizo Kawamoto (Sub 15′, Nishimura) , Tokutaro Ukon, Toyoji Takahashi
Substitutes: Shoichi Nishimura, Sei Fuwa, Akira Matsunaga, Tadao Horie, Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Essen, Germany
19/08/1936 Grasshopper Club Zürich
16 (0) Empire of Japan
1 (0)
Japan Squad: Shigemaru Takenokoshi, Rihei Sano, Teizo Takeuchi, Yasuo Suzuki, Motoo Tatsuhara, Koichi Oita, Kim Yong-Sik, Shogo Kamo, Takeshi Kamo, Taizo Kawamoto, Tokutaro Ukon, Toyoji Takahashi, Shoichi Nishimura, Sei Fuwa, Akira Matsunaga, Tadao Horie, Sekiji Sasano
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Zürich, Switzerland
Note: This is Japan’s largest ever defeat
27/08/1939 Empire of Japan
6 (3) Guangdong
1 (1)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Hiroshi Kikuchi, Masayuki Oyama, Ho Bae, Kunitaka Sueoka, Kim Yong-Sik, Kim Song-An, Kazu Naoki, Kirokazu Ninomiya, Taizo Kawamoto, Yoshikiyo Watanabe
Substitutes: Junichi Okamoto, Minoru Obata, Lee Joo-Hyun, Ryosuke Takashima, Takashi Kasahara, Takashi Genko
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Dalian, Manchukuo


Manchukuo Goodwill Games Tournament

02/09/1939 Empire of Japan
Kim S-A 22′
3 (2) Republic of China
0 (0)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Masayuki Oyama, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Kim Yong-Sik, Kunitaka Sueoka, Lee Joo-Hyun, Ho Bae, Taizo Kawamoto, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Kazu Naoki, Kim Song-An
Substitutes: Junichi Okamoto, Yoshikiyo Watanabe, Minoru Obata, Ryosuke Takashima, Takashi Kasahara, Takashi Genko
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Xinjing, Manchukuo
03/09/1939 Manchuria
Kim S-A 22′
0 (0) Empire of Japan
6 (2)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Hiroshi Kikuchi, Masayuki Oyama, Lee Joo-Hyun, Kunitaka Sueoka, Kim Yong-Sik, Minoru Obata, Taizo Kawamoto, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Ho Bae, Kim Song-An
Substitutes: Junichi Okamoto, Kazu Naoki, Yoshikiyo Watanabe, Ryosuke Takashima, Takashi Kasahara, Takashi Genko
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Xinjing, Manchukuo

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