Japan National Football Team Results: 1950-1954

South Korea’s Chung Nam-Sik (centre), flanked by teammates Choi Jung-Min (left) and Sung Nak-Woon (right), shoots towards the Japanese goal in the first of two 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification matches between the two teams. China withdrew before qualification got underway, leaving South Korea and Japan to battle it out for the sole place reserved for an Asian team at the finals in Switzerland. The first game (above) was won by Kim Yong-Shik’s side 5-1, and although required to play both matches in Japan owing to the South Korean government’s refusal to allow Japan to play on their territory, the Meiji-Jingu Stadium proved no disadvantage to the travelling side and they clinched their place in the finals with a 2-2 draw one week later (Image courtesy JCube)


Friendly Matches

11/02/1951 Japan
Kano 19′
Ninomiya 67′, 89′
Miyata 88′
5 (2) All Kansai Selection
4 (3)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Seki Matsunaga, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hideo Horiguchi, Nobuo Matsunaga, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Tsunae Wada, Nobuyuki Kato, Ken Noritake
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: Osaka City Stadium, Osaka, Japan

A picture of the Osaka City Stadium from 1950 (Image courtesy Archundes. The full image can be viewed here)

18/02/1951 Japan
Kagawa 1′, 69′
Iwatani 7′
Tokita 26′, 58′
Ninomiya 29′, 72′, 73′, 88′
9 (4) Kwansei Gakuin University
0 (0)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Nobuo Matsunaga, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Nobuyuki Kato, Ken Noritake, Tsunae Wada, Shigeo Sugimoto, Hideo Horiguchi, Seki Matsunaga
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: Nishinomiya Stadium, Nishinomiya, Japan
01/03/1951 Indian Government Printing Office
0 Japan
5
Japan Squad: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Ken Noritake, Seki Matsunaga, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Tsunae Wada, Nobuyuki Kato, Taro Kagawa, Hideo Horiguchi
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: New Delhi, India
03/03/1951 Indian Air Force
0 (0) Japan
2 (0)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Ken Noritake, Seki Matsunaga, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hirokazu Ninomiya, Tsunae Wada, Nobuyuki Kato, Taro Kagawa, Hideo Horiguchi
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: New Delhi, India

Jawahrlal Nehru cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the First Asian Games (1951) (Image courtesy Timesa of India)


First Asian Games (1951)

07/03/1951 Japan
0 (0) Iran
0 (0)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Nobuyuki Kato, Ken Noritake, Tsunae Wada, Hideo Horiguchi, Seki Matsunaga
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Iran XI: Amir Aghahosseini; Nader Afshar, Amir Eraghi, Mehdi Nassiroghlou, Mahmood Bayati, Mansour Hajian, Nader Afshar Alavinejad, George Markarian, Mahmoud Shakibi, Masoud Broumand, Mehdi Masoud-Ansari
Coach: Hussain Sadeghiani
Venue: National Stadium, New Delhi, India
08/03/1951 Japan
Tokita 58′
Ninomiya 72′
2 (0) Iran
Masoud-Ansari 20′, 73′
Boroumand 67′
3 (1)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Nobuyuki Kato, Ken Noritake, Tsunae Wada, Hideo Horiguchi, Seki Matsunaga
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Iran XI: Amir Aghahosseini; Gholizadeh, Amir Eraghi, Mehdi Nassiroghlou, George Markarian, Soroudi, Nader Afshar Alavinejad, Fekri, Mahmoud Shakibi, Masoud Boroumand, Mehdi Masoud-Ansari
Coach: Hussain Sadeghiani
Venue: National Stadium, New Delhi, India
09/03/1951 Japan
Iwatani 47′, 51′
2 (0) Afghanistan
0 (0)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Nobuyuki Kato, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Ken Noritake, Seki Matsunaga, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hirokazu Ninomiya, Taro Kagawa, Tsunae Wada, Shigeo Sugimoto, Hideo Horiguchi
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: National Stadium, New Delhi, India


Friendly Matches

03/1951 Indian Business Group
1 Japan
3
Japan Squad: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Ken Noritake, Seki Matsunaga, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Tsunae Wada, Nobuyuki Kato, Taro Kagawa, Hideo Horiguchi
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: New Delhi, India
16/03/1951 Assumption University
1 Japan
5
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Nobuyuki Kato, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Tsunae Wada, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Taro Kagawa, Ken Noritake, Megumu Tamura, Hideo Horiguchi, Seki Matsunaga
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
25/11/1951 Japan
0 (0) Helsingborgs IF
Own Goal 30′
59′
68′
3 (1)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Nobuyuki Kato, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Nobuo Matsunaga, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Toshio Iwatani, Taizo Kawamoto, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Katsuhisa Nakagaichi, Hidemaro Watanabe, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Masao Ono, Tsunae Wada, Mitsuo Shikai, Shigeo Sugimoto, Megumu Tamura, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Arawa Kimura
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Noshinomiya Stadium, Nishinomiya, Japan
25/11/1951 Japan
0 (0) Helsingborgs IF
4′
40′
41′ (Pen.)
51′
68′
5 (3)
Japan XI: Katsuhisa Nakagaichi; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Nobuo Matsunaga, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Taizo Kawamoto, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Yukio Tsuda; Hidemaro Watanabe, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Nobuyuki Kato, Masao Ono, Tsunae Wada, Mitsuo Shikai, Shigeo Sugimoto, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Arawa Kimura
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Meiji-Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
08/06/1952 Japan
Kagawa 14′
Tokita 44′
Kano 80′
Kawamoto (Pen.) 83′
4 (2) Hong Kong Chinese Selection
43′
63′
75′
3 (1)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Nobuyuki Kato, Yoshio Okada, Syoichi Yamaguchi, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Toshio Iwatani, Taizo Kawamoto, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hiroto Muraoka, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Tamotsu Yamagata, Megumu Tamura, Toshiyuki Shibata, Arawa Kimura, Hiroyuki Doida
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Meiji-Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
14/06/1953 Japan
0 (0) Kickers Offenbach
Zendel 20′
Kircher 42′, 65′
Kraus 55′, 78′, 79′, 84′
Kaufhold 72′, 74′
9 (2)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Nobuyuki Kato, Yoshio Okada (Sub 46′, Doida), Koji Miyata, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono (Sub 46′, Shibata), Kirokazu Ninomiya, Taro Kagawa, Toshio Iwatani, Taizo Kawamoto, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hiroyuki Doida, Toshiyuki Shibata, Yukio Shimomura, Masanori Tokita, Megumu Tamura, Tokue Suzuki, Arawa Kimura, Tadao Kobayashi, Takashi Mizuno
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Meiji-Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
22/11/1953 Japan
Kimura 85′
1 (0) Djurgårdens IF
Erikkson 26′
Andersson 56′
Johansson 60′
Eklund 86′
Forsberg 89′
5 (1)
Japan XI: Hidemaro Watanabe; Nobuyuki Kato (Sub 46′, Yamagata), Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata (Sub 46′, Okamura), Osamu Yamaji, Takeshi Inoue, Arawa Kimura, Taro Kagawa, Masanori Tokita, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Mizuno
Substitutes: Tamotsu Yamagata, Takashi Okamura, Tomohiko Ikoma, Nobuo Matsunaga, Tsunae Wada, Shigeo Sugimoto, Toshiyuki Shibata, Tadao Murata, Koichi Kakei
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Namba Stadium, Osaka, Japan
29/11/1953 Japan
Tokita 20′
1 (1) Djurgårdens IF
Forsberg 8′, 28′, 43′, 88′, 89′
Andersson 62′
Johansson 79′
Sandberg 80′
Eriksson 81′
9 (3)
Japan XI: Hidemaro Watanabe (Sub 46′, Shimomura); Hiroyuki Doida, Megumu Tamura, Takashi Takabayashi, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono, Masanori Tokita (Sub 46′, Suzuki), Taro Kagawa, Hirokazu Ninomiya (Sub 46′, Kimura), Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Yukio Shimomura, Tokue Suzuki, Arawa Kimura, Hiroto Muraoka, Yozo Aoki, Osamu Yamaji, Yoshinori Shigematsu, Tadao Kobayashi, Ken Naganuma, Reizo Fukuhara, Kakuichi Mimura, Shunichiro Okano, Ryuzo Hiraki, Michihiro Ozawa
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Meiji-Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

The official poster for the 1954 FIFA World Cup finals, hosted by Switzerland. Banned from participating in the 1950 tournament, Japan failed to take advantage of both qualification matches against South Korea being played in Tokyo, and wouldn’t qualify for a finals until 44 years later.


1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying

07/03/1954 Japan
Naganuma 16′
1 (1) South Korea
Chung N-S 22′
Choi K-S 34′
Sung N-W 65′
Choi J-H 82′, 85′
5 (2)
Japan XI: Hiroto Muraoka; Osamu Yamaji, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Takeshi Inoue, Arawa Kimura, Taro Kagawa, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Ken Naganuma, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hidemaro Watanabe, Yukio Shimomura, Taizo Kawamoto, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono, Masanori Tokita, Toshio Iwatani, Yozo Aoki, Hiroyuki Doida, Takashi Mizuno, Takashi Takabayashi, Kakuichi Mimura, Ryuzo Hiraki, Koichi Kakei
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
South Korea XI: Hong Deok-Young; Park Kyu-Jung, Lee Jong-Gap, Lee Sang-Ui, Min Byung-Dae, Kang Chang-Ki, Choi Gwang-Seok, Sung Nak-Woon, Choi Jung-Min, Chung Nam-Sik, Park Il-Gap
Coach: Yong-Shik Kim
Venue: Meiji-Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
14/03/1954 Japan
Iwatani 16′, 60′
2 (1) South Korea
Chung N-S 24′
Choi J-M 42′
2 (2)
Japan XI: Hidemaro Watanabe; Ryuzo Hiraki, Yoshio Okada, Takashi Takabayashi, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Taizo Kawamoto, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Yukio Shimomura, Hiroto Muraoka; Hirokazu Ninomiya, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Takeshi Inoue, Osamu Yamaji, Yozo Aoki, Ken Naganuma, Hiroyuki Doida, Arawa Kimura, Takashi Mizuno, Kakuichi Mimura, Koichi Kakei
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
South Korea XI: Hong Deok-Young; Park Kyu-Jung, Lee Jong-Gap, Lee Sang-Ui, Min Byung-Dae, Kim Ji-Sung, Choi Gwang-Seok, Sung Nak-Woon, Choi Jung-Min, Chung Nam-Sik, Park Il-Gap
Coach: Yong-Shik Kim
Venue: Meiji-Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, Japan


Second Asian Games (1954)

01/05/1954 Japan
Kano 13′ (pen.)
Tokita 70′
Takabayashi 79′
3 (1) Indonesia
Raman 6′
Tei 30′ (pen.), 22′, 30′, 42′ (pen.)
5 (4)
Japan XI: Hiroto Muraoka; Ryuzo Hiraki, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa (Sub 41′, Takabayashi), Taizo Kawamoto, Toshio Iwatani (Sub 41′, Ninomiya), Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Takashi Takabayashi, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Hidemaro Watanabe, Shigeo Sugimoto, Arawa Kimura, Ken Naganuma, Hiroyuki Doida, Takashi Mizuno
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines
03/05/1954 Japan
Takabayashi 47′
Kano 78′
2 (0) India
Moinuddin 6′
Jayaram 28′
D’Sa 42′
3 (2)
Japan XI: Hidemaro Watanabe; Ryuzo Hiraki, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Nobuo Matsunaga, Masao Ono, Arawa Kimura (Sub 41′, Tokita), Ken Naganuma (Sub 41′, Takabayashi), Taizo Kawamoto, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Masanori Tokita, Takashi Takabayashi, Hiroto Muraoka, Taro Kagawa, Toshio Iwatani, Shigeo Sugimoto, Hiroyuki Doida, Takashi Mizuno
Coach: Shigemaru Takenokoshi
India XI: Sanjiva Utchil, Sanat Sett, Sailen Manna (c), G.R.Gokul, Chandran Singh, Mua, Joe D’Sa, J.Kittu, S.K.Moinuddin, Ahmed Khan, M.Jayaram
Coach: Balaidas Chatterjee
Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines

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