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Ryozo Suzuki
鈴木 良三
Personal information
Full name Ryozo Suzuki
Date of birth (1939-09-20) September 20, 1939 (age 84)
Place of birth Saitama, Saitama, Empire of Japan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1955–1957 Urawa Nishi High School
1958–1961 Rikkyo University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1970 Hitachi 67 (5)
Total 67 (5)
National team
1961–1968 Japan 24 (0)
Honours
Hitachi
Runner-up Emperor's Cup 1963
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Bronze 1968 Mexico City Team
Asian Games
Bronze 1966 Bangkok Team
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ryozo Suzuki (鈴木 良三, Suzuki Ryōzō, born September 20, 1939) is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

Club career

Suzuki was born in Saitama on September 20, 1939. After graduating from Rikkyo University, he joined Hitachi in 1962. In 1965, Hitachi joined new league Japan Soccer League. He retired in 1970. He played 67 games and scored 5 goals in the league.

National team career

On August 15, 1961, when Suzuki was a Rikkyo University student, he debuted for Japan national team against Indonesia. In 1964, he was selected Japan for 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and he played all matches. In 1968, he was also selected Japan for 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Although he did not play in the match, Japan won Bronze Medal. In 2018, this team was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. He also played at 1962 and 1966 Asian Games. He played 24 games for Japan until 1968.

In 2010, Suzuki was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Personal life

Chiharu Saitō from the Japanese girl idol group Nogizaka46 is Suzuki's great niece.

Club statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1965 Hitachi JSL Division 1 3
1966 0
1967 1
1968 0
1969 1
1970 0
Total 67 5

National team statistics

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
1961 1 0
1962 7 0
1963 5 0
1964 2 0
1965 1 0
1966 6 0
1967 0 0
1968 2 0
Total 24 0

Honours

  • Japan Football Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2010

See also

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