Tokutaro Ukon

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Tokutaro Ukon
右近 徳太郎
Personal information
Full name Tokutaro Ukon
Date of birth(1913-09-23)23 September 1913
Place of birth Kobe, Hyogo, Empire of Japan
Date of death March 1944 (aged 30)
Place of death Bougainville Island, Territory of New Guinea
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Defender, Midfielder, Forward
Youth career
Kobe Daiichi High School
1931–1937 Keio University
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Kobe Club
International career
1934–1940 Japan 5 (1)
Medal record
Keio BRB
Winner Emperor's Cup 1932
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tokutaro Ukon (右近 徳太郎, Ukon Tokutarō, 23 September 1913 – March 1944) was a Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team.

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Club career

Ukon was born in Sumiyoshi, Kobe [1] on 23 September 1913. [2] When he was a Keio University student, he won 1932 Emperor's Cup with Teiichi Matsumaru and so on as a member of Keio BRB was consisted of Keio University players and graduates. He also played for his local club Kobe Club. He played in many positions defender, midfielder and forward.

National team career

Miracle of Berlin (1936 Olympics 1st round v Sweden on 4 August)

In May 1934, when Ukon was a Keio University student, he was selected Japan national team for 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games in Manila. At this competition, on 15 May, he debuted against Philippines. In 1936, he was also selected Japan for 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and scored a goal against Sweden. Japan completed a come-from-behind victory against Sweden. The first victory in Olympics for the Japan and the historic victory over one of the powerhouses became later known as "Miracle of Berlin" (ベルリンの奇跡) in Japan. In 2016, this team was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame. He played 5 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1940. [3]

Death

In 1942, Ukon served in the military for World War II. In March 1944, he was killed in action in Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea at the age of 30. [4] [5]

National team statistics

[3]

Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
1934 20
193500
1936 21
193700
193800
193900
1940 10
Total51

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References

  1. "Olympedia – Tokutaro Ukon". www.olympedia.org. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  2. Kagawa Football Library (in Japanese)
  3. 1 2 "UKON Tokutaro - Japan National Football Team Database". www.jfootball-db.com. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  4. Tokutaro Ukon's profile at Sports Reference.com
  5. "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2018.